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UPSC Books List

Preparation for UPSC depends a lot on the books that one can read. We often end up searching for IAS preparation books in bookstores, book fairs, and other places, spending a lot of time gathering study material. Candidates who clear the Prelims reach the Mains stage of the IAS Exam. There are 9 theory papers in UPSC out of which two papers are on the optional subject.

To save IAS aspirants time and effort in gathering UPSC preparation books, we have come up with a single-page IAS book list that contains links to all the UPSC books aspirants commonly need. In the UPSC mains exam, a candidate has to choose an optional subject also. The best IAS books can vary from candidate to candidate depending on their previous expertise and knowledge of the subject matter. However, the UPSC booklist recommended by experts is listed in this article subject-wise.

Latest UPSC Books List – IAS Prelims

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 (Orient Black Swan)
Indian Polity
  1. Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth
  1. Indian Economy by Nitin Singhania
  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

New UPSC Books List – IAS Mains

Subject UPSC Books
History, Indian Heritage & Culture [GS Paper 1]
  1. Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania
  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 (Orient Black Swan)
  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. International Relations: Pushpesh Pant
Economy [GS Paper 3]
  1. Indian Economy – Nitin Singhania
  2. Environment and Disaster Management – Tata McGraw Hill
  3. Challenges to Internal Security of India – Ashok Kumar
Ethics [GS Paper 4]
  1. Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudary
Solved Papers
  1. IAS General Studies Prelims Solved Papers – Vishal Publications

UPSC Books List for Optional Subject

UPSC Books – History Optional IAS Books – Political Science Optional UPSC Books – Public Administration Optional
IAS Books – Geography Optional UPSC Books – Anthropology Optional IAS Books – Sociology Optional
UPSC Books – Hindi Literature Optional IAS Books – Economics Optional UPSC Books – Tamil Literature Optional
IAS Books – Mathematics Optional UPSC Books – Philosophy Optional IAS Books – Botany Optional
UPSC Books – Kannada Literature Optional IAS Books – Gujarati Literature Optional UPSC Books – Chemistry Optional
IAS Books – Physics Optional UPSC Books – English Literature Optional IAS Books – Telugu Literature Optional
UPSC Books – Statistics Optional IAS Books – Geology Optional UPSC Books – Commerce Optional
IAS Books – Psychology Optional UPSC Books -Electrical Engineering Optional IAS Books – Medical Science Optional
UPSC Books – Agriculture Optional IAS Books – Civil Engineering Optional UPSC Books – Mechanical Engineering Optional
IAS Books – Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences Optional UPSC Books – Law Optional IAS Books – Zoology Optional
UPSC Books – Assamese Literature Optional IAS Books – Sindhi Literature Optional UPSC Books – Kashmiri Literature Optional
IAS Books – Malayalam Literature Optional UPSC Books – Nepali Literature Optional IAS Books – Bengali Literature Optional
UPSC Books – Bodo Literature Optional IAS Books – Konkani Literature Optional UPSC Books – Manipuri Literature Optional
IAS Books – Oriya Literature Optional UPSC Books – Santhali Literature Optional UPSC Books – Urdu Literature Optional
UPSC Books – Maithili Literature Optional IAS Books – Marathi Literature Optional UPSC Books – Punjabi Literature Optional
IAS Books – Sanskrit Literature Optional

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