UPSC Books -Booklist That UPSC Toppers Recommend For The Preparation of UPSC CSE

“How many books are too many books?” is one thought that resonates with almost all the aspirants irrespective of which exam you’re preparing for! And especially, when it comes to UPSC CSE, you may find yourself buying every book that is present on the UPSC Preparation Section in the book store.

So, when you sit with those books to finally read, many-a-times thoughts like “too many books, too less time” make you feel distraught!

Hence, to make you worry a little less and study a little more, we have compiled an exhaustive list of UPSC books that are recommended by toppers. Let’s check them out!

UPSC Books & Preparation Material For CSE Prelims Examination

Although the booklist may vary in accordance with your previous knowledge and expertise, here is an exhaustive list that both fresh aspirants and experienced ones can refer to for their UPSC Preparation needs. Some of the books may be relevant for both Prelims and Mains.
Before checking out the booklist, it is important that you know the syllabus and exam pattern well. Check out this article to know about UPSC CSE Exam Pattern & Syllabus.

Check out the table below to know about which UPSC books to study for qualifying Prelims:



General Studies (Paper I)

  1. NCERTs of History, Geography & Polity Class 8th-12th
  2. India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
  3. Certificate of Physical Geography by GC Leong
  4. Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth
  5. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  6. Current Affairs - The Hindu, Yojna Magazine, Kurukshetra Magazine
  7. Oxford World Atlas
  8. International Relations NCERT XI and XII
  9. Indian Culture- Spectrum
  10. NIOS Course Materials



  1. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning - RS Agarwal
  2. TMH CSAT Manual
  3. Quicker Maths by M.Tyra
  4. English Grammar & Composition Wren & Martin

UPSC Books & Preparation Material For CSE Mains Examination

Here is the list of UPSC Books that you should be reading while preparing for UPSC CSE Mains:



General Studies - 1

  1. India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
  2. India After Independence by Bipan Chandra
  3. Ancient India by RS Sharma
  4. History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra
  5. From Plassey To Partition And After by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay
  6. Introduction to Indian Art for Class XI (NCERT)
  7. Geography of India - Majid Hussain
  8. World Geography- Majid Hussain
  9. Oxford Atlas
  10. Central Physical and Human Geography by GC Leong
  11. Geography NCERTs (Class XI  and XII)

General Studies -2

  1. Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth
  2. Constitution of India by DD Basu
  3. India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri

General Studies-3

  1. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

General Studies- 4

  1. Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude by Subba Rao and PN Rao Chaudhry


Now, that you have an entire list with you, there should be no worrying about what to read! However, if you’re a time-crunch and still want to put your best effort, you can check out the UPSC Study Material curated by the expert team at Career Launcher. The course material incorporates the essence of all these books thereby providing the aspirants with a panacea to all their reading woes.

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