10 Non-Fiction Books Every IAS Aspirant Should Read Beyond The Syllabus

10 Non-Fiction Books Every IAS Aspirant Should Read Beyond The Syllabus

It is no secret that the UPSC syllabus is vast like an ocean and you can’t get every drop of it. There is a lot of amazing non-fiction books that every IAS aspirant should read. This wouldn’t just give the insight into the deep understanding of things around you but also helps you in the preparation of UPSC syllabus.

Preparation of IAS exams is not an easy task and it is natural, that you may get boring sticking to the same books every day. So, for a change, it is a good idea that you should also read some non-fictional books apart from your syllabus to see things from a different perspective besides exams. We have some suggestions for you. Try reading them and giving your reviews about how you find these books in the comment section.

1) The Google Story

Google is the best and top search engine today. Whatever comes in your mind, you search on Google. The book is written by David Vise and Mark Malseed that take you the journey of the company from its foundation to fame. This book tells the readers to know about the real founders of Google, Google’s an inside culture which makes it different from other companies around the world, and all the relevant information about Google. It is written in the English language and published in 2005.

2) A Brief History of Time

One of the best seller book that takes you to travel the time while learning important concepts like Cosmology, Light Cones, Quantum Physics, Big Bang, and much more. The book is penned down by the great writer, Stephen Hawkins. The book also throws light on the power of ‘God’ and its limitations.

3) India After Gandhi - The History of the World's Largest Democracy

Ramchandra Guha beautifully describes the picture of India after Mahatama Gandhi. A few academic syllabi cover the topic of what happened to India post-independence but this is the book that answers all your questions. The book explains the economic, political, and religious conditions of India and the rise of the nation from the zero to zenith.  

4) A Short History of Nearly Everything

This is the book that explains the logic through science. The book by Bill Bryson educate the readers about the fundamentals of general science in an interesting way. This book also explains time through Big Bang theory and Quantum of Physics. What makes it engrossing to the readers is the story of the discoverers like Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton.

5) Losing my Virginity: The Autobiography

At the end of reading this book, you will for sure not afraid of committing mistakes. Richard Branson amazingly advocates committing mistakes because it gives you important lessons in life. According to Richard, If you want to get something fruitful from life, you should not afraid of taking chances and doing mistakes.

6) Memoirs and Musings of an IAS officer

This book tells you about the early story of IAS in India when the nation was struggling to find its identity as a developing country in the world. The author of the book, Shri K. V. Natarajan, who is the former Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh, portrays its journey and work in the state and transformation of Sikkim from the Himalayan Kingdom to an independent Indian State.

7) What Young India Wants

It is quite a popular book from Chetan Bhagat which is about growing India, its culture, and changes in the education system and the brief about the ideas of him that he wants to see in the country. It is worth reading as every young people in India can relate himself to the book.

8) I Do What I Do

The book is written by the scholar, and the former Governor of Reserve Bank of India, Mr. Raghuram G. Rajan. He describes the past, current, and prospective economy of India, the changes needed and how we can head towards the better and shining India.

9) The Great Indian Novel

Shashi Tharoor, an Indian politician and the author of the book has written this piece in a satirical way on the story of Mahabharat. The unique part of this novel is Shashi Tharoor recasts and resets the great Hindi epic in terms of Indian independence and the decades after independence.

10) As I See By Kiran Bedi

The first woman IPS of the country, Kiran Bedi, is writing about the issues of India, the inspirations, and the things that fascinate her about India. The book is writing in a straightforward style that makes the readers connect them with the book on a daily basis. The sole purpose of Kiran Bedi is to highlight the endless social and ethical issues in India hoping that the readers will bring some change that is needed for the betterment of the country.