To get a quick understanding of the most basic/essential books for UPSC Preparation, ClearIAS.cm has published three main lists so far: (1) IAS Prelims + Mains Books, (2) IAS Prelims Books and (3) IAS Mains Books. This post is a visual list of best selling IAS books for Civil Service Prelims and Mains Exam. We have also added many new releases listed in Flipkart for IAS prepration.UPSC aspirants can click to buy any of these books online. Books are provided at discounted rates.
How to find the right books for UPSC/IAS prepration?
If you are a fresher in the UPSC preparation field, the best way to select useful books for preparation is by referring what previous year toppers had studied. Adding below a few must-check links.
- Toppers’ Book list/Study materials – In Toppers’ interview module.
- Book Review – Review of UPSC Books.
- UPSC Books Search – Direct check in Flipkart website
Tips regarding IAS book selection
It’s not necessary to read 201-heavy-weight-books to clear IAS! But considering the competition and vast syllabus, there is no doubt that UPSC exam preparation cannot be done without some essential books. Quality books act as add-ons to your online preparation and helps a lot in self-study. Concentrate on the recommended books mentioned in this website along with NCERT books for daily study and use additional books as reference. The mentioned books are based on the feedback from many aspirants/toppers who found them useful for the exam.
PS: We keep updating this page, when new books worth the time and money of candidate appear in market. So come back to check this page again!