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UPSC Books & Syllabus



Textbooks/ Reference Books


  1. NCERT XI and XII
  2. India’s Struggle for Independence—Bipan Chandra
  3. Chronicle and Wizard Supplements


  1. Political Science NCRT Books XI and XII
  2. Constitution of India—P. M. Bakshi
  3. The Constitution of India—D. D. Basu
  4. Indian Polity—M. Laxmikant


  1. Physical Geography – NCERT
  2. India: Physical Environment – NCERT
  3. Human Geography – NCERT
  4. Certificate Course in Geography – G. C. Leong
  5. Atlas – Orient Longman or TTK
  6. Geography Through Maps – K. Siddhartha (Ensemble)

Mental Ability

  1. Quicker Maths – M. Tyra
  2. Quantitative Aptitude – R.S. Agarwal
  3. Analytical Reasoning – R.S. Agarwal
  4. CSAT – R. Gupta’s
  5. CSAT – G. K. Publication

General Science

  1. Human Machine – NBT
  2. General Science VII, VIII, IX, X. Maharashtra Board Syllabus
  3. Science Reporter (For Reference only)

Indian Economy

  1. Indian Economy – Pratiyogita Darpan
  2. Indian Economic development – NCERT XI and XII
  3. Chronicle and Wizard Supplement
  4. Economic Survey

Ecology & Environment

  1. Old NCERT Book on Environment
  2. Internet Surfing based on Themes


  1. Grammar & Comprehension – Pal & Suri
  2. English Grammar & composition – Wren & Martin
  3. CSAT – R. Gupta’s
  4. CSAT – G. K. Publication

General Knowledge & Current Affairs

  1. Manorama Yearbook 2011
  2. India Yearbook 2011
  3. Chronicle Monthly Magazines
  4. Competition Wizard Monthly Magazine
  6. Several websites and Blogs

Note: Any Manual Like UNIQUE, TMH, PEARSON or SPECTRUM publication should be used only for reference.

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IAS Book List

GS in Prelims suggested Books


Start your preparation with the NCERT books for all three sections- Ancient, Medieval and Modern For Ancient India, you can also refer to three chapters from A.L. Basham’s “Wonder that was India”, e.g. society, everyday life and religion. Reading list:

  1. NCERT XI, XII, History books.
  2. NCERT XI, XII, History books.
  3. Freedom Struggle, NBT Publication.
  4. Chronical supplement.
  5. Bipin Chandra.


  1. NCERT – from 6th to 12th class
  2. Khullar’s Geography
  3. Suresh Prasad’s Intermediate Geography
  4. Physical Geography – Goh Cheng Leong
  5. India Year Book
  6. One Atlas – T.T.K. or Orient Longman
  7. Census Report, 2001
  8. Any Statistical Year Book


  1. Down to earth
  2. Yojana and Kurukshetra
  3. Reports published by Centra for Science and Environment and Tata Energy Research Institute.
  4. Various books of N.B.T.
  5. Ecology & Environment (Chronicle Publications)


  1. Indian Constitution and Government (NCERT)
  2. Organs of Government (NCERT)
  3. Our Constitution by Subhash Kashyap
  4. Constitution of India- V.N. Shukla
  5. Constitution of India: D.D. Basu
  6. Indian Administration by Maheshwari (Portions relating to Panchayti raj, Community development, etc.
  7. Our Legislation by Subhash Kashyap


  1. A.B.C. of Science (Holy faith)
  2. NCERT Books
  3. The Human Machine – N.B.T.


    1. Evolution of the Indian Economy (NCERT)
    2. Indian Economy by Dutt and Sundaram.
    3. Uma Kapila – Economics
    4. The Government documents on Five Year Plan and Economic Survey.
    5. Indian Economy: Mishra & Puri

Economic survey.

Current events of national and international importance

  1. One major national daily (The Hindu or The Times of India or any other)
  2. One magazine for competitive examinations (Civil Services Chronicle or any other)
  3. One newsmagazine (Frontline or any other)
  4. International (Time Newsweek)

Besides the above list, the following may also be used for reference purposes

  1. A guidebook for preliminary examinations.
  2. India Year Book. Newspapers and magazines (as already mentioned above.)

GS in Main Exam


Bipan Chandra’s Freedom Struggle and various other books published by the Publications Division are quite helpful as is A L Basham’s “wonder that was India”. Also go through class XI and XII NCERT books on Ancient, Medieval and Modern India.

  1. Bipin chandra – History


  1. 12th Class- NCERT (Geography)
  2. India- A Comprehensive Geography- by Khullar
  3. Magazines- Kurukshtetra, Yojana etc.


For this section do not depend on a single textbook. In fact text – books will hardly help you. Read various magazines like Yojana, Kurukshetra etc. Which will take care of your requirements. A comprehensive list is given below.

  1. Down to earth
  2. Yojana and Kurukshetra
  3. Reports and Environment and Tata Energy Research Institute.
  4. Various books of N.B.T.
  5. Ecology & Environmental (Chronicle Publication)


For the topics stated above text – book reading alone will not suffice. You must try to understand the nature of problem and their solution.

