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UPSC Books - Best IAS Books For UPSC Civil Services Exam 2023


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


Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri (International Relations)


Geography of India by Majid Husain (Geography)


Challenges to Internal Security of India – Ashok Kumar and Vipul Anekant (General Studies)


A History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra (History)


Important Judgements that Transformed India by Alex Andrews George (Polity)


Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania (Culture)


Indian Economy For Civil Services by Nitin Singhania (Economy)


Certificate of Physical & Human Geography by GC Leong (Geography)


Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chowdhury (Ethics)


India’s Ancient Past by RS Sharma (History)


Ancient India Old NCERT by RS Sharma (History)


International Relations: Pavneet Singh (International Relations)


Orient BlackSwan School Atlas by Orient Publishers (Geography)


Environmental Ecology, Bio-Diversity, Climate Change & Disaster Management – Dr Ravi Agrahari (Environment)


India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra (History)


A Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir (History)


‘Facets of Indian Culture’ by Spectrum (Culture)

Study Material for UPSC

Apart from the books mentioned above, the essential UPSC Study Material includes:

  1. 2nd ARC Report (To read more on ARC Reports, check the linked article.)

  2. Economic Survey (Latest)

  3. Budget (Latest)

  4. Finance Commission Report (Latest)

  5. Annual reports by central ministries

  6. Current Affairs

    • The Hindu Newspaper

    • Yojana Magazine

    • Press Information Bureau Releases

  7. Niti Aayog Action Agenda


Read only the Best UPSC Books

  • The UPSC syllabus is vast and it takes at least one year to comprehensively cover it. Therefore, you cannot waste precious time by reading books that are below standard or worse, contain incorrect and unauthenticated information. In this case, you would have to unlearn what you had previously read and this can prove difficult.

  • Learning from the recommended sources would mean you can directly make notes out of it, if necessary.

  • There are many books that give information tailor-made for the IAS exam. For instance, Laxmikanth for Polity is a book that you must read if you are taking the UPSC exam. Many questions have been asked that seem to come directly from this book.

  • In addition, many books including the one discussed above, contain information in a ‘notes’ format. So, they are readymade for IAS preparation. You don’t have to waste time trying to make notes.

  • There are many books that are excellently written and contain a whole lot of valuable information. But you have to decide whether they are valuable for the UPSC exam or not. They might make a good read for academics and research scholars. But not necessarily for the UPSC exam. So, you need UPSC books that will help in your preparation and fetch you marks in the IAS exam.

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