Must have books to clear UPSC IAS Prelims Exam

Most of the aspirants who have already written the UPSC Civil Services Exam would have fair idea about the UPSC, exam pattern, question papers and books to refer during the preparation. But for beginners everything is new about UPSC and could tremble at every step they take, whether in understanding the UPSC Exam pattern or knowing the UPSC Syllabus or of course not the least the important sources to refer.

For beginners it all might seem difficult but with the right guidance everything will seem to be easy. Hence here we bring the list of must have books to clear UPSC Civil Services IAS Prelims Exam.

Before getting into the books to refer, let’s take a look at the Prelims exam pattern and General Studies Paper I syllabus.

 

 IAS Preliminary Exam Pattern

Paper

Subjects

Total Marks

Duration

I

General Studies

200 marks

2 hours

II

Aptitude Skills

200 marks

2 hours

UPSC Syllabus: IAS Prelims General Studies Paper I
  • Current events of national and international importance
  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization General Science

Let’s take the books to refer for each subject mentioned under the UPSC Prelims Syllabus.

 

I. Current events of national and international importance


To cover this, one has to read major newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express, and etc. religiously and try to make notes out of it and relate it to the UPSC Syllabus. Also a candidates should start cultivating the habit of coming up with probable questions on the issues in the recent news.

Source to refer

Candidates can refer our Comprehensive News Analysis (CNA), which covers everyday issues in the news subject-wise as well as provides some practice questions for prelims exam.

 

II. History of India and Indian National Movement


To cover the history part of the UPSC Prelims Syllabus, the four must have books are:

 

III. Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World


The must have books for the geography subject of the syllabus is:

 

IV. Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc


Candidates can refer two books to cover this area of the UPSC Prelims syllabus and they are:

 

V. Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc


The must have books for this section is:

 

VI. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization General Science


To cover this part of the UPSC Syllabus, one must have the below mentioned books:

 

These are the must have books that an IAS aspirant as a beginner in UPSC Civil Services Exam must be aware and it is also recommended to aspirants to refer few worthy books instead of referring several books.

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