Must-Read Books for UPSC Aspirants

Every Serious UPSC IAS Aspirant must know beforehand what awaits him once he enters the ‘system’. Almost every year, a bureaucrat or a diplomat pens an autobiography recollecting all the old memories, journey and life experiences as a civil servant, and present them to the reader in the hope that his experiences might shed some light on the working of the ‘system’ he was part of.

I found the following books worth reading for their honest reflection about the working of the ‘system’. Hope you will enjoy reading them.

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Ethical Dilemmas Of A Civil Servant
  • Case study based approach towards understanding ethical dilemmas of a civil servant
  • Lucid analysis of the types of situations encountered by the civil servants during their career from the initial stages in the field to the highest policy formulation levels
  • Masterly analysis of the concept of ethics in governance, the temptations to deviate from ethical conduct and the challenges in pursuing such a course
  • A remarkable treatise on expanding a rather complex thought on the subject of leadership into a more universal and easily comprehensible methodology
  • A handbook for all newly recruited as well as senior civil servants
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Not Just a Civil Servant
  • Language Published: English
  • Binding: Paper Back
  • Swarup, Anil (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 01/01/2019 (Publication Date) - Unicorn Books Pvt Ltd (Publisher)
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The Difficulty of Being Good: On the Subtle Art of Dharma
  • Das, Gurcharan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 488 Pages - 06/25/2012 (Publication Date) - Penguin India (Publisher)
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India Unbound: from Independence to the Global Information age
  • Gurcharan Das (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 432 Pages - 09/29/2015 (Publication Date) - Penguin Books India (Publisher)
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The Steel Frame: A History of the IAS
  • Gupta, Deepak (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 368 Pages - 08/30/2019 (Publication Date) - Roli Books (Publisher)
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Bureaucrazy Gets Craizer: IAS Unmasked
  • M.K. Law (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 212 Pages - 01/01/2012 (Publication Date) - Konark Publishers Pvt Ltd (Publisher)
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The Idea of Justice
  • Product Format: paperback
  • Sen, Amartya (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 496 Pages - 07/01/2010 (Publication Date) - Penguin UK (Publisher)
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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
  • VINTAGE
  • Yuval Noah Harari (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 512 Pages - 06/11/2015 (Publication Date) - Penguin Random House (Publisher)
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Pax Indica
  • Tharoor, Shashi (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 460 Pages - 06/01/2013 (Publication Date) - Penguin India (Publisher)

Poor But Spirited In Karimnagar: Field Notes Of A Civil Servant – Sumita Dawra

I Do What I Do: On Reform, Rhetoric and Resolve – Raghuram G. Rajan


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