UPSC Mains Book List

Book List needed for your mains.

GS1 – History

  • New NCERTs VI-XII
  • Freedom Struggle – A brief history of modern India (Spectrum)
  • Post-Independence India – Nitin Sangwan Notes
  • World History – Vision IAS notes

GS1 – Art and Culture

  • NCERT Class XI – An introduction to Indian art.
  • Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania
  • Old NCERT Class XI – Ancient India, Medieval India

GS1 – Geography 

  • New NCERT Class VI-XII
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography by GC Leong
  • Atlas

GS1 – Indian Society

  • NCERT Class XII Indian Society and Social Change and Development in India
  • Vision IAS Current Affairs materials.

GS2 – Constitution and Polity

  • New NCERT Class VI-XII
  • Indian Polity by Laxmikanth
  • Current Affairs – The Hindu and Vision IAS Compilation
  • 2nd ARC Sixth Report – Local Governance
  • Vision IAS notes

GS2 – Governance

  • 2nd ARC Reports – 1,4,9,10,11,12
  • Vision IAS notes
  • Current Affairs – The Hindu and Vision IAS Compilation

GS2 – Social Justice

  • Current Affairs – The Hindu and Vision IAS Compilation
  • NITI Aayog – Three-year Agenda action
  • Budget and Economic survey.

GS2 – International Relation

  • The Hindu + Any Current Affairs Material
  • Editorials
  • Ministry of External Affairs Website

GS3 – Economy

  • NCERTs IX-XII
  • Indian Economy by Sanjeev Verma / Vivek Singh / Sankar Ganesh
  • Current Affairs – The Hindu and Vision IAS Compilation
  • Budget and Economic surveys (Summaries)
  • Online Websites like Investopedia and Arthapedia

GS3 – Environment

  • NCERT Biology Class XII – Last 4 Chapters
  • Shankar IAS Environment
  • Current Affairs – The Hindu and Vision IAS Compilation

GS3 – Internal Security

  • Internal Security and Disaster Management by Ashok Kumar and Vipul
  • Current Affairs – The Hindu

GS3 – Disaster Management

  • 2nd ARC Third Report – Crisis Management
  • NDMA Guidelines
  • Current Affairs – Vision IAS material

GS3 – Science and Technology

  • Vision IAS material (Only most important topics)
  • Editorials on The Hindu

GS4 – Ethics

  • A Practical Approach to Ethics Integrity and Aptitude – D.K. Balaji
  • 2nd ARC Fourth Report – Ethics in Governance
  • 2nd ARC Twelfth report – Citizen Centric Administration

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