Books for UPSC CSE Preparation

Here are some very important books for UPSC CSE exams preparation.

UPSC CSE syllabus in details available in this blog post: UPSC CSE Syllabus

Books are categorized paper-wise:

GS Paper 1:

  • India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
  • India After Independence by Bipan Chandra
  • Ancient India by RS Sharma
  • History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra
  • From Plassey To Partition And After by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay
  • Oxford Student Atlas for India
  • Central Physical and Human Geography by GC Leong
  • Panchayati Raj in India by Kuldeep Mathur
  • Mastering Modern World History by Norman Lowe
  • Indian Art and Culture, Nitin Singhania
  • Geography NCERTs (Class XI and XII)
  • Introduction to Indian Art for Class XI (NCERT)
  • Contemporary World History for class XII (Old NCERT Book)

GS Paper 2:

  • Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth
  • Constitution of India by DD Basu
  • 35 Landmark Supreme Court Judgments Simplified for UPSC IAS/ IPS Prelim & Main Exams, Siddharth Arora
  • India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri
  • The India way by S. Jaishankar
  • Constitution of India at Work (Class XI) NCERT Publication

GS Paper 3:

  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  • Environment – By Shankar IAS
  • Challenges to Internal Security of India – by Ashok Kumar and Vipul Anekant
  • XII Standard NCERT Book on Biology

GS Paper 4:

  • Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude for IAS General Studies, Niraj Kumar
  • Ethics in Governance, ARC Report
  • The Book on Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude published by Access Publication


  • 151 Essays for IAS/ PCS & other Competitive Exams, Disha Experts
  • Fundamentals of Essay and Answer Writing, Anudeep Durishetty

Resources for Current Affairs:

  • The Hindu
  • Yojna Magazine

English Paper

  • Compulsory English, A P Bhardwaj

Previous years papers

  • 9 Year Wise UPSC Civil Services IAS Mains General Studies Papers 1 to 4 Solved Papers (2013 - 2022) 3rd Edition - Disha Experts, Disha Publication
  • 9 Year Wise UPSC Civil Services IAS Mains Essay Solved Papers (2013 - 2022) 3rd Edition - Disha Experts, Disha Publication
  • 27 Years UPSC IAS/ IPS Prelims Topic-wise Solved Papers 1 & 2 , Mrunal Patel


  • Vision IAS notes