Important books for UPSC (IAS) Preparation: Prelims

  1. Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations by M. Laxmikanth (Polity)


  1. Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania (Culture)


  1. Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong. (Geography)
  2. Oxford School Atlas by Oxford Publishers. (Geography)

A must-have book for UPSC aspirants, the atlas includes 200 maps with 94 thematic maps of India.

  1. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh (Economy)

This economics book by Ramesh Singh is a comprehensive text which covers every topic in detailed manner. The book is a stellar product, with many years of bestselling performance.

  1. Economic Survey by Ministry of Finance (Economy)

The Economic Survey by Ministry of Finance is the most reliable source data on India’s economy. This book provides complete information about the policy and performance of the government.

  1. India Year Book

This reference book is an authoritative compilation of the complete information about the current affairs of the country, which includes important dignitaries, state policy, public schemes and important data related to demographics, trade, economy and others.

  1. A Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir (Modern India)
  2. Current affairs
  • The Hindu
  • Indian Express
  • PIB
  • Other important websites/applications
  1. Science & Tech
  • Daily Newspapers
  • ISRO website
  1. Environment & Ecology

Recent events on Climate change through newspapers

List of IAS books for Mains (Paperwise)

GS Paper 1

Indian Heritage and Culture

  • The Wonder That Was India A.L. Bhasham
  • Indian Art and Culture Nitin Singhania

India and World History

  • India’s Ancient Past R.S. Sharma
  • History Of Modern India Bipan Chandra
  • India’s Struggle For Independence Bipan Chandra

Geography of the World and Society

  • Geography of India Majid Husain (Geography)
  • Oxford School Atlas Oxford (Geography)
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography Goh Cheng Leong (Geography)

GS Paper 2

  • Indian Constitution at Work (NCERT)
  • Indian Polity by Laxmikanth
  • Introduction to the Constitution of India by D.D. Basu
  • Governance in India by Laxmikanth
  • India Year Book
  • Contemporary World Politics (NCERT)

GS Paper 3

  • Economic Survey
  • Science and Technology in India TMH
  • The Environment for Civil Services prelims and Mains Khuller
  • India Year Book
  • ARC Report on Disaster Management
  • Indian Economy by Uma Kapila

GS Paper 4