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Best Books to Prepare for UPSC IAS (Prelims & Mains) 2022

Best Books to Prepare for UPSC IAS (Prelims & Mains) 2022

We have prepared a list of the Best Books to Prepare for UPSC IAS (Prelims & Mains) 2022 to ease the burden of aspirants. The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Examinations are conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

It is considered as the toughest Competitive Exam in India to crack with a less than 1% success rate, after qualifying for the exam, the aspirants are then groomed to serve as Bureaucrats.

It is conducted in three phases;

  1. Preliminary Examination (IAS PRELIMS)

  2. Main Examination (IAS MAINS)

  3. Interview

All of them are conducted in offline mode and require different strategies.  Leave about the tough examination protocols, even the preparation phase is also exhausting.

As the syllabus is vast and huge, books have another important role to play besides strategies and planning.  Here’s a list to ease the burden and save time for the goodwill of aspirants.

Best Books for IAS Prelims Examination( Stage-1)

Two papers are conducted for two hours each with Multiple Choice Questions only.

Best Books for IAS Prelims Paper-1 ( General Science)

  • Best History Books for IAS Prelims

(1)

NCERT (Ancient & Medieval) for XIth & XIIth

NCERT (Ancient and Medieval) XIth and XIIth

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(2)

Concise History of Modern India by Sujata Menon

Concise History of Modern India by Sujata Menon

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  • Best Geography Books for IAS Prelims

(1)

NCERT (VIth- XIIth)

NCERT Geography(VIth- XIIth)

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(2)

World Atlas

Geography World Atlas

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  • Best Indian Polity (Civics/ Political Science) Books for IAS Prelims

(1)

NCERT ( IX to XII)

Indian Polity NCERT ( IXth- XIIth)

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(2)

Constitution of India by P.M. Bakshi

Constitution of India by P.M. Bakshi

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  • Best Economics Books for IAS Prelims

(1)

NCERT (XI)

Economics NCERT XIth

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(2)

Indian Economy by Nitin Singhania

Indian Economy by Nitin Singhania

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  • Best International Relations Books for IAS Prelims

(1)

NCERT (XII) Contemporary World Politics

NCERT XIIth (Contemporary World Politics)

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(2)

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

Current Affairs (Times of India, The Hindus).

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Best Books for IAS Prelims (Paper-2) Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)

(1)

Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual

Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual

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(2)

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

Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning – R.S. Aggrawal

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(3)

Pearson CSAT Manual

Pearson CSAT Manual

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

Best Books for IAS Mains Examination (Stage-2)

After qualifying the Prelims, a total of 9(2 of which are optional and 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
    • General Science (GS)
    • ESSAY
    • ENGLISH
    • INDIAN LANGUAGE
  • Optional
    • Social Science
    • Science
    • Language
    • Others (engineering & medical)

Best Books for IAS Mains Paper 1

  • Best History, Indian Heritage, & Culture Books for IAS Mains

(1)

Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania

Indian art and culture by Nitin Singhania

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(2)

India Since Independence by Bipan Chandra

India after Independence by Bipin Chandra

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(3)

History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra

History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra

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  • Best Geography Books for IAS Mains

(1)

World Geography by Majid Hussain

World Geography by Majid Hussain

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(2)

Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT (XI)

Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT XIth

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  • Best International Relations and Polity Books for IAS Mains

(1)

International Relations by Pushpesh Pant

International Relations by Pushpesh Pant

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(2)

Introduction to the Constitution of India by D.D. Bose

Introduction to the Constitution of India by D.D. Bose

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  • Best Economics Books for IAS Mains

(1)

Challenges to Internal Security of India by Tata McGraw Hill

Challenges to Internal Security of India

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(2)

Environment and Disaster Management by Tata McGraw Hill

Environment and Disaster Management by Tata McGraw Hill

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  • Best Ethics Book for IAS Mains

(1)

Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude for Civil Services by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudhary

Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude for Civil Services by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudhary

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  • IAS Mains Best Book for English

(1)

Compulsory English by A.P. Bhardwaj

Compulsory English by A.P. Bhardwaj

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Considered as the best reference guide with precise explanations and ample questions for grasping the concepts. 

  • Best Essay Book for IAS Mains

(1)

The Vault of Essay by Yagya Nand JhaThe vault of Essay by Yagya Nand Jha

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The book will suffice for almost all the topics for the essays with precise points and proper writing etiquettes as well.

So, here we would like to end our list of the Best Books to Prepare for UPSC IAS (Prelims & Mains) 2022. If you have any queries then let us know in the comments section.

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