Red Books


We at ForumIAS believe that good study material is the best companion for an aspirant in his/her preparation for the examination. It’s true that a lot of content is available on the internet but there is always a risk of information overload. Often aspirants spend too much time on the internet searching, bookmarking and compiling what to study rather than actually studying it. ForumIAS provides you quality study material that covers the length and breadth of the UPSC syllabus with sufficient detail that will keep you ahead of your competitors.

Redbook 0: PYQ Compendium

Redbook PYQ Compendium is divided into three parts. The first part explains the plan for UPSC CSE examination and the syllabus of different General Studies papers. The second part contains a year-wise questions paper on General Studies and Essays from 2013 onwards The third part is a topic-wise compilation of UPSC CSE General Studies questions from year 1979 onwards.

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Redbook 1: GS 4, Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

This Redbook covers the GS paper 4 syllabus comprehensively and devotes an entire chapter to each topic mentioned in the official syllabus. Redbook is equally helpful for both, a beginner as well as an advanced reader. Each concept is explained in a lucid manner followed by examples to illustrate the practical application for clarity. Topics such as the Contribution of moral thinkers, which are often skipped by students are covered in a precise and simple manner. This book also helps students build content for writing good solutions for case studies.

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Redbook 2: GS 1, Post Independent India

This Redbook covers the journey of India as an independent nation discussing important events in detail. The book has been organized in chronological order keeping in mind important topics of the syllabus of the UPSC Mains examination. Although marks-wise weightage of this portion might appear to be less in the main examination, important events in contemporary times cannot be understood in depth without understanding their historical background. This book will be helpful not only for covering post-independent history but also for understanding the important economic and political developments that shaped the destiny of the nation.

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Redbook 3: GS 1 and 2, Indian Society and Social Issues

This Redbook covers topics from both GS papers 1 and 2. This book presents an overview of various features, institutions, and interactions that create our diverse society. Themes are covered in an integrated manner as a comprehensive discussion of some topics requires an understanding of combined social-political context and consequences. There are topics like the welfare of vulnerable sections in GS paper 2 which cannot be understood holistically without understanding the social constraint that contributes to their vulnerability. GS paper 2 topics related to poverty, hunger, malnutrition, education etc. have a social denomination. Similarly, an in-depth study of secularism, communalism and regionalism in GS paper 1 requires an understanding of their political context.

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Redbook 4: GS 3, Science and Technology

This Redbook is a handy manual for UPSC students for preparing the Science and Technology portion of GS Paper 3. This book explains different scientific concepts in simple words and avoids technical jargon, while still giving sufficient content, in both quantity and quality wise, to write good answers. Special emphasis has been given to contemporary challenges and applications of new technologies. This book will help students make sense of modern advancement in science and understand how technology plays a critical role in our day-to-day life. Each chapter of this Redbook is aligned with specific topics mentioned in the official syllabus. This Redbook is written from a generalist point of view and will be helpful for students belonging to both science and arts streams.

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Redbook 5: GS 3, Internal Security

This Redbook is a comprehensive compendium of thematic notes that covers each and every topic of the Internal Security syllabus in GS paper 3. This book is written in a student-friendly language and contains multiple illustrations like maps, flowcharts etc. to present information in easy to retain format. Internal security carries a weightage of 50 marks in GS paper 3, yet is seen as something to be prepared at the last. Internal security is a very scoring portion and this Redbook is an indispensable resource in its preparation. A good understanding of internal security challenges is also necessary to fully appreciate the contours of domestic and foreign policies of India.

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Redbook 6: GS 1, World History

This Redbook presents a brief story of important events that have shaped our modern world. This book is not just a chronicle that gives a list of important events, but also an analytical account of events in terms of their causes and consequences. Contemporary global politics cannot be deciphered without understanding the historical forces that have shaped the current world order. So, this book is also important for understanding the politics of other countries that have a bearing on India’s interests. This book is written in simple language to keep students interested in reading history, while also providing short crisp notes for UPSC examination.

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Redbook 7: GS 3, Agricuture

This Redbook has the most extensive coverage of the Environment and related topics for both UPSC Prelims and Mains. Questions from the Environment carry high weightage in the examination, especially in UPSC Prelims. The second half of this Redbook covers chapters like international agreements, conventions, summits etc. that can be an extreme score booster for Prelims. This Redbook contains diagrams, charts, data sheets etc. that give updated and exam-relevant content. The Appendix comprise tiger reserves, elephant reserves, biodiversity heritage sites etc. in India in tabular format for better visualization and retention.

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Redbook 8: GS 3, Environment

This Redbook provides extensive coverage of Agriculture and related topics of GS paper 3. This Redbook uses diagrams, flowcharts, maps, keywords, bar graphs etc. to help students understand, visualize and memorize important topics and trends. This book is designed to inculcate interest in agriculture as a subject by using multidimensional linkage so that aspirants can tackle agriculture-related questions accurately from both Prelims and Mains point of view.

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Redbook 9: GS 3, Indian Economy

This Redbook is a handy manual for UPSC students for preparing the Economy portion of GS Paper 3. This Redbook explains different economic concepts with illustrations in simple words. Special emphasis has been given to intersectoral linkage, surveys, reports and statistical indicators. Each chapter of this Redbook is aligned with specific topics mentioned in the official syllabus. This Redbook is written from a generalist point of view and helps students build a strong foundation in economics.

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Redbook 10: GS1, Art and Culture

This Redbook provides a comprehensive understanding of Art and Culture which is a crucial section in the UPSC exam. This book covers various aspects such as Indian Architecture, Sculpture, Paintings, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Science and Technology, Language, and Literature. A deep understanding of these aspects will not only help you score better in the exam but will also help you appreciate India’s rich cultural heritage.

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Redbook 11: GS1, Modern Indian History

This Redbook provides a comprehensive understanding of Moden Indian History which forms an essential topic in Prelims and Mains. This book covers the chronology of events in a detailed manner and ensures that major events are explained and analysed from the Civil Services Examination viewpoint. A deep understanding of Modern Indian History will help you to understand the context behind the developments/issues which are contemporary in nature.

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Redbook 12: GS3, Disaster Management 

This Redbook provides deep insights regarding the world of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. This book is meticulously curated to equip UPSC aspirants with the knowledge, skills, and insights needed to tackle the topic of disaster management.

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Redbook 13: GS1, Geography

This Redbook is a comprehensive book on Geography and comprehensively covers the syllabus for the UPSC Civil Services Exam. The book covers all of the major topics in geography, including physical geography, human geography, economic geography, and Indian geography. The book is written in a clear and concise style, and it is packed with information that is essential for UPSC aspirants.

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Redbook 14: GS3, International Relations

This Redbook is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the international relations syllabus for the UPSC Civil Services Exam, with a specific focus on India. The book covers all of the major topics in international relations that are relevant to India, including India’s foreign policy, its relations with its neighbours, and its role in the global arena. The book is written in a clear and concise style, and it is packed with information that is essential for UPSC aspirants

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