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Top UPSC Books 2024 - Get the Subject Wise Book List From Here!
Top UPSC Books 2024 - Get the Subject Wise Book List From Here!

In this guide about UPSC Books, our goal is to give you a list of the best books for the IAS Exam Prelims & Mains. The IAS Exam, also known as the Civil Services Exam, is held by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). It’s a very prestigious exam and one of the toughest in the country.

UPSC Books – Best Books For UPSC Prelims

SubjectUPSC Books
HistoryIndia’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra
Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania
NCERT XI (Ancient & Medieval) NCERT XII (Modern Indian History)
GeographyCertificate Physical Geography – G C Leong
NCERT VI – X (Old Syllabus) NCERT XI, XII (New Syllabus) World Atlas (Orient Black Swan)
Indian PolityIndian Polity – M Laxmikanth NCERT IX-XII
EconomicsIndian Economy by Nitin Singhania
Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri NCERT XI
International RelationsNCERT XII (Contemporary World Politics) Current Affairs
CSATTata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R S AggarwalSolved PapersIAS General Studies Prelims Solved Papers – Vishal Publications For more information on CSAT, check the linked article

UPSC BookList – Best Books For UPSC Mains

Once candidates successfully navigate through the Prelims, they advance to the Mains phase of the IAS Exam. Within UPSC 2023, there exist 9 theoretical papers, inclusive of two dedicated to optional subjects. It is imperative for candidates to adhere to a selection of pivotal IAS general studies Mains literature to ensure optimal preparation.

Outlined below are the paramount general studies books for the UPSC Mains:

SubjectUPSC Books
History, Indian Heritage & Culture [GS Paper 1]Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra India after Independence by Bipan Chandra History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra Ancient India by R.S Sharma
Geography [GS Paper 1]Geography of India by Majid Husain World Geography by Majid Husain World Atlas (Orient Black Swan) Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G C Leong Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11
Polity & International Relations [GS Paper 2]Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu International Relations: Pushpesh Pant
Economy [GS Paper 3]Indian Economy – Nitin Singhania Environment and Disaster Management – Tata McGraw Hill Challenges to Internal Security of India – Ashok Kumar
Ethics [GS Paper 4]Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudary
Solved PapersIAS General Studies Prelims Solved Papers – Vishal Publications

Besides the books we talked about earlier, other important study materials for UPSC include:

  1. 2nd ARC Report (To read more on ARC Reports, check the linked article.)
  2. Economic Survey (Latest)
  3. Budget (Latest)
  4. Finance Commission Report (Latest)
  5. Annual reports by central ministries
  6. Current Affairs
    • The Hindu Newspaper
    • Yojana Magazine
    • Press Information Bureau Releases
  7. Niti Aayog Action Agenda

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