Booklist for Preliminary Examination

An UPSC aspirant faces a problem of plenty with regards to reference material. There are a number of books available for each topic in UPSC civil services examination. Wise is the one who chooses the reference books meticulously and sticks to the list religiously. Below is given the list of books for UPSC Prelims examination:


  • NCERT for Ancient India by R S Sharma

  • NCERT for Medieval India by Satish Chandra

  • NCERT for Modern India by Bipan Chandra

  • India’s struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra

  • A New Look at Modern Indian History by Grover and Mehta

  • Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania


  • NCERTs from standard VI to XII

  • ICSE Board Environmental studies – std X and XI

  • World Atlas by Orient Black Swan or Oxford

  • Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong

  • Current Affairs from Newspapers


  • NCERTs from std IX to XII

  • Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth

  • Introduction to Indian Constitution by D D Basu


  • NCERTs std XI and XII

  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

  • The Economic Survey of India


  • NCERTs std VI to X

  • NCERTs XI and XII (selected chapters only)

  • The Hindu – science and Technology special edition

  • Science Reporter – select topics


  • Newspapers – The Hindu, The Indian Express

  • Magazines – Yojana, Kurukshetra, EPW

  • Economic Survey of India, India Year Book.

  • Websites or Applications like PRS, IDSA, ORF, PIB etc.

  • Loksabha and Rajyasabha debates


  • Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning by R S Aggarwal

  • Tata McGraw Hill CSAT manual

  • Quantitative Aptitude by R S Aggarwal

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