Best History Books for UPSC

Looking for good history books for upsc? This is updated list of the best history books for upsc of all-time. If you only have time to read, I recommend looking at the Top book-list for UPSC History Optional section below.

Further down the page, you’ll find more history books for upsc recommendations. Many of these history books are fantastic as well. We try to carefully curate all of history books for upsc by toppers and you can be sure that any history book for upsc on this page is worth your time. Enjoy!

Top Book list for UPSC History Optional

Here is a list of best optional books of History for UPSC CSE IAS Exam. these books that are considered very good and covers the full syllabus of UPSC.

Ancient Indian History book for UPSC

  • A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: from the Stone Age to the 12th Century by Upinder Singh

Medieval Indian History

  • Medieval India: From Sultanat to the Mughals-Delhi Sultanat (1206-1526) – 1 by Satish Chandra
  • Medieval India: From Sultanat to the Mughals- Mughal Empire (1526-1748) – 2 by Satish Chandra
  • Medieval India : The Study Of A Civlization by Irfan Habib

Modern Indian History

  • From Plassey to Partition and After A History of Modern India by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay
  • India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
  • India since Independence by Bipan Chandra

World History Books for UPSC

  • A History of the Modern World: An Outline by Ranjan Chakrabarti
  • Mastering Modern World History (Palgrave Master Series) by Norman Lowe

Map for History Optional

  • Ensemble – History Through Maps


You should read below given links that may be beneficial to help in Choosing a good optional for your preparation:

How to Choose Optional for Mains?

Which Optional has Highest Success score?

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