Preparing for the UPSC exam is not an easy task.
One must have a well-thought-out plan and the right study material to crack
this test. There are several books available in the market that claim to be
the best for preparation of UPSC but one has to choose books that suit the exam
demand and syllabus. This blog post presents a subject-wise guide on 10 essential
books that can highly boost your UPSC preparation in a significant way.
"India's Struggle for Independence" by Bipan Chandra
"History of Modern India" by Rajiv Ahir
For an in-depth understanding of India's history, these books
provide comprehensive coverage from the colonial era to the post-independence
"Certificate Physical and Human Geography" by Goh Cheng
"Indian and World Geography" by Majid Husain
These books are invaluable resources for mastering both physical
and human geography, offering a detailed insight into geographical concepts and
"Indian Polity" by M. Laxmikanth
"Introduction to the Constitution of India" by D.D. Basu
Laxmikanth's book is considered the bible of Indian Polity, while
Basu's work provides a lucid understanding of the Constitution.
"Indian Economy" by Ramesh Singh
"Economic Development in India" by Uma Kapila
Both these books cover economic concepts, policies, and
development in India, helping aspirants grasp the intricacies of the subject.
"Environment: Ecology, Biodiversity, and Climate Change"
by Majid Husain
"Shankar IAS Environment" by Shankar IAS Academy
These books are essential for comprehending environmental issues,
conservation, and sustainable development.
"Science and Technology in India" by Kalpana Rajaram
"Science and Technology for Civil Services Examinations"
by Ravi P. Agrahari
These books cover advancements in science and technology, making
them crucial for the dynamic aspects of the UPSC syllabus.
Integrity, and Aptitude:
"Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude" by
"Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude" by G. Subba Rao and
P.N. Roy Chowdhury
Understanding ethical concepts and their practical applications is
made easier with these comprehensive guides.
"The Hindu" or "Indian Express" newspaper
"India Year Book" by Publication Division
Staying updated with current affairs is a must, and these
resources provide a daily dose of news and a consolidated overview of India's
(Civil Services Aptitude Test):
"CSAT Paper - 2 Manual" by MHE (McGraw Hill Education)
For the CSAT paper, this manual provides comprehensive coverage of
the aptitude test syllabus.
Art and Culture:
"Indian Art and Culture" by Nitin Singhania
The book is about India’s cultural heritage which
includes topics such as art, architecture, literature and many more. It is one
of those books which are very useful for the Civil Services Examinations
especially the Art and Culture section of the Prelims and Mains.
The selection of the right UPSC Books is a roadmap for
success. These subjects-wise essentials if embedded into your daily studying
schedules will aid build a strong foundation for an individual’s UPSC
preparation. Therefore, make sure you choose all relevant subjects too so that
you have a holistic approach towards it and keep working hard till you reach
there! Good luck!