Best Books for OPSC Exam

OPSC Books: Every year, OPSC conducts the examination for various roles in the commission. To get into the top position, you need to collect a few important study materials which will help you through the course of your preparation. Books being a convenient source of preparation will help you in digging the core concepts you need to remember.

There are a lot of books available in the market but which will be beneficial for you is a matter of concern. The best way to analyze which book will help you in OPSC preparation, you must consider the books recommended by the previous year toppers. 

OPSC syllabus is quite vast and therefore, a single book will not help you in covering the whole syllabus. You have to adopt a set of OPSC books to tighten the grip of your preparation. To help you find the best books for the OPSC exam, we have curated the list of books recommended by the previous year's toppers. 

OPSC Books for Prelims exam

There are two papers in OPSC  prelim exam one is General Studies and other is Aptitude and Mental Ability. The important books for the exam are given below:

  • Manual for OPSC examination (General Studies) by McGraw Hill
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning by RS Agarwal
  • Quantitative Aptitude by RS Agarwal
  • Objective Mathematics by RS Agarwal 

OPSC Books for Mains exam

There are a total of three papers in the OPSC mains exam. Based on the latest syllabus of the exam we have curated the list of important OPSC books for mains exam. 



Paper 1

Modern history of India and Indian Culture

  • Prof. J. Dharamrajan’s Tamilnadu History
  • K. Venkadesan India Freedom Struggle
  • History of Modern India Bipan Chandra
  • State Board Books (11th and 12th History and Indian Culture Books)

General Mental Ability

  • General Mental Ability by Sachchida Nand Jha

Role and Impact of Science and Technology in the development of India

  • Hindu Science and Technology Parts
  • Science and Technology by Spectrum Publications

Paper 2

Indian Polity

  • State Board - 11th and 12th Political Science
  • Oxford School Atlas
  • Geography of India by Spectrum Publication

Tamil Society

  • State Board - 12th Indian Culture Books

Administration of Union and States with Special Reference to Tamil Nadu

  • 11th and 12th Std. Political Science Books
  • Indian Polity by Lakshmikanth

Paper 3

Current Affairs

  • Newspaper - The Hindu, Dhinamani
  • Any Magazine - CSR, Wizard, Chronicle, Ulagam

Indian Economy and Impact of Global Economy on India

  • Indian Economy of Civil Services exam by Ramesh Singh
  • State Board - 11th, 12th Economics Books

Socio-Economic Problems of India and Tamil Nadu

  • Social Problems in India by Ram Ahuja

Other Important Books of OPSC Exam

Below given are few of the other important books for OPSC exam:

  • K. Venkadesan. Indian Freedom Struggle
  • Prof. Dharmarajan's Tamilnadu History
  • India Arasamaippu Poti Thervu Kalanjiyam by Dr. Shankara Saracanan
  • India Kaiyedu UPSC OPSC Muthanmai Thervu Thayaripukana Karuvi Nool by Dr. T. Ramar
  • OPSC (Preliminary) Exam by V.V.K. Subburaj

These were a few of the recommended OPSC books that the candidates may follow. Candidates may also choose the books as per their choice. Different books have different languages, candidates can choose the one which is best suitable for them.

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