  1. Social problems- by Ram Ahuja
  2. Yojana, Kurukshtetra etc.
  3. Social Welfare Magazine- Published by Central Social Welfare Board
  4. The Hindu
  5. IIPA Journal
  6. Mainstream


  1. Our constitution- Subhash C. Kashyap
  2. Our Parliament- Subhash C. Kashyap
  3. Perspective on constitution- Edited by Subhash C. Kashyap
  4. IIPA journal
  5. Constitution- P.M. Bakshi
  6. The Hindu
  7. Frontline Magazine


Although there are so many sources to gather information, but be careful in selecting the right ones. To understand and keep oneself aware of developments in science and technology, it is required to have good basic concept, so it is better to start with NCERT books. Other sources are.

  1. Yojana
  2. Science Reporter
  3. Supplement of The Hindu
  4. One career magazine
  5. Reports of the Ministry of Science & Technology
  6. Science & Technology in India- Chronicle Books
  7. Supplement in magazines related to UPSC exam.


  1. Evolution of Indian Economy- I.C. Dhingra
  2. Indian Economy- Mishra and Puri
  3. Uma Kapila – Economics
  4. Economic Survey
  5. Yojan
  6. Times of India/Economic Times or any standard newspaper
  7. Any standard magazine


  1. Class IX and X level books on Maths & Statistics
  2. Statistical topics from any other Maths books.



Optional in Mains Suggested Books

  1. Physical Geography: Strahler & Strahler, Arthur Strahler, Thornbury’s (Geomorphology). Among these writers, Strahler and Strahler is the best.
  2. Thornbury is good for terminology and figures.
  3. Human & Economic Geography: Leong & Morgan (Social & Economic Geography Made Simple)
  4. Oceanography: Batal & Sharma
  5. Political Geography: Dixit
  6. Ecology: Odum
  7. Climatology: S.D. Lal
  8. Indian Economic Geography: Sharma & Kutino, C.B. Memoria
  9. Soil Genesis: Daji
  10. Geography of India: Dr. Gopal Singh
  11. Penguin dictionary for Geography.
  12. K. Siddhartha Books
  13. Majid Hussain
  14. Ensemble Study Material


Optional in Mains Suggested Books

Ancient India

  1. NCERT
  2. IGNOU
  3. Gazetteer of India Vol-II
  4. A wonder that was India by A.L. Basam
  5. An Advanced History of India- Majumdar, Raichaudhary and Data
  6. Ashoka and Decline of Mauryan Empire- Romila Thapar
  7. Socio material culture- R.S. Sharma
  8. Ancient India- Publication division.

Medieval India

  1. NCERT
  2. IGNOU
  3. Gazetteer of India Vol-II
  4. J.L. Mehta Vol-III
  5. Medieval India Vol-I and II by Satish Chandra
  6. Impact of Islam on Indian culture-Tarachand

Modern India

  1. NCERT
  2. IGNOU
  3. Gazetteer of India
  4. Modern India by Jaspal and Grover
  5. Modern India by Sumit Sarkar
  6. Freedom struggle by Bipan Chandra
  7. An Advanced History of India Vol-III by Majumdar, Raichaudhary and Datta

Specialised Study

  1. Ancient India Religion, Culture and Society Vol. I – Puri, Das and Chopra
  2. The wonder that was India – A.L. Basam
  3. Social formation and material culture in Ancient India – R.S. Sharma
  4. A concise History of India Art, Roy C. Craron
  5. Medieval Society, culture, religious movements and art: Vol II – Puri, Das and Chopra – Vol-II, J.L. Mehta
  6. Administrative and constitutional development in British Period: Modern India – Yashpal and Grover
  7. Gandhian Movement, Freedom struggle – Bipan Chandra


Optional in Mains Suggested Books

Political Theory

  1. George Sabine: Western Political Theory
  2. Eddy Ashirvatham: Political Theory
  3. C.L. Wayper: Political Thought
  4. O.P. Gauba: An Introduction to Political Thought
  5. R.M. Bhagat: Western Political Thought
  6. Amal Roy and Mohit Bhattacharya: Political Theory, Ideas & Institutions
  7. J.C. Johri: Comparative Politics

Indian Constitution and Politics

  1. M.V. Pylee: Indian Constitution
  2. D.D. Basu: An Introduction to Indian Constitution
  3. A.C. Kapoor: Comparative Governments
  4. V.P. Verma: Ancient Indian Political Theory
  5. V.P. Verma: Modern India Political Theory
  6. K.R. Bombwal: Comparative Constitutions
  7. Bipin Chandra: India’s Struggle for Independence
  8. Paul Brass: Politics in India since Independence
  9. Bipin Chandra: India after Independence
  10. Sumit Sarkar: Modern India
  11. Hiranyamay Karlelkar: Independent India, First Fifty Years

