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Here is the list of Books/Sources Recommended for UPSC CSE

  • UPSC CSE preparation involves going through its immense syllabus scattered around numerous books. 
  • It is important to learn from the correct source for positive results. 

From the vast ocean of reference material, selecting the right one is paramount for aspiring candidates, the right set can lead to success. We at IAS Origin based on our years of experience and successful track record, bring you a list of books and reference material that can lead you to success. 

However, there is a catch, a recommended list might work wonders for one while not for another aspirant. Hence it is recommended that the books are chosen based on the aspirant’s prior expertise and subject knowledge. Opting for right IAS exam books is crucial considering the distinct question formats in UPSC Prelims (MCQs) and Mains (descriptive essays) stages. 

List of UPSC CSE Books Categorised by Subjects

As an aspirant you have to study History, Geography, Polity, Economics, Art & Culture, Environment, Indian Society, International Relations, Internal Security, Ethics, Social Justice & Disaster Management.

FOR HISTORY

Ancient History & Medieval History

OLD NCERT

Ancient India – R.S. Sharma

Medieval India – Satish Chandra

NEW NCERT

Our Past I

Our Past II

Themes I

Themes II

New Tamil Nadu History Textbook – Class XI

MODERN INDIAN HISTORY

Our Past III (Both Part I & II) [NCERT Class VIII]

Themes of Indian History III (NCERT Class XII)

A brief History of Modern India – Spectrum Publication

India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipin Chandra

Any Basic Standard Material or IAS Origin Module

WORLD GEOGRAPHY

Our Environment – Class VII

The Earth Our Habitat – Class VI

Fundamentals of Physical Geography (NCERT Class XI)

Fundamental of Human Geography (NCERT Class XII)

Goh Cheng Leong; Certificate Physical & Human Geography

INDIAN GEOGRAPHY

Resources & Development – Class VIII

Contemporary India – II – Class X

India Physical Environment (NCERT Class XI)

India; People & Economy (NCERT Class XII)

Any Basic Study Material or IAS Origin Module

FOR POLITY

Democratic Politics IX

Democratic Politics, II, Class X

Indian Constitution at Work (NCERT Class XI)

Political Theory

Laxmikanth – Indian Polity

Daily News Paper of Current Affairs by IAS Origin

Any Basic Standard Material or IAS Origin Module

FOR ART & CULTURE

New TN History TextBook

VIth – XIIth new NCERT History textbooks

Introduction to Indian Art (NCERT Class XI)

Living Craft Traditions of India (NCERT Class XII)

Indian Culture by Nitin Singhania

Any Basis standard Material or IAS Origin Module. 

ENVIRONMENT

XIIth Biology NCERT; Chap- 13,14,15,16

XIth Chemistry NCERT; Chap – 14

Geography NCERT; Natural Vegetation & Wildlife chapters from Std. VIII to XI

ICSE Environment Education Std X (for Mains)

Shankar IAS Environment

Daily News Paper or Current Affairs by IAS Origin

Any Basic standard material or IAS Origin Module

INDIA SOCIETY

NCERT Class XI – Sociology: Understanding Society

NCERT Class XII – Indian Society

NCERT Class XII – Social  Change & Development in India

Daily News Paper or Current Affairs by IAS Origin

Any Basic Standard Material or IAS Origin Module

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Class XII Political Science: Contemporary World Politics

Challenge & Strategy: Rethink India’s Foreign Policy – Rajiv Sikri

Daily News Paper or Current Affairs by IAS Origin

Any Basic Standard Material or IAS Origin Module

ETHICS

A Practical Approach to Ethics Integrity & Aptitude – D.K. Balaji

Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude

Daily  News Paper or Current Affairs by  IAS Origin Module

SOCIAL JUSTICE

Daily News Paper or Current Affairs by IAS Origin

Any Basic Study Material or IAS Origin Module

DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Daily News Paper or Current Affairs by IAS Origin

Any Basic Standard Material or IAS Origin Module

The aforementioned list seems unending, and a mere look is not advisable for the faint hearted. But with the right strategy, planning, dedication, & guidance everything is possible. We at IAS Origin are here to help you navigate this vast ocean of books and study material. 

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