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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 as I learn more.In first few weeks of 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 Apitude by R.S. Aggarwal
7. Current Affairs – Some magazines and Newspapers
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 Comprehnsive 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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49 Responses

  1. sanjana says

    sir i want to get into IAS,but i not yet prepared for anything. Now I’m in last year of BE.please help me out how can I prepare for it. I hope I will get a help from you to continue my preparation please sir.suggest me something.

  2. bhanu says

    sir l can get kannada books

  3. beena sen says

    plz tell me books and syllabus forias after mbbs

  4. ram says

    I need details regarding IFS exam pattern and syllabus
    please post it as soon as possible

  5. pratik meshram says

    please tell books for agriculture……….

  6. audumbar kantilal nalavade says

    sir mujhe mpsc/upsc ke sabhi books and information gaudaince deaily mail kare plese thanks.

  7. Raneesh says

    Hi dear all,people who are going to prepare for Civil Service exam
    they are getting confused because of what to study and what to skip.
    there should be a strong decision.main function of a civil servant is taking a proper decision so we have to start now itself,do not study all subjects together try to be strong what you study.
    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.

  8. Darshan says

    Plz give in u r site Ias books in pdf file..

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  11. Baljeet says

    Hi, is v.k. agnihotri book best for history

  12. prakash says

    Dear sir I have completed my graduation in the year 2010 but the problem is that my certificate age is different from my actual age to join any of the ias or ips service. But because of it I m little confused about my future. I am interested in government area so that what should that I have to do for get selecting in.

  13. Yallappa says

    Good one, plz keep it up Thank you

  14. Saquib Ansari says

    I am study tyba and i intrested upsc i learn urdu languge so my book name plese solve my problam

  15. adivya sharma says

    Public administration ke liye hindi mein kon se writer ki books pade ?

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  17. Shipra Rajput says

    sir m doing b.tech. in ece stream. which subject should i choose as optional subject??

  18. uttam kumar mishra says

    I want to become an IAS officer but I Pursuing in the B.A..how can I start for preparation IAS exam. now so you give me tips how to prepare for an IAS exam .

    Reply ↓

  19. Peerzada Muzamil says

    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.

    • Vishal says

      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 UPSC.gov.in website, check out http://upsc.gov.in/general/cds.htm

      All the best

  20. Hanamant Halyalkar says

    I have complited B.A sir.which kannad books should i use for I.A.S exam?

  21. Hrusikesh Patra says


  22. divyanshu kumar says

    i want to become an ias officer but i do btech in this time i want to start for preparation for ias now so you give me tips how to prepare for an ias

  23. Anup Shukle says

    Can I get UPSC books in PDF files from your website?

  24. jaisypooja says

    i am interested to be a IAS office i want to know more about my INDIA what could i do for that

  25. vikram says

    can i get that book in hindi…………..

  26. Ashok kumar Bag says

    please . suggest me right strategy to crack IAS EXAM without the help of coaching .

  27. Name k p pandey says

    I want know what is new syllabus of upsc mains kya ab optional ek hi sub hai ya do

    • shiva chauhan says

      ek hi optional Subject hai

  28. sudhanshu says

    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

  29. Arun says

    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.

  30. prabakaran says

    Can I get that books in tamil

  31. nidhi says

    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

  32. boban says

    Mains-optional English..please suggest some books

    • sam says

      ignou study metirial of b.a is good

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  34. avinash pandey says

    nice effort

  35. KIRAN says

    can i get that books in gujarati

  36. Md Ajaj says

    10+2 me kitna % marks rhna jruri hai.. pls rply

    • Karan Bansal says

      bro srf pass jruri h… bs 33% ho chlega… :)

  37. jyotish verma says

    thanks and keep on updating…..

  38. Yuvraj says

    ye sab books to eng m hogi
    hindi medium walo k liye konsibooks h

  39. Lakshya Arya says

    thanks u so much and keep updating

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  41. suraj says

    can i get ur site in hindi?

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  44. subhash says

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

    • mubharak says

      sbi – 1955
      associative banks -1959