IAS Books for Civil Services Prelims and Mains Exam Preparation

Last updated on January 24th, 2018 at 02:04 pm

Right selection of IAS books for Prelims and Mains will be a game changer. We cannot buy all the IAS Books in the market and experimenting a trial and error game. So we collected reviews about the books from toppers. Here is an exhaustive list of standard books which is very relevant for IAS Exam preparation. Thus, by Collecting these essential books you crossed the first hurdle. Generally speaking, for a good start, new standard weapons are very important to win UPSC Civil Service Prelims and Mains. Hence, your weapon is standard IAS  Books. So for it without any confusion. If you have any queries then please ask in the comment section.We are always happy to help 🙂 .IAS Books

Important IAS Books For UPSC Prelims (Click on the links to buy online)

  1. India’s struggle for independence by Bipan Chandra .  (Modern History)
  2. History Of Modern India – Bipan Chandra. (History)
  3. India’s Ancient Past- RS  Sharma. (Ancient History)
  4. History of Medieval India – Sathish Chandra. (Medieval History)
  5. Indian art and culture by Nitin Singhania. ( Culture)
  6. The Wonder that was India – AL Bhasham. (Culture)
  7. Geography of India by Masjid Hussain. (Geography)
  8. Oxford School Atlas. (Geography)
  9. Certificate of Physical and human geography by G C Leong. (Physical Geography)
  10. Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth (Polity)
  11. Environment by Shankar IAS .(Environment)
  12. Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure – Rajagopalan . (Environment)
  13. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh . (Economics)
  14. Economic survey . (Economics)
  15. Science and Technology in India  – TMH. (Sciennce & Technology)
  16. India Year Book (Current Affairs)India year book 2017
  17. Manorama Yearbook (Current Affairs)
  18. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – RS.Aggarwal (CSAT Paper 2)
  19. CSAT  Manual by TMH or CSAT-II – Arihant . (CSAT – Paper 2 )
  20. Analytical Reasoning – MK Pandey .(CSAT – Paper 2)

Additional IAS Books for UPSC Mains (Click on the links to buy online)

  1. Contemporay Essays by Ramesh Singh. (Essay paper)
  2. Essays for Civil Services – Pulkit Khare. (Essay Paper)
  3. 151 ESSAYS For UPSC Mains. (Essay Paper)
  4. Social Problems In India – Ram Ahuja. (Indian Society-GS1)
  5. India After Gandhi–Ramchandra Guha.(History – GS1)
  6. World History by Norman Lowe OR History of Modern World – Jain and Mathur (World History-GS1)
  7. IAS Mains General Studies Paper 2 (Arihant Manual – GS2)
  8. Governance in India by Laxmikanth -(Governance – GS2)
  9. Pax Indica by Shashi Tharoor.(Foreign Policy – GS 2)
  10. Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy  (Foreign Policy – GS2)

  11. India’s National Security: A Reader. (Internal Security – GS3)
  12. Challenges to Internal Security of India. (Internal Security – GS3)
  13. Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude. ( Ethics – GS4)
  14. IAS Mains General Studies – Ethics. ( Arihant Manual – GS4)

Also read : UPSC Exam Syllabus for IAS Prelims, Mains and Interview

IAS Books for CSAT  Paper -2

Firstly, this paper is not considered to pass prelims from 2015 on-wards. But need to secure a minimum of 33% of 200 marks, that is 66 marks. Although, the relevance of CSAT paper has come down still it is important to clear prelims.

  1. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning– RS.Aggarwal -CSAT Paper 2: Reasoning
  2. CSAT Manual by TMH or CSAT-II – Arihant CSAT – Paper 2
  3. Analytical Reasoning – MK Pandey CSAT – Paper 2: Analytical Reasoning

Also Check : UPSC Exam Syllabus for IAS Prelims, Mains and Interview 

  1. Civil Services Interview: How to Excel.
  2. What…? When…? How…? Answers to All Questions about Civil Services (Prelims, Mains and Interview).

IAS Books in the Hindi Language

Not only most of the books are given in the English Language but also corresponding books in the Hindi language are available in the book market. Hence, Hindi medium students can check the link UPSC Books in the Hindi Language to buy from Amazon  at a lower price.

Books for Other Competitive Exams

Links of UPSC Books at online Stores

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Also read : IAS Study materials and Articles for free ! 

Free Resources For UPSC IAS Exam

  1. Yojana Magazine Download
  2. Download Kurukshetra Magazine
  3.  Pratiyogita Darpan issue
  4. Download IGNOU Books
  5. NCERT Books Download
  6. Buy NCERT Books Online

Also read :Useful websites for IAS preparation 

Recommendation regarding IAS Book selection

  • It’s not necessary to read fat thick books to qualify for IAS Exam! But considering the neck to neck competition and big syllabus, It is clear  that UPSC Civil Service exam preparation cannot be done without some standard books. Standard Quality books propels energy and completion to your online preparation and helpful for distant self-study approach. Thus, stick on the  recommended standard books provided on this webpage  along with selective NCERT Books for daily study. Use extra books as provided in the list as reference material.
  • Aspirants might be  already noticed that we always tried to update the list with most authentic books available in the market. But if you have less time then try to finish the minimum before the exam, you may better focus on thin  books instead of  fat ones. For example, You can read A brief History of Modern India by Spectrum (Rajiv Ahir IPS) then, which is a thin book which covers almost all major events and points provided in History of  Modern India by Bipan Chandra. Likewise, you may read Indian art and culture by Nithin Singhania IAS, for culture part of Ancient and Medivial Indian History .
  • On regular intervals IASSolution.com publishes reviews on newly published  books in the market under our Book Reviews section. Publishers/writers can send us sample copies for review. Moreover, aspirants  too can comment their reviews about the  books they read in the comment section. Hence, this will help other readers to determine which are the useful books for IAS preparation.
  • We are regularly updating this webpage when new best books worth the quality, time and money of candidate appear in the market. Therefore, keep visiting this page for more updates.
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