UPSC Prelims 2021 Books

Important Books for UPSC Prelims Books

UPSC Prelims 2021 Books | As far as UPSC prelims goes, you do not have to do all questions but you have to do all such questions that majority of students have attempted. Additionally, in order to prepare peacefully you need to feel secured about clearing prelims exam by some margin, hence you need atleast 10-15 more marks than tentative cut-offs.

The general trend in recent years UPSC Prelims Examination that there were a number of current affairs related questions on subjects like geography & economy, instead of basic theory questions. Hence, the books that you read need to be updated. So books that do get regularly updated have reduced significance in examination.

However, books provide a structured understanding of topics & so their utility cannot be neglected.  In this page, we have streamlined strategy along with few important books to follow for UPSC Civil Services Prelims examination in English Medium.

UPSC Prelims 2021: Books for History

A. Books for Ancient History

Book NameDownload / Buy
NCERT- Ancient History by R. S. SharmaDownload Free PDF  (Eng.)
India’s Ancient Past by R.S. SharmaCheck Amazon

B. Books for Medieval History

Book NameDownload / Buy
NCERT – Medieval History by Satish ChandraDownload FREE PDF (Eng.)
History of Medieval India (800–1700 AD) by Satish ChandraCheck Amazon

C. Books for Modern History

Book NameDownload / Buy
NCERT- Modern History by Bipin ChandraDownload FREE PDF(Eng.)
India’s Struggle for IndependenceCheck Amazon
Spectrum – A brief history of Modern India See Amazon

D. Books for Post Independence History

Book NameDownload / Buy
India Since Independence (1947 – 2000) by Bipin ChandraAmazon

E. Books for World History

Book NameDownload / Buy
NCERT – The Story of Civilization (Part II) by Arjun DevDownload FREE PDF(Eng.)
NCERT – Contemporary World History Class XIIAmazon

F. Books for Art, Culture & Heritage

Most part of ‘Culture’ section overlaps with Ancient and Medieval History and so will be covered in above books. However, if one wants to refer special book then:

Book NameDownload / Buy
Indian Art & Culture by Nitin SinghaniaSee Amazon

UPSC Prelims 2021: Books for Geography

A. Books for Geography

Book NameDownload / Buy
NCERT – Fundamental of Physical Geography Class IXSee Amazon
NCERT – India Physical Environment Class XISee Amazon
NCERT – Fundamentals of Human Geography Class XIISee Amazon
NCERT – India People & Economy Class XIISee Amazon
Certificate Physical And Human Geography by G C LeongSee Amazon

B. Map books & Atlas

Book NameDownload / Buy
School Atlas – Orient Black SwanSee Amazon
or Oxford student AtlasSee Amazon
India Physical Map PosterSee Amazon
World Physical Map PosterSee Amazon
Maps of India for practise & notes-makingSee Amazon

C. Books for Environment & Ecology

Book NameDownload / Buy
Environment by Shankar IASSee Amazon

UPSC Prelims 2021: Books for Polity

A. Books for Indian Polity

Book NameDownload / Buy
NCERT – Constitution of India at Work (Class XI)See Amazon
Indian Polity by Laxmikant See Amazon
Constitution of India PosterSee Amazon

B. Books for Government Schemes

Book NameDownload / Buy
Vision IAS – Government Scheme Module (Search latest)See Amazon
Yogana Magazine
India Year BookSee Amazon

UPSC Prelims 2021: Books for Economy

A. Books for Economics & Indian Economy

Book NameDownload / Buy
NCERT – Class 9 to 12See Amazon
This – Indian Economy by SRI RAM IASSee Amazon
or – Indian Economy by Ramesh SinghSee Amazon
Current Year – Economic SurveySee Amazon

Books for Science & Technology

Book NameDownload / Buy
NCERT – Class 6 to 12See Amazon
Science Reporter Magazine

Books for Current Affairs

Book NameDownload / Buy
Not RecommendedNewspapers, Websites

Books for CSAT Preparation

Book NameDownload / Buy
General Studies Paper II for UPSC Preliminary Examination by Tata McGraw Hill orSee Amazon
A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R.S. AggarwalSee Amazon
Cracking the CSAT Paper-2 by Arihant ExpertsSee Amazon
The Mantra of CSAT Paper II by Gautam PuriSee Amazon

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