10 Must Read Books for UPSC Aspirants – Advanced Studies

Generally you may easily find over hundred of books in the bookshelves of civil services aspirants, but there are only few books they actually hangout with. I felt following are widely accepted best books to read. So here is the list of 1o General Studies books for UPSC aspirants for advanced studies.

Books for Beginner IAS Aspirants —

Textbooks and Journals- Books for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam Preparation

NCERT Books (Download) – NCERT books for IAS Exam Preparation – PDF Free Download

Books for UPSC Aspirants (Advanced)

These books are equally useful for IAS aspirants in advanced level of studies.

1. Introduction to the Constitution of India 21st Edition

Written by Durga Das Basu, the book is indispensable for politicians, journalists, statesmen and administrative authorities and is also prescribed in several Universities even for undergraduate courses in Civics. It incorporates all amendments to the Constitution upto 98th Constitutional Amendment Act, 2013 and contains materials, figures and charts not included in any publication so far on the subject. Contains elaborate comments on separatism in Punjab, Assam and elsewhere.

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2. Constitutional Law of India – A Critical Commentary

Written by Hormasji Maneckji Seervai. One of the most read books by UPSC and other Civil Service aspirants.

3. V. N. Shukla’s Constitution of India

Written by Mahendra Pal Singh, this book has proved itself, over eleven editions, to be the most authoritative and respected academic book on Indian Constitution. Its outstanding reputation has established it in the foremost rank of classic legal textbooks.

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4. The Wonder That Was India 3rd Edition

Written by Arthur Llewellyn Basham. The Wonder That was India takes a look at the country’s history from the time of the Harappan or Indus Valley Civilization. It explores the possible causes for the decline of the Harappan civilization and settlements. The book talks about the possibility of the Harappans having moved towards the south and settled in the peninsular region. The author also discusses the Aryan invasion theory, supporting it with various research papers and findings of that time. The evolution of Hindu religion is also talked about in this book—from the Harappan times, to the coming of the Aryans and the mutual influence that Hinduism and its off shoots Jainism and Buddhism had on each other.

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5. Ancient India

Written by Romila Thapar. The book provides insight of ancient India and considered as the best choice for Civil Services aspirants.

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6. Agrarian System of Mughal India

Written by Irfan Habib. A book read by most of UPSC aspirants as well as other competitive exams related to civil services.

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7. India’s Struggle for Independence

Written by Bipin Chandra. Designed for ardent history enthusiasts, India’s Struggle For Independence is one of the most exhaustive and precise account of the struggle of Indian Independence ever written in the literary world. Written and edited by five expert authors, it presents a detailed outlook on one of the most important periods in Indian history. The facts and details provided in this book have been gathered from oral and written sources, and various other primary sources have been used along with years of intense research. Written with a very concise approach, it is a one of a kind book that details the intricacies of the Indian Independence struggle.

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8. India: A Comprehensive Geography

Written by D. R. Khullar. As name suggests it is a comprehensive book of geography in Indian context. The book is one of the best books for UPSC civil services exams.

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9. General Principles of World Geography

Written by Charles Farro. Giving an insight of world geography to aspirants and geography students. In the list of books for UPSC it must rightly included.

10. An Evolution of Indian Economy

Written by I.C. Dhingra. An essential book for economics, you can find this book easily in must read book-list of any serious aspirant.

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You may also like to read: Books for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam Preparation


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    • if u r pursuing ca then it would be good for u to go for commerce as an optional.
      as in paper 1 you would b on edge .
      paper 2 is full of management theories which will be challenge for u but with proper guidance and resources it is manageable.

    • Any subject which on you feel the confidence the most choise as optional. As a guide of Upsc (civil) , I have been seen that if u cannot love your subject ..after some days you will be bore with books. For any further help you may contact on 9563203827

    • R u serious? Sorry, but i can’t help advising u to master over language first…. if u’re going to appear in English medium, your sentences itself will start to betray u (based on your question).. please ignore my remark if u already have enough proficiency in English to refer a spade a spade… best of luck..

  2. sir,
    main history graduate hoon aur hindi medium se taiyari karna chahta .mujhe hindi medium ke books bayayen.

  3. sir/mam…my name is Raju,a b.Tec graduate in mechanical engineering and I want to appear for IAS and it’s my dream too..I’m in 3-2semester now.kindly tell me how shall I need to start preparation for IAS…?means what are the areas of subjects which I need to have the grip of and what is the foremost thing I have to do in parallel with b.e….?my e-mail:matsyabonangi@gmail.com

  4. Respected sir my name is sa
    Limbasiya sahil I want to give upsc examination then which stream is better?science or commerce and in that which field is better for examination

  5. SIR/MAM my name is shashikumar .my mother-tongue is kannada and studied in kannada medium only upto 10th class .my english is not too good ,i speak eng little bit with lots of mistake .but i can understnd upto 70% eng if read any paragraph from news paper. Now I am planning to wright upsc/IAS exam can just give suggest which language i should select for writin the exams .

