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Books for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam Preparation

Many friends preparing for UPSC CS exams generally ask one common question “which books are good for a fresher to start the preparation with?”. The list of books is endless, some topics are good in one book other is in another. You need to read anything you think it’s worth reading. Here I am listing down some must have kind of books, mentioning this list is not complete and perfect. I will keep updating this list. Following list is well recognized list of Books for UPSC preparation.

1. Indian History – India Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra; NCERT Books ( XI & XII )
2. Geography – Spectrum
3. Indian Polity – DD Basu, Constitution of India by Bakshi
4. Indian Economy – 11th & 12th Books (NCERT), Pratiyogita Darpan Special Edition
5. General Science – Tata Mc Graw Hill Guide Books of 9th and 10th Standard.
6. Mental Ability – Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Aggarwal
7. Current Affairs – Some magazines and NewspapersBook List for UPSC Civil Services Exam
8. India- Yearbook Published from Publication Division

Some newspapers/magazines you may count in:

i. The Hindu/The Times of India
ii. Frontline
iii. Civil Service Chronicle
iv. Chanakya
v. Competition WIZARD
vi. Civil Services Today

Guides You may Like to Read:

1. Tata McGraw Hill for GS
2. Arihant for CSAT
2. Spectrum
3. Unique

Topic Wise Reference On General Studies

Books on Indian History & Culture:

NCERT (+ 2 level) — Ancient India, Medieval India, Modern India.
Publication Division : Gazetteer of India (Vol 2 : History & Culture)
Gandhi Nehru Tagore & Ambedkar — Gopal Krishna
Bipin Chandra – Modern India
A.C.Banerjee – History of Modern India Raghavan Aiyer — Mahatma Gandhi

Books on Geography:
NCERT : Physical Geography of India for X – XII Std
A Good School Atlas
Sharma & Cotinho : Economic and Commercial Geography of India.
Khullar : India- A Comprehensive Geography
Charles Farro : General Principles of World Geography
Charles Farro : Monsoon Asia Reports published by Centre for Science and Enviornment And Tata Energy Research Institute
National journal – Kurukshetra, Yojana etc.
Down to earth

Books on Indian Economy:

NCERT (+1 level)—Evolution of Indian Economy(I C Dhingra).
Mishra & Puri or Dutt & Sundaram – Indian Economy
Economic Survey
The Economic Times,Business Standard

Books on Social and National Issues:

Social Problem – Ram Ahuja
Social Welfare Magazine – Published by ministry of social welfare
IIPa Journal

Books on Indian Polity:

NCERT (+1 level)—Indian Political System
N.L. Madan : Bhartiya Rajya Vyavastha
D.D. Basu—Indian Constitution
Kashyap—Constitution of India
Publication Division—Subhash C. Kashyap : Our Parliament
P.M. Bakshi—Indian Constitution
Our Constitution : Subhash C. kashyap
Perspective on Constitution : S.C. Kashyap
Frontline Magazine
IIPa Journal

Books on Science & Technology:

NCERT : (10 level) : Science, (+2 level) : Biology.
Popular Science Series (CSIR)
Reports Of the Ministry of Science and Technology Yojana
Science Reporter
Science and Technology in India – Spectrum

Books on Statistics:

(NCERT +1 level) Elementary Statistics
S.C.Gupta : Statistical Methods

Books on India and the World :

Journal of peace Studies
World Focus
Strategic Analysis
South Asian Journal

Other Books for General Studies:

1. India Year Book latest
2. One competitive Magazine
3. Guides like Tata Mc Graw Hill

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57 thoughts on “Books for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam Preparation

  1. Banks were were nationalised two phases in 1969&80.SBI&Associates were not in that list,when the sbi&associates were nationalised?

  2. Could u pls tell me a logical and interesting subject for CS student as CS subjects are not a part of main’s subject..
    Also tell me some books for the respective subject. I dont like history.
    Thnk u

  3. Am from electrical engineering background and am preparing for IES 2014. pls tell me can i prepare for IAS 2014 too with that sub as optional.

  4. Sir I want to prepare for upsc… I have commerce background and working in pnb and as clerk but I want to take political science as optional please guide me I also request to friends please guide me

  5. I have completed B.A and i am intrested in indian army,can you please tell me that whether i am eligible for NDA or not,if yes then what is the procedure to apply for NDA.

    1. Yes, you were eligible for NDA when you have cleared your 10+2. NDA age limit is 16+ till 21.

      However you can apply for CDS (Maths at 10+2 level required) or OTA no compulsion of mathematic exam. Age limit 19-24 Years for Indian Military Academy, 19-25 Years for Officers’ Training Academy

      You can look for notifications in employement news or on website, check out

      All the best

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    they are getting confused because of what to study and what to skip.
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    I am strongly recommend which i am studying tata mcgraw hill csat books,8th to 12 ncert books and manorama yearbook As well news
    paper’s especially Hindu and Deccan chronicle.

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