IAS Exam Preparation: Medical Science Optional Booklist

UPSC Mains Exam: Booklist for Medical Science Optional

Here’s a list of books for Medical Science Optional Subject of UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam.

Booklist for Medical Science Optional Subject

Unit I: Human Anatomy

Books on Applied Anatomy

  1. MCQS in Biomechanics and Applied Anatomy – B. Arun, G. Thilagavathi, C. Sasiganesh
  2. Applied Anatomy of the Lymphatics – F.P. Millard, A.G. Walmsley
  3. Textbook of Anatomy Upper Limb and Thorax; Volume 1 – Vishram Singh
  4. Textbook of Anatomy: Abdomen and Lower Limb – Vishram Singh

Books on Gross Anatomy

  1. A Review with Questions and Explanations – Richard S. Snell
  2. A Provisional Hand Book of Haematherapy or Auxiliary Blood Supply in Medicine and Surgery – New York Bovinine Company
  3. The Surgical Anatomy of Inguinal Herniae: The Testis and Its Coverings – Thomas Morton
  4. Clinical Anatomy by Regions with the Point Access Scratch Code – Richard S. Snell
  5. Human Embryology – Inderbir Singh  

Recommended books for Medical Science

  1. Anatomy – Megraper or Snell
  2. Human Anatomy (3 Vol.) – Chaurasia
  3. Medical Physiology – Gyston
  4. Human Physiology – Chatterjee
  5. Pathology – Muirs or Robbins (Big Robbins)
  6. Review in Bio-chemistry – Harper
  7. Heinmann Medical Dictionary – Janife
  8. Heinmann Dental Dictionary – Lennox
  9. Microbiology – Anand Narayan or Chatterjee
  10. Principal and Practice of Medicines – Davidson
  11. Social and Preventive Medicine (SPM) – Park & Park
  12. Surgery – Love and Bailey
  13. Essentials of Bio-chemistry – M C Pant
  14. Histology (Inderbir Singh)
  15. Physiology: Ganong
  16. Parasitology (Jayaram Panikkar)
  17. Pathology: Robbins (Big Robbins)
  18. Medicine: George Mathew (Notes in medicine), Harrison
  19. Surgery: Bailey
  20. Basic Gray and Neuroanatomy (Inderbir Singh)

Below-given are the major topics as prescribed in the UPSC Mains Syllabus for Medical Science optional Subject.


  1. Human Anatomy
  2. Human Physiology
  3. Biochemistry
  4. Pathology
  5. Microbiology
  6. Pharmacology
  7. Forensic Medicine and Toxicology 


  1. General Medicine
  2. Paediatrics
  3. Dermatology
  4. General Surgery
  5. Obstetrics and Gynaecology including Family Planning
  6. Community Medicine (Preventive and Social Medicine)

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