IAS Exam Preparation: Booklist for Chemistry Optional

UPSC Mains Exam: Booklist for Chemistry Optional
Here’s a compilation of booklist for Chemistry Optional Subject of UPSC Civil Services (Main) Exam. 

Booklist for Inorganic Chemistry

  1. Atomic Structure – Principle of physical chemistry – Puri, Sharma & Pathwa
  2. Advance Inorganic Chemistry – J.D. Lee
  3. Chemical Periodicity, Chemical bonding,Coordination compound- Maden, Malik, Tuli
  4. Theoretical principles of inorganic chemistry – G.S. Manku,
  5. Extradiction of metals, Principle of inorganic chemistry – Puri, Sharma, Jauhar.
  6. Rest all the chapters – An advance inorganic chemistry – J.D. Lee
  7. Pollution and its control – A text book of environmental chemistry and pollution – S.S. Dara.

Booklist for Physical Chemistry

  1. Principals of Physical Chemistry (Gaseous state, Thermodynamics, Phase rule, solutions, Colligative properties, Electro Chemistry, Catalysis, Colloids) – Puri, Sharma & Pathawa
  2. Chemical kinetics – Advance physical chemistry – Gurdeep Raj
  3. Photo chemistry – A text book of physical chemistry (Vol. – IV) – K.L. Kapoor
  4. Advance physical chemistry – Gurdeep Raj

Booklist for Organic Chemistry

  1. Bonding and shape of organic molecules, Stereo chemistry of carbon compound – Reactions and reagents – O.P. Agarwal
  2. A guide to mechanism in organic chemistry – Peter Sykes
  3. Rest all the chapters – A text book of organic chemistry – Bahl & Bahl

Below-given is the major topics covered under the Chemistry Optional Subject of UPSC Mains Exam.


  1. Atomic Structure
  2. Chemical Bonding
  3. Solid State
  4. The Gaseous State and Transport Phenomenon
  5. Liquid State
  6. Thermodynamics
  7. Phase Equilibria and Solutions
  8. Electrochemistry
  9. Chemical Kinetics
  10. Photochemistry
  11. Surface Phenomena and Catalysis
  12. Bio-inorganic Chemistry
  13. Coordination Compounds
  14. Main Group Chemistry
  15. General Chemistry of ‘f’ Block Elements


  1. Delocalised Covalent Bonding
  2. Reactions
    1. Reaction Mechanisms
    2. Reactive Intermediates
  • Substitution Reactions
  1. Elimination Reactions
  2. Addition Reactions
  3. Reactions and Rearrangements
  1. Pericyclic Reactions
  2. Preparation and Properties of Polymers & Biopolymers
  3. Synthetic Uses of Reagents
  4. Photochemistry
  5. Spectroscopy

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