Indian Polity by Laxmikanth Book Review

indian polity laxmikantIndian 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.

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23 thoughts on “Indian Polity by Laxmikanth Book Review”

  1. Hi

    I am planning to take up the exam in 2013 and started preparing on my own,but i am confused between the 2 books..indian polity by laxmikanth and our constitution by subhash kashyap..pls let me know which one shud i go for and also i have decided to take pub ad as one of my optional

  2. i m a IAS aspirant my first attempt will be in 2013 march exam.
    i am in a huge dilemma about my optional subjects. i want to take Indian polity because it interests me a bit and i have no idea whatsoever abt PUB AD, but i have come to know that pub ad yields more marks than INDIAN POLITY (IP). i do not want to be mess it up after 2 years down the line plz some guide me which one is more easy and and can yield good marks. regards….

  3. hi,my name is karthik kamath,pursuing my 3rd year of engineering.i have planned to write ias exam’s after completing my engineering.is it advisable for me to take indian polity as a prelims subject??

  4. hello sir, i am an IAS aspirant and my background is science ( pharmacy related). There are no optionals related to pharmacy. Yes, there are optional like zoology i am interested in zoology but the problem is there is no relevant materials provided for the syllabus. so i am in a big confusion. Anthro is a bit related to zoology. i have knowledge in HISTORY so can i opt for that optional. is HISTORY a scoring subject? and what about SOCIOLOGY? please sir clear my confusion i will b ever grateful.

  5. hello sir, i am an IAS aspirant and my background is science ( pharmacy related). There are no optionals related to pharmacy. Yes, there are optional like zoology i am interested in zoology but the problem is there is no relevant materials provided for the syllabus. so i am in a big confusion. Anthro is a bit related to zoology. i have knowledge in HISTORY so can i opt for that optional. is HISTORY a scoring subject? and what about SOCIOLOGY? please sir clear my confusion i will b ever grateful.

  6. Sir, your blog is great. It has really helped me. But I have a doubt!
    If I will be taking coaching for G.S. both Prelims + Mains, then do i need to read any books apart from the coaching material?
    Would books like TMH G.S. Mannual and Manorma book of the year still be required?
    Can you recommend any good coaching institutes for G.S?
    Awaiting Reply.!

  7. can you suggest me books for biodiversity,and is masjid.hussian is enough to gotrough for prelims,plz reply me sir(lazylord).

  8. hello,sir ……actually i have a confusion that from pub add or polity which subject is more easy for optional subject……awaiting for reply….thank u sir

  9. SIR
    I am MSc agriculture graduate.
    I am very much interested in sociology.
    Will i be able to score more in sociology?
    Plz suggest me some important books.

  10. Hi
    i am going to appear csat2015.
    1. i already have the books of ‘india and world geography by m husain’ and ‘governance in india by m laxmikant’ on whose cover page it is written FOR CIVIL SERVICES PRELIMINARY EXAM.so do i have to buy those same authors books for main exam again on whose cover page it is written for FOR PRELIMINARY AND MAIN EXAM?
    2. also i have the books of ‘indian polity by laxmiant 3rd edition’ and ‘indian economy by ramesh singh 4th edition’.do i have to buy their recent editions again?

    1. Hello Pratima,

      No you need not buy the latest editions if you have the recent ones. The books you mentioned will be useful for Prelims as well as Mains

  11. sir please tell me that after clearing the concept of any topic,mugging is also important for main to write exam or remember that topic?
    or sir please call me to clear my doubts or give ur no. to ask my doubts from you please sir my no. is 9760762104

    1. You will need to ask this question to yourself. Do you need to mug the important points or you can remember them without mugging?

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