Botany is a popular optional subject among the UPSC aspirants. It has a reasonably sized syllabus which can be mastered with limited efforts. Besides, Botany has a reputation of being a scoring subject.
A large number of UPSC CSE and IFS toppers have taken this optional in the past. This makes it a popular choice among students looking to score in the upper range of their UPSC exam.
Evolution’s course for Botany optional is considered as the best in the country. Every year, nearly 90% of the Botany selections in IAS & IFS are from Evolution. Top Rankers like Sonia Katariya (Rank 115, IAS 2021), Vidushi (Rank 1, IFS 2016), Divya Jyoti Parida (Rank 26, IAS 2015), Abhilasha (Rank 2, IFS 2015), Aditya M. (Rank 5, IFS 2015), have all been trained by us for Botany optional.
Here, we are suggesting you the books that will be very useful for Botany optional. The books will help you build concepts and equip you with the latest information. They will provide a great base to prepare answers for any questions that you may encounter.
These books are not needed for those students who will join our course for Botany
Do not read any further if you are planning to join Evolution’s course for Botany optional. If you join this course, you would not need any of the advanced level books which we are enlisting below.
The class-notes and material associated with this course will contain well-edited relevant facts and concepts from these books and many more advanced sources not listed here.
But, if you are planning to prepare Botany by self-study, then these are the books you should go for. As mentioned earlier, they will help you with the right information and concepts to prepare Botany well.
There is no preparation without making notes
Making notes is critically important to your success as a student. They help you to concisely organize the large volume of information you are expected to learn in an easy to revise format. Additionally, by making notes you develop a better understanding of the subject matter. The topics for which you make notes, you tend to retain them much better. Therefore, taking notes is an integral and unescapable part of your preparation.
You do not need to read any of these books end-to-end
To prepare for the Civil Services Examination or IFS Botany, it is important to refer to the syllabus and then examine the previously asked questions. This will give you an idea of the scope of topics that are covered in the examination. Once you have a sense of the topics, you can prepare a detailed list of topics and subtopics. Then, you need to read selectively from the prescribed books to cover all topics and subtopics.
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