Nowadays the Internet is the main source of information. If you search as an aspirant who would like to study the main books for IAS exam, there will be a huge list in front of you. But it is our advice that you should not refer to all the books. For your ease, we have summed up a list of some important books. You should just focus on the revision of the book & the syllabus done rather than doing a new thing of a new book.

List of  important books for UPSC IAS Exam

       1.Ancient History: ‘Ancient India’ by RS Sharma (Old NCERT)

       2.Medieval History: History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra 

                                                (Old NCERT)

      3. Modern History: i)‘A Brief History of Modern India’ by Spectrum

                                           ii)‘Concise History of Modern India’ by Sujata


       4. Indian Culture: ‘Facets of Indian Culture’ by Spectrum

      5. Geography: i) NCERT books

                                 ii) Physical Geography by Goh Cheng Leong

                                   iii) Oxford School Atlas for Maps

     6.Indian Polity: i) Indian Polity by Laxmikanth

                                   ii) An Introduction to the Constitution of India by D. D.


                                  iii) Old NCERT books for Indian Polity

                                   iv) The Constitution of India by P. M. Bakshi

   7. Indian Economy: i) NCERT Books of Class 11th & 12th

                                           ii) Current Economic Survey in Newspaper 

                                               Economic Times,

                                           iii) Indian Economy by Mishra and Puri

                                           iv) Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

 8. Science & Technology: i)Newspaper (The Hindu,  

                                                       Indian Express)

                                                    ii) Online Resources like ISRO website &


9.Environment and Ecology:  i)Newspaper & online resources

                                                          ii) NIOS website, study material

10.Current Affairs:  i)Newspaper (The Hindu, Economic Times

                                         Indian Express)

                                      ii)Blogs & other online resources.

11.General English: i) Magazines like Yojana, India Today, Frontline and

                                        ii) The newspapers like Indian Express, The Hindu,


                                        iii) Practice Previous years question papers

12.Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability: i)MK Pandey’s Analytical


                                                                                         ii)R.S. Aggarwal

13.Mathematics: R S Aggarwal of S Chand publication


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