best study materials for IAS Preparation

What are the best study materials for IAS Preparation?

Books and study materials for IAS are considered inextricably important for completing the IAS preparation. That’s the reason IAS Toppers and teachers lay stress on reading the best available books/ study materials in the market both online and offline. The basic ideas or concepts are similar in all the books but the application of the concept makes all the difference, hence some books are considered as the best books.

The main issue that a lot of new comers might face is to do selection of the appropriate or best study material which is quite relevant and effective for IAS preparation. If qualifying UPSC Prelims is your immediate goal, we are sure that this post would definitely help you a lot. So, here we have listed the best study material for IAS Preparation that can surely help you to prepare well and qualify the exam. 

Note: Most of the recommended books are useful for UPSC Civil Services Main exam as well.

Best Study Material - Useful For IAS Preparation (Prelims and Mains)

We have prepared a list of must-read books for IAS Exam which have also been suggested by the IAS Toppers of the last few years. These books have helped them immensely during their IAS preparation and enabled them to score maximum marks in all the phases of IAS Exam. Suggested books in this write-up have a good coverage of topics related to UPSC IAS Exam syllabus.

UPSC IAS Preliminary Preparatory Book

UPSC IAS Mains Preparatory Books

NCERT Books on Geography, Science, Economy, Biology and Chemistry from class 6-12th

History of the Modern World – Rao or Jain and Mathur

History of Modern India – Bipin Chandra

Indian Heritage, Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society

20 years IAS Prelims (CSAT) General Studies Solved Papers

India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy – R. Guha

The Wonder that was India –A L Bhasham

Social Problems in India – Ahuja

Indian Economy – Dutta & Sundaram/Mishra & Puri or Ramesh Singh

Governance in India – Laxmikanth

India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipin Chandra

Governance for Growth in India – APJ Abdul Kalam

India Year Book

India’s National Security – Bajpai, Pant

Manorama Yearbook

Internal Security and Disaster Management

Indian Polity – Laxmikanth

Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

Geography of India – M. Hussain

Challenges to Internal Security of India

Environmental Studies from Crisis to Cure – Rajagopalan

News Paper

History of Medieval India – S. Chandra

UPSC Previous 10 year question paper

Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains – Khullar


India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma


Economic Survey of India


Science & Technology – A. Singh


Indian Art & Culture – Singhania


News Pape



IAS aspirants are advised not to go for a large number of books for any subject, as the exam is all about your attentive thinking about world. They should go for standard books and study materials only. More than this, candidates are recommended to focus on to revise those standard books again and again rather than going for another new study material.