UPSC IAS Prelims Book List and Links

UPSC Prelims Book List and Links

Dear Students, This article is to provide UPSC Prelims Book List.

We are providing a list of Books which should be prepared for UPSC Civil Services. This UPSC Prelims Book List helps you complete your syllabus with less number of books. Don’t waste your time in searching for lots of books. Just remember that Revision is the key for your Success.

We are posting Book list for UPSC with links for Books to buy and to Download are available.

History Book List:


  •  Ancient India – RS Sharma [Very Important]
  •  Medieval India – Sathish Chandra [Very Important]
  •  Modern India – Bipan Chandra [Very Important]

Standard text books :

  • Brief History of Modern India (Spectrum Publication) [Only for Prelims]
  • Bipan Chandra India’s struggle for Independence. [Very Important]
  • Plassey to partition by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay [Only for Mains]

Art and Culture Book List:

  • Introduction to Indian Art and Culture By Nitin Singhania [Very Important]
  • Center for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) [Very Important]

Geography Book List:

  • NCERTs 6th to 12th [Very Important]
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong [Very Important]
  • School Atlas – Oxford or Orient BlackSwan School Atlas [Only for Mapping]

Indian Polity Book List:

  • Indian Polity – Laxmikanth [Very Important] [No Alternative]

Indian Economy Book List:

  • Economy 11th and 12th NCERTs [Just for Revision]
  • Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh [Important]
  • Key Concepts of Indian Economy by Shankar Ganesh

Environment Book List:

  • Environment By Shankar IAS [No Alternative]

Other Important Books

  • India Year Book [Not so Important]
  • Economic Survey [Very Important]
  • 14000+ Objective Questions [If you have Time]

Current Affairs:

  • The Hindu Newspaper
  • Indian Express Newspaper
  • Live Mint Articles
  • PIB Monthly or Articles
  • Yojana and Kurukshetra Magazines.

Most of the above Books are available in PDF form and You Can Download from Here

Hard Copies of Books Can be Available Online and You Can Purchase them from Here

Thank You


Director of Veda IAS, Completed his Masters in Sociology, Having more than 6 years of UPSC Mentoring Experience.

19 thoughts on “UPSC IAS Prelims Book List and Links”

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