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Books for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam Preparation


Many friends preparing for UPSC Civil Services exams generally ask one common question “which books are good for a fresher to start the preparation ?”. The list of books for IAS Preparation 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 IAS preparation.

For NCERT Books and Download visit: NCERT books for IAS Exam Preparation – PDF Free Download

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

Some newspapers/magazines you may count in for Current Affairs Preparation for IAS Exam:

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 for IAS Exam:

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

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 – Buy Now
Bipin Chandra – Modern India – Buy Now
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 – Buy Now
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

Ramesh Sharma – Indian Economy – Buy Now

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 – Buy Now
P.M. Bakshi—Indian Constitution – Buy Now
Our Parliament – Subhash C. Kashyap
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 – Buy Now
2. One competitive Magazine
3. Guides like Tata Mc Graw Hill – Buy Now

Also Read: 10 Must Read Books for IAS Aspirants – Advanced Studies

Most important:

Don’t forget installing our mobile app in your android phone IAS for current affairs and General Studies,GK Quiz.

Articles are written and edited by the Syskool Staffs.


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  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

    • You can download some of study materials and ebooks. But these books are not available in pdf format to download.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

    • 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

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

    Reply ↓

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  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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.

  14. i am now in btech 1st year and i want to crack ias should i prepare?
    advice some reference books which is best for me

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  16. I am now in in civil engineering. and i want became as a IAS officer ,how should i prepare…..? plz advice some reference books and which subject has optional

  17. i am completed my and now i am pursuing private in eafm i want to become an ias officer can u please give me tips about preparation.

  18. Sir I want to join civil service . I have passed my 12th with science background. Now I am confused where I will go and which subject should I opt. for my graduation which will help me in achieving my goal.
    Please sir.

  19. सर हिन्दी माध्यम के लिए कोनसी किताबों पढ़नी हैं। ये भी बता दीजिये , please sir…..

  20. सर /मैडम
    मैं दूसरी बार ये परीक्षा देने वाला हूँ लेकिन अभी तक सही किताबों का चुनाव नहीं कर पाया हूँ। आपका आभारी रहूँगा अगर आप मेरी इस विषय में कुछ मदद कर पाएं।

  21. sir please suggest some study material for main also
    my goal IAS
    Diploma pass percentage-97%
    my family is poor

  22. Hi prafull, i m mandeep kalsi and i got married in 2011 nd i hv done my intermediate in 2007 but now i want to study further..this year (2016) i m taking admission in Mr. prafull god gives you blessings in study.. so please its my humble request that show me a right path because i want to crack ias exams my age is 27 now so tell me , is it possible?

  23. Can anyone suggest the best optional subject for an electronics and communication engineering student…. Pls…

  24. Sir I would like to no the difference of TMH guides and published books is guide sufficient enough sir ? Do let me no soon and if I refer Oxford student Atlas for geography is needed ? And one more is and Cheong for physics s suffienct right ? Let me no soon sir ! Thank you 🙂

  25. How can crack ias by self study??
    What is the different ias, ips and iaf exam patterns.. please give me answer

  26. Can i get these additions in hindi….??
    Nd sir agar kisi ka medium hindi ho to kya wo hindi me preparations kr sakta h..
    I mean uski exam hindi me ho skti h…??

  27. Hi Praful,

    I felt motivated by your posts and all information.
    I really want to service our country as a Bureaucrat.
    I need little help …!
    Iam struck in choosing my option in mains, because I did masters in biotechnology which is not listed in mains options.
    Please help me to choose one…!

    Once again thank you very much…!!

    Kind regards,
    Pradeep Kotagiri.

  28. सर /मैडम
    मैं 3rd बार ये परीक्षा देने वाला हूँ लेकिन अभी तक सही किताबों का चुनाव नहीं कर पाया हूँ। आपका आभारी रहूँगा अगर आप मेरी इस विषय में कुछ मदद कर पाएं।

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  30. Hii…
    I am from engineering background with electronics & communication . can any one suggest abt which subject i should take for mains. i mean arts or engineering.

  31. hello sir miny gs 2016 book le hi prilims ke liye eske or kon se books leni padegi jeesse best prepration ho

  32. Sir, I’m a Forestry graduate and an aspirant of IFoS (Indian Forest Service) and my request is if you would be kind enough to inform me if the above listed books will help me in my Preliminary exam (since Prelims qs. for IAS and IFoS are same). I would be very grateful if you could clear my doubts.

  33. Respected sir my name is Deepak Singla
    I want to know about the age limit to apply for UPSC exam and also maximum age limit. My birth year is 1989. So reply please.

  34. Hi sir,
    I’m in dilemma which books should i start to read for IAS exam. I’m in my first year of agriculture engineering.Every website to many books .plz help me to start my preparation. mail the list of books to my email id; [email protected]

  35. sir,mai abhi TYBCOM mai padh raha hu,muze UPSC exam deni hai.but meri economic bad condition ki karan muze job bhi karni padati hai.mai study kaise karu.plz.,

  36. Prafull sir, i am from bengal. Still now i am confused about ias . What and how to read. If possible please help me. There are many books, you have recommended. I have to chose among them or all are necessary?

  37. Sir i m recently complete my graduation in botany. Now i m preparing. For upsc so please give some tips to crack exam and also recommended books. for prelims exam

  38. Hello Sir, i have cleared ssc cpo exam and got SI in CISF my training start from nov 2017, due to financial problems i have to go for this but i want to prepare for prestigious IAS, i have planned to finish all the ncerts till nov and then in training i will stuck to standard books, practice writing there, but i don’t know wether i will got time there or not, can you please guide me, what should i do,

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