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Best Books for UPSC - IAS Prelims and Mains Exam 2023

Updated By Shubhangi Pandey on 29 May, 2023 12:10

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Best Books for UPSC CSE 2023

In this article, we have compiled a list of the best books for UPSC CSE 2023 exam preparation. UPSC CSE 2023 Preliminary examination will be conducted on 28 May 2023. In order to score well, candidates must go through the following list of books. These preparation books have been categorized into Prelims and Mains books. There are some free e-books as well. The first step in the preparation strategy is to know the UPSC CSE Syllabus 2023 and examination pattern. 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 2023. While selecting the books, the candidates must ensure that they have sufficient UPSC Civil Services Previous Year Question Paper.

Candidates should make sure that they shortlist books that cover the most difficult topics explained in the simplest way. 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.

Books For UPSC CSE Prelims 2023 (Subject Wise)

UPSC CSE prelims exams consist of two papers conducted by the organization. The prelims examination will be objective type with negative marking. Check out the major information about the books required for preparation from the table given below:


UPSC Books


India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra

Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania

NCERT XI (Ancient & Medieval)

NCERT XII (Modern Indian History)


Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong

NCERT VI – X (Old Syllabus)

NCERT XI, XII (New Syllabus)

World Atlas (Orient Black Swan)

Indian Polity

Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth



Indian Economy by Nitin Singhania

Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri


International Relations

NCERT XII (Contemporary World Politics)

Current Affairs


Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual

Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R S Aggarwal

Solved Papers

IAS General Studies Prelims Solved Papers – Vishal Publications

Also ReadList of NCERT Books Required for UPSC Preparation 2023

Books For UPSC CSE Mains 2023 (Subject Wise)

There will be 9 theory papers in the main examination for UPSC CSE recruitment 2023. The candidates can check out the major information about books that are required in order to start the preparation for UPSC CSE Mains 2023 from the table given below:


UPSC Books

History, Indian Heritage & Culture

[GS Paper 1]

Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania

India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra

India after Independence by Bipan Chandra

History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra

Ancient India by R.S Sharma


[GS Paper 1]

Geography of India by Majid Husain

World Geography by Majid Husain

World Atlas (Orient Black Swan)

Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G C Leong

Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11

Polity & International Relations

[GS Paper 2]

Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth

Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu

International Relations: Pushpesh Pant


[GS Paper 3]

Indian Economy – Nitin Singhania

Environment and Disaster Management – Tata McGraw Hill

Challenges to Internal Security of India – Ashok Kumar


[GS Paper 4]

Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudary

Solved Papers

IAS General Studies Prelims Solved Papers – Vishal Publications

Also Read: UPSC Prelims: Most Important Chapter & Topics

How to Select Best Books for UPSC CSE Preparation 2023

  • 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 a 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.

The dream of qualifying the UPSC Civil Services Examination can become true. It can be achieved with a proper study plan and the right set of books for UPSC CSE. 

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