Complete list of books for upsc prelims

Prelims is important. Ifr you want to crack upsc exam then you have to clear prelims first.

You must be knowing that upsc prelim exam is an qualifying in nature. It consists of two papers i.e. General studies and CSAT.

The general studies paper consists of 100 questionns for 200 marks.

Read this article till last to find out Complete list of books for upsc prelims.

I have tried to write this article for an beginner aspirants who is starting his/her preparation from the zero level.

Best books for upsc prelims


(a) Ancient and mediveal history-

  • Old Ncert of R.S Sharma
  • TN board history book

(b) Modern History-

  • Spectrum- A brief history of modern India

(c) Indian Art and Culture-

  • An introduction to Indian art- class 11 NCERT


  • Class 6-10 Ncert (for fundamentals)
  • Class 11 Ncert- Fundamentals of Physical geography
  • Class 11 Ncert- India: physical Environment
  • Class 12 Ncert- Fundamentals of human geography
  • Class 12 Ncert- India: people and economy
  • G.C Leong (part-2)
  • PMF IAS (the best resource for understanding complex topics)


  • Indian Polity by M.laxmikant


  • Class 11 Ncert- Indian Economic development
  • Class 12 Ncert- Macroeconomics
  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  • articles


  • Ncert- Politics in India since independence
  • Ncert- Contemporary world politics


  • Ncert class 9 and 10
  • Newspaper


  • Ncert class 12th biology (last four chapters)
  • Shankar IAS book



  • The Hindu Newspaper
  • Yojana Magazine
  • VisionIAS current affairs compilation

ALSO READ | How to read NCERT for upsc


(1) Is ncert enough for IAS prelims?

ANS– The NCERT books of class 9th and 10th are also recommendable for IAS Prelims Preparation but not necessary (in case they have enough time). For the preparation of the Environment and Ecology section, the IAS aspirants must go through the study materials provided by NIOS.

(2) Which are the best books for upsc prelims?

ANS- If you are reading this article till now then you must have got answer to this question.

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