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UPSC Books Recommended By Toppers | Latest Book list for UPSC 2022

“What are the best UPSC Books?” “How many books are too many books?” are some thoughts that resonate with almost all the aspirants especially when it is about the IAS book list. When it comes to preparing a UPSC booklist for Civil Services, you may find yourself buying every book that is present in the book store. But wait, you need to shortlist and get your hands on the right ones. So, when you sit with those books to finally read, many-a-times thoughts like “too many books, too little time” make you feel distraught!

Hence, to make you worry a little less and study a little more, we have compiled an exhaustive booklist for UPSC that is recommended by toppers. You should follow only a specific UPSC book list in order to ensure you’re not digressing too much from the core syllabus. Please note that you do not have to read all the books in their entirety. Make sure you download our micro-topics syllabus PDF and read the books provided in the UPSC booklist in accordance with it. That way, you’ll be able to keep yourself focused on the actual UPSC syllabus.

Let’s have a list of UPSC booklist that is sure to help you with an exhaustive preparation of UPSC.

Booklist for UPSC CSE Prelims

Although the booklist for UPSC may vary in accordance with your previous knowledge and expertise, here is an exhaustive booklist that both fresh aspirants and experienced ones can refer to for their UPSC Preparation needs. Some of the books may be relevant for both Prelims and Mains. Before checking it out, it is important that you know the syllabus and exam pattern well. Check out this article to know about UPSC CSE Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Check out the table below to know the UPSC booklist to refer to while studying for Civil Services Prelims examination.



General Studies (Paper I)

  1. NCERTs of History, Geography & Polity Class 8th-12th

  2. India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra

  3. Certificate of Physical Geography by GC Leong

  4. Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth

  5. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

  6. Current Affairs – The Hindu, Yojna Magazine, Kurukshetra Magazine

  7. Oxford World Atlas

  8. International Relations NCERT XI and XII

  9. Indian Culture- Spectrum

  10. NIOS Course Materials


  1. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – RS Agarwal

  2. TMH CSAT Manual

  3. Quicker Maths by M.Tyra

  4. English Grammar & Composition Wren & Martin

Booklist for UPSC CSE Mains

Here is the UPSC booklist that you should be reading while preparing for UPSC CSE Mains:



General Studies – 1

  1. India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra

  2. India After Independence by Bipan Chandra

  3. Ancient India by RS Sharma

  4. History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra

  5. From Plassey To Partition And After by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay

  6. Introduction to Indian Art for Class XI (NCERT)

  7. Geography of India – Majid Hussain

  8. World Geography- Majid Hussain

  9. Oxford Atlas

  10. Central Physical and Human Geography by GC Leong

  11. Geography NCERTs (Class XI  and XII)

General Studies -2

  1. Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth

  2. Constitution of India by DD Basu

  3. India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri

General Studies-3

  1. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

General Studies- 4

  1. Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude by Subba Rao and PN Rao Chaudhry

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NCERT Booklist for UPSC

Here is a list of all the titles of NCERT books for UPSC that every aspirant should read for preparation for the UPSC exam:


Title of the NCERT Book For UPSC


  • History: NCERT Class VI – Our Past

  • History: NCERT Class VII – Our Past -I

  • History: NCERT Class VIII – Our Past II and III

  • History: NCERT Class IX – India and the Contemporary World – I

  • History: NCERT Class X – India and the Contemporary World – II

  • History: NCERT Class XI – Themes In World History

  • History: NCERT Class XII – Themes In Indian History – I

  • History: NCERT Class XII – Themes in Indian History – II

  • History: NCERT Class XII – Themes In Indian History – III

Art & Culture

  • Art & Culture: NCERT Class XI – An Introduction to Indian Art,

  • Art & Culture: NCERT Class XI – Living Craft Traditions of India (Chapters 9 & 10)


  • Polity: NCERT Class IX – Political Science: Democratic Politics Part – I

  • Polity: NCERT Class X – Political Science: Democratic Politics Part – II

  • Polity: NCERT Class XI – Political Science: Indian Constitution at Work

  • Polity: NCERT Class XI – Political Science: Political Theory

  • Polity: NCERT Class XII – Political Science I: Contemporary World Politics

  • Polity: NCERT Class XII – Political Science II: Politics in India since Independence


  • Geography: NCERT Class VI – The Earth Our Habitat

  • Geography: NCERT Class VII – Our Environment

  • Geography: NCERT Class VIII – Resource and Development

  • Geography: NCERT Class IX – Contemporary India – I

  • Geography: NCERT Class X – Contemporary India – II

  • Geography: NCERT Class XI – Fundamentals of Physical Geography

  • Geography: NCERT Class XI – India – Physical Environment

  • Geography: NCERT Class XII – Fundamentals of Human Geography

  • Geography: NCERT Class XII – India – People and Economy


  • Economy: NCERT Class IX – Economics

  • Economy: NCERT Class X – Understanding Economic Development

  • Economy: NCERT Class XI – Indian Economic Development

  • Economy: NCERT Class XII – Introductory Microeconomics

  • Economy: NCERT Class XII – Introductory Macroeconomics

Environment & Ecology

  • Biology: NCERT Class XII (Last 4 chapters)

  • Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

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  • International Relations

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  • Social Justice

    India is a country that is marked by humongous variety in virtually every aspect of social life. India witnesses diversities…

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  • Governance

    Governance is commonly defined as the exercise of power or authority by political leaders for the well-being of their country’s citizens…

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  • Indian Polity

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  • Indian Society

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  • Indian Geography

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  • World Geography

    Geography is one of the main subjects of the UPSC Civil Services Examination. It comprises Human Geography, Physical Geography, and…

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  • World History

    The syllabus for UPSC Prelims exam covers ancient India, medieval India as well as modern History. World History appears only…

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  • Modern Indian History

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