Himachal Pradesh General Studies / Himachal Pradesh General Knowledge
Pradesh General Studies plays a important part in the syllabus as it can
consist 20 to 30 % of marks in Prelims and also in Mains Exams so it
becomes a very important section to cover. For Himachal Pradesh General Studies there are so many books available in the market and most of them are really USELESS because these books just copy paste few important topics and ignores the most part that usually appear in the exams and these books lack the depth in the most the topics So these books are not of Good Quality. To cover this section you need very Good Study material and GOOD QUALITY books for the preparation of HIMACHAL PRADESH GENERAL STUDIES. I have gone through many many books and have found few books really useful and IMPORTANT for HPAS/HAS and other Examinations.
- Recommended Books for HPAS/HAS Exam
- Recommended Books for HPPSC NT/CDPO-TWO Prelims Exam
- Recommended Books for HPPSC NT/CDPO-TWO Mains Exam
- Recommended Books for IBPS PO/SO/CLK/RRB, RBI, LIC AO/ADO etc
- Recommended Books for SBI PO/CLK
- Recommended Books for SSC - CGL
- Recommended Books for Himachal Pradesh Subordinate Allied Services/Posts Exam, 2015 : Excise & Taxation Inspector, Food Inspector, Election Kanungo and Extension Officer in Industries
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The Books You will Buy will also come handy for other State Exams, So choose wisely and if you have older Editions of Any book then don't buy it Go for Other Best book So that you can have variety of Content.
Books I would mention are as Follows :
1. [Combo of these 4-5 very Good books is best for the Exams Like HPAS, Naib Tehsildar, CDPO-TWO Exams because for these Exams you need to study thoroughly and also need an analytical approach in writing the answers in the HPAS Mains and NT, CDPO-TWO Mains. Apart form the Mains Exam these are also useful for Prelims of HPAS, and NT, CDPO-TWO and other State exams. Due to lack of other good books and unavailability of Books these 4-5 books are highly useful and great source of knowledge with the promise of authenticity of the material and resource.]
2. The Wonderland Himachal Pradesh by Jag Mohan Balokhra H.G. Publications [Hindi/English]
The Wonderland Himachal Pradesh by Jag Mohan Balokhra is the Best Book in the Business and useful for the Every exam where Himachal GK is asked, So this is a must have book in your collection. The book is cheap in cost around 350-400 Rupees.
This is New Edition consist 1600 plus pages and covering almost every aspect of the state in detailed manner. So I will Suggest you this book for HIMACHAL GK Section.
There is one more book or Concise Edition by Jag Mohan Balokhra : "The Paradise -Himachal Pradesh " An Encyclopedia on Himalayan State by Jag Mohan Balokhra . It has 452 pages and covers almost everything . Although This book is not Available on Online shopping Websites. But you can ask for it at your Nearest BOOKSTALLS. I have Gone through the book and I found it very much Useful.
Book is Available Online Here :
ENGLISH Edition : The Wonderland HIMACHAL PRADESH
HINDI Edition : Alloukik HIMACHAL PRADESH
All Other Balokhra Books : Here / Here
3. Another Nice Author I came to know is Mian Goverdhan Singh.His work is really very good and it is Very Good Alternative for Jag Mohan Balokhara's book, So I would Like to mention his four Books here:
(a) Himachal Pradesh : History, Culture And Economy by Mian Goverdhan Singh - This Book is the Main book and very Useful.
(b) History of Himachal Pradesh/Himachal Pradesh ka itihasa (Hindi Edition) by Mian Goverdhan Singh - Very Useful
(c) Festivals, Fairs and Customs of Himachal Pradesh by Mian Goverdhan Singh - Useful
(d)Wooden Temples of Himachal Pradesh by Mian Goverdhan Singh - Not very useful
(e) Himachal Pradesh Aek Aithihasik Sarvekshan (Hindi) - Somewhat useful
(f) Art and Architecture of Himachal Pradesh Hardcover by Mian Goverdhan Singh - Somewhat useful
[ Book (a) is the Main book, (b) (c) (e) (f) are also useful while Book (d) is not very useful, only Selective Chapters and Topics ]
Another Good Books...
4. (a) Where Mortals and Mountain Gods Meet: Society and Culture in Himachal Pradesh or Here by Laxman S Thakur Published by Indian Institute of Advanced Study Shimla
This is a Good Book published by Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) Shimla, written by many Scholars who have deep knowledge of Himachal Pradesh and Edited by Laxman S Thakur.
Art, Music, Religion, History, Geography, Environment & Biodiversity, Economics and pure sciences of Himachal Pradesh. It also examines the importance of the Himalayan snow for the perennial rivers, its rich and diversified plant biodiversity and forest wealth the economy and society including the pastoralist communities, architectural sculpture and epigraphical treasures, the traditional system of knowledge and its celebrity at the village level and many more interesting topics.
Because the book has been written by the Scholars/fellows of Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) Shimla so the authenticity of book is very high plus the analytical approach is very Good. A must have book for every Aspirant of HPAS and NT CDPO-TWO.
(b) Perspectives on a Growth-Oriented Hill Economy: Himachal Pradesh by LR Sharma
This is another Great Good Written by many Authors/Researchers So the content of the book is Highly Authentic and useful. This is Book which covers all Economy, Social Development topics and facts related to the State. A must have book.
Book Covers Topics Like :
Strategies for Sustainable Development of Agriculture and Horticulture,
Modern Manufacturing Sector: Status and Suggestions,
Village Industries: Growth and Revitalization Policy,
Tourism and Development,
Need and Measures for Strengthening and Diversifying Rural Sector,
Himachal's Tribal Economy,
Upgradation of Physical Infrastructure,
Fiscal Measures for Fiscal Health,
Strategies for Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation.
(c) Folk Traditions and Ecology in Himachal Pradesh or Here by Usha Bande
This book is a very Good Book that covers the Whole Folk Traditions, Culture, and Ecology in detail. Book is written in very Good Manner and provides the deep knowledge and authentic facts. A Must have book.
Dr. Usha Bande, till recently Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, was on the faculty of English Literature in Govt. College for Women, Shimla, and Principla of Govt. College, Arki. Having had a brilliant academic career, she worked for her doctorate on the novels of Anita Desai, interpreting Desai's characters from the Angle of Third Force psychology, an innovative approach, which has been widely acclaimed by U.S. scholars in the field.
Folklore and Ecology: The Connecting Links
Cosmological Consciousness and Temple Lore
Local Deities Alias the Power of Nature
Justice for Trees; Role of Myths and Traditional Wisdom
Folk Arts and Ecology
Glossary of Local Terms
(d) Himachal Pradesh Now and Then or Here by V VermaThis Book is Also very Good, and covers all the aspects of the State.
Content of the Book:
1. The Land
2. Constitutional Evolution
3. Fusion of Two States
4. Society and Economy
5. Economic Growth
7. Tribal Culture
8. Understanding Environment
9. Grazing as Ecological Stress
Overall this is also very Good book and all the Topics are written very well with Authentic facts. Altough this book alnoe in not Sufficient because author have written it in very brief manner but still very useful, So You will need to have the book I mentioned above. All these Books Provide a great amount of Himachal General Studies Resource. So if you want to prepare for the Exams which asks Himachal Studies you have to follow Some Good and Authentic books.
Now if you are looking for A Single Book for these exams then I have mentioned a few books earlier and below :
5. Another book I would like to mention is of Hardeep Thakur. This book is also very good and nicely written.
Book consist of 576 Pages.
Dev Bhoomi Himachal Pradesh by Hardeep Thakur [ J.M.D Publications, 2003]
6. Another Book I would like to mention is Himachal Padesh by Rajendra Attri. This book is available in both English and Hindi Medium and Good Authentic for Hindi medium students. You can get this book from local Books stores in Shimla or other cities in Himachal.
Apart from these books there are so many other books and previous year question papers so if you have time to read them, you can pick any of them but try to read Authentic and books. Reading more books will not harm you but be careful don't buy more than 3-4 books, it will create confusion in your mind, I Personally will suggest you to buy subjective Himachal GK related books rather than Objective ready made books which just copy paste the same material. So be Smart in choosing Good Study material.
