IAS Books for UPSC Civil Services Prelims and Mains Exam Preparation

What are the best books for IAS Exam preparation? Which IAS books should be studied for UPSC Civil Services Examination (Prelims and Mains)?

Taking inputs from toppers, we have prepared a detailed list of the best IAS books available in the market. Apart from NCERT books, now, there are at least 15 standard textbooks which will be extremely useful for IAS aspirants to crack the exam.

Aspirants can click on each link to buy books online from Amazon (often, at prices much less than in offline bookstores).

NCERT Textbooks (Class 6-12)

It is ideal for all IAS aspirants to start with NCERT books from Class 6 to Class 12.

Now you can buy 40 NCERT Textbooks as a bundle from Amazon. (Click to buy from Amazon).

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Along with NCERTs, learn from standard textbooks written specifically for each subject in the UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE).

UPSC Books for Indian Polity and Constitution

  1. Indian Polity – by M. Laxmikanth (Click to buy from Amazon)
  2. Important Acts that Transformed India – by Alex Andrews George (Click to buy from Amazon)
  3. Important Judgments that Transformed India – by Alex Andrews George (Click to buy from Amazon)

UPSC Books for Indian History and Culture

  1. Indian Art and Culture – by Nitin Singhania (Click to buy from Amazon)
  2. Ancient and Medieval India – by Poonam Dalal Dahiya (Click to buy from Amazon)
  3. Modern Indian History – by Sonali Bansal and Snehil Tripathi (Click to buy from Amazon)

UPSC Books for Indian Geography and World Geography

  1. Certificate Physical And Human Geography – by Goh Cheng Leong (Click to buy from Amazon)
  2. Geography of India – by Majid Husain (Click to buy from Amazon)
  3. Oxford Student Atlas for India (Click to buy from Amazon)

UPSC Books for Indian Economy

  1. Indian Economy – by Ramesh Singh (Click to buy from Amazon)
  2. Indian Economy – by Nitin Singhania (Click to buy from Amazon)
  3. Indian Economy Key Concepts – by Sankarganesh Karuppiah (Click to buy from Amazon)

UPSC Books for Science and Technology

  1. Science and Technology – by Ravi P. Agrahari (Click to buy from Amazon)

UPSC Books for Environment – Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change

  1. Environment – By Shankar IAS (Click to buy from Amazon)

UPSC Books for Current Affairs

  1. India 2020 Yearbook – by Rajiv Mehrishi (Click to buy from Amazon)
  2. The Malayala Manorama English Yearbook 2020  –  by Mammen Mathew (Click to buy from Amazon)
  3. India 2020 – Publications Division Paperback – by Publications Division (Click to buy from Amazon)

UPSC Previous Year Question Papers

  1. 25 Years UPSC IAS/ IPS Prelims Topic-wise Solved Papers 1 & 2 (1995-2019) (Click to buy from Amazon)

Prelims Manual for GS (All-in-One Guide)

  1. General Studies Manual Paper-1 2020 Paperback – by Manohar Pandey (Click to buy from Amazon)

Prelims Manual for CSAT (All-in-One Guide)

  1. Cracking the CSAT Paper-2 – by Arihant Experts (Click to buy from Amazon)

IAS Books for Essay (UPSC Mains Essay Paper)

  1. Selected Contemporary Essays Paperback – by Saumitra Mohan (Click to buy from Amazon)
  2. 151 Essays – by Disha Experts (Click to buy from Amazon)

IAS Books for India Since Independence (Part of UPSC Mains GS1 Paper)

  1. Post-Independence India: For Civil Services Examinations – by Sonali Bansal and Snehil Tripathi (Click to buy from Amazon)

IAS Books for World History (Part of UPSC Mains GS1 Paper)

  1. World History – by Krishna Reddy (Click to buy from Amazon)

IAS Books for Indian Society (Part of UPSC Mains GS1 Paper)

  1. Indian Society: Themes and Social Issues – by Nadeem Hasnain (Click to buy from Amazon)

IAS Books for Governance (Part of UPSC Mains GS2 Paper)

  1. Governance in India Paperback – by M. Laxmikanth (Click to buy from Amazon)

IAS Books for Foreign Relations of India (Part of UPSC Mains GS2 Paper)

