Why TMH General Studies Manual is still relevant for CSAT

I recently received a comment on the post Books for CSAT where the valued commenter said that TMH GS Manual is no longer relevant for CSAT preparation. I thought I needed to dispel this misconception as the TMH General Studies guide is somewhat of an iconic reference book for IAS Prelims preparation.

Although the Paper 2 syllabus of IAS Prelims has changed drastically as the optionals have been replaced by a GS paper, the first paper is still as is. The only change in it is that the mental ability part has been shifted to the second paper. So now you need one additional reference book for Preliminary preparation. Still, this does not exclude the book you used to refer till now for the first paper.

Now there are some books in the market focusing on CSAT 2011 like the Pearson CSAT Manual 2011 which are good as they balance both papers nicely. Also the Paper 2 part dealing with mental ability, data interpretation, logical reasoning, comprehension has been authored by Edgar Thorpe who is the highly regarded author of the well known book on Mental ability and Quantitative Aptitude but I feel in spite of this TMH GS Manual is still relevant for the first paper for the following reasons:

  • The TMH manual has the best material on Geography, Science and GK amongst all the manuals
  • It comes with detailed maps of soils, climatic types etc in the Geography section that are very useful for Prelims preparation
  • A detailed section on Indian History covering all the important points in modern history
  • A good section on mental ability

For these reasons I feel the TMH manual is still highly relevant for paper 1 of CSAT. In addition to this it also covers the mental ability part of Paper 2. In spite of this there are some areas not covered by the 2011 edition such as:

  • English comprehension and passage
  • Decision making
  • Interpersonal skills

It would then make more sense to opt for the TMH GS Manual plus another book focusing exclusively on Paper 2 of CSAT. But if you don’t want to refer two books then I suggest you get the Pearson CSAT Manual which is also a good bet for the challenge ahead.

Your thoughts?

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20 Comments

  1. I am really confused which one to buy???
    Pearson CSAT manual or TMH General Studies…
    Pls tell me with both pros and cons of both books.. asap

    1. I would suggest u to buy TMH GS mannual because all the sections covered in the book,moreover the content is superb,it also contails past years solved question papersdetailed maps in geography,

      the current knowledge section and the gk section are no match to any other book.
      I still feel they should have introduced some mock test papers which are very necessary for preparation

      moreover the book has been in printing for almost 25 years

      ——
      The pearson mannual is also good bt something is still lacking in the book,the matter is less than required for csat level exam.
      the sections are still lacking information

      the plus point of this book is that it covers both the papers.and paper 2 section is very good covering everything in deep and explainig all the topics clearly.it also covers english comprehension beautifull

      Iwould suggest tmh gs for paper 1 and forpaper 2 I would recomend pearson csat mannual paper 2,or crack csat by disha or arihant.

      also I would like to tell u that these mannual should note be ur sole reading material
      u should buy subject specific books of some good authors

      For indian national movement -histroy of indian independence ‘Bipin Chandra’ indian national movemennt is a very scoring papart in prelims and teir is no substitute to bipin chandra’s book

      1. thnku sir for giving more precious info about csat………
        plzz sir tell me about for ias prepration new ncert or old ncert plzz tell me what i prefer …..

      2. thnku sir for giving more precious info about csat………
        plzz sir tell me about for ias prepration new ncert or old ncert plzz tell me what i prefer …..

      3. The unique manual is more upto date and has been in the market for more than 30 years and even my father and most oh his colleagues have studied from it.

  2. DEAR SIR …I HAVE CONFUSION REGARDING OLD AND NEW SYLLABUS OF BOOKS OF NCERT…THE OLD SYLLABUS BOOKS ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN THE MARKET ..SO ARE THE NEW SYLLABUS BOOKS OF NCERT ARE SUFFICIENT …

  3. Dear sir
    I need help in selecting the book for history for prelims . shall I go for the books of modern history only or shall I go for the book consisting of ancient , medival and modern history ? Since i am a science student i have less idea ancient and medival .. so plz help me out by providing me the required suggestion
    thank you

    1. thank u sir,i am using pearson csat manual and started understanding n i find some mistakes in them and pearson is the gud choose,do u suggest

  4. thank u sir,i am using pearson csat manual and started understanding n i find some mistakes in them and pearson is the gud choose,do u suggest

  5. sir
    can you please suggest a gud bk for paper 2..i hv already purchasd tmh for paper 1
    bt confusion is there for ppr 2..which one should i go for-pearson,tmh,unique publication,arihant,disha????
    thankx..

  6. sir
    can you please suggest a gud bk for paper 2..i hv already purchasd tmh for paper 1
    bt confusion is there for ppr 2..which one should i go for-pearson,tmh,unique publication,arihant,disha????
    thankx..

  7. hello Sir,
    I have confusion which book is to be purchased for Paper-2 of ias-pre. I have to purchase a book which contains all the topic for paper-2. I have heard that arihant’s book on paper 2 have many mistakes and wrong solutions. plz suggest which one i shd purchase.

  8. Sir,Are TMH manual GS paper 1 and paper 2 for CSAT preparation is sufficient for exams????.Please recommend another books for CSAT preparation.

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