Books for Preliminary Exam

For ease of convenience, we are dividing the books for UPSC Civil Service Preliminary Exam preparation into two categories – Essential and Reference. Books tagged ‘essential’ are fundamental books which will be highly useful to build your basics. Once you are thorough with these basic books, if you have time, you may check ‘reference books’ for additional knowledge.
Also, don’t miss the links to IAS manuals, previous year question papers, free online resources for Prelims and Mains etc. The mentioned books are based on the feedback from many aspirants/toppers who found them useful for the exam. We keep updating this page when new books worth the time and money of candidate appear in the market. So come back to check this page again!

Essential Books For IAS Prelims – GS/CSAT (Click on the links to buy online)
1. NCERT Books Set for UPSC Exam (Set of 27 books or 40 books)
2. History Of Modern India – Bipan Chandra. (History)
3. India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra. (History)
4. India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma. (History)
5. History Of Medieval India – Satish Chandra. (History)
6. The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Bhasham. (Culture)
7. Indian Art and Culture – Nitin Singhania. (Culture)
8. Geography of India – Majid Husain. (Geography)
9. Oxford School Atlas – Oxford. (Geography)
10. Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong. (Geography)
11. Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth. (Polity)
12. Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh. (Economy)
13. Economic Survey. (Economy)
14. Science and Technology in India – TMH. (Science and Technology)
15. Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure – Rajagopalan. (Environment)
16. Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains – Khuller. (Environment)
17. India Year Book (Current Affairs)
18. Manorama Yearbook. (Current Affairs)
19. DREAM UPSC Current Affairs Capsule [Monthly MCQs] (Current Affairs)
20. CSAT Paper – 2 Manual by TMH or CSAT-II – Arihant (CSAT – Paper 2)
21. Analytical Reasoning – M. K. Pandey (CSAT – Paper 2: Analytical Reasoning)
22. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R. S.Aggarwal (CSAT Paper 2: Reasoning)

IAS Manuals and Previous Year Question Papers (Click on the links to buy online)
1. General Studies for Civil Services Preliminary Examination (Paper -1) – by Pearson.
2. General Studies For Civil Services Preliminary Examination – by McGraw Hill.
3. UPSC Civil Services Prelims in 60 days – Rakesh Dwivedi. (Revision)
4. IAS Prelims 22 Years General Studies Topic-Wise Solved Papers – Disha.
5. IAS (Pre.) Solved Papers General Studies with CSAT Papers – Arihant.

Most Read Books for IAS Prelims: Subject-Specific List
1. Books for UPSC Prelims – History.
2. Books for UPSC Prelims – Geography.
3. Books for UPSC Prelims – Indian Polity.
4. Books for UPSC Prelims – Economics.
5. Books for UPSC Prelims – Science And Technology.
6. Books for UPSC Prelims – Environment.
7. Books for UPSC Prelims – Current Affairs.
8. Books for UPSC Prelims – General Studies Complete Guides / Question Papers.
9. Books for UPSC Prelims – Logical Comprehension.
10. Books for UPSC Prelims – English Language Comprehension.
11. Books for UPSC Prelims – Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability.
12. Books for UPSC Prelims – Quantitative and Basic Numeracy.
13. Books for UPSC Prelims – Data Interpretation.
14. Books for UPSC Prelims – Decision Making and Problem Solving.
15. Books for UPSC Prelims – Interpersonal Skills including communication skills.
16. Books for UPSC Prelims – CSAT Paper 2 Complete Guides / Question Papers.
Note: If you are running short of time to finish the syllabus before the exam, you may better focus on concise books instead of bulky ones. You can use Modern India by Spectrum (Rajiv Ahir IPS) then, which is a small book which covers almost all major points given in Modern India by Bipan Chandra. Similarly, you may just focus on Indian art and culture by Nithin Singhania IAS, for culture topics.

Free Online Resources For IAS Prelims and Mains

  • NCERT Books Download.
  • Buy NCERT Books Online.
  • Yojana Magazine Download.
  • Kurukshetra Magazine Download.
  • Buy Pratiyogita Darpan Magazine
  • IGNOU Books Download.
  • UPSC Online Study Materials.

Books for Other Exams (Click on the links to buy online)

  • UPSC NDA/CDS/IES Exam Books.
  • SSC Exam Books.
  • Banking Exam Books.
  • MBA Exam Books.
  • Engineering Books.

Links to UPSC Books at online Stores!

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  • The full list of UPSC books available in Amazon.
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