UPSC Books for General Studies Booklist for UPSC Prelims & Mains

General Studies Booklist for UPSC: Although your UPSC booklist may vary depending on your prior knowledge and ability, here is a comprehensive list that both new and experienced UPSC candidates can use for their UPSC preparation needs. Some of the books are likely to be useful for both the Prelims and the Mains. It is critical that you have a thorough understanding of the material and exam format before proceeding.

Booklist for UPSC Prelims & Mains
HistoryNIOS course books for classes XI and XII on – Ancient India, Medieval India, Modern India, National Movement & Contemporary World and Culture of India.A History of Ancient & Early Medieval India by Upinder SinghIndia’s Ancient Past by R.S. Sharma published by Oxford University PressHistory of Medieval India (800–1700 AD) by Satish Chandra published by Orient LongmanHistory of Modern India by Bipin Chandra (2009 Edition)India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra & OthersFrom Plassey to Partition and After by Sekhar Bandopadhyaya
World HistoryThe Story of Civilization, Part 2 by Arjun Dev, NCERTContemporary World History for class XII (Old NCERT Book)Mastering Modern World History by Norman Lowe
GeographyCertificate Physical & Human Geography (Oxford) by Goh Cheng LeongXI Standard: (1) India – Physical Environment (2) Fundamentals of Physical GeographyXII Standard: (1) India – People & Economy (2) Fundamentals of Human GeographySchool Atlas – Orient Black Swan
Social IssuesXI Standard NCERT on Indian Society (Chapters on Unity & Diversity and Population Issues)XII Standard NCERT (Chapters on Communalism, Secularism and Urban Issues such as Poverty, Housing, etc.)
Indian PolityConstitution of India at Work (Class XI) NCERT PublicationIndian Polity by LaxmikantFrom Government to Governance by Kuldeep MathurPanchayati Raj in India by Kuldeep Mathur
Indian EconomyIndian Economic Development XI Standard NCERTIndian Economy by Sanjiv VermaIntroductory Macro Economics XII Standard NCERTEconomics Dictionary published by Collins & Penguin
Ecology & EnvironmentXII Standard NCERT Book on Biology (Chapters pertaining to Ecology)India Year Book (Chapters on Environment)Environment – By Shankar IAS
Science & Technology  VIII, IX, X Standard NCERT books on BiologyThe Hindu or Indian Express NewspaperMonthly Magazine ‘Science Reporter for Science & Technology’
Ethics, Integrity & AptitudeEthics in Governance, ARC ReportLexicon by Chronicle PublicationsThe Book on Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude published by Access Publication