30+ Best UPSC IAS Books Review Form Toppers For Exam Preparation

In this article, we have given information about important books for the preparation of Civil Services (UPSC IAS) Examination here. Most teachers and UPSC (IAS) Toppers are also advised to read these books. We analyzed the interview videos of various top topped candidates in UPSC (IAS) and gave the summary of the book list mentioned by them in Tabular Format. For your convenience, we have also provided direct Amazon links here, through which you can read the reviews of these books.

    30+ Best UPSC IAS Books Form Toppers For Exam Preparation

    1) The Government of India – Civil Seva Evam Anya Rajya Parikshao Hetu |   6th Edition (Hindi)- UPSC Book

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     The Government of India Book Review:-

                      The book presented – “The Government of India” is definitely read by the candidates of all the states’ examinations, except for the civil service examinations. In this book, the subject matter is presented in a comprehensive and detailed manner with contemporary issues, so that it can be used for undergraduate and postgraduate students, research goals, Be able to make a very valuable contribution in fulfilling the needs of educational experts and can also prove useful to the general readers who are interested in the political, civil and constitutional issues/matters of the country. Six new main chapters are included in this edition. All the chapters provided in these have been revised and revised based on new data and events.


    1. Thorough consideration of Indian polity and constitutional activities, incorporating 80 chapters and 16 appendices.

    2. Re-arranging of the chapters according to the latest syllabus of the examination.

    3. Complete analysis of recent developments, constitutional interpretation, judicial activism/activism and judicial review on Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh

    4. Appropriate adjustment of revised prior years questions and practice questions based on the preliminary and main examinations of the Civil Services.

    5. One stop solution for the students of Civil Services, Law, Political Science and Public Administration.

    6. Six new chapters:

    Goods and Services Tax Council

    National Backward Classes Commission

    National Investigation Agency

    National disaster management

    Working of Regional Parties

    Shared / coalition government

    2) Certificate Physical And Human Geography; Indian Edition- UPSC Book

     Certificate Physical And Human Geography; Indian Edition Book Review:-

    This book is an indispensible tool for preparing core concepts of physical geography for Civil Services Preliminary Examination. Gives a lucid and crystal clear explanation of concepts. Presentation is excellent. –Anirudh Shandilya on Sep 20, 2011

    fantastic book for developing physical geography gyan. good for civil services. people complaining that it is very old version (1974 edition) so it is and thats why it is so cheap. it doesnt matter that its Bombay or Mumbai or USSR or Russia as this book deals with physical geo not the political one – Abdul Ahad Siddique on Nov 19, 2013

    It is a must buy book for getting hold of geography concepts. It is rich in diagrams, illustrations and case studies. It has always been favorite with geography toppers and also’for’general studies. In prelims geography carries considerable weight especially environmental geography which this books covers quite nicely. –vinay onJun 11, 2012

    3) Indian Art and Culture for Civil Services and other Competitive Examinations- UPSC Book

    Indian Art and Culture for Civil Services and other Competitive Examinations Book Review:-

    McGraw-Hill is proud to present third edition of their bestseller “Indian art and Culture” by Nitin Singhania, third edition. This book offers comprehensive and latest information covering the broad field of knowledge on Indian art, paintings, music and architecture for the aspirants of Civil Services Preliminary and Main Examinations.

    Apart from two new chapters and one appendix, the chapters have been enriched with details to make it more focused and comprehensive. There are questions at the end of each chapter which will help students prepare for the examinations.


    ✔All new four colour edition

    ✔Comprehensive 4 sections: Visual arts, Performing arts, Culture of India and Appendices

    ✔New chapters on Buddhism and Jainism & India through the eyes of foreign travelers

    ✔New appendix on Current affairs related to Indian Art and Culture

    ✔Videos related to the chapters available through QR codes

    ✔Keywords in every chapter highlighted in color

    ✔Updated Previous Year Questions and Answers of UPSC Preliminary and Main Examination

    4) 25 Years UPSC IAS/ IPS Prelims Topic-wise Solved Papers 1 & 2 (1995-2019) (Old Edition)- UPSC Book

