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With a mammoth syllabus that doesn’t spare anything in this world, UPSC’s IAS examination is a hell of a task to clear. But if you have the crisp idea of the books you have to read them, it would be a less stressful ride for you. These book references are in addition to your class notes at Bright Career. Please note that class notes would alone be able to suffice.

First of all, always keep the syllabus in the main focus. Your preparation should still be Mains oriented.

Books recommended below are for Prelims and Mains both(considering that you’ve already read the NCERTS for the concerned subject):

  • General Studies- 

  • Economics: 
      1. Indian Economy for Civil Services Examination by Ramesh Singh: This is a must and is accepted as a good read by every topper.
      2. An Evolution of Indian Economy(I.C. Dhingra)/ The Indian Economy(Sanjiv Verma)
      3. Economic Survey, Govt. Of India
      4. Union Budget, Govt. Of India.
      5. Newspaper for recent activities.
  • History:
  1. Modern India(old NCERT by Bipan Chandra)
  2. A Brief History Of Modern India (Spectrum Publications): Prelims focus.
  3. India’s Struggle For Independence (Bipan Chandra): Must.
  4. For Medieval and Ancient India, NCERTs is enough.
  5. Magazine part of the Hindu Newspaper.
  • Geography:
  1. Certified Physical and Human Geography(Goh Cheng Long)
  2. General Principles of World Geography(Charles Farro)
  3. Newspaper for recent activities.
  • Polity and Governance:
  1. The Constitution Of India
  2. Indian Polity(M. Laxmikanth)
  3. Introduction to the Constitution of India(DD Basu)
  4. DD News debates.
  5. PRS website.
  6. PIB website.
  • BioDiversity, Environment:
  1. Shankar IAS Environment
  • India Year Book, a reference annual, Publications Division, Govt. Of India.                                                                                                                                                     

  • Science and Technology
  1. Any current Affairs Magazine/Newspaper(The Hindu/The Indian Express)
  2. The Hindu(Sunday edition: Science and Technology part)- must.
  • International Relations, Internal Security:
  1. Any related Newspaper article, magazine article, Press Information Bureau updates.
  2. India’s National Security- A reader(Oxford University Press)
  • Social Justice:
  1. Magazine Articles
  2. NITI Aayog reports
  3. UNDP’s reports related to India.
  4. Indian Society, Class XIIth NCERT
  5. Social Change and Development in India, Class XIIth NCERT.
  6. Related Class XIth NCERT.
  • Indian Heritage and Culture:
  1. Class XIth old NCERT.
  2. Trends in Indian Culture and Heritage: For Civil Services.
  • Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude:
  1. Lexicon
  2. ARC reports.
  • General Science:
  1. Respective NCERTs
  • CSAT:
  1. Question Paper of other examinations having aptitude as a section.

Apart from the above books, every related newspaper articles, previous year question papers, History, and Geography NCERTs, Notes from Bright Career Maker, PIB websites, social media handles of Government Institutions, must be covered adequately.

Try solving as many questions as you can before the examination. Monthly magazines are recommended if you ever miss the newspapers. Take notes from publications on a regular basis and try not to miss DD News debates. You can also subscribe to monthly newsletters related to IAS preparations.

Good Luck.