Must Read Books for UPSC 2018

By | April 26, 2018

Must Read Books for UPSC 2018 The UPSC notification for the Civil Services Examination is out. The candidates willing to appear for the examination are required to fill in the application form on or before 6th of March 2018. The civil services exam is considered the “Mother of all the exams”, demands a lot of preparation and consistency. The exam demands a lot of reading and writing practice. It is also essential for the candidate to be choosy while curating the booklist for the examination. The market offers a plethora of resources. If not chosen properly one might end up reading those books which are not required for completing the UPSC syllabus. With the UPSC notification out, aspirants have limited time for the preparation. In order to cover the huge syllabus and also revise before the exams, it is essential to follow a standard booklist. The aspirant must make sure that the preparation for UPSC Prelims and UPSC mains exam is integrated as most of the topics in the prelims syllabus overlap with the mains syllabus.

Read on to find out the list of books that must be read for UPSC Civil Service Examination 2018:

  1. History:
  •  Modern History:History of Modern India-Bipin Chandra-Old NCERT (1757-1857, Colonial History) and a brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir – Spectrum Publications (for National Movement).
  • Medieval India: Old History NCERT by Satish Chandra
  • Ancient India: Old History NCERT by RS Sharma
  • Art And Culture: Indian Art and Culture by NithinSinghania
  • World History: History of the World by Arjun Dev or Modern World History by Norman Lowe


  • Certificate Physical and Human by GC Leong, Geography Oxford Publication.
  • Class 6-12 Geography NCERT


  • Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth  or
  • Constitution of India by DD. Basu


  • NCERT Class 11 – Indian Economic Development
  • NCERT Class 12- Introductory Macro Economics
  • The Indian Economy by SanjeevVerma
  • Economic Survey 2018
  • Budget of 2018

Environment and Ecology:

  • National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) Environment And Ecology
  • Environment And Ecology by Rajagopalan

Science and Technology

  • Class 8, 9, 10 NCERT

Social Issues

  • Class 12 NCERTs – Indian Society and Social Change and Development in India
  • Indian Society by Ram Ahuja

International Relations

  • International Relations in the 21st Century by Pushpesh Pant (Tata McGraw Hill Publications)

Security Issues

  • Challenges to Internal Security of India by Ashok Kumar and Vipul (Tata McGraw Hill Publications)

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude:

  • Lexicon (Chronicle Publishers) and
  • Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Subba Rao and P N Roy Chowdhury

Current Affairs:

  • India Year Book
  • Manorama Year Book

It would be wiser to revise each topic over and over again from a single standard book rather than referring to multiple sources for the same topic. This would help the aspirant in remembering the facts better and also writing comprehensive answers in the Mains examination.

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