Before starting to read this blog think that you are the best judge of yourself and you have the right knowledge on the subjects you are familiar with and so you are just browsing the other blogs/websites just to add a feather to your skills.
The following books are very useful for the UPSC civil services exam preparation both for mental and subjective preparation.
One should not only read the subjective books, but also should read about the administration and the personal management. One should at least read some of these books which are very useful for personality development. These can come handy at all times.
I strongly say those who are well determined to choose this career should only start preparing.Others, who think that they can get through once they start preparation can stop this preparation if you are not dedicated 100% throughout your journey.
Most of us start preparation with enthusiasm in the beginning days, but that gets dimmed as the days progress and there will a stage where one thinks " I can't get this lets go back". By now the precious time, energy and most importantly the interest was lost.
So i suggest to you friends, only if you are 100 % dedicated and determined both mentally and physically that "I shall give 18 months of my career sincerely for Civil Services" should only start the preparation. Success is yours.
Coaching centers only guide us; there are chances that they will mislead the right candidate with their teaching practices, so one should be smart enough to extract the information from the coaching centers.
Do not join the coaching centers just your friends joined or that was/is a good coaching center. Join the coaching center where you feel that the information you are looking for the subject is missing.
ANY COACHING CENTER WHICH CONDUCTS EXAMS BUT DOES NOT DISPLAY RESULTS IS RUNNING ONLY FOR PURE BUSINESS, FOR ITS DEVELOPMENT AND NOT FOR THE SAKE OF CIVIL SERVICE ASPIRANTS. AN EXAM RESULT (A SMALL OR BIG EXAM) WILL LET US KNOW WHERE WE STAND IN OUR PREPARATION). WITHOUT KNOWING THAT, ITS LIKE THROWING AN ARROW IN THE DARK WOODS.
A lot of help you can get now a days from Google and also during the last phase of your preparation apply/have one or two online portals where they offer good examination practice.
Candidates who did not have English as the language of their schooling could read books available in Hindi or their native language. The essence of the idea is to get acquitted with the habit of reading. Not that you have to read only these books. The above opinion is purely personal and not to hurt others sentiments or interests. Everyone has their own understanding and views.