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Best Books for UPSC IAS Prelims & Mains

The IAS Exam or the Civil Services Exam is a highly prestigious exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). It is also one of the toughest exams in the country.
UPSC Books For IAS Prelims
  • India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra
  • Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania
  • NCRT X and XII
History
  • Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong
  • NCERT VI- X (Old Syllabus)
  • NCERT XI-XII (New Syllabus)
  • World Atlas (Orient Black Swan) 
Geography
  • Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth
  • NCERT IX-XII 
Indian Polity
  • Indian Economy by Nitin Singhania
  • Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri
  • NCERT XI 
Economics
  • NCERT XII (Contemporary World Politics)
  • Current Affairs
International Relations
  • Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R S Aggarwal
CSAT
UPSC Booklist For IAS Mains
  • Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania
  • India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
  • India after Independence by Bipan Chandra
History, Indian Heritage & Culture
  • Geography of India by Majid Husain
  • World Geography by Majid Husain
  • World Atlas (Orient Black Swan)
Geography
  • Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth
  • Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu
  • International Relations: Pushpesh Pant
Polity & International Relations
  • Indian Economy – Nitin Singhania
  • Environment and Disaster Management – Tata McGraw Hill
Economy
  • Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudar
Ethics