The UPSC civil services exam is considered one of the toughest exams in India. One key factor in finding success in this exam is to study from the correct and prescribed books for IAS exam. An aspirant would find hundreds of books in the market which claim to be the best book for the IAS exam. However, preparing from the right material is of utmost importance if a candidate wishes to clear the IAS exam. In this page, you will get a brief on the necessity of the right choice of books for the UPSC exam, and also get a list of UPSC books you must follow.
Why must you study from only the right UPSC books?
- The UPSC syllabus is vast and it takes at least one year to comprehensively cover it. Therefore, you cannot waste precious time by reading books that are below standard or worse, contain incorrect and unauthenticated information. In this case, you would have to unlearn what you had previously read and this can prove difficult.
- Learning from the recommended sources would mean you can directly make notes out of it if necessary.
- There are many books that give information tailor-made for the IAS exam. For instance, Laxmikanth for Polity is a book that you must read if you are taking the UPSC exam. Many questions have been asked that seem to directly come from this book.
- In addition, many books including the one discussed above, contain information in a ‘notes’ format. So, they are readymade for IAS preparation. You don’t have to waste time trying to make notes.
- There are many books that are excellently written and contain a whole lot of valuable information. But you have to decide whether they are valuable for the UPSC exam or not. They might make a good read for academics and research scholars. But not necessarily for the UPSC exam. So, you need UPSC books that will help in your preparation and fetch you marks in the IAS exam.
A brief list of UPSC books for the most important subjects are given below:
Important Books for IAS prelims
Important Books for IAS mains
|History, Indian Heritage & Culture||
|Polity & International Relations||
|Economy||· Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh|
|Ethics||· Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination V by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudary|
UPSC books for important optional subjects
In the UPSC mains exam, a candidate has to choose an optional subject also. The optional papers count for 500 marks in total and therefore, it is imperative that the right books are read for the optional subjects also. The following table gives the link to the list of IAS books for a few important optional subjects.
Also see the below links for more details on UPSC books: