UPSC Books – Best IAS Books For UPSC Civil Services Exam

Best IAS Books For UPSC Civil Services Exam

Books For UPSC

Here we will be dealing with important Books for UPSC. As you all know Calendar of UPSC IAS Exam 2020 has been released.

UPSC (IAS) Prelims 2020 is scheduled to be held on 31st May 2020 (Sunday) & The Mains Exam (written) 2020 will start from September 18, 2020.  So you all must be preparing in full throttle.

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What Books to be read for UPSC IAS Exam

While preparing for UPSC IAS Exam, many aspirants are sometimes confused that whether the books with which they are studying are good enough.

As there are an ocean of books in the market, it becomes very very tough for new students to choose among the most relevant Books for IAS exam so that they can prepare in the right direction.

To choose the right books for IAS exam, online, for different stages of the UPSC exam is very important.

What is the Pattern of Exam

Books for UPSC

In the UPSC IAS Prelims Exam, only objective type mcq questions is asked, while in the IAS Mains Exam comprises Descriptive type or essay type question papers.

Here we have compiled a list of Best books for UPSC after talking to few recent toppers of UPSC IAS Exam.

So rest assured after reading these books you won’t be in need of any other book for the preparation.

Books  for UPSC IAS Exam (Prelims) given below:

Subject UPSC Books
  1. India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra
  2. Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum
  3. NCERT XI (Ancient & Medieval)
  4. NCERT XII (Modern Indian History)
  1. Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong
  2. NCERT VI – X (Old Syllabus)
  3. NCERT XI, XII (New Syllabus)
  4. World Atlas
Indian Polity
  1. Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth
  1. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  2. Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri
International Relations
  1. NCERT XII (Contemporary World Politics)
  2. Current Affairs
  1. Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual
  2. CSAT II – Arihant
  3. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R S Aggarwal



UPSC Books – Best Books For IAS Mains

Books For UPSC

Those aspirants of UPSC IAS exam,  clears the first stage i.e., Prelims then reaches the Mains stage of the IAS Exam.

There are 9 theory papers in UPSC IAS Mains Exam, out of which two papers are for the optional subject.

Candidates of the IAS Exam should follow the relevant & important IAS general studies Mains books for the best preparation to sail easily in the Exam.

Given below are the best General studies books for the UPSC Mains:

Subject UPSC Books
History, Indian Heritage & Culture[GS Paper 1]
  1. An Introduction to Indian Art Part 1: Textbook in Fine Arts for Class XI
  2. India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
  3. India after Independence by Bipan Chandra
  4. History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra
  5. Ancient India by R.S Sharma
Geography[GS Paper 1]
  1. Geography of India by Majid Husain
  2. World Geography by Majid Husain
  3. World Atlas
  4. Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G C Leong
  5. Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11
Polity & International Relations[GS Paper 2]
  1. Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth
  2. Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu
  3. India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri
Economy[GS Paper 3]
  1. Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh
Ethics[GS Paper 4]
  1. Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chowdhury

In the UPSC mains exam, the aspirants will have to choose one of the many optional subject as mentioned by UPSC.

The optional papers count for 500 marks in total and therefore, it is imperative that the right books are read for the optional subjects also. 

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