Best books for UPSC IAS Exam

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That is what we assume on behalf of all the candidates who appeared for the prestigious UPSC Prelims and Mains exam. To succeed in the prominent UPSC Civil Services examination, it is imperative that all the candidates be well-versed with the updated syllabus and study from the best study material and reference books to prepare for the examination.

Therefore, for excelling in the UPSC Civil Services exams, one needs to read important standard books and study material. Do not worry because Edvizo is here to bring you the list of best books that must be studied religiously. The best thing about this list is that it included books that are recommended by UPSC IAS toppers.

Essential books for the UPSC IAS Exam Preparation: Prelims

  1. Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations- Author M. Laxmikanth (Polity)
  2. Indian Art and Culture- Author Nitin Singhania (Culture)
  3. Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Author Goh Cheng Leong. (Geography)
  4. Oxford School Atlas – Author Oxford Publishers. (Geography)
  5. Indian Economy – Author Ramesh Singh (Economy)
  6. Economic Survey – Author the Ministry of Finance (Economy)
  7. India Year Book
  8. A Brief History of Modern India – Author Rajiv Ahir (Modern India)
  9. Current affairs
  • The Hindu
  • Economic times
  • Other authentic websites/applications
  • PIB
  1. Science & Tech
  • Notes – Author Shankar IAS
  • Newspapers
  • ISRO website
  1. Environment & Ecology
  • Recent events on Climate change through newspapers


Essential books for the UPSC IAS Exam Preparation: Mains

Paper 1

Indian Heritage and Culture

  • Indian Art and Culture – Author Nitin Singhania
  • The Wonder That Was India – Author – Author A.L. Bhasham

India and World History

  • History Of Modern India- Author Bipan Chandra
  • India’s Ancient Past – Author R.S. Sharma
  • India’s Struggle For Independence – Author Bipan Chandra

Geography of the World and Society

  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography- Author Goh Cheng Leong (Geography)
  • Geography of India – Author Majid Husain (Geography)
  • Oxford School Atlas – Author Oxford (Geography)

Paper 2

  • Contemporary World Politics (NCERT)
  • Governance in India – Author Laxmikanth
  • India Year Book
  • Indian Constitution at Work (NCERT)
  • Indian Polity – Author Laxmikanth
  • Introduction to the Constitution of India – Author D.D. Basu

Paper 3

  • ARC Report on Disaster Management
  • Economic Survey
  • India Year Book
  • Indian Economy – Author Uma Kapila
  • Environment -Civil Services Prelims and Mains – Author Khuller

Paper 4

  • IAS Mains General Studies Ethics
  • Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude