Best Books for UPC Prelims

  1. Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations by M. Laxmikanth (Polity)


This book is noted for its popularity and thoroughness which is worth each subject and has been a constant success for many years. It is imperative for anyone who is interested competitive examinations and the civil services examination.

  1. Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania. (Culture) 


It includes the syllabus of Indian Heritage and Culture. The author has offered an ample information on the Indian art, paintings, music, and architecture in virtue of more than a few pictures and diagrams. The content is also provided with a plenty of questions that will be an advantage to the number of aspirants preparing for the examination.

  1. Oxford School Atlas by Oxford Publishers. (Geography) 


This book takes into the account of 200 clear and clear-cut maps with 94 thematic maps of India supported by charts and diagrams. The atlas comprises exhaustive physical and political maps related to India, new and informative preliminary pages, and extensive handling of fundamental thematic subjects like climate, natural vegetation, wildlife, agriculture, minerals, industry, demography, human development, environmental concerns, and natural hazards.

  1. Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong. (Geography) 


Elementary details of most topics that comprise of physical and human geography have been covered in an easy to understand language, with many photographs, illustrations, and maps offering a detailed explanation, wherever required. Be it climate change, types of natural vegetation, mountain chains, deserts, climatic patterns, glaciers, minerals or other natural phenomena, Certificate Physical and Human Geography is an ordinary book to acquire a knowledge from.

  1. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh. (Economy) 


This book is packed with knowledge and provides a good insight into the topics related Economy. It brings an inclusive text, with thorough exposure of all topics in the UPSC Preliminary and Main syllabus. The book is a successful product envisaged in bestselling performance.

  1. Economic Survey by Ministry of Finance. (Economy) 


Economic Survey by Ministry Finance is the most dependable and apprised source of data focusing on India’s economy. Economic Survey categorizes across-the-board tasks and gives reviews on policy and performance of the government.

  1. India Year Book (Current Affairs) 


India Year Book written by the Publication Division of the Indian Government is equipped with the convincing gathering of the abundant data regarding current affairs of the country, which includes important personages, state policy, public systems and important data linked with demographics, trade, economy, and others. Remaining as a government publication, the information accessible is reliable that is also used as a recommendation basis by researchers, media, and reputed publications.

  1. A Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir (Modern India) 


This book makes a go of the happenings that formed the event after the deterioration of the Mughal empire and the upsurge of East India Company and the arrival of British rule in the country. The important events are India’s first war of independence in 1857 to achieving freedom in 1947. It can be understood by those who are well read and learner. It has been prepared with the outline that is pretty adaptable. If you lack the time, and not able to complete Modern Indian by Bipan Chandra or India’s Struggle for Independence, then, you must not fail to grasp this book.

  1. General Studies Paper 2 Manual by MHE (CSAT) 


The book is a creation of MHE which relies upon on the given syllabus and pattern of the examination. The content is synchronized with the syllabus. Due to its germane theory and practice material, it has become the necessity. The content is distributed into the stipulated syllabus bringing seven wide-ranging section. An eighth section is meant to practice questions.

  1. NCERT Books 


Lastly, NCERT books are most suggested books by all toppers. Bring together NCERT books for all Humanities subjects from standard 6-12.