Recommended Books for UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam

UPSC Mains Books

General Studies I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History
Indian Heritage and Culture, History
  • NCERT book Class 11 Fine Arts – Introduction to Indian Culture (Part I)
  • National Institute of Open Schooling material on Culture
  • Culture related books of National Books Trust
  • Culture related books of Publications Division
  • Ccrtindia.gov.in
  • Old NCERT book on Ancient History
  • IGNOU
  • Wonder That Was India by A. L. Basham
  • Ancient India in Historical Outline by D. N. Jha
  • National Book Trust issues on Ancient History Culture
  • Publications Division on Ancient History Culture
  • Old NCERT book on Medieval Indian History
  • Advanced Study in the History of Medieval India, Vol III: Medieval Indian Society and Culture by J. L. Mehta
  • A Social, Cultural and Economic History of India by P. N. Chopra, B. N. Puri, M. N. Das
  • The Wonder That Was India Vol II by S. A. A. Rizvi
  • History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra
  • NCERT Themes in Indian History Part III
  • India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
  • A New Look at Modern History by B.L. Grover and S. Grover
  • NCERT XII: Politics in India after Independence
  • India after Independence by Bipan Chandra
  • Mastering Modern World History by Normal Lowe
  • NCERT XII: Indian Society
  • NCERT XII: Social Change and Development in India
Geography of the World and Society
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G C Leong
  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11
  • India: Physical Environment NCERT Class 11
  • India: People and Economy NCERT Class 12
  • Geography of India by Majid Husain
  • World Geography by Majid Husain
  • Orient BlackSwan School Atlas
  • Status of Forest Report
General Studies II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations
Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice
  • NCERT Class XI – Indian Constitution at Work
  • Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth
  • Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu
  • Constitution of India Bare Act
  • Punchhi Commission Report
  • 2nd ARC Report
  • 14th Finance Commission Report
  • 12th Five Year Plan Document
International Relations
  • NCERT XII: Political Science: World Politics
  • India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri
  • Newspapers
General Studies III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management
Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment
  • NCERT XI – India’s Economic Development
  • NCERT XII – Geography India People and Economy
  • Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh
  • Budget
  • Economic Survey
Security and Disaster Management
  • Internal Security & Disaster Management: Ashok Kumar, TMH
  • Ministry of Home Affairs Annual Report
  • Science and Technology by Spectrum
General Studies IV: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude
Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude
  • 2nd ARC Report
  • Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination V by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudary

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