As you are aware that Reference Books are crucial to Prelims preparation since they contain a lot of information across different topics in a single book which is otherwise available in different formats and books. India Year Book published by Publications Division, Govt. of India, is one of the most important reference books for IAS preparation since it contains official and authentic information across all sectors. And UPSC relies upon it for sourcing Prelims as well as Mains questions.
The good news is that India Year Book 2016 is now available online and you should get it quickly before stocks run out since it is in heavy demand. In this post I review the India Year Book 2016 for your benefit.
Note: Refer this page for the Recommended Books for IAS 2016.
The content of India 2016 is divided in to 32 chapters like Land and the People, Agriculture, Defence, Education, Environment, Transport etc. In short, the coverage of topics is exhaustive and it is a gold mine of information for IAS aspirants.
It contains numerous tables with up-to-date information on Census figures, health, education and so on. The census or demographic information contained in India Year Book 2016 is very important since you can always expect 2-3 demography-based questions in Prelims each year.
The Polity chapter is also covered in detail with information on latest regional summits involving India like IBSA Forum, India-Malaysia Cooperation and so on. It also contains detailed information on various ministries and departments under them.
Similarly, the Defence topic deals with our missile arsenal in-depth and the different Defence undertakings. It also provides insight into the various defence deals India has struck recently like the Long Range Barak missile deal with Israel, Ramjet propulsion project with Russia and so on. What is more, it also provides a brief overview of the internal and external security environment which is useful from Mains perspective.
India Year Book 2016 also contains detailed information on states and UTs providing a brief introduction to the regions history and geography and principal demographic information like Area, population, capital, principal language, agriculture and irrigation, industry and power, transport, and tourist places.
The General Information section is also very useful from general awareness perspective. Some of the topics covered in this chapter are Rank and Precedence of persons, list of Presidents,Vice Presidents, Prime Ministers, Chief Justices, Chief Election Commissioners, UPSC Chairmen etc.
India 2016 is also a powerhouse of Current Affairs knowledge and lists the important awards of 2015 like Padma awards, Sahitya Akademi awards, Gallantry awards and so on. It also lists the various amendments to the Indian Constitution since its inception right till 2015.
Finally, India Year Book also provides a Diary of National Events containing useful current affairs information from December 2014 to November 2015. Although this is not comprehensive in scope, still it is quite useful since this is a government publication.
I would also recommend that you enrol for IAS Kracker’s Test Series Course to get free weekly current Affairs updates right from January 2015 till August 2016. 2014 updates are also available for download in the members area.
All in all, India Year Book 2016 is a very important publication of the Govt. containing information on different topics in a single reference book that you should immediately start reading for Prelims 2016 to be held in August this year.
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