Books UPSC Civil Services Prelims Examination

Written by Editor on May 29, 2018 in category Uncategorized | 25406 Views

Here we enlist must have and best books for UPSC Civil Services Prelims Examination. This list is based on recommendations by IAS toppers, faculty papers, and market research on examination material available and their quality.

We have divided books into systematic way as per the syllabus of UPSC Civil Services Prelims Examination. You can also buy some of the books online through links provided given below.

Books for General Studies – Paper I

1. Current events of national and international importance.

For this section please read below-mentioned newspapers, magazines, periodicals, etc.

1. The Hindu (Daily newspaper)
2. The Economic Times (Daily Newspaper)
3. The Frontline (Magazine by The Hindu publishers)
4. Yojana (Magazine by Publications Division, Govt. of India)
5. Kurukshetra (Magazine by Publications Division, Govt. of India)
6. Civil Services Chronicles (Magazine especially for competitive exams)
7. Civil Services Times (Magazine especially for civil services exam)


2. History of India and Indian National Movement

This section is a broad one and can be divided into three parts.
Part I: History of India itself is a broad one and covers ancient, medieval and modern Indian history.

1. Ancient History- NCERT Class 11 by RS Sharma
2. Medieval History- NCERT Class 11 by Satish Chandra

Part II: Indian National Movement
1. A Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir (Publisher – Spectrum Books)
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2. Modern India by Bipan Chandra (Publisher Orient BlackSwan)
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3. India’s struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra,Mridula Mukherjee,Aditya Mukherjee,Sucheta Mahajan (Publisher Penguin)
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Part III: Indian Art and Culture
1. Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania (Publisher McGraw Hill)
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2. The Wonder That Was India, Vol. I – A.L. Basham (Publisher Picador)
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3. Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.

1. Geography: NCERT Class 6–12
2. Geography of India – Majid Husain
3. Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong
4. Oxford School Atlas – Oxford


4. Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.

This section of the paper is primarily divided into two parts.
Part I: The first part is static and traditional one which is related to our Constitution, Parliament, Indian Polity. There are primarily three books that one should read
1. Constitution of India by D.D. Basu
2. Our Parliament by Subhash Kashyap
3. Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth

Part II: The second part is related to the current events. Any recent news, happenings, incidents, laws, acts, judgments, tribunals, reports, etc. which is related to Indian polity, Constitution, governance etc. is asked.


5. Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.

This section can also be divided into three parts.

Part I: Indian economy
1. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

Part II: Current Events on economic policies, social sector development, different programs of the Government
1. Indian Economic Survey
2. Current Events Books
3. Economic Survey by Ministry of Finance


6. General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.

1. Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure – Rajagopalan
2. Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains – Khuller


7. General Science

1. Class X-XII NCERT Books, particularly Biology books
2. Science and Technology in India – TMH

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