Question from a Reader
My question to you is there a big difference between DD Basu and Laxmikanth? DO I absolutely need to buy Laxmikanth and refer it for my prelims preparation?
I should also mention that I have been reading from “Our Parliament” by S. Kashyap as well.
- DD Basu, M V Paylee and S C Kashyap are written from academic point of view.
- While they help in writing the analytical /descriptive / essay / interview answers – they’re not written or structured for the MCQ (Multi Choice Questions) of competitive exams.
- M.Laxmikanth helps revising the facts and essential details faster – and since he has presented everything in such a structured and lucid manner, you don’t have to maintain seperate quick revision notes on static Polity.
- It also helps in dealing with the fact based descriptive answers in GS Mains. Quite helpful in almost all the competitive exams for Government jobs –starting from UPSC, CPF, APFC to State PSC.
- And There is no need to refer to M V Paylee or S C Kashyap. It’d be an overkill given the Cost:Benefit ratio.
- At most you can go for DD Basu for Mains. I am saying “At most” because last years’ toppers Neeraj Singh and Om Kasera – used only Laxmikanth for preparing Polity for both Prelims and Mains GS, and did not mention DD Basu their interviews.
I’ve TMH Manual 2012. This is my second attempt at UPSC so I have the book from last time. They publish a revised edition every year. Should I buy the latest edition of that as well?
- We require TMH Manual, mainly for the theory and mock questions of [static] History, Science and Geography. And for Mock questions on Polity and Economy.
- And those things are one and same every year. They only update the so called “Current affairs related GK”- but you get that content for various magazines / sites. So there is no need to buy new Manual every year.