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Best Books for IAS (Prelims and Mains) Preparation

The Civil Services examination (IAS Exam) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is one of the toughest national-level examinations in the country. The IAS Exam is conducted in three stages: Prelims, Mains, and Interview.

Before beginning their preparation for any examination, the candidates must select the best study material. However, selecting the best books for IAS preparation is the biggest challenge for candidates as there are various books available in the market. Through this article, the Civil Services aspirants will come to know about the best books for IAS (Prelims and Mains) preparation. Here are some books for IAS Exam preparation that you can prefer during your preparation for Civil Services Preliminary and Mains exams.

Best Books for IAS Preliminary Exam Preparation:

General Studies Paper I:

Subjects Books Author
History Ancient History Ancient India by RS Sharma (Old NCERT)
Medieval History History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra (Old NCERT)
Modern History A Brief History of Modern India’ by Spectrum Concise History of Modern India’ by Sujata Menon
Indian Culture Facets of Indian Culture by Spectrum CCRT website
Indian Geography Geography Old NCERT books, Physical Geography by Goh Cheng Leong, For Maps Oxford School Atlas

Best Books for IAS Mains Exam Preparation:

General Studies Paper I

Subjects Books Author
Indian Polity Indian Polity Indian Polity by Laxmikanth, An Introduction to the Constitution of India by D. D. Basu, The Constitution of India by P. M. Bakshi, Old NCERT books for Indian Polity

General Studies Paper II:

Subjects Books Author
Economics Indian Economy Class 11 and Class 12 NCERTs, Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh, Indian Economy by Mishra and Puri, Current Economic Survey,
Science and Technology Science and Technology Newspaper (The Hindu, Economic Times, The Indian Express), ISRO Website, other Online Resources
Environment and Ecology Environment and Ecology NIOS Study Material for Environmental Studies, Newspaper, Online Study Material

General Studies Paper II CSAT (Aptitude)

General Studies Paper II CSAT of IAS Prelims Exam comprises of topics like English Comprehension, Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability, Mathematics, and Decision Making.

Click here for IAS Preparation Tips

English Comprehension:

Read the newspapers and magazines like Yojana, Kurukshetra, Front-line and newspapers like Indian Express, The Hindu, EPW, and Livemint.

Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability:

  • Prefer MK Pandey’s book for Analytical Reasoning.

Mathematics:

  • Prefer R.S. Aggrawal books and NCERT books.

Decision Making:

  • Read General articles from newspapers.
  • Solve the previous years question papers.

Essential Books for IAS

Ancient India by RS Sharma (Old NCERT)

Subjects Books Subjects Books
Ancient History World Geography Fundamentals of Human Geography (NCERT),  Certificate Physical And Human Geography Paperback
Medieval History History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra (Old NCERT) Economy India People and Economy (NCERT), Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
Modern History A Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir, World History by Norman Lower, Concise History of Modern India’ by Sujata Menon Polity Indian Polity by Laxmikanth
Indian Culture Facets of Indian Culture by Spectrum, Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania, CCRT website Current Affairs The Hindu, Indian Express, PIB, Jagran Josh
Physical Geography Certificate Physical And Human Geography Paperback Science & Tech Notes by Shankar IAS, Daily Newspapers, ISRO website
Indian Geography India: Physical Environment (NCERT) Environment & Ecology Recent events on climate change through Newspapers, NIOS Study Materials

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