Himachal Pradesh Current Affairs :
Current Affairs of Himachal can be read from Newspapers Like Giri Raj [ Most Preferred ], Amar Ujala, Denaik Bhasker, etc [Any other may be in the market ] Or Some regional Magazines but you will come to know that more of gossips are there in these newspapers so you have to cleverly read the useful stuff like Govt plannings, declarations and policies, High court decisions, Environmental topics and economic and social current topics etc. If you want to read any Regional Magazines then go for those which gives facts and analysis rather than the gossips.
Khadubhai Also have Published Some Articles about HP GK, So you can read them here at:
Himachal GK Articles
Some Other Very Useful Books Available :
I have gone through Some of the Great Books Written about Himachal Pradesh by various Authors, these books have been written on some particular topic and describes in a great depth.
Competition Oriented Books
2. Himachal Pradesh Digdarshan (Hindi) by Arihant
3. Himachal Pradesh General Knowledge
4. Himachal General Knowledge - Ek Parichaya (Hindi)
5. Himachal Pradesh - Objective General Knowledge (Hindi)
6. HP-TET (Himachal Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test) Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) Shastri (Popular Master Guide)
7. HP-TET (Himachal Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test) Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) Language Teacher (Popular Master Guide)
8. HPTET-2011 Himachal Pradesh Shikshak Patrata Pariksha Prashikshit Snatak Shikshak TGT (Non-Medical)
9. HP-TET (Himachal Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test) Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) Science (Medical/Non-Medical) (Popular Master Guide)
10. HPTET-2011 Himachal Pradesh Shikshak Patrata Pariksha Prashikshit Snatak TGT (Arts)
11. HP-TET (Himachal Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test) Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) Arts (Popular Master Guide)
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Geography of Himachal
1. Geography of Himachal Pradesh Manoj Jereat
Ancient and Modern History of Himachal
1. People of India: Himachal Pradesh
2. Himachal Pradesh Now and Then by V Verma
3. Himachal Pradesh: Land and People S.S. Negi
4. Himachal Pradesh Hari Krishan Mittoo
5. History of Kangra and Kulu States J. & J. Ph. Vogel Hutchison
6. The Princely and Noble Families of the Former Indian Empire: Himachal Pradesh v. 1 Mark Brentall
7. The begar & beth system in Himachal Pradesh: A study of erstwhile Shimla Hill States Jaideep Negi
8. Himachal Pradesh (Hindi)
9. History, Archaeologyandculture Of Himachal Pradesh by Gazetteer of the Simla Hill States 1910 (Gazetteers of Himachal Pradesh) by
Political Development and Political History
1. Himachal Pradesh : Political Era Of Different Chief Ministers Paperback by Chaman Lal Jhamb
Social and Culture of Himachal
1. Where Mortals and Mountain Gods Meet: Society and Culture in Himachal Pradesh by Laxman S Thakur Published by Indian Institute of Advanced Study Shimla
3. Social, Cultural and Economic History of Himachal Pradesh M.S. Ahluwalia
4. Forts and Palaces of Himachal Pradesh Dr Usha Bande & Dr. Him Chatterjee
5. Art and Architecture of Himachal Pradesh Mian Govardhan Singh
6. Crafts of Himachal Pradesh (Living Traditions of India) Subhashini Aryan
7. Heritage of Himachal Pradesh (Cultural Forum, July 1971) P. N. Chopra
8. Gods of Himachal Pradesh B. R. Sharma
9. The Temples of Himachal Pradesh Shanti Lal Nagar
10. Myths, Rituals and Beliefs in Himachal Pradesh by MR Thakur
11. Folk Tales of Himachal Pradesh K.A. Seethalakshmi
12. Folklore of Himachal Pradesh Gautam Sharma
13. Folklore of Himachal Pradesh by MR Thakur
14. Language Use in Himachal Pradesh Bal Govind & Hans Raj Dua (eds.) Misra
15. Folk Embroidery of Himachal Pradesh Subhashini Aryan
16. Numismatic History of Himachal Pradesh & the Catalogue of Coins in Himachal State Museum, Shimla and Bhuri Singh Museum, Chamba Parmeshwari Lal Gupta
