Best Books For Karnataka PSI, PC, SDA/FDA- Study, Books List

The Karnataka Police Department holds a written test to hire several sorts of Police Sub Inspectors, such as Civil, Armed, KSRP, KSISF, etc. The Written Exam is the most significant aspect of the selection process, and the Karnataka Police Department organises it.

Best Karnataka (FDA/SDA) Exam Preparation Study

Names of Authors, Publishers, and SellersBook Name
CambridgeFDA (First Division Assistants) – Kannada
Spardha Vijetha Publication BangaloreSDA And FDA Question Bank In Kannada
Anurag Group of PublicationsSDA/FDA – General Knowledge & General English (Study Material In English)
Indian Book AcademyKPSC KAS Prelims Solved Question Papers with 10 OMR Sheets for Practice (in Kannada)
Anurag Group of PublicationsSDA FDA Saamaanya Kannada
Unnati PrakashanaSaamaanya Kannada – FDA, SDA, B.Ed., D.Ed., PDO
Anurag Group of PublicationsCurrent Affairs – Useful for FDA SDA, BWSSB, RPF
Anurag Group of PublicationsFDA SDA Previous Question Papers with Answers

Karnataka PSI Top Books List 

First Read 6th to 12th-grade science, social science, economics, geography, and history books. 

Indian Constitution

  • Gangadhar
  • K.M Suresh


  • KNA
  • K. Sadashiva
  • PUC 1st and 2nd-year History


  • M A Bademiya
  • PUC 1st and 2nd-year Geography
  • K.M. Suresh
  • Ranganath
  • Oxford School Atlas

Mental Ability

  • Old Question Papers PSI, SSC, SDA, FDA, and Railway
  • Mental Ability by Manjunath Badagi
  • Gururaj Bulbule


  • 8th, 9th, and 10th Science Books
  • Nithya Jeevanada Vignyana & Anvaika Vignyana (everyday Science & Applied Science) KM Suresh
  • Samanya Vignyana & Tantragnyana (General Science & Technology) K.M Suresh


  • Samanya Arthashastra by KM Suresh
  • PUC 1st and 2nd Standard Economics
  • Bharatada Arthavyavasthe by Garani Krishnamurthy


  • Computer saksharate Textbook
  • Computer For Competitive Exams by Gururaj M Bulabule

Essay writing

  • Chiguru Prabandhagalu by Babu Reddy


  • PSI Translation And Precise Writing by Babu Reddy
  • Prashant Motagi

Current Affairs

  • Vijayavani
  • Spardha Vijeta Kannada Monthly Magazine
  • Prajavani
  • Deccan Herald

Karnataka Police Constable Books 

Best Books for Objective Paper for Karnataka Police Constable

The objective paper for Karnataka Police Constable is in multiple-choice format, with questions having four possibilities from which candidates must choose the correct one, as detailed below.

ObjectiveIndian geography, history, Indian National Movement, Fundamental Rights, General Awareness, Mental AbilityRefer to Lucent’s General Knowledge for covering the static portion of general studiesIn the case of the dynamic portion, reading newspaper/monthly magazines is a good option; this majorly prohibits aspirants from mugging up everything at the last moment.Go through the selective portion of RK Agarwal’s A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning to build a strong foundation.

Books for the Karnataka Police Constable Exam: Subject-wise

The best-recommended books for each subject are included in this section.

General Knowledge and Awareness Books for Karnataka Police Constables

Name of the BookAuthor/Publisher
Lucent’s General KnowledgeLucent
General Knowledge 2021Arihant
General KnowledgeManohar Pandey

Karnataka Police Constable Books for Mental Ability

Name of the BookAuthor/Publisher
Verbal and Non-verbal ReasoningRS Aggarwal
Non-verbal ReasoningArihant
Logical and Analytical ReasoningA.K. Gupta

Karnataka Police Constable Books for Indian History and Geography

Name of the BookAuthor/Publisher
History of Modern IndiaBipan Chandra
India’s Ancient PastRam Sharan Sharma
Geography of IndiaMajid Husain

