GPSC Books 2023 | Overview, Subjects, Books and Scope

GPSC BooksDifferent states have formed different governing and managing bodies for their civil service examinations. Even if they operate on the guidelines and methods adopted by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission), every state civil service exam has its own features about which aspirants must have detailed knowledge. 

The GPSC (Gujarat Public Service Commission) is responsible for recruitments and the entire process of conducting civil service examinations for the state. A wide variety of different posts within government departments are offered every year making this a very sought after career option. For anyone who is currently preparing or planning to prepare for GPSC in the future needs to be aware of some specific details. This includes thorough information about the syllabus, GPSC books, paper patterns, important dates and much more. 

If you are someone looking for updates and information about GPSC, you’re in the right place. Keep scrolling to find out more. 

GPSC- Overview

Before getting to the exact details, let us look at an overview of what needs to be done for the GPSC exam:

< The exam is on similar grounds with the UPSC exam except for the fact that the preparation specific to all subjects and areas must be Gujarat specific. 

< The structure of the exam is divided into three stages that include the prelims, mains and interview round.

< It is very important to be aware of the exact syllabus and methods with utmost care. 

< All registration dates, important dates for announcements and the timeline of exams must be noted properly.

< From the preparation bent of mind, candidates must be very well versed with current affairs and in particular of the state.

< Sticking to NCERT books is the key to cracking civil service examination and with them comes in the role of reference books that are known to bear relevant outputs over the years. 

< These books include the likes of Laxmikanth for polity and Bipin Chandra for the history topics. 

With these points in mind, aspirants must move on to the next step – the sorting of books and study material for all the different subjects. The rest of the article will provide a better insight into the GPSC books to be followed. 

But first, you need to know more about the subjects necessary for qualifying the GPSC exam. 

GPSC Subjects

Different subjects from all domains that need to be dealt with as a civil servant in implementing and framing policies and laws are included in the exams conducted by public service commissions. The same is the case with GPSC. 

In addition, to be constantly updated with the current affairs in the country and within the state, there are specific subjects that must be covered. Among these is History of Gujarat, Geography and Economy of Gujarat, Modern History, Indian polity, similar to the case of UPSC examinations. There are different levels of information related to the culture, art, politics, social structure, different impacts, inventions and innovations in science that must be covered by everyone appearing for GPSC exams.

GPSC Books

Having acquired in-depth knowledge about the syllabus, it is also essential to stick to particular books for each subject that will give you syllabus specific information. The preferred list of books or the standard GPSC books are as under:

< NCERT books for each of the different subjects.

< Indian Polity by Laxmikanth

< The India Year Book

< Economy

< Gujarat History i.e Gujaratno Itihas (In Gujarati) by Ajay Patel, Hiren Kakdiya, Sanjay Paghdal

< Modern History by Bipin Chandra

< Geography by Majid Hussain

< Different NCERT resources available for Art and Culture, History of India, Articles and Geography.

< Additionally, reading the newspaper and in particular, the Hindu and its regular analysis can be helpful for candidates to sharpen their current affairs.

< The Yojana Magazine, Daily Analysis of News, Press Information Bureau updates and conferences can serve as key elements in helping you clearing the GPSC exams.

GPSC- Scope & Career Opportunities

Once a candidate has cleared the prelims of the GPSE examination, the mains come as the next step. The recruitment process is completed by the interview round to be attempted by those who have gotten through the mains. 

On being selected in the interview round, a large number of government posts will open up for you to take charge of as an officer. Some of the many recruitment opportunities are – Gujarat Administrative Service, Class-I and Gujarat Civil Service (Class-I and Class-II), Range Forest Officer (Class-II), Gujarat Service of Engineering (Civil, Class-I and Class-II), Translator, Class-III, Information Department, Translator/Research Assistant (Class-III), Office of the Director of LanguagesTranslator(Class-III), Office of Legal DepartmentTranslator (Class-III), Gujarat Legislative Secretariat, Deputy Section Officer, Deputy Mamlatdar and Commercial Tax Inspector (Class-III), Legal Assistant (Class-III), Reporter (Gujarati, English, Hindi -Class-II), Gujarat Legislative Secretariat and Private Secretary (Gujarati & English Stenographer, Grade-I and Class-II). 

The different posts offered additionally offer job security, respect and high responsibility to serve the state and the country right. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question 1. Is there any special eligibility criteria for GPSC exams?

Answer. The basic criteria is the same as the one for UPSC with aspirants compulsorily having a degree of graduation in any subject. 

Question 2. What are the probable dates for GPSC 2020?

Answer. The prelims happened in October and mains were scheduled for February and March. The process of recruitment is still continuing at present as of October 2020. 

Question 3. Is it compulsory to take up coaching to clear GPSC?

Answer. This varies from individual to individual as self-studying works for some but others need guidance from experts and external pressure to help them understand the study pattern. With the GPSC books, materials, and other information in your hands, whether to take coaching or not will be your decision.  

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