Best Books for UPSC Exam Preparation


In this article IAS Aspirants will get the complete information on which resource to refer for the general studies Paper of Civil Services Main Exam.


About Civil Services Examination

The Civil Services Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) every year to recruit candidates for various civil services post like IAS, IPS, IFS among others. The exam is conducted in three stages.


The three stages of Civil Services Exam

Stage I: Prelims

Stage II: Mains

Stage III: Personality Test/Interview


UPSC Exam Pattern for IAS Prelims and Mains

The IAS Prelims exam has two papers namely: 

  1. General Studies Paper I
  2. General Studies (CSAT) Paper II

The IAS Main exam has 9 papers that include:

  1. Essay Paper
  2. English Compulsory Paper
  3. Indian Language Compulsory Paper
  4. General Studies Paper I
  5. General Studies Paper II
  6. General Studies Paper III
  7. General Studies Paper IV
  8. Optional Paper I
  9. Optional Paper II

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In this article IAS Aspirants’ will get the complete information on which books to refer for the Civil Services IAS Main Exam.

Read below to know the best books for IAS Preparation for General Studies Papers of prelims and mains exam.


1. Book Name: General Studies for Civil Services Preliminary Examination Paper – 1
Author: MHE

Many IAS experts and mentors in various IAS coaching centres highly recommend this book to every aspirant. This book will serve most of the civil service aspirants in India. This book is the best option for both candidates especially beginners. This book almost covers all the parts of the civil services exam and includes some additional topics as well.

Highlights of the book

  • Written by renowned experts
  • UPSC previous years’s question papers and Current Affairs for IAS is solved
  • Every topic is written concisely and in a comprehensive way.


2. Book Name: UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam General Studies
Author- Pratiyogita Darpan

This book is also one of the best books referred for general studies paper of civil services exam.

Highlights of the book

  • Consists all the topics of UPSC Syllabus of General Studies Papers
  • Most topics discussed with various examples


3. Book Name: General Studies Main Examination Paper 1
Chopra J K

This book can be called as the complete storage of general studies and holds good reputation among the IAS aspirants.

Highlights of the book

  • Contains depth information on each topic


4. Book Name: The Pearson General Studies – Paper II for Civil Services Preliminary Examinations
Author- Thorpe Showick

An excellent book for civil services aspirants’ especially for beginners, which will be the best guide for them in IAS Exam Preparation.

Highlights of the book

  • Focuses on general aptitude or mental and quantitative ability
  • Provides appropriate coverage of topics such as interpersonal skills, communication skills, decision making and problem solving
  • Covers on topics from which questions are mainly asked in UPSC Exams


5. Book Name: General Studies for Civil Services Preliminary Examination
Author- TMH

This book helps aspirants’ by giving them ideas on how to prepare for UPSC Exams.

Highlights of the book

  • Provides a descriptive review of all the topics which are being tested in many examinations.
  • Smart facts tools
  • Revised and updated every year with the latest developments and events in every field
  • General Studies Paper 1 manual has served as a complete self-study guide for thousands of civil services aspirants for the past 31 years.


6. Book Name: General Studies Paper-1
Author- Manohar Pandey

This book is highly recommended to IAS Aspirants’ and most of them have reviewed that this book serves more than its purpose. The new version of the book is available, which candidates can refer.

Highlights of the book

  • Complete coverage of all subjects as per new UPSC Exam Pattern with updated and accurate contents
  • comprehensively covers Conventional subjects like History, Geography, Polity and General Science and updated with section wise questions
  • Includes contemporary topics from Indian Economy, Environment and Ecology, Science and Technology and General Awareness in a simple and lucid form with latest facts and figures
  • Covers UPSC Current affairs on every National and International Events, Summits and Conferences, also includes Solved Paper of UPSC 2016.
  • New Practice Question Sets as per new pattern of IAS examination is added.

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