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Books for UPSC Law Optional [Recommended Book List]

Updated: Jan 25, 2023

Resources and Book List for Law Optional UPSC



 

WHY WE NEED TO FIND APPROPRIATE BOOKS ?


If right material chosen then - success is half achieved !!!!!

Many say UPSC Law Optional Syllabus is vast but if right material and area of study finalized then its just a short optional to complete


NOTE : LAWXPERTMV students need not read standard books, the important concepts + cases from this books are covered in our notes, which is exactly required for Mains. Thus our notes will suffice to clear mains with good score.
 

PAPER 1 | SECTION A - CONSTITUTIONAL LAW


INTERNET RESOURCES FOR CONSTITUTIONAL LAW


BOOK 1 | Indian Constitutional Law by M.P Jain


Importance of this book : This is the best standard book for UPSC Law Optional constitutional law because : 1. Many questions verbatim asked 2. Cover major cases

3. Has very good discussion style which enhance your answer writing skill.

4. Single book enough to cover entire constitutional law Price : INR 1200 Pages : 2000 aprox


Drawback :

MAJOR DRAWBACK : Very bulky - humanly not possible to read and retain concepts in memory


Language Quality : Complicated language making hard to understand concepts


TIPS TO OVERCOME DRAWBACK : Stick to syllabus topics of UPSC Law Optional and make sure to read only important case law


Make your revision notes - in lines of previous year questions - CHECK Previous 20 year questions and analysis here Note for lawxpertsmv students : Lawxpertsmv Constitutional law notes are made from this book - simplified along with previous year questions. Thus if you read lawxpertsmv revision notes you can cover entire constitutional law syllabus.





Book 2 : Constitution of India by V.N Shukla


Pros and Cons : This books contains short version of MP Jain and also some parts of constitutional law by J.N Pandey , but its too short that aspirants may miss out on important concepts and cases.


But how can you use this book ? It can be used as a summary, to get an idea on topics of UPSC law optional.


Huge time saver if you are preparing at last minute, at the same time it will have its dark effect of insufficient data to give a complete answer in UPSC exam.


Language quality : Good standard language - medium difficulty to understand


Price : 999 CAUTION : NOT EXHAUSTIVE FOR UPSC LAW OPTIONAL PREPARATION





Book 3 : Constitutional Law of India by Dr. J.N Pandey


Importance : Language quality : Easy to read book without complex language.

  • Covers most of the important areas of syllabus and also landmark cases

  • Not much bulky when compared to MP Jain

  • Almost exhaustive of UPSC Law Optional - paper 1 Constitutional Law syllabus

  • Detailed case facts

  • Cost effective - when compared to other books.

Drawbacks : Verbatim question cannot be expected as we can do from MP Jain constitutional law book.

  • Not much analysis can be seen on comparison with MP Jain book on constitutional law, thus you can learn to write facts but not the apt writing/ analysis style required for UPSC Law Optional.

  • Unwanted detailed facts of case which may drink up your precious time

CAUTION : Stick to syllabus and previous year questions


Price : 550


Internet Sources for Administrative Law


BOOKS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE LAW


Book 1 : MP Jain and S.N Jain on


Pros and Cons :

  • Highly informative at the same time bulky.

  • It is exhaustive and covers all relevant topics for administrative law part under paper 1 section A of law optional UPSC.

  • Contains all landmark cases

  • Costly

Language : Complex - hard to understand


Price : 1490 INR






Book 2 : Lectures on Administrative Law by C.K Takwani


Pros and cons : Comprehensive book with lucid style of writing

  • Language : Easily understandable

  • Very good analysis and points

  • Recommended for concept clarity

  • Landmark cases covered

  • Bulky : thus stick to syllabus and previous year questions

  • Less price when compared to MP Jain book on administrative law


Price : 616


PAPER 1 SECTION B | INTERNATIONAL LAW BOOKS AND SOURCES


BOOK 1 : International Law by Malcom N. Shaw


Pros and Cons : Explains many aspects

Standard and informative book


Language : Foreign author book complex in language

  • Certain concepts hard to understand

  • Very bulky

  • Certain topics less information than required

  • Covering unwanted areas

  • But can understand the real spirit of International Law

  • Very Costly


Pages : 1500 pages approx

Price : 4412 to offer price 3000 INR approx





BOOK 2 : International Law and Human Rights by Dr. S.K Kapoor


Importance : Comprehensive book to cover UPSC Law Optional International Law topics under syllabus.

