Best Books for UPSC prelims 2020 suggested by Toppers

Best Books for UPSC prelims 2020 suggested by Toppers

In this article you will know about books for UPSC prelims which is suggested by toppers. Many of aspirants confused that which books is better and which books are not. The region is that too much or less of study material will equally create challenges in UPSC preparation.

Moreover, choosing the right sources and revision of these resources is the most crucial part of your UPSC preparation. Otherwise, everyone is reading from some source or the other.

The basic rule to decide: You have to reach the common ground of what other toppers know and read. Hence, keep it simple and easy. Plus you should finish your GS preparation to optimum so that more time can be given to your Optional.

Always keep in mind that-

Your aim is to clear the exam,NOT become a scholar in the exam

Books for UPSC Prelims

Download/Buy all textbooks which are given below-

Geography

  • NCERT Social Science, Class 6th (New) ‘The Earth Our Habitat’
  • NCERT Social Science, Class 7th (New) ‘Our Environment’
  • NCERT Social Science, Class 8th (New) ‘ Resource and Development’
  • NCERT Social Science, Class 9th (New) ‘Contemporary India’
  • NCERT Social Science, Class 10th (New) ‘Contemporary India-Part II’
  • NCERT – Class 11th (New)
    • Fundamentals of Physical Geography
    • India physical environment
  • NCERT – Class 12th (New)
    • Fundamentals of Human Geography
    • India – People and Economy

Atlas: Oxford School Atlas (for India) and/or  Orient Black Swan School Atlas (for World)

  • Certificate Physical and Indian Geography – Goh Cheng Leong (Text Book)
  • OLD NCERT Geography – Class 11th and 12th  (Reference Book)

NEWSPAPER: THE HINDU/THE INDIAN EXPRESS

MAGAZINE: YOJANA and KURUKSHETRA 

books for upsc geography

Economy

  • Class IX – ECONOMICS
  • Class X  – UNDERSTANDING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  • Class XI –  INDIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • CLASS XII – INTRODUCTORY MACROECONOMICS

  • CLASS XII – INTRODUCTORY MICROECONOMICS 

INDIAN ECONOMY – RAMESH SINGH      / 

THE INDIAN ECONOMY – SANJIV VERMA

  • INDIA YEARBOOK
  • ECONOMIC SURVEY
  • BUDGET
  • ARC (REPORTS)
  • PIB
  • NEWSPAPER
  • MAGAZINES

History

  • India’s Ancient Past- R.S.Sharma
  • History of Modern India – Satish Chandra
  • A Brief History of Modern India- Spectrum
  • History Of Modern India – Bipin Chandra
  • Past year questions paper

Art and Culture

  • Nitin Singhaniya
  • NIOS Notes/11th NCERT for fine Arts/Spectrum
  • CCRT website

Environment

ENVIRONMENT FOR UPSC

Polity

  • Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth

upsc book

Science and tech

  • NCERT Class 6-10 (Science)
  • Current affairs
  • Newspaper
  • Internet
  • Science reporter Magazine

CSAT

  • Solve Mocks
  • Previous year papers
  • A book by Arihant Publication
  • Reasoning – R.S. Aggrawal

Other resources

  • THE HINDU NEWSPAPER
  • THE INDIAN EXPRESS NEWSPAPER
  • PIB
  • PT365 OF VISION FOR CURRENT AFFAIRS
  • Geography through maps
  • Test Series

You will able to crack this exam only if your basic concepts are 100% clear because only then You will able to understand the current affairs as per UPSC  requirement, Hence, read very well NCERTs books.

Important point of books for UPSC prelims

M Laxmikanth

  • It is great book for Indian Polity
  • This book is very thick
  • You do not read polity from any other source if you refer this book

A Brief History of Modern India: Rajiv Ahir

  • Read page by page this book
  • Focous on very concise summary
  • No need to read- India’s struggle for independence
  • History of Modern India by Bipin Chandra (you can refer) but neglect Bipin Chandra if you cover the NCERTs well

NCERT

  • Class 6-10th (All relevant like social science,science etc.)
  • 11th and 12th ( Read almost everything on social science books and selective reading of science like last 4 chapters of 12th class biology NCERT)

India after Gandhi or India since Independence

  • Extremely selective reading
  • Don’t read page by page

Certificate physical and Human geography: GC Leong

  • Good book on solid theoretical background
  • Part-1 is much more important
  • Part-2, Read the first two chapters i.e. Weather and Climate

Atlas: Oxford or Black Swan

  • Extremely crucial book for maps
  • Do go through all the maps at least once before exam.
  • Almost most aspirants ignore this portion but it is crucial in your preparation( Remember)

Indian economy by Sanjiv Verma or Ramesh Singh

  • If you have too much time then you read Ramesh Singh, NOR read only Sanjiv Verma
  • Sanjiv Verma is 33% of Ramesh Singh(in page point of view)

Economic Survey

  • First of all refer latest edition of economic survey
  • Give 3-4 full days and read page by page
  • Make copious notes

Lexicon or G. Subba Rao: Ethics

  • Lexicon is just half of Subba Rao and can be finished in 4 days
  • If you have time, go for Subba Rao

Also Read....

Now It’s Your turn

I really hope you enjoyed my books for UPSC prelims guide.

And now I’d like to hear from you.

Which books from today ’s you going to read first?

Either way, let me know by leaving a quick comment below.

Share this:
Close Menu