Get Complete Booklist for UPSC IAS

In this article on UPSC Books, we are going to provide you the complete Booklist for UPSC IAS Prelims and Mains Exam which is recommended by Toppers only.

I have seen a lot of aspirants are sometimes confused that which book should I purchase for our UPSC exam preparation, this happens because of watching different videos of toppers for the same content on youtube.

First of all, It should be clear in your mind that minimum resources and maximum revision is the key to success in UPSC IAS exam and you have also listened in almost every topper’s talk.

But now this question arises in mind that What does mean by minimum resources i.e. how many books are included in the ‘minimum resources‘?

Actually ‘minimum resources’ refer to a ‘single source for single Topic’.

Toppers suggest minimum resources to UPSC aspirants because of a plethora of study material available both online and offline.

Therefore, it is crucial that the candidates select the best books for UPSC IAS preparation.

IAS toppers recommend that aspirant start their UPSC preparation with NCERT books and then move on to the standard reference books.

The best Booklist for UPSC can vary from candidate to candidate depending on their previous expertise and knowledge of the subject matter. However, the books for UPSC recommended by experts are listed in this article subject-wise.

Taking inputs from toppers, we have prepared a detailed list of the best UPSC books available in the market.

UPSC Books Prelims

UPSC Prelims

25 Years UPSC IAS/IPS Prelims Topic-wise Solved Papers 1 & 2

UPSC books Mains

UPSC Mains

7 Years UPSC IAS/IPS Mains General Studies Papers 1-4 Solved

Booklist for UPSC IAS Prelims: UPSC Books

History
  1. India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra
  2. NCERT XI (Ancient & Medieval History)
  3. NCERT XII (Modern Indian History)
Geography
  1. Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong
  2. NCERT VI – X
  3. NCERT XI, XII
  4. World Atlas
Indian Polity
  1. Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth
  2. NCERT IX-XII
Economics
  1. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh/ Mrunal sir Notes
  2. NCERT XI
  3. Mrunal’s Videos
Art and Culture
  1. Indian art and culture by Nitin Singhania
Science and Tech
  1. Science and Technology by Ravi Agrahari
International Relations
  1. NCERT XII (Contemporary World Politics)
  2. International Relations by Pavneet Singh
CSAT
  1. Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual
  2. CSAT II – Arihant
  3. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R S Aggarwal
Environment and Ecology
  1. Environment and Ecology – Shankar IAS

Booklist for UPSC IAS Mains: UPSC Books

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
  6. Mastering Modern World History – Norman Lowe
  7. Geography of India by Majid Husain/khullar
  8. Oxford student Atlas
  9. Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G C Leong
  10. Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11
  11. Indian art and culture by Nitin Singhania
GS Paper – 2
  1. Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth
  2. India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri
  3. International Relations by Pavneet Singh
GS Paper – 3
  1. Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh
  2. Science and Technology by Ravi Agrahari
  3. Environment and Ecology – Shankar IAS
GS Paper – 4
  1. Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudary

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