Book List for IAS Prelims Examination

Books play a major role in cracking any of the competitive exams. Since the IAS exam is taken up at the national level, the competition becomes very tough and requires a lot of hardwork and right study material. 

Choosing the best books from a lot of books available in the market can be a time taking task. In order to make this process smoother, we have curated some of the best books for the IAS exam which will not only help you through the course of IAS preparation but it will also guide you to score the highest possible rank. 

Here is the complete book list for IAS Prelims 2020. These book lists for IAS Prelims will help you to score high marks in GS Paper 1.

Subject Must Read (NCERT) Primary Material Reference Material
  • OLD NCERTs: Ancient India RS Sharma Medieval India Sathish Chandra Modern India Bipan Chandra
  • New NCERTs: 9th to 12th Standard New NCERTs Themes in Indian History
Brief History of Modern India (Spectrum)  -
  • Geography NCERTs 6th to 12th)
  • Contemporary India (9th and 10th standard)
  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography (11th Standard)
  • India Physical environment (11th Standard)
  • Fundamentals of Human Geography (12th Standard)
  • India People and Economy (12th Standard)
Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong School Atlas - Oxford or Orient BlackSwan School Atlas
Indian Polity
  • Political Science NCERTs (11th and 12th Standard)
  • Indian Constitution at Work Politics in India Since Independence
Indian Polity - Laxmikanth -
  • Science NCERTs (6th to 12th Standard)
Hindu Newspaper Science and Tech Weekly Column (Sunday) -
Indian Economy
  • Economy 11th and 12th
  • NCERTs Micro and Macroeconomics Indian Economic Development
Indian Econmy - Ramesh Singh -
Art and Culture:
  • Art and Culture NCERTs (11th Standard)
  • Introduction to Indian Art
Indian Art and Culture By Nitin Singhania -
  • Science Biology 12th Standard
  • NCERT (Last four Chapters 13 to 16)
Shankar IAS Environment Material (Act, Policies and Convention) IGNOU Environment notes.
Current Affairs: - The Hindu or Indian Express Live Mint, Economic Times, Business Standard
Magazines - Yojana Kurukshetra Frontline Economic and Political Weekly
Year Book - India Year Book - PIB Publication

Refer: Book List for IAS optional subjects

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