Best Books civil services exam

Yashwant Kale General, UPSC 2 Comments

Best Books for civil services exam

The internet is cluttered with advice about best books for civil services exam or which books to follow for the civil services exam but based on personal experience, here’s a compiled comprehensive list of all books that will come in useful.

Make your own notes

It is better to make notes because studying directly from a book is not always advisable as it makes hurried revisions next to impossible. So it is always best to make notes from one standard book and in case of any doubts later on, to refer to the same book again for gaining clarity.

Avoid too much books

It is important to not get immersed in a range of books as it would lead to confusion. Since, current affairs is a dynamic portion and cannot be prepared from a single textbook, its is important to read newspapers on a daily basis and make notes on important schemes of the government and national and international issues that are in limelight. Reading newspapers also helps in developing viewpoint and opinions that will come in handy and useful while writing the essay paper. It is important to realize that while the standard subjects can be prepared quickly from books, current affairs and news items are more like a marathon race and unless an aspirant has been in touch with such topics on a daily basis, it is impossible to cover it in a short span of time. This is why daily revision is essential.

Important Books to Refer

Polity (Constitution):

D.D. Basu or Laxmikanth or Subhash Kashyap. Any of the books are more than enough. In addition, a raw text of the constitution could also be downloaded.


Goh Cheng Leong is the standard textbook and for basics, NCERT Class twelve books should be used first. A good Atlas. In addition, Majid Hussain’s Geography of India is also a value book. In addition, General Principles of World Geography by Charles Farro.


Use NCERT, Class 10 level and Class 12 level. Environment has become a very important section in recent times. E.P.Odum’s book on ecology is very useful.


Spectrum series and Bipin Chandra. History of Modern India by


Dutt and Sundaram or Mishra and Puri and Pratiyogita Darpan An Evolution of Indian Economy by I.C. Dhingra is also a good book.

Current Affairs:

The Hindu newspaper,
Frontline Magazine and Internet for daily news.


NCERT and Elementary Statistics by

Other Resources:

Tata Mcgraw Hill Guide, India Year Book, Manorma Year Book, Journal of Peace Studies, Yojana, Economic Survey, Business Standard.

Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning:

R. S.Aggarwal

Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency: Tyra and Kundan


P. N. Roy Chowdhury, G. Subba Rao

Essay Paper:

No standard textbook as such is required. Reading news, magazines can help in developing opinions.

Language Papers:

Wren and Martin for English grammar.

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