NCERT Books to Get Prepared for UPSC

To prepare for UPSC IAS getting started with NCERT books is a key pre-requisite. A beginner would require brushing up of basics. Therefore, one needs to learn, or rather re-learn, the basic concepts that are required to clear Civil Services Exam. NCERT books come in here as your savior and would lay a strong foundation after which you can build a robust framework using other reference books. Below are the books.


  1. NCERT XI and XII
  2. India’s Struggle for Independence—Bipan Chandra
  3. Chronicle and Wizard Supplements Polity

Political Science

  1. NCERT Books XI and XII
  2. Constitution of India—P. M. Bakshi
  3. The Constitution of India—D. D. Basu
  4. Indian Polity—M. Laxmikant


  1. Physical Geography – NCERT
  2. India: Physical Environment – NCERT
  3. Human Geography – NCERT
  4. Certificate Course in Geography – G. C. Leong
  5. Atlas – Orient Longman or TTK
  6. Geography Through Maps – K. Siddhartha (Ensemble)

Mental Ability

  1. Quicker Maths – M. Tyra
  2. Quantitative Aptitude – R.S. Agarwal
  3. Analytical Reasoning – R.S. Agarwal
  4. CSAT – R. Gupta’s
  5. CSAT – G. K. Publication

General Science

  1. Human Machine – NBT
  2. General Science VII, VIII, IX, X. Maharashtra Board Syllabus
  3. Science Reporter (For Reference only)

Indian Economy

  1. Indian Economy – Pratiyogita Darpan
  2. Indian Economic development – NCERT XI and XII
  3. Chronicle and Wizard Supplement
  4. Economic Survey

Ecology & Environment

  1. Old NCERT Books
  2. Internet Surfing based on Themes
  3. English
  4. Grammar & Comprehension – Pal & Suri
  5. English Grammar & composition – Wren & Martin
  6. CSAT – R. Gupta’s
  7. CSAT – G. K. Publication

General Knowledge & Current Affairs

  1. Manorama Yearbook 2014
  2. India Yearbook 2014
  3. Chronicle Monthly Magazines
  4. Competition Wizard Monthly Magazine
  5. National Newspapers (Deccan Chronicle, The HINDU, Economic Times)
  6. Several websites and Blogs