17. Temples of Himachal Pradesh: Architectural, Sculptural, Religious And Cultural Significance by
18. Buddhist Art & Antiquities of Himachal Pradesh: Up to 8th Century A.D. O. C. Handa
19. The Architectural Heritage of Himachal Pradesh: Origin and Development of Temple Styles
20. Himachal Ke Lok Geet (Hindi) by Gautam Sharma
21. Encyclopaedia of Art And Culture In India (Himachal Pradesh) 6th Volume by
22. The Brahmanical and Buddhist Gods and Goddesses in Himachal Pradesh by
23. Changing Face Of Family In Himachal Pradesh: A Sociological Study by R Chauhan
Social and Economic Development
1. Tourism in Himachal Pradesh Hardcover by Jreat Manoj
2. Perspectives on a Growth-Oriented Hill Economy: Himachal Pradesh by LR Sharma
3. Infrastructure and Economic Development in Himachal Pradesh by
4. Himachal: Science, People and "Progress" Gerald D. Berreman
5. Essays on urban patterns in nineteenth century Himachal Pradesh by Pamela Kanwar
6. Economics of Apples: A Case Study of Himachal Pradesh A. L. Nadda
7. An American in Gandhi's India: The Biography of Satyanand Stokes
8. Himachal Pradesh Development Report (State Development Report Series) by Planning Commission Government of India
9. Industrialization in Tribal Areas of Himachal Pradesh by
10. Tea of Himachal Pradesh by
Environment & Biodiversity
1. Environment Agriculture and Community in Himachal Pradesh Dr. Richa
2. Himalayan Ecology, Transhumance and Social Organization ; Gaddis of Himachal Pradesh
3. Forest settlements in Himachal Pradesh by H. C Sharma
4. Flora of Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh
5. Folk Traditions and Ecology in Himachal Pradesh by Usha Bande
6. Ecology and Human Well-Being: Nature and Society in Himachal Pradesh by
7. Environment, Agriculture And Community In Himachal Pradesh by Richa
8. Forest And Allied Laws [Himachal Pradesh] by Sushil Kumar Singla
Tribal of Himachal
1. Kanauras of Kinnaur: A schedule tribe in Himachal Pradesh V Verma
2. Dolma Ling: A Pilgrim's Progress Across the Himalayas
3. Tribes of Himachal Pradesh and Northern Highlands by S. S. Negi
4. Ban-Gujars: A Nomadic Tribe in Himachal Pradesh by V Verma
5. Tribal Melodies of Himachal Pradesh: Lahaul Valley Hardcover by Manorma Sharma
6. Lahaul: A Tribal Habitat In Himachal Pradesh by V Verma
1. Guide to Trekking in Himachal Pradesh: Over 65 Treks and 100 Destinations
2. Himachal Paperback – by Outlook Publishing (India)
3. Himachal: A Complete Guide to the Land of Gods
4. Road Map Himachal Pradesh
5. Himachal Pradesh (Beautiful India) S. A. Rahman
6. Short Stories of Himachal Pradesh Paperback by Paul Meenakshi
I have Gone through these books and found them very useful for Exams points of View although Content is very particular but still you can find the Useful Study Material. If you are not satisfied with the Content or having not enough content related Himachal then in that case You can Go thorough These books Mentioned Below in the Links, You can read these books Freely on Google books. Links Are Below :
1. The Emergence of Himachal Pradesh: A Survey of Constitutional Developments By V. Verma
2. Social, Cultural, and Economic History of Himachal Pradesh By Manjit Singh Ahluwalia
3. Himachal Pradesh, Development Report
4. The Princely and Noble Families of the Former Indian Empire: Himachal Pradesh edited by Mark Brentnall
5. Myths, Rituals, and Beliefs in Himachal Pradesh By Molu Ram Thakur
6. Wooden Temples of Himachal Pradesh By Mian Goverdhan Singh
7. Tribal Development in Himachal Pradesh: Policy, Programmes, and Performance By H. S. Parmar
8. Value-structure of Indian Administrative Service: A Case Study of Himachal ... By Rachna Dutt Goswami
9. Shimla Then and Now By Vipin Pubby
10. Splendours of Himachal Heritage edited by Mulk Raj Anand
11. The Magic Mountains: Hill Stations and the British Raj By Dane Keith Kennedy
12. Tribal Melodies of Himachal Pradesh: Gaddi folk music By Manorma Sharma
13. Across Peaks & Passes in Himachal Pradesh By Harish Kapadia