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Revision is the key to success”  that line you always hear from all the toppers of UPSC CSE. So there comes a question from where we should read? What are the essential books that every UPSC CSE topper read from?

By analyzing all recommendations given by toppers specifically Akshat Jain, tried to make a list of those books. These books we have here applicable for both UPSC CSE Pre as well as Mains. Most of the topics are covered from NCERT Books for UPSC and then we have some books by best authors of the industry.


6TH-12TH NCERT covers the fundamental as well in-depth studies of HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, POLITICAL SCIENC, ART & CULTURE and ECONOMY. You prefer Old NCERT or New, doesn’t matter. But some books which were previously available and now discontinued will be sure on the list.

As we know the NCERT Books for UPSC and all NCERT books for all classes are designed by dedicated Authors Experts Researchers and Professors of various reputed institutions like IIMs IITs DU JNU IISc. They are so well designed that anybody can grasp basic to advanced knowledge with ease. Very strict to syllabus and not a single useless sentence, that is the reputation NCERT Books are known for. The above NCERT Books for UPSC is specially prepared as per the recommendations of toppers. You can download each books pdf from above links.

Specific authors’ books are available in offline as well online marketplace. Once you completed basics from NCERT books for UPSC then only go for these advanced books. Always purchase latest editions as they contain current data or scenario of some topics. Don’t change your book list in the mid of your preparation period. We suggest to follow toppers list of resources. There are many books in the market to attract you. As far as UPSC CSE 2021 is concerned the books we mention here will be of latest editions as per December 2020. But confirm the edition by yourself once, when you buy.

wdt_ID Book Name Author Buy
1 Indian Polity (6th Edition) M Laxmikant Buy
2 The Indian Economy (with Budget 2020-21) Sanjiv Verma Buy
3 Spectrum Aadhunik Bharat Ka Itihas (25th Edition) Rajiv Ahir Buy
4 Indian Art & Culture (3rd Edition) Nitin Singhania Buy
5 Bhartiya Kala Evem Sanskriti (3rd Edition) Nitin Singhania Buy
6 Bharat Ki Rajvyavastha (6th Edition) M Laxmikant Buy
7 Spectrum A Brief History Of Modern India (25th Edition) Rajiv Ahir Buy
8 Bhartiya Arthavyavastha (with Budget 2020-21) Sanjiv Verma Buy
9 Bharat Ki Aantrik Suraksha Mukhya Chunautiya (3rd Edition) Ashok Kumar Buy
10 Challenges to Internal Security of India (3rd Edition) Ashok Kumar Buy

After getting all the books stick to this Book list including NCERT books for UPSC. Analyze previous paper and syllabus. Revise repeatedly-make notes. For various reports and current affairs follow government official sources. For video tutorials you can rely on Unacademy and other app/sites. If you want full strategy to score higher watch numerous YouTube videos available on UPSC Toppers. Never forget to purchase mock tests.

NCERT Books for UPSC are repeatedly described by Toppers in many interviews. We tried to provide you those information with appropriate links of books and e-books. these books for UPSC will lead you to your success.


Ajay Boudh as the administrator of the site is providing all E-books and other solutions helpful for exam aspirants.