UPSC IAS Prelims Book List and Links To Download Online

UPSC IAS Prelims Book List and Links To Download Online – In this article on UPSC Books, we are going to provide you with the complete booklist for UPSC IAS Preliminary and Main exam, which is recommended only by toppers. We have noticed that a lot of aspirants are sometimes confused as to which book I should read for upsc exam preparation, this is due to watching different videos of toppers for the same content on youtube. Perhaps, you have listened to almost every topper, and it should be clear in your mind that minimum resources and maximum revision is the key to success in upsc ias exam.

UPSC IAS Prelims Book List

UPSC IAS Prelims Book List and Links To Download Online



General Studies (Paper I)

  1. NCERTs of History, Geography & Polity Class 8th-12th

  2. India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra

  3. Certificate of Physical Geography by GC Leong

  4. Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth

  5. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

  6. Current Affairs – The Hindu, Yojna Magazine, Kurukshetra Magazine

  7. Oxford World Atlas

  8. International Relations NCERT XI and XII

  9. Indian Culture- Spectrum

  10. NIOS Course Materials


  1. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – RS Agarwal

  2. TMH CSAT Manual

  3. Quicker Maths by M.Tyra

  4. English Grammar & Composition Wren & Martin



  •  Ancient India – RS Sharma
  •  Medieval India – Sathish Chandra
  •  Modern India – Bipan Chandra

Standard text books :

    • Brief History of Modern India (Spectrum Publication)
    • Bipan Chandra India’s struggle for Independence.
    • Plassey to partition by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay

Art and Culture

  • Introduction to Indian Art Indian Art and Culture By Nitin Singhania
  • Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT)
  • Introduction to Indian Art Indian Art and Culture By Nitin Singhania [Please don’t invest your time in this, everything in CCRT and Spectrum are good]


  • NCERTs 6th to 12th
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong
  • School Atlas – Oxford or Orient BlackSwan School Atlas

Indian Polity

  • Indian Polity – Laxmikanth

Indian Economy

  • Economy 11th and 12th NCERTs
  • Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh


  • Environment By Shankar IAS

Other Important Books

  • India Year Book
  • Economic Survey
  • 14000+ Objective Questions

Current Affairs : 

  • Vision IAS Current affairs
  • Vajiram Monthly current affairs
  • Gs Score Current Affairs

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