Anudeep Durishetty IAS Topper Anthropology optional Books List  – These are the sources I referred to for my Anthropology optional. There is no need to read these books from end to end. You must go topic wise as per the syllabus and read these books to get a good grip over the subject.

Apart from these, use online sources and newspapers to enrich your knowledge and answer content.

Anudeep Durishetty IAS Topper Anthropology optional Books List

Anudeep Durishetty IAS Topper Anthropology optional Books List

Paper I

  1. Braintree material
  2. Physical Anthropology – P Nath
  3. Anthropology Simplified – Vivek Bhasme (very good source for diagrams and answer structuring)
  4. Anthropology – Ember and Ember

Paper II

  1. Indian Anthropology -Nadeem Hasnain
  2. Tribal India – Nadeem Hasnain
  3. Anthropology Simplified– Vivek Bhasme
  4. The Tribal Culture of India – LP Vidyarthi
  5. Xaxa Report
  6. January 2014 edition of Yojana- Tribal and Marginalized Communities


Note on diagrams and answer writing

While preparing for CSE 2017, because of my hectic work schedule I was hard pressed to just finish the syllabus in the limited time I had. Because of this time crunch, I could neither make any topic-wise notes nor opt for any test series. I learnt how to write good answers from the book Anthropology Simplified by Vivek Bhasme. Most of the diagrams I practised too were from this book.


Online Resources for Paper I and II

  1. Khan Academy –
  2. Anthropological Theories:
  3. Genetics:
  4. Anthropological Survey of India:
  5. Ministry of Tribal Affairs:
  6. Tribal faces of India-
  7. Govt. schemes and tribal related news reported in newspapers
  8. Diagrams related to anthropology: I practised many diagrams from the notes of Kirthi Chekuri (AIR 14, CSE 2015) published in this Insights article
  9. Physical Anthropology slides


Books for general reading

The following books have absolutely no bearing on Anthropology optional preparation. But for a curious student of this subject, these books are incredibly fascinating to read. Much ahead of me choosing Anthropology as my optional, it’s these books that got me deeply interested in the fields of evolutionary biology and genetics. Pick them up in your leisure time and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.

  1. Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
  2. The Selfish Gene- Richard Dawkins
  3. The Blind Watchmaker- Richard Dawkins
  4. The Gene- Siddhartha Mukherjee

Anudeep Durishetty IAS Topper Anthropology optional Books List for UPSC Mains 2018

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