UPSC Prelims Study Material List

The UPSC announced the 2020 IAS prelims date which is 4th October 2020. 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.

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 (Geography related chapters)
  • 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 (Current edition): Related chapters

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

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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