UPSC Prelims Study Material List

The UPSC announced the 2019 IAS prelims date on 2nd June 2019. So, all IAS aspirants mark this day in your calendar and gear up for the D-Day. The IAS Prelims is the first hurdle to cross in the UPSC civil services exam. Are you confused as to what to study from where? Don’t despair when help is at the click of a button. BYJU’S brings to you the whole list of study material for the UPSC prelims. Go through the USPC Syllabus and exam pattern here. Read on for the perfect UPSC Prelims study material list subject-wise.

General Studies Paper I

History and Culture

  • NCERT books (classes XI and XII)
  • India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra
  • Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum
  • The Hindu newspaper



  • NCERT VI – X (Old Syllabus)
  • NCERT XI, XII (New Syllabus)
  • India Yearbook 2017: Chapter 1
  • The Hindu newspaper
  • Indian Express newspaper



  • Budget & Economic Survey
  • Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri
  • India Yearbook Chapters 7,13,14,19,21
  • Business Standard newspaper
  • Frontline magazine


Indian Polity

  • Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth
  • The Constitution of India – P M Bakshi
  • The Hindu newspaper
  • Yojana magazine


International Relations

  • NCERT XII (Contemporary World Politic)
  • World Atlas (TTK/Blackswan)
  • The Hindu newspaper
  • Kurukshetra


Environment – Biodiversity & Agriculture

  • NCERT Books (topic-wise)
  • India Yearbook 2017: Chapter 12


Science & Technology

  • NCERT Books (classes VII – X: All; and classes XI, XII: Selected topics)
  • Any General Studies Manual for civil services preparation
  • The Hindu newspaper


Current Affairs

  • The Hindu newspaper
  • Yojana magazine
  • BYJU’S Current Affairs


General Studies Paper II (CSAT)

Maths, Data Interpretation

  • NCERT Books (classes VII – IX): If you are weak in Mathematics
  • Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual


Comprehension, Inferences

  • Analytical Reasoning – M K Pandey
  • Newspapers


English Language, Verbal Ability

  • English Reading Comprehension – Anjani A Gupta
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R S Aggarwal


Decision Making, Communication Skill

  • Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual


Reasoning, Arrangement, Blood Relations

  • Analytical Reasoning – M K Pandey
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R S Aggarwal


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