If you have the question “What are the books needed to clear IAS?” in your mind, we hope this post to clear all your doubts. A detailed list of the best IAS books available in the market for each subject in Prelims and Mains, with links for buying books online is provided here.
Links for free IAS online study-materials as per the latest UPSC syllabus are also provided in this post (see last section). Take maximum benefit of the same. All the best!
Essential IAS Books For UPSC Prelims
- History Of Modern India – Bipan Chandra. (History)
- India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra. (History)
- Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum. (Culture)
- Geography of India – Majid Husain. (Geography)
- Oxford School Atlas – Oxford. (Geography)
- Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong. (Geography)
- Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth. (Polity)
- Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh. (Economy)
- Economic Survey (2012-13). (Economy)
- Science and Technology in India – Kalpana Rajaram : Spectrum. (Science and Technology)
- Environmental Studies from Crisis to Cure 2nd Edition – R.Rajagoplan. (Environment)
- India Year Book. (Current Affairs)
- Manorama Yearbook 2014. (Current Affairs)
- CSAT 2014 : Paper – 2 Manual by TMH or CSAT-II – Arihant (CSAT – Paper 2)
Additional IAS Books for UPSC Mains
- Contemporay Essays by Ramesh Singh OR 151 ESSAYS For UPSC Mains (Essay Paper)
- India After Gandhi – Ramchandra Guha (History – GS1)
- History of Modern World – Jain and Mathur OR Norman Lowe (World History – GS1)
- Social Problems In India – Ram Ahuja. (Indian Society – GS1)
- Development & Developmental Processes (Social Justice – GS2)
- Issues Relating to Social Development (Social Justice – GS2)
- Pax Indica – Shashi Tharoor. (Foreign Policy – GS2)
- India’s Foreign Policy by Muchkund Dubey. (Foreign Policy – GS2)
- India’s National Security: A Reader. (Internal Security – GS3)
- Disaster Management. (Disaster Management – GS3)
- Ethics In Governance. ( Ethics – GS4)
- Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Mains. ( Ethics – GS4)
PS : Many books for UPSC Civil Service Main Exam overlap with books recommended for Prelims, except the mentioned additional books for topics like Foreign Relations, Internal Security, Ethics etc.
IAS Books for Optional Subjects and Additional Referernce
IAS Manuals and Previous Year Question Papers
- General Studies For Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2014 – TMH. (GS Problem Solving)
- UPSC Civil Services Prelims in 60 days – Rakesh Dwivedi. (Revision)
- IAS Prelims 19 Years General Studies Topic-Wise Solved Papers (1995-2013) – Disha.
- IAS (Pre.) Solved Papers General Studies wih CSAT 2013 – Arihant.
- IAS Mains Civil Services Main Examination: General Studies Chapter-wise Solved Papers.
Free Online Resources For IAS Prelims and Mains
- NCERT Books Download.
- Yojana Magazine Download.
- Kurukshetra Magazine.
- Pratiyogita Darpan Magazine.
- IGNOU Books.
- Clear IAS Online Study Materials.
Books for Other Exams
UPSC Books at Online Stores!
Tips regarding IAS book selection
- It’s not necessary to read 101-heavy-weight-books to clear IAS! Concentrate on a few good ones as mentioned in this website along with NCERT books and use additional books for only for reference.
- Please note that though UPSC notification contains syllabus for Prelims and Mains, there is no mention any reference book for Civil Services Exam. The mentioned books are based on the feedback from many aspirants/toppers who found them useful for the exam.
- Requirement of books depends upon the time available and confidence level of the candidate.
- 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!