UPSC Books - Best IAS Books For UPSC Civil Services Exam 2022

The IAS exam or any civil service exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). It is not only a highly reputed and prestigious examination but also the toughest examination in the country. UPSC Prelims 2022 is going to be held on the 5th of June, 2022.

The Multiplicity of study materials is available in both online and offline modes. And, aspirants should always go for the best books. Toppers recommend starting preparations with NCERT books, and then they suggest moving forward to the standard reference books. Suggestions for the best books can vary from candidate to candidate according to their expertise, understanding, and their knowledge of the subjects. 

I’m sharing the details of the Best IAS Books for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2022 listed by the experts: 

Recommended UPSC CSE books for IAS Prelims  -

The total number of papers in prelims are two - (GS 1 and CSAT) both are of objective type with negative marking. 

The best books for IAS Prelims are: 

1. History - 

  • India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra
  • Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania
  • NCERT XI (Ancient & Medieval)
  • NCERT XII (Modern Indian History)
  • A brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir (Spectrum)

2. Indian Polity - 

  • Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth
  • Class- IX-XII NCERT

3. Geography - 

  • Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong
  • Class - VI – X NCERT (Old Syllabus)
  • Class-  XI, XII NCERT (New Syllabus)
  • World Atlas (Orient Black Swan)

 4. Economics - 

  • Indian Economy by Nitin Singhania
  • Indian economy by Vivek Singh
  • Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri
  • Class- XI NCERT

 5. International Relations - 

  • Current Affairs (Newspaper)

 6. CSAT - 

  • Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R S Aggarwal

Recommended UPSC CSE books for IAS Mains - 

After clearing the Prelims candidates reach the mains stage. And the mains paper is the subjective type. There are a total of 9 theory papers in UPSC 2022 out of which two will be optional subjects. 

The best-recommended books for IAS Mains paper are given below: 

1. History, Indian Heritage & Culture (GS Paper 1) -  

  • Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania
  • India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
  • India after Independence by Bipan Chandra
  • History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra
  • Ancient India by R.S Sharma
  • Class -  XII NCERT(Contemporary World Politics)

 2. Geography (GS Paper 1) -  

  • Geography of India by Majid Husain
  • World Geography by Majid Husain
  • World Atlas (Orient Black Swan)
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G C Leong
  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11

 3. Polity & International Relations (GS Paper 2) -  

  • Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth
  • Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu
  • International Relations: Pushpesh Pant

 4. Economy ( GS Paper 3) - 

  • Indian Economy – Nitin Singhania
  • Environment and Disaster Management – Tata McGraw Hill
  • Challenges to Internal Security of India – Ashok Kumar

 5. Ethics(GS Paper 4) -  

  • Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudary

 These are the best and top recommended books for both IAS Prelims and Mains paper. Apart from knowing the details about the best books, study patterns and revisionstartegy are also important.