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Best Books of Anthropology Optional For UPSC Exam

Best Books of Anthropology Optional For UPSC Exam

Anthropology Optional Book List for Civil Services

Other than main subjects you have to select one optional if you are preparing for IAS exam. Anthropology is an optional subject, here we are discussing the UPSC anthropology books for different topics with the author name.

The syllabus got drastically changed, although we have added the list according to an updated syllabus, The anthropology is divided into two paper, you should keep yourself updated. Anthropology is best and safest optional subject to choose, if you are biology student then it’s great to choose anthropology.

Here is the paper-wise list of best books for anthropology optional.



Book name Author name


Part- 1 Other culturesClick Beattie

These books are informative and coherent in their approach and cover almost every topic of UPSC civil services

Examination. You can refer these books to score good marks in IAS exam 2018 anthropology optional subject.

An introduction to anthropologyClick Beals and Hoijer
An introduction to anthropologyClick Haviland
Economy and social relations Vaid
An introduction to social cultural anthropology U S Mishra
Part – 2 Human biologyClick Harisson et. al

These books covers topics like human genetics, origin of man and physical anthropology. These books are good to prepare for anthropology optional for UPSC examination.

Physical anthropology and human genetics– Click Shukla &Rastogi
An introduction to physical anthropologyClick Stein & Rowe
Origins of man B. Janusch


Indian society, social change NCERT book

Start reading these books as you finish preliminary and prepare the notes, no need to search for new content. These books are good, you can cover almost each topic according to the syllabus of UPSC civil services exam.

An outline of Indian prehistory– Click Bhattacharya
Caste in India and other essays Srinivas
Social change in modern India– Click srinivas
Modernization of Indian tradition– Click Y. singh

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