     25 Years UPSC IAS/ IPS Prelims Topic-wise Solved Papers 1 & 2 (1995-      2019) (Old Edition) Book Review:-

    The thoroughly revised and updated 10th edition of Disha’s bestseller “UPSC IAS/ IPS Prelims topic-wise Solved Papers 1 and 2 (1995-2019)” consists of past years solved papers of the General Studies Paper 1 and 2 distributed into 8 units and 52 topics. The book has been empowered with unique inputs/ articles by one of the most esteemed faculties for IAS – mrunal on ‘understanding the IAS exam and strategies to crack the Prelim and Main exam’, how to attempt the IAS main exam questions?, how to write essays for GS IV main exam, along with solutions to 2017-19 exams. The book provides unsolved Mains papers from 2013-18, divided topic-wise. The book also provides list of essays divided topic-wise from 1993-2018.The strength of the book lies in the Errorless detailed solutions. The book is 100% useful for both the General Studies Papers (1 and 2) of the Prelims/ CSAT.

    5) 26 Years UPSC IAS/ IPS Prelims Topic-wise Solved Papers 1 & 2 (1995 – 2020) 11th Edition- UPSC Book

    26 Years UPSC IAS/ IPS Prelims Topic-wise Solved Papers 1 & 2 (1995 – 2020) 11th Edition:- Book Review

    I got it at Rs. 340 and delivery charge of Rs. 40. The only dissatisfaction is that damaged part at the below portion but it’s not creating any problem as i have covered the book. Just go for it👍👍👍 and also it doesn’t have hard cover as shown in the picture but its absolutely okk. I wanted to give 5 stars for book but minus 1 is for the inappropriate delivery / damaged book

    The thoroughly revised and updated 11th English edition of Disha’s bestselling book “26 years UPSC IAS/ IPS Prelims topic-wise Solved Papers 1 & 2 (1995 – 2020)” Consists of past years solved papers of the General Studies Paper 1 & 2 distributed into 8 units and 52 topics.

    6) India’s Struggle for Independence: 1857-1947- UPSC Book

    7) Challenges to Internal Security of India (Third Edition)- UPSC Book

    8) Indian Economy Key Concepts | Sixth Edition (English)- Upsc Book

    9) Bharatiya Kala Evam Sanskriti – For Civil Services and Other State              Examinations (3rd Edition, Hindi)- Upsc Book

    10) 7 Years UPSC IAS/ IPS Mains General Studies Papers 1 – 4 Year-wise          Solved (2013 – 2019)- Upsc Book

    11) Encyclopedia of General Science for General Competitions- Upsc Book

    12) Indian Art and Culture- Upsc Book

    13) Indian Economy for Civil Services, Universities, and Other                            Examinations | 12th Revised Edition- UPSC book

    14) [6800 MCQs] Objective General Science based on Previous Papers for UPSC and State PSC exams- upsc book

    15) Governance in India | 3rd Edition | For Civil Services Preliminary (GS -I) and Main (GS – II) Examinations-upsc book

    16) Bharat Evam Vishwa ka Bhugol – Civil Seva/Rajya Pariksha Hetu Ek Safal Margdarshika | 5th Edition- upsc book

    17) Indian Economy for Civil Services, Universities and Other                            Examinations (11th edition)- UPSC Book

    18) Important Judgments that Transformed India: For UPSC Civil Services Examination

    19) Indian Economy Key Concepts | India Porulatharam – Mukkiya                    Karuthukal | 6th Edition (Tamil)

    20) 24 Years UPSC IAS/ IPS Prelims Topic-wise Solved Papers 1 & 2 (1995-2018)

    21) Indian Economy:- UPSC BOOK


    23) Introduction to the Constitution of India

    24) Fundamentals of Essay and Answer Writing:-UPSC BOOK

    25) Vishwa Ka itihas: For civil services main examination (Hindi)

    26) Geography of india – 9th Edition:-UPSC BOOK

    27) Indian and World Geography For Civil Services Preliminary and Main Examinations | 5th Edition:-UPSC BOOK

    28) 25 Varsh UPSC IAS/ IPS Prarambhik Topic-wise Solved Papers 1 & 2 (1995-2019) (Hindi) (Old Edition)

    29) IAS Mains Chapterwise Solved Papers General Studies 2019-1997

    30) Governance in India:-UPSC BOOK

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