Best Books for UPSC Civil Services Preparation 2019

Deepika Narwal Updated On: 25 Feb, 2019 12:39 IST

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Best Books for UPSC Civil Services 2019

In this article, we have compiled a list of the best books for UPSC Civil Services exam preparation. UPSC Civil Services 2019 Preliminary examination will be conducted on 2nd June 2019 for those who have successfully qualified in the Prelims examination. In order to score well, candidates must go through the following list of books. These preparation books have been categorised into Prelims and Mains books. There are some free e-books as well.

The first step in the preparation strategy is to know the syllabus and pattern of UPSC Civil Services 2019. Knowing the exam pattern will help candidates prepare a study plan, based on which they can search for the right books, which will help in understanding the vast syllabus of UPSC Civil services 2019. While selecting the books, the candidates must ensure that they have sufficient UPSC Civil Services previous years' question papers.

Candidates should make sure that they shortlist books that cover the most difficult topics explained in the simplest way. The books that have diagrams and images to explain topics can also be very helpful. Basically, candidates need to shortlist books that include everything in the exam curriculum.

How to Select Best Books for UPSC Civil Services 2019 Preparation

  • Candidates must try to buy the books of famous authors or known publication houses.

  • While selecting the books for UPSC Civil Service entrance exam, candidates must try to compare the contents of two or more books to get correct explanation of important topics and subjects.

  • Always try to choose a book, which is easy to understand and covers the entire syllabus of the examination.

  • While selecting the books for UPSC Civil Service entrance exam, it is advisable to check the year of publication of the book.

  • One factor that candidates must keep in mind is that the language used in the books has to to be simple and understandable.

Books for UPSC Civil Services Prelims Examination

Name of Books


NCERT Books Set for UPSC Exam (Set of 27 books or 40 books)


History of Modern India (History)

Bipan Chandra

India’s Struggle For Independence (History)

Bipan Chandra

India’s Ancient Past (History)

 R.S. Sharma.

History Of Medieval India (History)

Satish Chandra

The Wonder That Was India(Culture)

A.L. Bhasham

Indian Art and Culture (Culture)

Nitin Singhania

Geography of India (Geography)

Majid Husain

Oxford School Atlas (Geography)


Certificate Physical and Human Geography (Geography)

Goh Cheng Leong

Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations (Polity)

M. Laxmikanth

Indian Economy (Economy)

Ramesh Singh

Science and Technology in India (Science and Technology)


Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure (Environment)


Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains (Environment)


Analytical Reasoning (CSAT – Paper 2: Analytical Reasoning)

M. K. Pandey

 – Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning (CSAT Paper 2: Reasoning)

 R. S.Aggarwal

India Year Book (Current Affairs)


Manorama Yearbook. (Current Affairs)


Books for UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination

Name of Books


Selected Contemporary Essays (Essay Paper)

 Saumitra Mohan

Essays for Civil Services (Essay Paper)

Pulkit Khare

India After Gandhi (History – GS1)

Ramchandra Guha

Norman Lowe OR History of Modern World (World History – GS1)

Jain and Mathur

Social Problems In India (Indian Society – GS1)

Ram Ahuja

IAS Mains General Studies Paper 2 (Manual – GS2)



Current Issues – What’s Hot Today (ClearIAS ebook – GS2)


Governance in India for CSE. (Governance – GS2)


Pax Indica (Foreign Policy – GS2)

Shashi Tharoor.

India and the World (Foreign Policy – GS2)

Surendra Kumar

IAS Mains General Studies – GS3. (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. (Manual – GS4)


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