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IAS Preparation Books 

Following are the links which have details about IAS preparation books needed for General Studies Papers and Optional papers. Apart from IAS exam preparation books, there are books recommended for Interview purpose as well. Also included are motivational books. The list has all time great books names that must be read in one’s lifetime. However, you should read them only after Mains.

These IAS Preparation books are categorised into Prelims and Mains books. There are some free e-books as well.

These books must be selectively bought and more emphasis should be on NCERT and few standard books. Apart from books, the main backbone of IAS exam preparation is understanding current issues very well. Hence, newspapers especially The Hindu is indispensable.

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  1. Fifty books on Contemporary India – Compiled by Umesh N.S.K. (IAS)
  2. Reference Books For UPSC Civil Services Prelims
  3.  Reference Books For UPSC Civil Services Mains
  4. Books On India
  5. The 100 Best Books Of All Time
  6. Free E-Book On Ethics
  7.  Free E-Book On Indian Art and Culture
  8.  Download Yojana Magazines
  9. All Time Best Motivational Books
  10. Must Read Books For an IAS Aspirant
  11.  Book List For Public Administration Optional Subject
  12. Complete Study Material On Indian Art and Culture
  13. Free study Material For Environment, Biodiversity – Mains
  • rajesh panara

    Hi Sir,

    please can you list some magazines to read it for daily basis.

    • Read Frontline, Yojana, EPW and if possible, The Economist.

  • Deep yadav

    1) Civil services Chronicle
    2) The Hindu
    3) DD News
    4) Frontline
    5) Yojana
    6) Kurukshetra
    7) Indian express
    8) Economic and Political weekly-EPW
    9)Sci and tech – http://www.sciencemag.org, http://www.nature.com, http://www.scitechdaily.com, Science reporter, Vigyan Pragti
    10) Geography – Geography and You, http://www.censusindia.gov.in
    11) International relations – World Focus, France 24, ww.mea.gov.in
    Aapko, Apne anusar, Optional subject ko dhyan me rakhte hue magazine choose karni chahiye. Optional subject se jude Institute or research centre ke website se juda rahne chahiye.

    • UPSC

      Very Thanks


    sir books for GS paper 4 [the ethics paper] sir please reply

  • Thanks !

  • Dhaval Bhayani

    Please give me intraction for prelimary

  • Tulika

    wat abt choosing sociology as an optional subjct ? will it load more syllabus to my preparation? wht books should i opt fr this subjct ?? plz reply

  • sir, plz give me tips about how to prepare for upsc mains and give me the list of reference books

  • Sathyananda Moodya R


  • Hi Sir,
    plz, suggest me History optional Book list in Hindi Language.

    Is romila thapers book available in hindi language ?
    plz reply

  • santosh

    plz suggest books for political science optional

  • parth.cracker

    Hi could anyone please suggest me what books should I read for sociology as my optional subject and how should I prepare for current affairs there are so many magazines in the market which magazines should I choose……please help me…

  • justsaying

    Hi Insights..
    Can you please guide me about how to go about reading the reference books, i mean
    shall i make notes and learn them ? or read the book for a general understanding and underline important stuff?
    eg I’m reading India after Gandhi by R.Guha or Polity by Laxmikanth ..each line seems to be important and noteworthy is it needed to make such detailed notes..how to memorize so much stuff..
    Please guide me im in my 2nd year of preparation didnt clear pre last year..very confused wrt reference books,plus im working in hyderabad,no clear guidance 🙁
    Awaiting a reply..Thanks !!

  • Karunesh Sharma

    Link for pub ad book is not opening 404 error

  • Shubham Sehgal

    Link is not opening for the Public Ad book list.

  • rishabh dev K

    anyone with electrical engineering optional?

    • GP

      i’m thinking of it for next year

  • jhumarpatel

    plz sir, suggest

    books for anthropology optional

  • Which books are good for India’s foreign policy for basic understanding.