Best Books for UPSC IAS Exam Preparation 2018

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Best Books for UPSC IAS Exam Preparation

Best Books for UPSC IAS Exam Preparation. Before, beginning the preparation of UPSC Civil services exam, every candidate should work on building his/her basic foundation. In order to build a strong foundation, one has to read the best books & basic NCERT books for UPSC IAS thoroughly.

This post contains the list of Best Books for UPSC IAS Exam Preparation needed for the UPSC Civil Services Exam preparation. The books mentioned here will be useful for different stages of the examination and should not be taken in separate watertight compartments.

If you are an aspirant who for the first time have planned to appear for the UPSC 2018 Civil Services IAS Exam or to write the exam in any near future but stuck on which sources or books to refer then here we present you a list of best books for UPSC Prelims which every candidate must have to clear the UPSC Prelims Exam in their first attempt.

Here we have tried to present the Best Books for UPSC IAS Exam Preparation and guide the aspirants in the beginning of their journey with right approach and strategy.

Important Books for UPSC IAS Exam Preparation

Subjects Books
History (for both Prelims & Main Exam) History: NCERT Class VI – Our Past
History: NCERT Class VII – Our Past -I
History: NCERT Class VIII – Our Past II and III
History: NCERT Class IX – India and the Contemporary World – I
History: NCERT Class IX – India and the Contemporary World – II
History: NCERT Class X – Themes in World History
History: NCERT Class XII – Themes In Indian History – I
History: NCERT Class XII – Themes in Indian History – II ( Imp)
History: NCERT Class XII – Themes in Indian History – III ( Imp)
India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma.
History Of Modern India – Bipan Chandra.
India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra.
History Of Medieval India – Satish Chandra
 
 

Art & Culture NCERTs (for both Prelims & Main Exam)

NCERT Class XI – An Introduction to Indian Art
NCERT Class XI – Living Craft Traditions of India (Chapters 9 & 10)
The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Bhasham.
Indian Art and Culture – Nitin Singhania.
Class XI Old NCERT by RS Sharma.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geography (for both Prelims & Main Exam)

Geography: NCERT Class VI – The Earth Our Habitat
Geography: NCERT Class VII – Our Environment
Geography: NCERT Class VIII – Resource and Development
Geography: NCERT Class IX – Contemporary India – I
Geography: NCERT Class X – Contemporary India – II
Geography: NCERT Class XI – Fundamentals of Physical Geography ( Imp)
Geography: NCERT Class XI – India – Physical Environment ( Imp)
Geography: NCERT Class XII – Fundamentals of Human Geography
Geography: NCERT Class XII – India – People and Economy ( Imp)
Geography of India – Majid Husain.
Oxford School Atlas – Oxford.
Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong.
 
Indian Society (for both Prelims & Main Exam) Indian Society: NCERT Class VI – Social Science: Social & Political Life I
Indian Society: NCERT Class VII – Social Science: Social & Political Life II
Indian Society: NCERT Class VIII – Social Science: Social & Political Life III
Indian Society: NCERT Class XII – Indian Society (Selective Reading)
Indian Society: NCERT Class XII – Social Change and Development in India ( Imp)
Yojana
 
Polity (for both Prelims & Main Exam) Polity: NCERT Class IX – Political Science: Democratic Politics Part – I
Polity: NCERT Class X – Political Science: Democratic Politics Part – II
Polity: NCERT Class XI – Political Science: Indian Constitution at Work
Polity: NCERT Class XI – Political Science: Political Theory
Polity: NCERT Class XII – Political Science II: Politics in India since

Independence

Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth.
Current Affairs Newspapers
 
Economy (for both Prelims & Main Exam) Economy: NCERT Class IX – Economics: Economics
Economy: NCERT Class X – Understanding Economic Development
Economy: NCERT Class XI – Indian Economic Development
Economy: NCERT Class XII – Introductory Macroeconomics
Economy: NCERT Class XII – Introductory Macroeconomics
Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh.
Economic Survey.
 
Medieval India Class XI Old NCERT by Satish Chandra
Modern India Spectrum Publications’ A Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir
 
Ecology & Environment Science: Class XII – Biology: last four Chapters (13 to 16)
Environment booklet by Shankar IAS Academy (Important keeping in mind the current trend)
Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure – Rajagopalan.
Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains – Khuller.
 
International Relations India’s Foreign Policy since Independence by V P Dutt (essential book)
Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri
Newspaper reading is crucial for this section.
 
CSAT – Paper 2 Analytical Reasoning – M. K. Pandey
Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R. S.Aggarwal
CSAT Paper – 2 Manual by MHE or CSAT-II by Arihant

PS: Many books for UPSC Civil Service Main Exam overlap with books recommended for Prelims, except the mentioned additional books for topics like Foreign Relations, Internal Security, Ethics etc.

Now you know the must-have books to refer for the UPSC IAS exam preparation, all you need to do is to take some time to collect these resources and start gearing up for the UPSC 2018 Civil Services IAS Exam.

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