Best Books for UPSC IAS preparation || Prelims+Mains

We have handpicked some of the best books for UPSC aspirant. All the books provided are important for UPSC preparations and we highly recommend you to read them.

Preparing for UPSC exam is very difficult since you need to cover a vast variety of topic including current affairs, Indian history, Constitution of India, Economics, Environmental studies and much more. And covering all this in a limited time is a challenge for every UPSC aspirant. To help you out, there are tons of books that can help you prepare this topic and to save your time we have picked all the important books that you must read for UPSC Preparation.

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1. Indian Polity 5th Edition by M. Laxmikanth

Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth 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 and the civil services examination in particular.

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2. History of Modern India by Bipin Chandra

This book is a journey mapping the path of colonial India in from the eighteenth century to the twentieth century. It traces the timeline of British rule which majorly coincides with the modern Indian history. However, this is not a political narrative of the British rule, the freedom struggle and the Independence. Rather, this book is a social understanding of the factors that allowed British rulers to rule over India for such a long span of time. This is one of the best books for UPSC preparation.

English Edition
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3. Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania

This book covers the syllabus of Indian Heritage and Culture for General Studies Paper I. A wide ranged knowledge base of the Indian, Art, paintings, music and architecture has been presented with the help of several pictures and diagrams which will keep you engaged. There are questions at the end of each chapter which will help students prepare for the examinations.

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4. Manorama Yearbook 2018 by Mammen Mathew

This book serves as an Up-to-date reference database covering varied topics like Science and Medicine, Space, Environment, Literature, History, 1000 Quiz, Sports, Policies and Schemes of government, Census reports, Election results, Religious Census report, Economic indicators, Art forms, National Days, new Appointments, list of Union Cabinet Ministers, GK, Awards, Books, Cinema, Sports, etc.

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5. 23 Years CSAT General Studies IAS Prelims Topic-wise Solved Papers

This books help begginer to understand questions pattern and how to solve them. This book consists of past 23 years solved papers of the General Studies Paper 1 and 2.

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6. Economic Survey 2017-18 (Volume 1 and Volume 2) by Government of India The Ministry of Finance

The Economic Survey is the budget document of the Government of India. Economic Survey 2017-18 consists of two volumes. Volume 1 provides an analytical overview of the performance of the Indian economy during the financial year 2017-18. It highlights the long-term challenges facing the economy. Volume 2 is a descriptive review of the major sectors of the economy. It emphasizes economic reforms of contemporary relevance like GST, the investment-saving slowdown, fiscal federalism and accountability, gender inequality, climate change and agriculture, science and technology, among others.

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7. Physical Geography by Goh Cheng Leong

Another very important book to read is Certificate Course in Physical Geography by Goh Cheng Leong to tackle questions related to physical geography. Whether it’s Climate, Earthquakes, Winds, or Oceans everything is covered in this book on Physical Geography.

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8. Indian Economy

This book covers all the relevant sub-sectors of Indian economy like Planning, Industrialization and Policy, Agriculture, Economic Reforms, Inflation, Banking, External Trade and so on. This book also covers the Economic Survey 2017-18 and Union Budget 2018-19 covered in separate chapters. So you can skip the “Economic Survey 2017-18” book mentioned above if you are tight on budget.

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9. Governance in India by M. Laxmikanth

GS Paper-2 deals with governance issues and M. Laxmikanth’s Governance in India is the most recommended book to cover all topics of this paper. Read this book in addition to Indian polity by the same author referred earlier and GS Paper-2 syllabus of the Mains is taken care of.

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10. India Since Independence by Bipan Chandra

The GS Paper-1 syllabus covers developments in modern Indian history right till the present period and the best book to cover the post-Independence developments is India Since Independence by Bipin Chandra. It covers the significant prime ministerial tenures and is updated regularly.

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Beside these books, you should also read NCERT Books for daily studies. All the books that are mentioned above are essential books that every UPSC student should read.

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