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Recommended Best Books for Agriculture Optional for UPSC CSE Exam

Agriculture Optional Books | IAS Agriculture Books | IFoS Agriculture Optional Books

Choosing agriculture as the optional subject in UPSC civils 2018 examination can make a lot of difference in the candidate’s final score.  The rules regarding optionals have been changed in 2013, now an applicant can select only one subject compromising of 500 marks. Being a traditional and easy to understand the subject, lot of best agriculture books for UPSC civils examination are available in stationeries and online stores. The subject is interesting especially if you are aware of agriculture, an in-depth understanding of the syllabus is essential to answer each and every question correctly. Local editions of IAS/IFS Agriculture Books may cost you few bucks, but make sure that content quality is good.

1) Genetics by B.D.Singh: Click here 
2) Plant Physiology by Pandey & Singha: Click here 
3) Handbook of Agriculture by ICAR: Click here 
4) Education in India Pathology by Singh: Click here  
5) Elements of Economic Entomology by David B. Vasantharaj: Click here  
6) Introduction to Horticulture by Kumar: Click here  
7) Plant Breeding by B.D. Singh: Click here 
8) Agronomy by Yellamananda Reddy: Click here 
9) Soil Science by Dilip Kumar Das: Click here 

As you know the marks of optional paper is important to see your name in the final merit list, choosing the best agriculture books for IAS 2018 exam is the first thing that has to be done before starting your preparation. Agriculture has good scope for scoring; even commerce and science background students can attempt the paper very easily. If you are confused to pick the best agriculture books for civil services exam 2018, just refer this post as it might help to choose the right one.

You must consider the syllabus and readability before choosing the best book to boost your preparation. Here are the materials you need to consider for Paper 1

       Book Name      Author      Description
Soil Science D.K Das or Brady  The latest edition was reprinted in 2017.Soil science concepts are easy to remember.
Agronomy Yellamananda Reddy

 

It is a must read and refer book for candidates aspiring to clear IAS 2018 exam. The author has done a sincere attempt at explaining agronomy and very easy to understand the approach of presentation in simple language.
Plant Breeding B.D. Singh

Genetics by B.D.Singh

 The author W tried to set few such questions and mainly concentrate mainly on those that test the understanding of the various concepts.
Introduction to Horticulture Kumar  It is a good book to learn about horticulture. Types of techniques, how to deal with adverse effects etc. We can expect some questions from this subject in Civil services examination.
Entomology Vasantha Raj & David This book is one of the best books for learning beneficial insects & pests of crops. The author tries to focus the applied principles of pest management.
Education in India

Pathology

Singh Very well known pathology professional Mr. V.K sigh has penned this book with useful stuff related to insects.
Handbook of Agriculture by ICAR

Agricultural Extension

ICAR The Handbook of Agriculture designed and developed by ICAR is a knowledge hub of valuable agricultural knowledge for a large audience of students. Especially for IAS aspirants.
Physiology

 

Pandey & Singha Both the authors tried to stuff concepts in the operational mechanisms of plants based on the latest researches carried out in the department. It features a large number of illustrations for all topics many experiments have been included at the end of each chapter.
Genetics B.D.Singh It is actually designed for postgraduate students to give the basic update on various aspects of genetic but it is also useful for UPSC exams.

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