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Books for UPSC Civil Service Mains Exam Preparation

UPSC Mains exams preparation requires a few more books than the prelims preparation. Below is the booklist for preparing for the UPSC...

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UPSC Mains exams preparation requires a few more books than the prelims preparation. Below is the booklist for preparing for the UPSC Civil Service Mains Examination.

Books for UPSC Civil Service Main Exam Preparation (Click on the links to buy online)

  1. NCERT Books Set for UPSC Exam (Set of 27 books or 40 books)
  2. The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Bhasham. (Culture)
  3. India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma. (Culture)
  4. Indian Art and Culture – Nitin Singhania. (Culture)
  5. History Of Modern India – Bipan Chandra. (History)
  6. India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra. (History)
  7. Geography of India – Majid Husain. (Geography)
  8. Oxford School Atlas – Oxford. (Geography)
  9. Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong. (Geography)
  10. Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth. (Polity)
  11. Important Judgments that Transformed India – Alex Andrews George (Constitution/Judiciary)
  12. Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh. (Economy)
  13. Economic Survey. (Economy)
  14. Science and Technology in India – TMH. (Science and Technology)
  15. Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure – Rajagopalan. (Environment)
  16. Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains – Khuller. (Environment)
  17. India Year Book (Current Affairs)
  18. Manorama Yearbook. (Current Affairs)
  19. Essays for Civil Services – Pulkit Khare (Essay Paper)
  20. India After Gandhi – Ramchandra Guha (History – GS1)
  21. Norman Lowe OR History of Modern World – Jain and Mathur (World History – GS1)
  22. Social Problems In India – Ram Ahuja. (Indian Society – GS1)
  23. IAS Mains General Studies Paper 2 (Arihant Manual – GS2)
  24. Current Issues – What’s Hot Today (ClearIAS ebook – GS2)
  25. Governance in India for CSE. (Governance – GS2)
  26. Pax Indica – Shashi Tharoor. (Foreign Policy – GS2)
  27. India and the World by Surendra Kumar. (Foreign Policy – GS2)
  28. IAS Mains General Studies – GS3. (Arihant Manual – GS3)
  29. India’s National Security: A Reader. (Internal Security – GS3)
  30. Challenges to Internal Security of India. (Internal Security – GS3)
  31. Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude. ( Ethics – GS4)
  32. IAS Mains General Studies – Ethics. ( Arihant Manual – GS4)

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