UPSC Booklist That UPSC Toppers Recommend For The Preparation of UPSC CSE | Books for UPSC | Career Launcher

"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 booklist that are recommended by toppers. You should follow only specific books for UPSC in order to ensure you’re not digressing too much from the core syllabus.

Let's have a list of UPSC booklist that is sure to help you with an exhaustive preparation of UPSC.

UPSC Booklist & Preparation Material For CSE Prelims Examination | Books for UPSC

Although the booklist may vary in accordance with your previous knowledge and expertise, here is an exhaustive UPSC booklist 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

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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


CSAT

  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:

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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

NCERT Books for UPSC

Here is a list of all the titles of NCERT books that UPSC aspirants should read for the preparation of this exam:

History

  • History: NCERT Class VI – Our Past
  • History: NCERT Class VII – Our Past -I
  • History: NCERT Class VIII – Our Past II and III
  • History: NCERT Class IX – India and the Contemporary World – I
  • History: NCERT Class X – India and the Contemporary World – II
  • History: NCERT Class XI – Themes In World History
  • History: NCERT Class XII – Themes In Indian History – I
  • History: NCERT Class XII – Themes in Indian History – II
  • History: NCERT Class XII – Themes In Indian History – III

Art & Culture

  • Art & Culture: NCERT Class XI – An Introduction to Indian Art,
  • Art & Culture: NCERT Class XI – Living Craft Traditions of India (Chapters 9 & 10)

Polity

  • Polity: NCERT Class IX – Political Science: Democratic Politics Part – I
  • Polity: NCERT Class X – Political Science: Democratic Politics Part – II
  • Polity: NCERT Class XI – Political Science: Indian Constitution at Work
  • Polity: NCERT Class XI – Political Science: Political Theory
  • Polity: NCERT Class XII – Political Science I: Contemporary World Politics
  • Polity: NCERT Class XII – Political Science II: Politics in India since Independence

Geography

  • Geography: NCERT Class VI – The Earth Our Habitat
  • Geography: NCERT Class VII – Our Environment
  • Geography: NCERT Class VIII – Resource and Development
  • Geography: NCERT Class IX – Contemporary India – I
  • Geography: NCERT Class X – Contemporary India – II
  • Geography: NCERT Class XI – Fundamentals of Physical Geography
  • Geography: NCERT Class XI – India – Physical Environment
  • Geography: NCERT Class XII – Fundamentals of Human Geography
  • Geography: NCERT Class XII – India – People and Economy

Economy

  • Economy: NCERT Class IX – Economics
  • Economy: NCERT Class X – Understanding Economic Development
  • Economy: NCERT Class XI – Indian Economic Development
  • Economy: NCERT Class XII – Introductory Microeconomics
  • Economy: NCERT Class XII – Introductory Macroeconomics

Environment and Ecology

  • Biology: NCERT Class XII (Last 4 chapters)

 

Now, that you have an entire list with you, there should be no worrying about what to read! You can also enroll in our NCERT course to get compilations of all NCERTs in one place. 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. Reach out to our expert counselors to know more about our study materials!

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