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Top 10 Must-Read Books for IAS Preparation

Every candidate who is preparing for the UPSC exam will always search for the best books for IAS Preparation in the current-day market...

Written by Abhinash Chaudhary · 6 min read >
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Every candidate who is preparing for the UPSC exam will always search for the best books for IAS Preparation in the current-day market to learn and clear the exam. The reason why the candidate is searching only for the top books is that they know only the top publisher books will only have the standard author notes inside the book the better results. If you are also one such individual always prefer to choose the quality books to readout for your UPSC exam, then you are at the right place.

As a candidate, when you search on the search engines to get the list of Must-Read IAS Books for  UPSC exam preparation, you will find hundreds of books to purchase. Do you think those kinds of websites which are showing the hundreds of IAS Exam preparation books can help you? Definitely no, because all those books shown in the lists will be from the local or cheap author publication.

Why need to choose Must-Read Books?

Many candidates who are all starting to prepare for the IAS examination first time will have no idea about the quality of the books, so they go and purchase some cheap books to start the training for the IAS exam. This is one of the big mistakes new aspirants do in common, so if you are a newbie reading this article, then it’s time to wake up.

Only the Must-read books available for the IAS exam preparation will only help every candidate to clear the examination in an easy way. These must-read books will have the updated syllabus with the proper explanation from the experienced teachers for better understanding. Any student who prepares with the first-quality books will crack the exam even in the first attempt.

How a Quality Book Helps the IAS Aspirants?

Each and every mark is very crucial for the IAS exam preparation, so aspirant who is preparing for the IAS exam will also look for every possible way to score more. Although hard work from the aspirant is the key to clear the exam, quality books from the standard publications will give hands to the students to score more.

In the standard author books, you can find previous year solved questions and answers, sample questions and answers, the complete guide for the prelims and mains exam, and much more inside one book.

Also, the books will be easy to understand because of the simple language uses, so a candidate will find it easy to study without any one’s help from day one.

To help you in the best way, here we bring you the Top10 Must-Read Books for IAS exam. If you want to clear the exam in the first attempt, then these books will surely help you.

List of Top 10 Books for IAS Exam Preparation

  1. India after Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha
  2. NCERT books: The Complete Package
  3. Indian Polity by Laxmi Kanth:
  4. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  5. Introduction to the Constitution of India by D.D. Basu
  6. India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
  7. 2nd ARC Reports
  8. The Wonder That Was India by AL Basham
  9. Majid Hussain – Indian Geography
  10. IGNOU material on Disaster Management

# 1 India after Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha:

Without knowing the Indian Politics from the beginning, it is not easy to understand the other concepts. This book gives readers the connection in Indian Politics which is playing the biggest role over the years. When you take the most number of history books, the content will not have any connection with our modern India, but Ramachandra Guha has written the book well which explains from the olden days to modern India.

Every reader will get a clear idea about how the country India has completely changed after getting independence. This book consists of 900 pages in total, so candidates cannot complete the reading in one sitting. Reading one chapter in a week will help everyone.

# 2 NCERT books: The Complete Package

No matter whatever books you refer to or wherever you go for the IAS exam coaching preparation, the NCERT Books are the must one to have in your books list when you start to prepare for the exam. 

Reading NCERT BOOKS alone cannot help you, so when you read other books, read the NCERTs in parallel during your exam preparation. For example, if you are reading the geography subject, read the relevant NCERTs available. Make sure you do not mix up too many subjects in a single day.

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# 3 Indian Polity by Laxmikanth:

Polity is one of the toughest subjects to get into, so every IAS exam aspirant should read this book by Laxmikanth. If you need to clear your exam with good marks, then you need this book for sure in your books list. The writer Laxmikanth wrote in a simple way for every reader to understand easily, so reading this book will help you learn the Polity in the best way. 

Make sure Laxmikanth’s book alone cannot help you clear the exam, but if you allocate at least three weeks in your total time to complete this book, then surely you will get the idea about how to sense the answer for the polity question. Try to read this book very early during your preparation.

# 4 Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

Indian Economy book is one of the most comprehensive in the current day market. Students need to learn Ramesh Singh’s book like the same way they handle Laxmikanth’s book. If you are a student preparing for your IAS exam, try to complete studying this book at the earliest so that when you start to read the newspapers, you will get a good sense of the subject. You can either download this book from any book website or from the nearby bookshops.

# 5 Introduction to the Constitution of India by D.D. Basu

After you study everything about the history, economy and polity subjects, then you can jump a little deeper to know more. You can do this by choosing the Introduction to the Constitution of India book written by D.D. Base to study more.

This book will help you to know more about how the constitution of India took shape and also about some of the important constitutional issues. Do not read this book so fast because understanding the information is very important. If possible note down the key points to recall it later.

# 6 India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra

This book will fall under the must-read books list for the UPSC exam preparation, so you need to surely read this before attending your IAS exams.  This book gives the entire details about Modern Indian History and Bipin Chandra wrote this book in an excellent way, so any reader will find it very interesting to read. Do not forget to memorize the explanations for the various events to recall it in the exam.

# 7 2nd ARC Reports

One of the finest ways to get immersed in the policymaking world is possible with the 2nd ARC Reports book. Every candidate after understanding the basic concepts in the political and economic side, reading this book will help them to think about how to change the country with the new plan and systems.

Make sure you understand each and every issue discussed in the book very well. After you understand the chapter’s concerns, try to develop your own recommendations for the issues after you know the chapter’s affairs.

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# 8 The Wonder That Was India by AL Basham

You will come to know some lovely things about our Country India. AL Basham wrote this book in a prolific way with the detailed pieces of information about the beautiful ancient history. As an IAS aspirant, you will feel proud to be an Indian while reading this book. Reading this book along with the spectrum culture book will help candidates in the best way.

In the spectrum culture book, mark the syllabus areas and try to identify the portions covered in the AL Basham’s book. While you prepare for your exam with this book, largely concentrate on the arts and cultural aspects.

# 9 Majid Hussain – Indian Geography

The reason every IAS aspirant needs to read this book is it was very well prepared than the NCERT BOOKS. This book will turn out to be a precious one among the books you buy because it contains all the important characteristics and problems of India’s geographical landscape in a methodical and complete manner.

Some of the important topics covered in the books are different types of resources in India, various types of irrigation, cropping patterns followed in India, the complete transport and free distribution system available in modern society and food security. Students who are all preparing for the IAS exam must read this book quickly.

# 10 IGNOU material on Disaster Management

In addition to the list of other books, you should also have this book in your books list for better results in the IAS exam. This book explains well about the Natural disasters, environmental emergencies, complex emergencies, and Pandemic emergencies, so every reader will understand how the disaster is affecting a country and how to make the management steps to control it with the possible ways.

Read out the management techniques slowly so that you will get deep knowledge about the topics.

Well, we have now come to the end. All the Top 10 must-read books for IAS preparation mentioned above will help you during your preparation. If you study and understand each book (without ignoring the newspapers) properly, then you will easily get a chance to clear the prelims, mains exam, interviews and beyond.  All the best!

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Written by Abhinash Chaudhary
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