Indian Polity by Laxmikanth is a very popular book for civil services examination particularly for Public Administration. In fact, till a few years back when there were optional subjects in the preliminary exam as well, Laxmikanth was indispensable for Pub Ad and IAS aspirants used to literally rote the entire book.
Even today when Indian Polity is quite useful for Pub Ad mains paper and many aspirants also refer Laxmikant for preparing Indian polity for the Prelims as well. What makes Indian Polity by Laxmikanth so popular?
The format and language of the book is highly readable. It reads more like a guide than a standard text book. Laxmikanth explains all aspects of India’s polity like fundamental rights, duties, panchayati raj, budget, state and central government, judiciary, constitutional bodies etc in a very easy to understand manner.
IAS aspirants with no background knowledge of Indian polity and constitution will grasp the concepts quickly as the book is intended for beginners as well as experienced candidates. Indian Polity consists of useful bullet points to get the concepts across concisely and clearly.
The various polity topics covered by Laxmikant in his book on polity are divided into 11 parts that are listed below:
- Constitutional framework
- System of government
- Central government
- State government
- Local government
- Union territories and special areas
- Constitutional bodies
- Non-constitutional bodies
- Other constitutional dimensions
- Political dynamics
- Working of the constitution
As you can see the latest version of Indian Polity is comprehensive in scope covering every aspect of Prelims syllabus and also very useful for GS Mains paper. Perhaps the best aspect of this book is the reading style which is very lucid. Topics are broken down into sub-topics and lists are used to highlight important points in a topic. This will surely aid learning. Another feature are the practice questions on polity included in the book so you can test your learning.
Finally the book is updated and contains all the amendments up to the latest amendment. If you are undecided between reading DD Basu or Laxmikanth, I will most certainly recommend this book over DD Basu’s.
No wonder Indian Polity by Laxmikanth is highly popular book among IAS aspirants for Prelims as well as Pub Ad mains paper.