Essential booklist for UPSC Prelims 2016

Best books for preparation of IAS exam


UPSC has announced the dates for Prelims exam 2017. The UPSC IAS Exam 2017 is going to be held on 18th June 2017. This period is considered as the best time to prepare for Prelims and you are on the right place. Here we are giving all the must read books for UPSC prelims 2017. This will enhance your preparation and also help you to crack UPSC IAS Exam.

If you are appearing for Prelims 2016, and want to know which books you need to read, below is the list of books that you will need to clear Prelims. It has been compiled on the recommendations of our IAS experts, and has been updated keeping in mind the UPSC Prelims examination of the past 3 years.

Best IAS books for Prelims 2016/Civil Service Books for Prelims



Magazines & Newspapers

History 11th (Ancient Indian History – RS Sharma) 11th (Medieval Indian History – Satish Chandra) 12th (Modern Indian History – Bipan Chandra)

Indian Economy Performance & Policies – Uma Kapila

The Hindu

Geography 6th to 10th Standard Books (Old Syllabus) 11th to 12th Standard Books (New Syllabus)

Indian Constitution – M Lakshmikantha

The Indian Express

Economics 11th Standard (Indian Economic Development)

Marching Ahead With Science – NBT From Government to Government – NBT Future of Indian Agriculture – NBT

The Frontline

Indian Polity 9th to 12th Standard Book The Constitution of India – P M Bakshi

India’s Foreign Policy – V P Dutt Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude – IGNOU Material Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong Indian Year Book – Publication Division


International Relations 12th Standard Book (Contemporary World Politic) World Politics Orient Blackswan Atlas TTK School Atlas

Constitutional Questions & Citizen Charter – A G Noorani Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri India and the dynamics of World Politics – Sharma, Goria & Mishra


All the above mentioned recommendations are well-suited for any aspirant to clear the Civil Service Exam like IAS in your very first attempt. But ultimately it depends on your perseverance and hard work to sail through.

The UPSC civil services 2017 prelims exam will he held on the 18th of June 2017 and if you want to crack it, you should ideally by now have started your IAS preparation. Before you commence your IAS preparation, you should be aware of the required books for IAS prelims 2017. We at BYJU’S present the best books for IAS prelims 2017.  

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Now you have the indispensable list of books for IAS prelims 2016. Make sure you read all of them and be absolutely prepared. So, get cracking with the best book for UPSC preparation!

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