Red Books by ForumIAS


We at ForumIAS believe that a good study material is the best companion for an aspirant in his/her preparation for the examination. It’s true that 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 UPSC syllabus with sufficient detail that will keep you ahead of your competitors.

Redbook 0: PYQ Compendium
Redbook PYQ Compendium is divided in three parts. The first part explains the plan of UPSC CSE examination and syllabus of different General Studies paper. The second part contains year-wise questions paper of General Studies and Essay from 2013 to 2021. The third part is a topic-wise compilation of UPSC CSE General Studies questions from year 1979 to 2021.

Redbook 1: GS 4, Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude
This Redbook covers the GS paper 4 syllabus comprehensively and devotes an entire chapter for 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 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.

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 a chronological order keeping in mind important topics of the syllabus of UPSC Mains examination. Although marks wise weightage of this portion might appear to be less in the mains 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 in understanding the important economic and political developments that shaped the destiny of the nation.

Redbook 3: GS 1 and 2, Indian Society and Social Issues
This Redbook covers topics from both GS paper 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 comprehensive discussion of some topics requires understanding of combined social-political context and consequences. There are topics like welfare of vulnerable section 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, in-depth study of secularism, communalism and regionalism in GS paper 1 requires understanding of their political context.

Redbook 4: GS 3, Science and Technology
This Redbook is a handy manual for UPSC students for preparing Science and technology potion of GS paper 3. This book explains different scientific concepts in simple words and avoids technical jargons, 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.

Redbook 5: GS 3, Internal Security
This Redbook is a comprehensive compendium of thematic notes that covers each and every topic of 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 in last. Internal security is a very scoring portion and this Redbook is an indispensable resource in its preparation. Good understanding of internal security challenges is also necessary to fully appreciate contours of domestic and foreign policies of India.

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 politics of other countries that have bearing on India’s interest. This book is written in simple language to keep students interested in reading history, while also providing short crisp notes for UPSC examination. Redbook World History contains a timeline at beginning of every chapter to make it easy for students to remember critical moments of history, and previously asked UPSC questions to help student evaluate their progress.

Redbook 7: GS 3, Environment
This Redbook has most extensive coverage of Environment and related topics for both UPSC Prelims and Mains. Questions from Environment carries 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.

Redbook 8: GS 3, Agriculture
This Redbook provides an 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.

Redbook 9: GS 3, Indian Economy
This Redbook is a handy manual for UPSC students for preparing 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.


Apart from Redbook series, ForumIAS also publishes ‘A Summary of’ and ‘A Workbook of’ series of books. ‘A Summary of’ are short and succinct revision material mostly oriented towards objective questions. Following ‘A summary of’ series books are available for students:

S1: A Summary of Indian Polity: This book provides students an outline of important topics related to the Indian constitution and governance system.

S2: A Summary of history of Modern India: This book covers the history of modern India from the times of Advent of Europeans to Independence of India. It is information dense and gives students a lot of facts, dates and brief overview of important historical events that shaped history of modern India.

Workbooks are a series of question banks of MCQs aimed at covering the entire UPSC CSE (Pre.) syllabus holistically. Each Workbook is divided into units and every unit consist of 2 parts: Previous Year Questions and Practise Questions. The combination of both these sections will help students check the questions asked by the commission and at the same time practise similar question. You can also use these workbooks to solve questions as and when you prepare small portions of the syllabus. No preparation is complete unless you have understood the concept and applied them in solving questions. Solving questions is the only way to validate your knowledge. Therefore, the workbooks would be the perfect friend which will test your conceptual clarity and challenge your knowledge base. Following Workbooks are available for students:

W1. A Workbook of Indian Polity

W2. A Workbook of Indian Economy

W3. A Workbook of Geography

W4. A Workbook of Science & Technology + Environment

W5. A Workbook of Ancient and Medieval History + Art & Culture

W6. A Workbook of History of Modern India

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Many more books are in pipeline and we expect them to be released soon. We will post updates here about each new book that we release. Happy reading and happy learning!!

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