UPSC Complete Books List PDF Download

Preparation for the UPSC examination heavily relies on the selection of appropriate reading materials. Many candidates find themselves scouring bookstores, book fairs, and various locations to gather study materials, investing significant time in the process. Successful candidates advancing from the Prelims to the Mains stage of the IAS Exam face a set of 9 theory papers, including two papers on an optional subject.

To streamline the process of acquiring UPSC preparation books and alleviate the time and effort expended by IAS aspirants, we present a concise one-page IAS book list. This list includes links to commonly required UPSC books. During the UPSC mains exam, candidates must choose an optional subject, adding another layer of consideration to their study materials.

The selection of the best IAS books can vary among candidates based on their prior expertise and knowledge of specific subjects. However, this article outlines a subject-wise UPSC booklist recommended by experts to assist aspirants in their preparation journey.

Latest Updated UPSC Books List PDF – IAS Prelims

Subject UPSC Books
  1. India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra
  2. Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum
  3. NCERT XI (Ancient & Medieval)
  4. NCERT XII (Modern Indian History)
  1. Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong
  2. NCERT VI – X (Old Syllabus)
  3. NCERT XI, XII (New Syllabus)
  4. World Atlas (Orient Black Swan)
Indian Polity
  1. Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth
  1. Indian Economy by Nitin Singhania
  2. Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri
International Relations
  1. NCERT XII (Contemporary World Politics)
  2. Current Affairs
  1. Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual
  2. CSAT II – Arihant
  3. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R S Aggarwal

New UPSC Books List – IAS Mains

Subject UPSC Books
History, Indian Heritage & Culture [GS Paper 1]
  1. Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania
  2. India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
  3. India after Independence by Bipan Chandra
  4. History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra
  5. Ancient India by R.S Sharma
Geography [GS Paper 1]
  1. Geography of India by Majid Husain
  2. World Geography by Majid Husain
  3. World Atlas (Orient Black Swan)
  4. Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G C Leong
  5. Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11
Polity & International Relations [GS Paper 2]
  1. Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth
  2. Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu
  3. International Relations: Pushpesh Pant
Economy [GS Paper 3]
  1. Indian Economy – Nitin Singhania
  2. Environment and Disaster Management – Tata McGraw Hill
  3. Challenges to Internal Security of India – Ashok Kumar
Ethics [GS Paper 4]
  1. Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudary
Solved Papers
  1. IAS General Studies Prelims Solved Papers – Vishal Publications

UPSC Books List for Optional Subject

UPSC Books – History Optional IAS Books – Political Science Optional UPSC Books – Public Administration Optional
IAS Books – Geography Optional UPSC Books – Anthropology Optional IAS Books – Sociology Optional
UPSC Books – Hindi Literature Optional IAS Books – Economics Optional UPSC Books – Tamil Literature Optional
IAS Books – Mathematics Optional UPSC Books – Philosophy Optional IAS Books – Botany Optional
UPSC Books – Kannada Literature Optional IAS Books – Gujarati Literature Optional UPSC Books – Chemistry Optional
IAS Books – Physics Optional UPSC Books – English Literature Optional IAS Books – Telugu Literature Optional
UPSC Books – Statistics Optional IAS Books – Geology Optional UPSC Books – Commerce Optional
IAS Books – Psychology Optional UPSC Books -Electrical Engineering Optional IAS Books – Medical Science Optional
UPSC Books – Agriculture Optional IAS Books – Civil Engineering Optional UPSC Books – Mechanical Engineering Optional
IAS Books – Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences Optional UPSC Books – Law Optional IAS Books – Zoology Optional
UPSC Books – Assamese Literature Optional IAS Books – Sindhi Literature Optional UPSC Books – Kashmiri Literature Optional
IAS Books – Malayalam Literature Optional UPSC Books – Nepali Literature Optional IAS Books – Bengali Literature Optional
UPSC Books – Bodo Literature Optional IAS Books – Konkani Literature Optional UPSC Books – Manipuri Literature Optional
IAS Books – Oriya Literature Optional UPSC Books – Santhali Literature Optional UPSC Books – Urdu Literature Optional
UPSC Books – Maithili Literature Optional IAS Books – Marathi Literature Optional UPSC Books – Punjabi Literature Optional
IAS Books – Sanskrit Literature Optional

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