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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.

1) human biology by Harrison Click here

2) An outline of Indian prehistory by Bhattacharya: Click here

3) Indian Contract Act Specific Relief Act by Pollock and mulla: Click here

4) Other cultures by Beattie: Click here

5) An introduction to anthropology by Haviland: Click here

6) Physical anthropology and human genetics by Shukla & Rastogi: Click here

7) An introduction to physical anthropology by Stein & Rowe: Click here

8) An outline of Indian Prehistory by Bhattacharya: Click here`

9) Social change in modern India by srinivas: Click here

10) Modernization of Indian tradition by Y. singh: Click here



Book nameAuthor name


Part- 1Other culturesClickBeattie

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 anthropologyClickBeals and Hoijer
An introduction to anthropologyClickHaviland
Economy and social relationsVaid
An introduction to social cultural anthropologyU S Mishra
Part – 2Human biologyClickHarisson 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– ClickShukla &Rastogi
An introduction to physical anthropologyClickStein & Rowe
Origins of manB. Janusch


 Indian society, social changeNCERT 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– ClickBhattacharya
 Caste in India and other essaysSrinivas
 Social change in modern India– Clicksrinivas
 Modernization of Indian tradition– ClickY. singh

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