  6. respected sir, im B.sc first std i want to become ias officer..! But im confuse which sub i should take? Nd which book i should refer? I want to prepare ias study from today… Then which way i shld chose plz sir will u guidline me plz sir rply me….9561988312

    • rather focusing towards optional subject u need to start with static portion like history , polity , India’s geography , csat.
      because choosing optional is always a crucial decision.as u r in first year so u have a good time to finish all theses stuff.
      and who knows at times when u appear in exam pattern might have a changed .

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    • dear student……books which are mention above are also available in hindi language ……….for further enquiry contact at 8966892225

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  11. sir i am doing btech with mechanical branch from IIT.My 2nd year is in progress. what should i do from today for the prepartion of IAS.mob. no. 9852398648

  12. sir i am doing B.TECH from IIT with mechanical branch.my 2nd year is in progress. what should i do from today preparation of IAS. mob no 9852398648

  13. Hi sir, I have just one attempt (next year) I have done B.tech and have worked in infosys for 6 years. Now I am very much to write ias can I make it. The books list given above are for general paper

  14. Sir, I am doing B.A with subjects Pol.Sc & Geography. I want to try civil services exam.
    Sir, please tell
    how should I start preparing…

  15. sir my name is Apoorva .i wish to become ias. I.m a player.i have cmplted my 12th PCB , graduation with commerce then B.P.Ed(Bachelor of physical edu.) and then M.P.Ed(master of P.E.) plz tel me which subject is good for me.i dont know yldat why they not included physical education as a particular subject.I m in confusion that which subj I should take.plz reply 

  16. Hello sir…i am a +1 student…i have opt out commerce as subject in +1…Sir I wanna do the IAS so please give me the guidelines that what are the steps I should take for achieving this…

  17. sir ,
    I am studying Bsc bzc 2 year.
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  18. sir I wish to appear Indian economic service exam. so please suggest me how to prepare and suggest me most important books for general english and general studies paper

  19. sir my name kartik mishra…im complted my master degree in economics….now im wish to fight RAS exam plzz suggest me needful books for this compition….

  20. Sir my name is Vaibhav……I wanna become IAS..I was complete my graduation in bsc (pcm).plz sir tell mi which subject is best.for preparation plzzz sir

  21. Sir, i hv just accomplished my Master in Eng.Litt. I want to go fr civil services but i hv no subject to move ahead with .but i have strong grip on Urdu literature plz recommend me subjects for it nda good coaching institute too…thx

  22. Sir i have done pg eeconomics now I want to to do ias I have read geography I n undergraduate course .would u please suggest tell me which will be better for me

  23. sir Im pursuing bsc second year(mecs) .I would like to select maths as my optional .To score more marks in that Deegre level is enough or i have to go for msc maths…??

  24. Hi.. Sir I m pursuing M.Sc anthropology. I need to cover up g’s and maths. Suggest me some good books and strategy for my preparation.

  25. Hi I m engineering back ground but I want to take urdu optionals can u suggest me pls what is good
    I know urdu very well

  26. hey sir
    i am ankit patel .i am final year student of b.tech from ec branch .i want to join ias
    .so plz give me advice which subject choose .

  27. Sir ,I have done B.Sc(physics & chemistry) and M.A(History)
    I want to prepare for civil services
    Plz suggest me for study material

  28. Its quit a good book wer preparation can b done…. But its hurt to get those books online for people living in rural area… So can you notify those books through ma email…. I would be thankful to you in long run

  29. Respected Sir/Mam,

    I’m a student of B.A SOCIOLOGY Honours I have taken English, Political Science and E.V.S as my elective subject. I seek to crack the civil service examination in future
    so will these subjects be beneficial for me and to which subject should I focus on.

    will be waiting for ur answer

  30. I am totally disagree with you.the books you have mentioned in the list is not sufficient .Ic dhingra is not good book for economy. Dont study a entire book for medieval n ancient too.
    for history spectrum is better than bipin chandra. M laxmikant is must for polity section.

  31. I m bsc graduate ..and doing job in schools as a teacher …I want to be ips how can I crack this exam by prepared at home ……how should I start ………m totaly blank about this exam…..I have to start from level zero

  32. Sir I did my graduation from distance mode, and in 3 year graduation I did in 4 year. Coz that tym I was involve in job.. But now I really want to prepare for civil…
    Pls sir help me that my past will be hurdel in my dream of crack upsc..

  33. I have completed my b.tech from civil branch
    now I want to prepare for upsc exams and want to crack it.
    which subject I must chose as my main subject
    n how can I start the preparation
    plz rply as soon as possible I’ll be vry thankful to u

  34. I m a student of Bsc physics second year…should i choose physics as a main subject…..if yes the recommend me the book for preparartion of civil services exam…..plzz sir reply

  35. me hindi midium se hu plz mughe hindi language me important book bataye i am very dipresd , plz kuch sugesation email id per send kare plZ sir.

  36. Sir i am a student of BA 2nd year. I want to choose History as my optional subject. Please suggest me how it will be according to syllabus and score.
    Suggest me best books for history in hindi language. …Thank you sir

  37. hello,
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  40. first I suggest you to complete your graduation. and after graduation u will feel comfortable to decide what you are upto choose as an optional subject.
    from now on if u get some extra time u should prepare GS papers by yourself. but I suggest u to prepare GS papers only if u get extra time.

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