Anudeep Durishetty – Rank 1 – Optional Anthropology

Anudeep Durishetty – Rank 1 – Optional Anthropology



Name Anudeep Durishetty
Place Telangana
Graduation BITS Pilani
UPSC Rank Rank 1 Year 2017
Attempt 5th Attempt
Optional Subject Anthropology


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Reference Books:

General Science – Polity
General Science – Economy
  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  • articles
  • Macroeconomics – NCERT Class XII
  • Indian Economic Development – NCERT Class XI
  • Economic Survey (Selective reading from Prelims perspective)
  • The Hindu
  • Internet for understanding concepts (Arthapedia, Google, Youtube)
General Science – History
  • Old NCERT by RS Sharma
  • Old NCERT by Satish Chandra (Selective Reading)
  • A Brief history of Modern India- Spectrum Publications
  • India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra (Selective Reading)
  • NCERT by Bipan Chandra (For the period 1700s to 1857)
General Science – Art & Culture
  • An Introduction to Indian Art – Class XI NCERT
  • Chapters related to culture in Ancient and Medieval India NCERTs
  • Centre for Cultural Resource and Training (CCRT) material
  • Heritage Crafts: Living Craft Traditions of India -NCERT
General Science – Environment, Science & Technology
  • Shankar IAS book
  • General Science books – IX and X standard
  • The Hindu
  • Google and YouTube
General Science – Geography
  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography XI NCERT
  • India: Physical Environment XI NCERT
  • Fundamentals of Human Geography XII NCERT
  • India: People and Economy XII NCERT
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography: GC Leong
  • PMFIAS (Excellent resource for understanding complex topics)
  • Google and YouTube
Mains Optional – Anthropology Paper 1
  • Braintree material
  • Physical Anthropology – P Nath
  • Anthropology Simplified – Vivek Bhasme (very good source for diagrams and answer structuring)
  • Anthropology – Ember and Ember
Mains Optional – Anthropology Paper 2
  • Indian Anthropology -Nadeem Hasnain
  • Tribal India – Nadeem Hasnain
  • Anthropology Simplified– Vivek Bhasme
  • The Tribal Culture of India – LP Vidyarthi
  • Xaxa Report
  • January 2014 edition of Yojana- Tribal and Marginalized Communities



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