IAS Books for Civil Services Prelims and Mains Exam Preparation

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. Taking inputs from toppers, 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 (Click to Buy Online)

  1. History Of Modern India – Bipan Chandra. (History)
  2. India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra. (History)
  3. Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum. (Culture)
  4. Geography of India – Majid Husain. (Geography)
  5. Oxford School Atlas – Oxford. (Geography)
  6. Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong. (Geography)
  7. Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth. (Polity)
  8. Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh. (Economy)
  9. Economic Survey (2013-14). (Economy)
  10. Science and Technology in India – Kalpana Rajaram : Spectrum. (Science and Technology)
  11. Environmental Studies from Crisis to Cure 2nd Edition – R.Rajagoplan. (Environment)
  12. India Year Book. (Current Affairs)
  13. Manorama Yearbook 2014. (Current Affairs)
  14. CSAT 2014 : Paper – 2 Manual by TMH or CSAT-II – Arihant (CSAT – Paper 2)
  15. Analytical Reasoning – M. K. Pandey (CSAT – Paper 2 : Analytical Reasoning)
  16. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R. S.Aggarwal (CSAT Paper 2 : Reasoning)

Additional IAS Books for UPSC Mains (Click to Buy Online)

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 Reference (Click to Buy Online)

IAS Manuals and Previous Year Question Papers (Click to Buy Online)

  1. General Studies For Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2014 – TMH. (GS Problem Solving)
  2. UPSC Civil Services Prelims in 60 days – Rakesh Dwivedi. (Revision)
  3. IAS Prelims 19 Years General Studies Topic-Wise Solved Papers (1995-2013) – Disha.
  4. IAS (Pre.) Solved Papers General Studies wih CSAT 2013 – Arihant.
  5. IAS Mains Civil Services Main Examination: General Studies Chapter-wise Solved Papers.

Free Online Resources For IAS Prelims and Mains

Books for Other Exams (Click to Buy Online)

  1. IBPS Books
  2. MBA Books
  3. Engineering Books

UPSC Books at Online Stores! (Click to Buy Online)

Tips regarding IAS book selection

Buy IAS Books :

  • 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.
  • Hindi medium students may check UPSC Books in Hindi Language.
  • 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! :-)

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