UPSC Prelims English Books

UPSC Prelims English Books 

Books selection has very important role in Civil Service Preparation. Most of the Civil Service Aspirants are searching best UPSC Prelims English books. Why Best books ?–Best Books play invaluable role to increase chances of success in Civil Services Examination. We did a lot of research and took the suggestions from CSE-2016 and CSE-2017 toppers for preparing Book list for UPSC Prelims.

 1. History

(i)Ancient India NCERT – RS Sharma

(ii) Medieval India NCERT – Sathish Chandra

(iii) Modern India NCERT – Bipan Chandra:

(iv) Brief History of Modern India (Spectrum Publication)

(v) Bipan Chandra India’s struggle for Independence.

 (vi) Magbook Indian History –Test Yourself

Art and Culture

(i)Introduction to Indian Art Indian Art and Culture By Nitin Singhania

(ii)Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT)

 2. Geography

(i). NCERTs 6th to 12th

(ii) Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong — Good book for UPSC Prelims & UPSC Mains for physical & Human geography.

(iii) School Atlas – Oxford or Orient BlackSwan School Atlas

            (iv) Indian Geography by Mahesh Barnawal –Simple & Easy to understand, Based on NCERTs.

(v) Objective Indian and World Geography – Test Yourself


  3. Indian Polity

(i) Indian Polity – Laxmikanth

(ii) Indian Constitution At Work 11th NCERT 

(iii) Objective Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth —Test Yourself

  4. Indian Economy

(i)Economy 11th and 12th NCERTs

(ii)Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh  or Indian Economy by SriramIAS

(iii) Indian Economy Key Concepts 

(iv) Objective Indian Economy and Social Development by TMH —Test Yourself

  5. Environment

(i)Environment By Shankar IAS– Wonderful book for Environment for UPSC Prelims & UPSC Mains. 

(ii)Biology NCERT Class -12 — Read only Selective Topics on Environment.

  6. Science

(i) Science and Technology in India – TMH

(ii) Lucent’s General Science

  7. Other Important Books

(i)India Year Book

(ii)Economic Survey

(iii)Previous Year Solved Papers 1995 to 2018   You must solve at least last 5 papers to get idea about, how UPSC frame questions and it will also help you to access your knowledge. 

(iv) General Knowledge of Lucent

(v) GS Paper-I, by TMH – Only for freshers to get some basic idea. If you have completed NCERTs then no need to refer this guide. 


Important Books for GS-Paper-II (CSAT)

You need to secure a minimum of 33% of 200 marks. Few good civil service aspirants could not qualify UPSC Prelims because they could not get minimum marks in CSAT Paper and wasted their precious attempt. We would request you, don’t ignore CSAT paper. 

Solve atleast 10 CSAT papers, before going to real UPSC Exam.

(i) General Studies Paper-II- TMH Manual   or CSAT by Arihant-

(ii) Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal


All the Best!!!

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