Recommended List Of Books For UPSC Preparation

Preparing for UPSC exams not only requires utmost discipline but also a list of great books that will improve your knowledge.

There are a lot of books on various subjects that will help you prepare for the UPSC exams. However, there are certain books that you need to add to your list to further enhance your preparation.

In this post, I will list some of such academic books, which you can find below.


This is one of the important books that you need to add to your list while preparing for the UPSC exams, which includes extensive general knowledge aspects of the exams.

The book covers a wide variety of topics such as history, science, economics, government policies, art, religion, census reports, sports, literature, medicine, the environment, election results, and a lot more.

The book is a goldmine of knowledge which also expands to cover other topics like the list of Union Cabinet Ministers, books, new appointments in government offices, cinema, national holidays, etc.

NCERT Books: The Complete Package

No matter which coaching you go to or which books you refer to, NCERT books are a must-have that should be on your list. These books cover almost everything related to the basics of exam preparation.

But you have to keep in mind that NCERT books should be read in parallel with the recommended UPSC study materials. So, do not invest too much time in studying NCERT books.

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What I mean to say is, do not study NCERT books first and then move on to read other books since they are not enough for UPSC preparation. Only refer to relevant NCERT topics that will add value to your preparation.

India After Gandhi By Ramachandra Guha

History is an important part in the preparation of UPSC exams and most books available for study only cover the history of India till independence. You may find some books that deal with post-independence, but they only cover a few chapters of modernization and liberal reforms.

However, India After Gandhi, by Ramachandra Guha, is one book where you will learn everything you need to know about Indian politics and the Indian economic trajectory after independence.

The book is close to 900 pages, so you need to plan your preparation carefully. To supplement your knowledge, you can also refer to Wikipedia, read blogs, or read newspapers while preparing.

There is also one more book called “India Since Independence” written by Bipan Chandra that will also help you improve your historical knowledge.

Second Edition Of Indian Polity By Sri Ram Srirangam

One of the best books for UPSC and civil services exams, this book covers everything that is in line with current exam preparation trends.

Earlier, policy papers only focused on conventional aspects, but recent trends have coupled conventional topics with current developments. This book is written keeping the current trends in mind.

The book covers a lot of topics, including doctrines, judicial rulings, and federalism. Apart from that, it also covers the finance commission, competitiveness, and much more. There is no other book that is currently available on the market that can be compared to the Second Edition of Indian Polity.

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Introduction To The Constitution Of India By D.D. Basu

After you have covered the basics of polity, economy and history, it’s time to dig deeper which you start with Introduction to the Constitution of India written by D D Basu.

The book covers some of the important topics, like how the constitution was formed, how to think about some of the issues related to the constitution, and much more. Use the book only to improve your knowledge and avoid any exhaustive reading.