IAS Exam Preparation: Booklist for Psychology Optional

UPSC Mains Exam: Booklist for Psychology Optional – Civil Services IAS Mains Exam.

Here’s is a list of books of reference for Psychology Optional Subject which aspirants can refer for their IAS Exam Preparation.

Booklist for General Psychology


  1. Introduction to Psychology Morgan & King
  2. Atkinson
  3. Psychology Robert A Baron
  4. Social Psychology Baron & Byrne
  5. Eysench – “Psychology-Ashrdent’s Handbook”
  6. Chaplin and Kraweik – Systems and theories of psychology
  7. Psychology XI & XII Std NCERT

Booklist for specific topics


  1. Community psychology – Pande
  2. Organisational behaviour – Stephen P. Robbins
  3. Educational psychology – Mattur
  4. Social psychology – Baros & Bryne
  5. Psychological testing – A.K. Singh
  6. Statistical Analysis Garette
  7. Development psychology – Hurlock
  8. Abnormal Psychology & Modern Life- James.C. Coleman
  9. Abnormal psychology and modern life – Cokman Vead, well being & Mental disorders, therapeutic approaches and coping mechanisms.
  10. Theories of Personality Hall & Lindzey
  11. Systems & Theories of Psychology Krawiec & Chaplin
  12. The Psychology of Small Groups Shaw
  13. Inner World Sudhir Kakar
  14. Achieving Society David McClelland
  15. The Psychology of Small Groups Shaw
  16. Inner World Sudhir Kakar
  17. Theories of Personality Hall & Lindzey

Brief preparation strategy for Psychology optional subject


  • Start with the NCERT Textbook and cover every topic and subtopics in detail and get a grip on basics and develop an understanding of all basic concepts.
  • Begin your preparation a year ahead.
  • Be thorough with the UPSC Syllabus.
  • Complete one unit at a time.
  • Focus on concepts rather than mugging up figures and names.
  • After completing basic psychology for paper 1 start with paper 2.
  • One should cultivate a habit of using contemporary examples in answers on topics like education psychology, environmental psychology, gender psychology, military psychology, terrorist psychology, work psychology, social psychology etc. from the Indian context.
  • Always make your own notes.
  • Revise periodically.
  • Practice answer writing regularly.
  • Use flowcharts, graphs, and diagrams to make your answers more efficient.
  • Utilise time efficiently and stick to the word limit.

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