Language : Indian author, lucid when compared to Malcom N Shaw


Very informative covers important concepts and land mark cases

But very bulky


THUS ! Try using Nutshell version of this book : available in market


Nutshell exactly contains what is required.


PRICE : 755 INR

Nutshell : 350 INR







IMPORTANT POINT : However both Malcom N. Shaw and S.K Kapoor do not cover certain topics of international law which you have to get from reliable internet sources.





PAPER 2 | SECTION A | LAW OF CRIMES


Internet Resources to cover Law of Crimes UPSC


Concepts made easy for Theft, Extortion, Robbery and Dacoity


Book 1 : Criminal Law by PSA Pillai refined by KI Vibhute


Importance : Standard book for Law of crimes for Law Optional UPSC

But it will not cover 1. Protection of civil rights Act

2. Prevention of corruption Act

3. SC/ ST Act etc


But it covers all IPC offences which is major component of criminal law


Bulky thus must prepare in line of previous year questions and Law Optional Syllabus



Price : INR 800 approx









BOOK 2 : The Indian Penal Code by Ratanlal and Dhirajlal Pros and Cons : Each section has exclusive explainers and cases

  • Language : Difficult - complex to understand

  • Very detailed content unnecessary for UPSC Law Optional

  • Facts of the case in most part would be missing

PRICE : 932 INR



PAPER 2 | SECTION A | LAW OF TORTS


Internet Sources for Law of Torts UPSC





BOOK 1 : Law of Torts by Dr. R.K Bangia


  • Importance : All rounder best book to refer for UPSC Law Optional Torts Syllabus

  • Language : Simple language easy to understand

  • Contains major concepts and case laws Easy given facts and held

  • It contains consumer protection Act 2019 ( new act )

  • Competition Act - topic 4 of contemporary legal developments are covered.


Price : INR 599


Read in line with previous year questions




PAPER 2 | SECTION B | LAW OF CONTRACTS

Internet Sources for Law of Contracts UPSC


BOOK 1 : Contracts and Specific Relief by Avtar Singh


  • Language : Complex , hard to understand Comprehensive and detailed book

  • Contains Landmark cases

  • Authoritative and standard book for law of contracts

  • Very bulky

PRICE 631 INR

Thus ! stick to syllabus and read in line with previous year questions






BOOK 2 : Law of Contracts by R.K Bangia Importance : Easy to read and understand Concepts clearly given in simple language Covers Important Case Laws But the essence and analysis of contract law cannot be gained as you can get from Contract Law by Avatar Singh Language : Lucid and simple - easy to understand


Simple book easy to learn and retain Price : 300 INR Approx



PAPER 2 | SECTION B | Contemporary Legal Developments UPSC Law Optional Mains


Topic 1 : Public Interest Litigation | This lecture will cover complete topic and also 90% previous year questions can be answered by listening to this lecture : CLICK HERE FOR LECTURE

If you need books then you can refer constitutional law books suggested above - M.P Jain or J.N Pandey - but it will have lots of cases ( even land mark cases ) - read very important life changing cases and recent cases.


Topic 2 : Intellectual Property Rights :

Internet resources Notes on Copy Right Act



Book 1 : G.P Reddy


Importance : Simple to understand

Covers all intellectual property acts viz, Patent Law, Copyright Act, etc.

Covers land mark cases Has good mind maps Price : 630 INR


CAUTION : Need not cover entire book prepare in lines of previous year questions Previous 20 years UPSC Law Optional Question Paper on Intellectual Property | Download PDF

BOOK 2 : Law Relating To Intellectual Property by V.K Ahuja


Importance : Covers the syllabus Little complex language than G.P Reddy Intellectual Property Law

Covers land mark cases


Price : 700 INR







TOPIC 3 : Information Technology Law including Cyber Law


BOOK 1 : Technology Laws decoded by N.S Nappinai About book : Commentary book with alot of information

How to make best use ? Refer important sections commentaries to make notes


CAUTION : Stick to syllabus and previous year questions


Language : Somewhat complex


Price : 1650 INR