  1. International Relations – by Pavneet Singh (Click to buy from Amazon)

IAS Books for Internal Security (Part of UPSC Mains GS3 Paper)

  1. Challenges to Internal Security of India – by Ashok Kumar and Vipul Anekant (Click to buy from Amazon)

IAS Books for Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude (UPSC Mains GS4 Paper)

  1. Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude for IAS General Studies – by Niraj Kumar (Click to buy from Amazon)
  2. Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude – by M. Karthikeyan (Click to buy from Amazon)
  3. Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude – by G Subba Rao & P N Roy Chowdhury (Click to buy from Amazon)

Paper-wise All-in-One manuals for UPSC CSE (Mains)

  1. IAS Mains General Studies Manual General Studies Paper 1 – by Arihant (Click to buy from Amazon)
  2. IAS Mains General Studies Manual General Studies Paper 2 – by Arihant (Click to buy from Amazon)
  3. IAS Mains General Studies Manual General Studies Paper 3 – by Arihant (Click to buy from Amazon)
  4. IAS Mains General Studies Manual General Studies Paper 4 – by Arihant (Click to buy from Amazon)

UPSC CSE Mains Previous Year Solved Question Paper Books

  1. 7 Years UPSC IAS/ IPS Mains General Studies Papers 1 – 4 Year-wise Solved (2013 – 2019) – by Disha Experts (Click to buy from Amazon)
  2. 7 Years UPSC IAS/ IPS Mains Essay Year-wise Solved Papers (2013 – 2019) – by Disha Experts (Click to buy from Amazon)

Books for UPSC Interview

  1. How to Ace Civil Service Interviews Paperback – by Remya Roshni (Click to buy from Amazon)

IAS Books for UPSC CSE Mains Optional Subjects

Additional Reference Books

  1. Ancient India: India’s Ancient Past by R.S. Sharma (Click to buy)
  2. Ancient India: History of Ancient and Early Medieval India by Upinder Singh (Click to buy)
  3. Medieval India: History Of Medieval India by Satish Chandra (Click to buy)
  4. Modern India: History Of Modern India by Bipan Chandra. (Click to buy)
  5. Modern India: India’s Struggle For Independence by Bipan Chandra (Click to buy)
  6. Ancient India and Culture: The Wonder That Was India by A.L. Bhasham (Click to buy)
  7. Modern India: A Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir (Click to buy)
  8. World Geography: World Geography by Majid Husain (Click to buy)
  9. Physical Geography: Physical Geography by Savindra Singh (Click to buy)
  10. Human Geography: Human Geography by Majid Husain (Click to buy)
  11. Constitution: Introduction to the Constitution of India by D. D. Basu (Click to buy)
  12. Science and Technology: Science and Technology by Sheelwant Singh (Click to buy)
  13. Environment: Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure by Rajagopalan (Click to buy)
  14. Environment: Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains by Khuller (Click to buy)
  15. Reasoning: Analytical Reasoning by M. K. Pandey  (Click to buy)
  16. Reasoning: Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R. S.Aggarwal (Click to buy)
  17. Essay: Essays for Civil Services by Pulkit Khare (Click to buy)
  18. Post-Independence: India Since Independence by Bipan Chandra (Click to buy)
  19. Post-Independence: India After Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha (Click to buy)
  20. World History: History of the World by Arjun Dev (Click to buy)
  21. World History: Mastering Modern World History by Norman Lowe (Click to buy)
  22. World History: Modern World History by Uddipan (Click to buy)
  23. Indian Society: Social Problems In India by Ram Ahuja (Click to buy)
  24. Indian Society: Indian Society by Senthil (Click to buy)
  25. Governance: Governance in India by M.Karthikeyan (Click to buy)
  26. International Relations: Pax Indica by Shashi Tharoor (Click to buy)
  27. International Relations: India and the World by Surendra Kumar (Click to buy)
  28. International Relations: The India way by S. Jaishankar (Click to buy)
  29. Internal Security: Internal Security by M.Karthikeyan (Click to buy)
  30. Internal Security: India’s National Security: A Reader by Bajpai (Click to buy)
  31. Ethics: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude by Awdesh Singh (Click to buy)
  32. Ethics: Ethical Dilemmas of a Civil Servant by Anil Swarup (Click to buy)

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