List of NCERT Books for UPSC Preparation

NCERT Books for UPSC – Find all the list of NCERT Books for UPSC IAS Preparation for prelims and mains. The list of books consists of each subject like history, geography, polity and others. 

Primarily, it is recommended to candidates to refer traditional books, newspapers, magazine, internet and other resources that include the basic NCERT Textbooks to refer and make notes. The exam demands a wide reading as the UPSC Syllabus is vast. Most of the candidates’ question will be that which NCERT books to read for UPSC Exam and to answer this question here we provide a complete list of NCERT Books for IAS Preparation. In this article,  you will get a list of the must-read NCERT books for IAS exam.

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  1. UPSC Syllabus
  2. IAS Exam

The NCERTs are considered to be indispensable and best books for IAS preparation. Read through to know the NCERT booklist for UPSC.

Most important NCERT books for UPSC

List of NCERT books for Polity/Polity NCERT for UPSC

General Knowledge and Political science about the Indian constitution play an important role in today’s competitive examinations. NCERT books are very useful to understand the basic ideas in a very easy manner.

● Class XI – Political Science: Indian Constitution at Work (New)

● Class XII – Political Science I: Contemporary World Politics(New)

● Class XII – Political Science II: Politics in India since Independence(New)

List of NCERT books for Geography/NCERT for Geography UPSC/NCERT Geography for UPSC

The NCERT books are a very useful handbook for geography. This NCERT book is helpful for general studies in both Civil Services Preliminary and main exam point of view and essential for optional also. The basic concepts of Geography, which is a crucial topic in Civil Services Preliminary in the examination is covered in this book extensively.

● Class XI Indian Physical Environment (New)

● Class XII India-People and Economy (New)

● Class VIII Resource and Development (New)

● Class XI Fundamentals of Physical Geography (New)

● Class VI Land and People Part-I (Old)

● Class VII Land and People Part-II (Old)

Know more | Geography Syllabus and Strategies for IAS Prelims Examination

      List of NCERT books for History

History is an interesting subject which takes us to the world of nostalgia. The best book suggested by successful candidates is NCERT -Ancient, Medieval, and modern India. This book extensively covers each and every event in chronological order with adequate data needed for UPSC civil services examination.

● Class  VI Ancient India (Old)

● Class  VII Medieval India (Old)

● Class  XI Ancient India (Old)

● Class  XI Medieval India (Old)

● Class  IX Story of Civilization Part-I (Old)

● Class  X Story of Civilization Part-II (Old)

● Class  VIII Modern India (Old)

● Class  XII Modern India (Old)

List of NCERT books for Economics

Economics is the hardest subject for some candidates. The basic reason for this is they do not have any basic idea in economics. Candidate those who are having basic conceptual clarity can further go deeply into the Indian economy and its current scenario. The NCERT books are the fine book recommended by experts for the UPSC civil services examination. This book discusses all the basic concepts, is essential.

● XI Indian Economic Development (New)

● XII Macro Economics (New)

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  1. Sir/Madam, I am an undergraduate student and I am a UPSC aspirant I am struggling with where and how should I start my preparation. Please help me with my problem.

    1. Hi Prathamesh
      We suggest you first download UPSC Syllabus. Then you can start with NCERT books’ reading. Once you finish the basic books, you can opt for reference books. Take help from the following links:
      1. UPSC Books
      2. NCERT Notes

  2. Sir i am confused that is it necessary to read latest edition of standard books or one to two year back books is sufficient for preparation

    1. Hi Aatish
      Latest edition books are useful why because these have the least errors and also have updated information. If you choose to real old edition books, make sure that you cover updated facts from credible online resources (mostly government websites.)

  3. Sir/madam please give a full book list of upsc exam specially for ncert books

    1. Dear Aspirant,
      To cover the syllabus of UPSC, the list of books are mentioned here. Please note that a candidate has to opt for selective reading of reference books and comprehensive reading of NCERT Books.

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      All the Best!

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