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.
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.
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.
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