The following is the Karnataka PSI Syllabus:

For Current Affairs:

  • General Policy
  • GK – National and International
  • Countries and Capitals
  • Budget and Five-Year Plans
  • Science – Inventions & Discoveries
  • Science and Technology
  • International and National Organizations
  • Capitals of India
  • Awards and Honors
  • Indian National Movement
  • Books and Authors
  • Indian History
  • Important Days
  • Indian Economy

For Mental Ability:

  • Ratios and Proportion
  • Percentages
  • Boats and Streams
  • Pipes and Cisterns
  • Problems on Ages
  • HCF and LCM.
  • Mixture and Allegation
  • Problems on Trains
  • Time and Work
  • Time and Distance
  • Data Interpretation
  • Profit and Loss
  • Clocks and Calendars
  • Time and work
  • Discounts
  • Average
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Profit and Loss
  • Number System

Karnataka PSI Selection Process

Selection Process to acquire a better understanding of the stages of selection in the KSP Recruitment:

Stage 1 – Physical Standard Test & Endurance Test 

Stage 2 – Written Test

Candidates who pass all stages of the exam will be declared qualified for the exam.

The following is the Karnataka PSI Syllabus and Exam Pattern:

Endurance Test for all Direct Candidates (Excluding Women, Inservice & Ex-Servicemen)

Post NameActivity To Be Performed Qualifying Time/Distance 
PSI (CIVIL)Long Jump or High Jump 3.80 Meters (In 3 chances only) Or 1.20Mtrs (In 3 chances only) 
1600 meters Run 7 Minutes 
Shotput (7.26 Kgs)5.60 Meters (In 3 chances only)

KSP Endurance Test Syllabus for Women, In-Service, and Ex-Servicemen

Post NameActivity To Be Performed Qualifying Time/Distance 
PSI (CIVIL)Long Jump or High Jump 2.50 Meters (In 3 chances only) Or 1.20Mtrs (In 3 chances only) 
400 meters Run 2 Minutes 
Shotput (4 Kgs)3.75 Meters (In 3 chances only)

PST for Women & In-Service & Ex-Service Candidates

Measurement of Qualifying Time/Distance
Chest for Men Only 86 Cms- When fully expanded (Minimum Expansion must be 5 Cms) – For Inservice & Ex-servicemen 
For Eligible in ET Candidate Only Weight Only for Women45 kgs
Height157 Cms for Women 168 Cms for Inservice & No Height for Ex-servicemen 

PST for All Candidates expect for Women & In-Service & Ex-Service Candidates

Measurement of Qualifying Time/Distance
For Eligible in ET Candidate Only Chest86 Cms- When fully expanded (Minimum Expansion must be 5 Cms)
Height168 Cms for Men 

Writing Test consists of 2 papers: Paper 1 & Paper 2 

Paper 1Total QuestionsTotal Marks
Essay1Candidates should have a minimum of 600 words of Essay 20
Summary Writing120
Bashantra Questions110

There is no negative marking in Paper 1

Paper 2DurationTotal Marks
Mental Ability & Current Affairs 1 Hour & 30 Minutes150

In paper 2, there is negative marking, and 1/4th marks will be deducted for incorrect answers.


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Frequently Asked Questions 

What are the phases of the PSI Exam Pattern in Karnataka?

To be eligible for selection as a Karnataka PSI, a candidate must pass three stages: the Written Test, Physical Standard Test, and Endurance Test.

Which section of the Karnataka PSI Exam Pattern is the most important?

In the Karnataka PSI Exam Pattern, the Mental Ability and Current Affairs courses are the most significant. This is due to the fact that they cover 150 of the 200 possible points.

How many subjects are there in the Karnataka PSI Exam Pattern written exam?

Mental Ability, Current Affairs, General English, and Kannada Language are the four subjects of the Karnataka PSI Exam Pattern.

Is there any negative marking?

There is no negative marking in Paper 1. While for paper 2, there is negative marking.


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