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UPSC Civil Services Exam: List of UPSC Mains books to clear exam in the first attempt

UPSC Mains stage demands certain additional books as there are new topics like Foreign Relations, Internal Security, Ethics etc.

UPSC Civil Services Exam: List of UPSC Mains books to clear exam in the first attempt

UPSC Civil Services Exam: List of UPSC Mains books to clear exam in the first attempt

Generally, candidates get confused about what to study for UPSC Mains exam, what books to refer, from where to take coaching classes etc etc. Books for UPSC Civil Service Main Exam overlap with many books recommended for Prelims. But UPSC Mains stage demands certain additional books as there are new topics like Foreign Relations, Internal Security, Ethics etc.

If you want to excel the UPSC Civil Services exam, then you should check out or study these popular and important books for the reference purpose.

List of UPSC Mains books (Paperwise)

GS Paper 1

Indian Heritage and Culture

  • The Wonder That Was India A.L. Bhasham
  • Indian Art and Culture Nitin Singhania

India and World History

  • India's Ancient Past R.S. Sharma
  • History Of Modern India Bipan Chandra
  • India's Struggle For Independence Bipan Chandra

Geography of the World and Society

  • Geography of India Majid Husain (Geography)
  • Oxford School Atlas Oxford (Geography)
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography Goh Cheng Leong (Geography)

GS Paper 2

  • Indian Constitution at Work (NCERT)
  • Indian Polity by Laxmikanth
  • Introduction to the Constitution of India by D.D. Basu
  • Governance in India by Laxmikanth
  • India Year Book
  • Contemporary World Politics (NCERT)

GS Paper 3

  • Economic Survey
  • Science and Technology in India TMH
  • The Environment for Civil Services prelims and Mains Khuller
  • India Year Book
  • ARC Report on Disaster Management
  • Indian Economy by Uma Kapila

GS Paper 4

  • Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude (Ethics GS4)
  • IAS Mains General Studies Ethics (Arihant Manual GS4)

Books for UPSC Mains optional subject

Here are some of the books recommended for UPSC IAS Mains exam:

Public Administration Books

  • Public Administration by Lakshmikant
  • New Horizons of Public Administration by Mohit Bhattacharya
  • Administrative Thinkers by Prasad and Prasad

Sociology Books

  • Sociological Theory by George Ritzer
  • Methodology and Techniques of Social Research by Jaspal Singh

History Books

  • Books which are used to study GS Paper 1(History books-India and World)

Geography Books

  • Books which are used to study GS Paper 1(Geography books)

Political science Books

  • History of Political Thought-Plato to Marx
  • Introduction to Political Theory by O.P Gauba
  • Political Theory-An Introduction
  • Indian Political Thought-Themes and Thinkers

Important note:

IAS aspirants should not prefer a large number of books for any subject. They should follow standard books and study materials only. The main key to excel this UPSC Mains exam is Revision.. Revision and Revision.

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