UPSC Prelims Booklist

upsc prelims books list

If you are preparing for UPSC Prelims, and want to know which books you need to read, below is the list of books that you will need to clear Prelims.

Note: The most important part of UPSC exam is its syllabus and there is a need to take an in-depth look at it. Click here to view the UPSC Prelims syllabus.

Below is the list of recommended Booklist for UPSC Prelims:

Indian Polity

Indian Polity by M Laxmikant

Readers may also refer:

Subhash Kashyap – Our Constitution at Work


DD Basu

Indian History

Bipin Chandra’s India’s Struggle for Independence


Indian History – Spectrum Modern India, Rajiv Ahir

Readers may also refer:

Plassey to Partition by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay


NCERT- Class 6th to 10th

Current Affairs

Art & Culture

Indian Culture ‘s Spectrum Book

CCRT Website


Downtoearth website

Current Affairs


Go Cheng Leong – Certificate Physical & Human Geography

Indian geography NCERT books 11th & 12th


TMH Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

Economic Survey, published by The Finance Ministry, Govt. of India


Apart from these, Honesty, Hard work and Discipline is required.

Join a good test series, if this is your first attempt. If you do not want to join a Test series, then here is what you can do: If you have a good peer group, try to get test papers from market and practice it at home. Then check and compare score amongst each of you.

Finally, Work hard but enjoy the process 🙂





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  • ForumIAS

    If you have time, you can!

  • Rakesh Khanna

    Sir,do we need to read India ear Book 2017 for Prelims?If yes, which chapters?Pls. suggest!

  • ForumIAS

    If you have time, you can.

  • Ubermensch

    I have completed NCERT (Class XI and XII) of economics. I have done eco survey and budget.
    Is it wise to touch Ramesh Singh now ?

  • ForumIAS

    Thanks crab.

  • sebastian the crab

    thanks @forumias-7f07ca326ce76cdde680e4b3d568bce8:disqus 🙂

  • ForumIAS


  • ForumIAS

    You can stick to the older edition. No problem.

  • curious atom

    Kindly compare spectrum history 2016 edition with 2015 edition. New edition contains many new topics and even content of older chapters are slightly modified. I am in dilemma whether follow the new edition or stick to older one.

  • ForumIAS

    Good luck for Prelims Flash!

  • Flash

    Thanks for listing the resources….I have most of these…when finished will order others..

  • Flash


  • ForumIAS

    Lol.. Thanks.

  • Surya

    FORUMIAS should change its name as” FOURAN IAS”.
    Note :- FOURAN( in hindi it means jaldi and in English it mean Quick)

  • ForumIAS

    Good luck 🙂

  • Aspirant-upsc

    Thank u sir

  • ForumIAS

    Thanks Vinil!

  • Vinil Sivan

    Right guidance….:) @Forum IAS