What Books Should I Read for CSS?

What Books Should I Read for CSS

The best path always makes the best destiny. The CSS books build a path towards the success of aspirants. Of course, he who selects authentic and to-the-point books of the CSS exam would earn success at the end of his journey.

When aspirants sit to prepare for the CSS exam, their first quest goes for finding the most relevant books for the exam- the books that succeeded CSPs. However, very few of them proceed to do so if they don’t have proper guidance and awareness. Books should be selected that are recommended by the FPSC syllabus and former toppers of the CSS exam.

Here, we are going to give you a detailed note about the best books for CSS preparation. You would find them very useful once you go for them.

The good thing about us is that we provide all these recommended books online on our website. If you want these books, we will provide them at your home address with free delivery. Now, let’s have a look at the books.

English Essay

To write a brilliant essay, you need to broaden your ideas and knowledge of any particular topic. In the CSS exam, you won’t be asked to draw your knowledge on a piece of paper; rather, you would be asked to criticize and analyze the topics, having used very sound grammar.

“Better Writing now, by Francine Galko, and “How to write good essays” by Lauren Starkey are the two books that help aspirants understand the structure and formulation of essay writing. These books will help you improve your written communication skills with the ability to write precisely on a worksheet. However, FPSC has not suggested any book in the syllabus. The CSPs have recommended these books.

English (Precis and Composition)

This portion is supposed to check your English grammar and its practical implementation. Also, candidates are required to precise a passage.

As per the books’ discussion, look at the following collection.

  • “English Grammar in Use,” by Raymond Murphy.
  • “Practical English Usage,” by M.Swan.
  • “The Little, Brown Handbook,” by H. Ramsey Flower & Jane Aaron.
  • “Write Better, Speak Better”, by Readers Digest Association.

These are the four most recommended books for English precis and composition. These books contain all the necessary data that you need for sentence construction with the best understanding of English grammar. It will help you in every part of the paper, whether for sentence correction or precis writing.

General Science and Ability

This subject verifies the candidate’s understandability of science. We have been learning science till matriculation and sometimes, till intermediate. So, the examiner assumes that CSS aspirants would know the general topics of science. Also, the second portion of the subject tests the quantitative ability, logical/analytical reasoning, and mental abilities of an aspirant.

There are various suggestions on this subject where the following collection stands the most dominant.

For science books

  • “Asimov’s New Guide to Science 1993”, by Isaac Asimov.
  • “Science Restated: Physics and Chemistry for the Non-Scientist 1970”, by Harold Gomes Cassidy.
  • “Eminent Muslim Scientists 1991”, by Fakhre Alam Naqvi.
  • “Exploring Physical Science 1977”, by Walter A. Thurber, Robert E. Kilburn, Peter S. Howel.
  • “Principles of Animal Biology 2011”, by Lancelot Hogben.
  • “The Impact of Science on Society 2005”, by Isaac Asimov, A. S. a. N. A. S. a.

For logical reasoning

  • “Logical Reasoning,” by Rob P. Nederpelt, Farouz D. Kamareddine.
  • “Elements of Logical Reasoning” by Jan Von Plato.
  • “Reasoning Builder for Admission and Standardized Test,” by Staff of Research Education.

Current Affairs

Here, aspirants are supposed to enlighten the General knowledge of history, politics, and international affairs that took place or are going on. A candidate will go through global issues, domestic problems of Pakistan, or Pakistan’s external affairs throughout the whole subject.

To know the best-recommended books, look at the following collection.

  • “Pakistan Foreign Policy 1947-2005: A Concise History, 2011”, by Abdul Sattar.
  • “Issue in Pakistan’s Economy, 2010”, by Akbar S. Zaidi.
  • “Pakistan: A Hard Country, 2012” by Anatol Lieven.
  • “International Relations, 2012”, by Joshua Goldstein.
  • “World Politics: Trends & Transformation, 2014-2015”, by Kegley & Blanton.
  • “Pakistan Beyond the Crisis, 2011”, by Maleeha Lodhi.

These recommended books would cover all the portions of an aspirant’s current affairs before the exam.

Pakistan Affairs

Pakistan affairs require a candidate to have deep knowledge about Pakistan from pre-partition to post-partition, and then, from post-partition to now on social, cultural, and political aspects of the country.

As per the book’s recommendation, look at the following collection.

  • “Federalism and Ethnic Conflict Regulation in India and Pakistan,” by Adeney, Katharine, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
  • “Labor, Democratization, and Development in India and Pakistan.”, by Candland, Christopher, New York: Routledge, 2007.
  • “Frontline Pakistan: The Struggle with Militant Islam.”, by Hussian, Zahid. New York: I.B.Tauris, 2007.
  • “Conflict Between India and Pakistan: An Encyclopedia.” by Lyon, Peter. California: ABC-CLIO, 2008
  • “Back to Pakistan: A Fifty-Year Journey.” by Mass, Leslie Noyes. Plymouth: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011.
  • “A Brief History of Pakistan.”. by Wynbrandt, James. New York: Infobase Publishing, 2009.

Choose the most relevant books gently following the syllabus defined by FPSc.

Islamic Studies

Islamic study is compulsory for Muslims to be attempted in the CSS exam. The subject tests the candidates understanding of Islamic beliefs such as the concept of Islam, Sirah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), human rights and Islamic civilization, etc.

Following are some required readings of different authors that will assist you in covering these topics in Islamic studies.

  • “Introduction to Islam,” by Dr. Hamidullah.
  • “Islam: The Misunderstood Religion,” by Muhammad Qutub
  • “A Brief Survey of Muslim Science and Culture.” by M. Abdur Rahman
  • “Administrative Development an Islamic Perspective.” by Muhammad Al-Buraey
  • “Islamic Law and Constitution.” by Abul A’ la Mawdudi.

Whereas these are the recommended readings of Islamic studies.

  • “Towards Understanding Islam.” by Abul A’ la Mawdudi.
  • “Ideals and Realities in Islam.” by Hussain Nasr.
  • “The Islamic Republic: Politics, Law and Economy.” by Hassan Dr. S. Farooq.

Comparative Study of Major Religions (for non-Muslims)

This paper covers the beliefs of all other religions for non-Muslim candidates. Following are the suggestions that an aspirant has to consider during preparation.

  • “Approaches to the Study of Religion, 1999., by Peter Connolly (ed.).
  • “The Penguin Hand Book of World’s Living Religions, 2010.” by John R. Hinnells (ed.).
  • “Dunya Kay Baray Mazahib (Major Religions of the World).”, by Imadul Hasan Azad Faruqi.

All in all, these are all the recommendations and suggestions that can help you out in the books to find the most relevant data. Indeed, you need a great effort to prepare for the CSS exam.

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