[Book Review] Indian Polity 5th Edition by M. Laxmikanth

Indian Polity 5th Edition by M. Laxmikanth

The book itself needs no introduction. It is one of the most popular and comprehensive books on the subject and has been a consistent bestseller for many years. It has become a must-read book for aspirants appearing in various competitive examinations, especially the civil services examinations. The wide range and scope of issues that it covers also makes it valuable to postgraduates, research

scholars, academics and general readers who are interested in the country’s political, civil and constitutional issues. This new, fifth edition, has seven new chapters added, along with four new appendices. The extant chapters have been completely revised and updated with recent developments.

Indian Polity 5th Edition M. Laxmikanth

Indian Polity 5th Edition by M. Laxmikanth
 boasts off few important new topics and existing content has been upgraded.

*New chapters have been added to 5th edition :

(1) Parliamentary Group
(2) Judicial Review
(3) Judicial Activism
(4) PIL
(5) Niti Aayog
(6) Voting behaviour
(7) Election Laws

*4 new appendices have been added too

*Inclusion of Previous years questions of Polity from:

 2014, 2015 and 2016 Prelims

 2013, 2014, 2015 Mains

*Essentially the book is more comprehensive, it is visibly THICKER now (Check the pictures attached) and is more relevant for the latest trends of UPSC (given the unpredictability)

* Language of the book is extremely simple and straight forward and it still feels like you are being spoon fed by the author. This is great for students who are preparing on their own.

I recommend this book to first time buyers as well as those who have the 3rd/4th edition of this book.
Else, you can take photocopies of the additional material from Delhi bookshops. But must update the earlier version.

About the Author: M Laxmikanth is an author and trainer who is specialized in writing books for the preparation of Civil Services competitive exams. Apart from the book Indian Polity he has written various other exam prep books like Governance in India for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination and Public Administration. All these books are also available in the Hindi version. After completing his Master's degree from Osmania University in 1989, M Laxmikanth started his own coaching academy named Laxmikanth's IAS. He possesses a great experience in teaching Civil Service Aspirants.


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  2. This blog is very useful for aspirants.

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