UPSC Mains exams preparation requires a few more books than prelims preparation. Below is the best book list for UPSC mains that every aspirant must checkout. So, let’s begin the hunt!
Culture – UPSC Mains Books List
The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Bhasham.
India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma.
Indian Art and Culture – Nitin Singhania.
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History Books for UPSC
History Of Modern India – Bipan Chandra.
India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra.
India After Gandhi – Ramchandra Guha ( GS1)
Norman Lowe or History of Modern World – Jain and Mathur (World History – GS1)
Geography UPSC Books List
Geography of India – Majid Husain.
Oxford School Atlas – Oxford.
Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong.
Also Read: Best Ancient History Books for UPSC: Here’s What You need to Study for Ancient History Syllabus
Other Best Books for UPSC Mains
Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth. (Polity)
Important Judgments that Transformed India – Alex Andrews George (Constitution/Judiciary)
Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh. (Economy)
Economic Survey. (Economy)
Science and Technology in India – TMH. (Science and Technology)
Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure – Rajagopalan. (Environment)
Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains – Khuller. (Environment)
India Year Book (Current Affairs)
Manorama Yearbook. (Current Affairs)
Essays for Civil Services – Pulkit Khare (Essay Paper)
Social Problems In India – Ram Ahuja. (Indian Society – GS1)
IAS Mains General Studies Paper 2 (Arihant Manual – GS2)
UPSC Exam Books
Current Issues – What’s Hot Today (ClearIAS ebook – GS2)
Governance in India for CSE. (Governance – GS2)
Pax Indica – Shashi Tharoor. (Foreign Policy – GS2)
India and the World by Surendra Kumar. (Foreign Policy – GS2)
IAS Mains General Studies – GS3. (Arihant Manual – GS3)
India’s National Security: A Reader. (Internal Security – GS3)
Challenges to Internal Security of India. (Internal Security – GS3)
Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude. ( Ethics – GS4)
IAS Mains General Studies – Ethics. ( Arihant Manual – GS4)
Useful IAS Books and Magazines for Reference
Best NCERT books.
Pratiyogita Darpan Magazine.
Also Read: Best Essay Books for UPSC: Perfect the Art of IAS Essay Writing
Hopefully, this article will help you find the best books for UPSC mains and will surely take you one step ahead with your CSE preparation journey. Do share your thoughts in the comment section below and also let us know if you would like us to share more informative content like this. Best of luck!
Excellent list of books to prepare for UPSC exams.
This list has helped me a lot. My main confusion was to find the best books among the number of books available
The list provided by this article has helped me a lot and cleared my doubts about the books, can you please also make a list of the strategies that should be used?
Thank you for such a helpful list and my doubts were cleared, can you also help with some online material which can be helpful for the preparation?