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  • Most Important Books For UPSC IAS Preparation

    Must Read & Have Books for UPSC IAS Preparation

    We have Picked Some Must Have Books for UPSC IAS Preparation according to their Category.

    As most of the books are available in PDF format and available in this link   Click to Download.

    Following links are for people who can’t read through eBooks only and for reading PDF you should have a Tablet or a laptop for avoiding Eye strain.

    HISTORY

    Book NameAuthor Name 
    India’s Ancient PastR.S. Sharma [MUST READ]
    History Of Medieval IndiaSatish Chandra [MUST READ]
    India’s Struggle For IndependenceBipan Chandra [MUST READ]
    History Of Modern IndiaBipan Chandra [MUST READ]
    A Brief History of Modern IndiaRajiv Ahir [IMPORTANT]


    GEOGRAPHY [NCERT BOOKS AND GC LEONG ARE ENOUGH]

    Book NameAuthor Name
    Indian and World Geography for Civil ServicesD.R. Khullar [Not Important]
    Geography of IndiaMajid Husain [Not Important]
    Orient Blackswan School AtlasOrient Black Swan [IMPORTANT]
    Certificate Physical and Human GeographyGC LEONG [MUST READ]
    Oxford School Atlas
    Oxford [NOT IMPORTANT]


    CULTURE [NITIN SINGHANIA ENOUGH]

    Book NameAuthor Name
    Facets of Indian CultureSpectrum [IMPORTANT]
    The Wonder That Was IndiaA.L. Bhasham [Not Important]
    Art and Culture of IndiaNitin Singhania [MUST READ]


    POLITY AND ECONOMY

    Book NameAuthor Name
    Indian Polity 6th EditionM. Laxmikanth (Polity) [MUST READ]
    Indian Economy 12th EditionRamesh Singh (Economy) [MUST READ]
    Indian Economy Key ConceptsShankar Ganesh [IMPORTANT]


    ENVIRONMENT

    Book NameAuthor Name
    Shankar IAS EnvironmentShankar IAS [MUST READ]


    SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

    Book NameAuthor Name
    Science and Technology in India

    Ravi Agrahari (TMH)


    OTHERS

    Book NameAuthor / Category 
    General Studies: Paper I (2020) TMH (GS – Paper 1)
    General Studies: Paper II (2020) TMH (CSAT – Paper 2)
    Analytical ReasoningM. K. Pandey (CSAT – Paper 2: Analytical Reasoning)
    Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningR. S.Aggarwal (CSAT Paper 2: Reasoning). K. Pandey
    India Year Book 2020(Current Affairs)
    Manorama Yearbook 2020(Current Affairs)


    Most Important and Additional IAS Preparation Books for UPSC Mains (Click to Buy Online)

    Contemporary Essays by Ramesh Singh                        (Essay Paper) [NOT IMPORTANT]
    151 ESSAYS For UPSC Mains                                     (Essay Paper) [MUST READ]


    IAS Preparation Books FOR GENERAL STUDIES PAPER 1

    Book NameAuthor Name
    Norman Lowe World History of Modern WorldJain and Mathur (World History – GS1)
    Social Problems In IndiaRam Ahuja. (Indian Society – GS1)
    India After GandhiRamachandra Guha (History – GS1)
    From Plassey to the Partition        Sekhar-Bandyopadhyay (History – GS1)


    IAS Preparation Books FOR GENERAL STUDIES PAPER 2

    Books NameCategory
    India and the World(Foreign Policy – GS2)
    Pax Indica – Shashi Tharoor(Foreign Policy – GS2)
    Governance in India for CSE(Governance – GS2)
    IAS Mains General Studies Paper 2(Arihant Manual – GS2)


    IAS Preparation Books FOR GENERAL STUDIES PAPER 3

    Book NameCategory
    Internal Security(Internal Security – GS3)
    Challenges to Internal Security of India(Internal Security – GS3)
    IAS Mains General Studies Paper 3GS3. (Arihant Manual – GS3)


    IAS Preparation Books FOR GENERAL STUDIES PAPER 4

    Book NameCategory
    Lexicon Ethics( Ethics – GS4)
    IAS Mains General Studies Paper 4( Arihant Manual – GS4)


    IAS Preparation Books for Interview

    Book NameAuthor
    CIVIL SERVICES INTERVIEW: HOW TO EXCELMadhukar Bhagat
    Kit of InterviewsS. Rajinder Dhillon
    Interviews The Last Basic Tips On facing Civil Services Personality TestUNIQUE
    Interview CrackerNeelam Soni


    Must Get UPSC IAS Practice Books available in Amazon

    21 Years CSAT General Studies IAS Prelims Topic-wise Solved Papers (1995-2017) [MUST READ]
     14000+ MCQ By Manohar Pandey [Arihant Publications] [MUST READ]



    General Studies Manual (GS Manual)

    GS manual should be with you when you are going to prepare for the prelims examination. Now arises the question that what is GS manual? It’s an all-in-one book for civil services prelims covering all the topics like Polity, Economy, History, Geography, Current Affairs, General Knowledge, Mental Ability, Facts, and more. One Book in hand with all the information you need is like the god on the earth for IAS examination Aspirants. Some times standard books prescribed for preparation do not have that information which GS manual have. Above that, the language and content are so easy to understand for any of the aspirants. The level set is also satisfactory.

    The passed candidate suggests that one must go through the past 5 years Solved Section-wise Papers and IAS Syllabus before going to any other books. These papers will be a great boon for IAS aspirants. Valuable time and efforts are to be used in the right place so these two reference books will be best for those who start preparing for Prelims. They must be sure to get the solved section-wise questions papers and the IAS syllabus.

    Book NameAuthor / Category 
    General Studies: Paper I (2020) TMH (GS – Paper 1)
    General Studies: Paper II (2020) TMH (CSAT – Paper 2)
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