Current Affairs Books for UPSC

Current Affairs is one of the most important pillars of the UPSC exam especially the prelims exam. A lot of questions are directly asked from current events and happenings having political, economic and social ramifications on the country. Aspirants always keep looking for the best source to read current affairs or find the best current affairs book for the exam preparation.

Well, it is important to be abreast of current affairs if you are an IAS aspirant because your success in the exam depends on your grasp of it. Moreover, even some of the questions from the ‘static’ subjects like history and economics are asked based on current events.

In this article, we give you a list of current affairs books for UPSC prelims that can help you keep abreast of issues in news.

To complement your preparation for the upcoming exam, check the following links:

Best Current Affairs Book for UPSC

  • Manorama Yearbook
  • Mathrubhumi Yearbook
  • Current Affairs For IAS (PRE) – S A Majid
  • Concise General Knowledge Manual – Barry O’Brien
  • India Yearbook – Publication Division (GOI)
  • Yojana Magazine
  • Kurukshetra Magazine
  • Economic Survey
  • Pratiyogita Darpan Magazine
  • Concise General Knowledge Manual – J K Chopra
  • Current Affairs & News In Focus Objective Questions – Kiran Prakashan

You don’t need to read all these books. Pick out any one book on current affairs and complement it with your daily newspaper reading along with Yojana/Kurukshetra and any other relevant magazine. This should suffice for your preparation of current affairs for IAS prelims exam. To understand how to read the newspaper and link it to the UPSC civil services syllabus, click on the link below:

How to read newspapers for IAS exams?

You should also ensure you have the latest edition of the book of the current affairs. Unlike the static material, this changes frequently. So for instance, if you are buying the Manorama Yearbook, do by the 2020 version for the 2020 UPSC civil services prelims exam.

Visit BYJU’S website for UPSC eligibility criteria and all the latest on UPSC IAS exam.

Also, see:

UPSC 2023 UPSC Exam: Do’s and Don’ts of Preparing for Current Affairs
Documents Required for UPSC Exam How to Read the Newspaper Exclusively for IAS Prelims and Link it to the UPSC Syllabus
UPSC Admit Card IAS Eligibility Criteria


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