International Politic and Indian Foreign Policy

  1. Lalit Mansingh: India’s Foreign Policy Agenda for 21st Century
  2. Vijay Kumar Malhora: International Relations
  3. Mahendra Kumar: International Relations
  4. Prem Chandra & Prakash Arora: Comparative Politics and International Relations
  5. V.N. Khanna: International Politics
  6. V.P. Dutt: India’s Foreign Policy in a Changing World
  7. Manoranajan Mohanty & Partha Mukherjee: People’s Rights and State in the Third World
  8. Paul Kennedy: World Political in the Twentieth Century
  9. Peter Calvocorassi: World Political since 1945
  10. Theodore Coulombis and James Wolfe: Introduction to International Relations- Power & Justice
  11. Hans J. Morgantheau: Politics among Nations
  12. Palmer & Perkins: International Relations


  1. Mainstream
  2. Economic & Political Weekly
  3. Frontline
  4. Seminar
  5. Pratiyogita Darpan Political Scenice


  1. Journal of International Affairs
  2. World Focus
  3. India Quarterly
  4. Starred ones are the foundation books and suffice for the respective areas.


Optional in Mains Suggested Books

  1. Nicholas Henry – Public Administration and Public Affairs
  2. Ferrel Heady – Public Administration: A Comparative Perspective
  3. S.P. Naidu – Public Administration: Concepts and Theories
  4. Mohit Bhattachrya – Restructuring Public Administration: Essays in Rehabilitation.
  5. Prasad and Prasad – Administration Thinkers
  6. B.L. Fadia – Public Administration
  7. R.K. Arora and Rajani Goyal – Indian Public Administration: Institutions and Issue
  8. Hoshiar Singh and Mohinder Singh – Public Administration in India: Theory and Practice
  9. Mohit Bhattacharya – Development Administration: Search for Alternatives
  10. Hoshiar Singh – Local Government
  11. D.D. Basu – Introduction to the Constitution of India
  12. S.C. Kasyap – Our Constitution
  13. S.C. Kasyap – Our Parliament


  1. Selective issues of IIPA Journals
  2. Selective issues of the Indian Journal of Political Science
  3. Economic and Political Weekly
  4. Yojana
  5. Kurukshetra

News Paper

  1. The Asian Age
  2. The Hindu


Optional in Mains Suggested Books

Book Recommended For PT & Mains

Paper –1: Section A

Chapter-I (Morgan and King),

Chapter-II (Kothari C.R.),

Chapter-III (Elizabeth Hourlock, MC Graw Hill Publishers, New York),

Chapter-IV (Morgan and King and any elementary books),

Chapter-V (Ernes R. Hillgard and Gordon H. Bower, Chauble S.P.),

Chapter-VI-VII (Social Psychology by Baron and Byrene)

Section B

Chapter-VIII to XIV Hall, C.S. and Lindzey, G. Theories of Personality, Hutten Locher- Language and Thought (New York: Basic Books, 1973), Barun, J.J. and Linder, D.E. Psychology Today, An Introduction New York: Random House, 1979), An introduction to Motivation L Atkinson, J.W. and Birch, D.C. (New York: D, Van Nostrand)

Paper-II: Section A

Chapter-I to III Personality and Behaviour Disorders by J.M. Hunt, Disorganised Personality by G.W. Kisker, Abonormal Psychology and Modern Life by James and Coleman.

Chapter-IV Organizational Psychology by Robbins, Organizational Psychology by Keith Davis.

Chapter-V Advanced Educational Psychology by S.S. Chauhan

Chapter-VI Contemporary fields of Psychology and Experiments by R. Rajamanickam

Chapter-VII Psychology in life by Zimbardo and Ruck

Section B

Chapter-VIII to IX Social Psychology by Baron and Byrne Any Military Psychology Journal of Contemporary Psychology can also be consulted

Chapter-XII Economic Development and Cultural change by Bradburn N.M. and Berlow, D.E.

Chapter-XIII-XIV Industrial-Organizational, Environmental and Sport Psychology by Josh, R. Grow


Optional in Mains Suggested Books+

  1. Lipsey & Richard G: Introduction to Positive Economics
  2. Kontsoyianni A: Modern Microeconomics
  3. Browning & Browning: Microeconomic Theory and Application
  4. Gould and Lazear: P. Microeconomic Theory
  5. Maddala, G.S. and Miller E: Microeconomics, Theory and Applications
  6. Salvatore, Dominick: Theory and Problem of Microeconomics
  7. Bilas Richard A: Microeconomic Theory
  8. Pyndick, R.S.R. Robinfeld: Microeconomics
  9. Shapiro, Edward: Macroeconomics
  10. Dernburg, T.F: Macroeconomics, Theory & Practice
  11. Forster: Macroeconomics
  12. Sodersten and Reed: International Economics
  13. M.L. Jhingan: Economic Growth and Development
  14. Uma Kapila: Indian Economy since Independence
  15. Rudder Dutt & Sundaram: Indian Economy
  16. I.C. Dhingra: Indian Economic Development
  17. Journals
  18. Economic Survey of India
  19. Yojana
  20. Kurukshetra
  21. Economics and Political Weekly.