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Which books are required to clear the IAS examination? Which books should one read to clear Prelims and Mains examination?

The most crucial topic in your preparation for the IAS examination is book selection.

The time up to which you do not have the right book list with you, your probability of clearing the examination is very less.

Another aspect that can increase your trouble is that market is flooded with resources for IAS preparation.

This makes your task to prepare a book list more difficult.

But as we always discuss in our blog posts, its better to study one book four times than reading four books one time.

This means that it will be better to restrict the resources for IAS preparation as much as you can.

This article will list out IAS books that mean books required to prepare for IAS examination as per the best of our knowledge and research.

So let’s have a look at them one by one.

Political Science books for IAS/UPSC examination preparation

  1. NCERTS:- First and foremost comes NCERTS books. NCERTS are essentials to have conceptual clarity over different topics related to Political Science. SO you have to prepare NCERTS from Class 6 to 12
  2. Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth
  3. Bare Act
  4. Current Affairs

Geography Books for IAS/UPSC examination Preparation

  1. NCERTS:- Here also, you have to prepare NCERTS books well. These are the main foundation for the Geography part of your preparation. Recommended books are NCERTS from Class 6 to Class 12
  2. Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong
  3. Atlas:- You can follow any atlas. Recommended one is Oxford Student Atlas.
  4. Geography of India by Majid Husain      
  5. Locations in news

Economics books for IAS examination preparation

  1. NCERTS:- From Class 9 to Class 12(focus on Macroeconomics)
  2. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  3. Current affairs:- For the economic part, you have to be well prepared with all economic activities going on in India.

History books for IAS preparation

History can be divided into various sub-parts. That includes

  1. Ancient History
  2. Art and Culture
  3. Medieval History
  4. Modern History
  5. Post Independence
  6. World History

Let’s discuss books recommended for each of them separately

  1. Ancient History:- Ancient History by RS Sharma
  2. Art and Culture:- (i) An Introduction to Indian Art Part I
  3. Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania
  4. Medieval History:- Medieval India by Satish Chandra
  5. Modern History:- (i) Modern India by Bipin Chandra

(ii) India’s struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra

  1. Post Independence:- India since Independence by Bipin Chandra
  2. World History:- (i)History of the World by Arjun Dev
  3. Modern World History by Lowe Norman

UPSC Books for Science and Technology

  1. Current Affairs with internet research if required

UPSC books for Environment – Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change

  1. Environment by Shankar IAS

Current Affairs for UPSC examination

  1. The Hindu or Indian Express Newspaper
  2. India Yearbook
  3. Yojana Magazine

IAS Books for Essay

  1. UPSC Essay paper is one of the crucial papers for which there are not adequate books available in the market. But you can take references from the two books mentioned here. But these are just for reference purposes. All you need is a lot of practice to write a good essay

    1. Selected Contemporary Essays by Saumitra Mohan
    2. 151 Essays by Disha Experts

IAS Books for Indian Society

  1. NCERTS book on Sociology of Class 11 and 12

UPSC book for Governance

  1. Governance in India by M. Laxmikant

  2.  IAS books on Foreign relations of India

  3. International Relations by Pavneet Singh

  4. IAS books for Internal Security

  5. Challenges to Internal Security of India by Ashok Kumar and VipulAnekant

IAS books for Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

  1. Lexikon for Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for IAS General Studies by Niraj Kumar
  2. Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by G Subba Rao and P N Roy Chowdhury

UPSC Civil Services Examination Previous Year Question Paper both for Prelims and Mains

For instance, you can go with any publication for this. The only thing that may help you is to try to go for publication in which questions are segregated subject-wise.

This was all about Booklist for UPSC/IAS examination. If you have any doubt, you can contact us anytime through mail on our official email id.

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