If you have the question “What are the books needed to clear IAS?” in your mind, we hope this post to clear all your doubts. Taking inputs from toppers, a detailed list of the best IAS books available in the market as per the latest UPSC syllabus for each subject in Prelims and Mains is given below. Aspirants may click on each link to buy books online at discounted prices. Links to free IAS online study materials are also provided in this post (see the last section). Take maximum benefit of the same. All the best!
Essential IAS Books For UPSC Prelims (Click on the links to buy online)
Additional IAS Books for UPSC Mains (Click on the links to buy online)
PS: Many books for UPSC Civil Service Main Exam overlap with books recommended for Prelims, except the mentioned additional books for topics like Foreign Relations, Internal Security, Ethics etc.
IAS Books for Optional Subjects and Additional Reference (Click on the links to buy online)
IAS Manuals and Previous Year Question Papers (Click on the links to buy online)
- General Studies for Civil Services Preliminary Examination – by Pearson
- General Studies For Civil Services Preliminary Examination – by McGraw Hill.
- UPSC Civil Services Prelims in 60 days – Rakesh Dwivedi. (Revision)
- IAS Prelims 23 Years General Studies Topic-Wise Solved Papers – Disha.
- IAS (Pre.) Solved Papers General Studies with CSAT Papers – Arihant.
- IAS Mains Civil Services Main Examination: General Studies Chapter-wise Solved Papers.
IAS Books in the Hindi Language
For many of the books listed above, corresponding books in the Hindi language are available in the market. Hindi medium students may check the link UPSC Books in the Hindi Language to buy online at discounted prices.
Books for Other Exams (Click on the links to buy online)
Links to UPSC Books at online Stores! (Click on the links to buy online)
Free Online Resources For IAS Prelims and Mains
ClearIAS Prelims Mock Test Series
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Tips regarding IAS book selection
- It’s not necessary to read 201-heavy-weight-books to clear IAS! But at the same time, there is no single book which covers all topics of IAS exam Prelims and Mains. Considering the competition and vast syllabus, there is no doubt that UPSC exam preparation cannot be done without some essential books.
- Quality books act as add-ons to your online preparation and help a lot in self-study. Concentrate on the recommended books mentioned on this website along with NCERT books for daily study. Use additional books as reference.
- Please note that we always try to update the list with most authentic books available in the market. But if you are running short of time to finish the syllabus before the exam, you may better focus on concise books instead of bulky ones. You can use Modern India by Spectrum (Rajiv Ahir IPS) then, which is a small book which covers almost all major points given in Modern India by Bipan Chandra. Similarly, you may just focus on Indian art and culture by Nithin Singhania IAS, for culture topics.
- ClearIAS.com publishes reviews on new IAS books in the market under our Book Review section. Publishers/authors can send us samples for review. Readers too can post the reviews about the UPSC books they bought in the comment section. That will be helpful for other aspirants for book selection.
- We keep updating this page when new books worth the time and money of candidate appear in the market. So come back to check this page again! ©ClearIAS.com
I want to become an IAS officer. So, even from now, I am putting my efforts to study well.
Young students have dreams of becoming a doctor, engineer and scientist.
But I have always wanted to become an officer and help the people. I want to become an able and honest administrator.
As you all know, competing for IAS is very difficult. One should have a thorough knowledge of world events and current affairs.
I am prepared to study hard and go through magazines and books to improve my general knowledge.
SANJEEV A. HEGDE, IV C,
Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Tripunithura.
SANJEEV A. HEGDE, IV C, Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Tripunithura.