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Best Books for UPSC CSE Prelims Examination 2023

Here is the list of the Best Books to Prepare for the UPSC CSE Prelims examination 2023.

Prelims: General Studies-I and CSAT (General Studies Paper-II) are the two papers that make up the CSE Prelims test. While the CSAT is a qualifying exam, one’s selection for UPSC Mains is determined by their performance on the General Studies Paper. It means that the Prelims cutoff will be based on one’s performance in the General Studies Paper.

Particulars

General Studies Paper-I

General Studies Paper-II

No of Questions

100

80

Marks Allotted

200

200

Time Allotted

2 hours

2 hours

Subjects

Current Affairs,

History,

Geography,

Indian Polity,

Economic,

Social Development,

General issues, and

General Science

Comprehension,

Interpersonal Skills,

Logical reasoning,

Decision, General

Mental Ability,

Basic numeracy,

Data interpretation

Nature of Exam

The score will be considered for Cut-off

Qualifying Nature- Candidates will have to score 33% to qualify for CSAT

UPSC CSE Prelims 2023: Best Books for History

Name of the book

Author/ Publishing House

NCERT (Ancient & Medieval) for XIth & XIIth

NCERT

Concise History of Modern India

Sujata Menon

NCERT (Ancient & Medieval) for XIth & XIIth

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Concise History of Modern India by Sujata Menon

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UPSC CSE Prelims 2023: Best Books for Geography

Name of the book

Author/ Publishing House

Geography NCERT (VIth – XIIth)

NCERT

Geography World Atlas

World Atlas

NCERT (VIth- XIIth)

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World Atlas

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UPSC CSE Prelims 2023: Best Books for Indian Polity (Civics/ Political Science)

Name of the book

Author/ Publishing House

NCERT (IX to XII)

NCERT

Constitution of India

P.M. Bakshi

NCERT ( IX to XII)

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Constitution of India by P.M. Bakshi

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UPSC CSE Prelims 2023: Best Books for Economics

Name of the book

Author/ Publishing House

NCERT (XI)

NCERT

Indian Economy

Nitin Singhania

NCERT (XI)

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Indian Economy by Nitin Singhania

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UPSC CSE Prelims 2023: Best Books for International Relations

Name of the book

Author/ Publishing House

NCERT (XII) Contemporary World Politics

NCERT

Current Affairs

(Times of India, The Hindus, etc.)

NCERT (XII) Contemporary World Politics

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Current Affairs (Times of India, The Hindus, etc.)

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UPSC CSE 2023: Best Books for Prelims (Paper-2) (CSAT)

Name of the book

Author/ Publishing House

Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual

Tata McGraw Hill

Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning

Dr. R.S. Aggarwal

CSAT Manual

Pearson

Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual

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Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by Dr. R.S. Aggrawal

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Pearson CSAT Manual

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Note:- Areas of logical reasoning and Mental Ability have higher difficulty levels.

After qualifying for the Prelims, a total of 9(2 of which are optional and the rest are compulsory). Theory papers are conducted afterward.

The exam is solely theory-based and hence demands rigorous hard work combined with patience and smart work.

  • Compulsory Papers
    1. General Science (GS)
    2. Essay
    3. English
    4. Indian Language
  • Optional
    1. Social Science
    2. Science
    3. Language
    4. Others (engineering & medical)

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