Best UPSC Books for Mains📚

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The students who clear the UPSC prelim exams appear in the Mains examination. UPSC Mains exam includes a total of 9 exams which carry an average weightage of 1750 marks. To prepare well for this examination you need quality study materials. In the given blog, I will include a list of books that can be used to prepare for the UPSC mains.

List Of UPSC Books for Mains GS Papers📕

In the given table, we have stated the best books for the UPSC Mains for the GS & Optional Papers.

List Of UPSC Books For Mains GS Papers

Subject Mains Paper UPSC Books Direct Amazon Link
Indian Heritage & Culture
GS Paper 1Ancient India by RS SharmaHistory of Medieval India by Satish Chandra

India after Independence by Bipan Chandra

India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
Ancient India

India after Independence

India’s Struggle for Independence 
GeographyWorld Geography by Majid Husain

Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11
World Geography

Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11
Polity & International RelationsGS Paper 2Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth
Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu
Indian PolityIntroduction to the Constitution of India
EconomyGS Paper 3Indian Economy – Nitin Singhania

Environment and Disaster Management by Tata McGraw Hill
Indian Economy

Environment and Disaster Management
EthicsGS Paper 4Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy ChaudaryEthics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination 

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Subjet-Wise Books – UPSC Mains (Optional Exam)📖

Below is the list of books that are written by the subject matter experts that can be used to prepare to excel into the examination.

List Of IAS Books For Optional Subjects

Optional SubjectsBook NameDirect Amazon Link
Agriculture BooksFundamentals Of Agricultural Extension Education by U Barman
Elements of Entomology – Vasantha Raj and David
Genetics- B.D.Singh
Fundamentals Of Agricultural Extension Education

Elements of EntomologyGenetics 
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary ScienceA Textbook Of Animal Husbandry- G C Banerjee
Agricultural Economics- S Subba Reddy
A Textbook Of Animal Husbandry

Agricultural Economics
BotanyCryptograms- B.R. Vasista
Botany for Degree Students; Pteridophyta (Vascular Cryptogams)-P.C. Vashishta
CryptogramsBotany for Degree Students; Pteridophyta (Vascular Cryptogams)
Civil EngineeringStrength of Material- Prof. S. Ramamrutham
Limit state design of steel structures: S K Duggal
Strength of Material

Limit state design of steel structures
Economics BooksThe Indian Economy – Sanjiv Verma

Indian Economy – R. Dutt and KPM Sundaram
The Indian Economy

Indian Economy
Anthropology BooksPhysical Anthropology – P Nath Fossil Evidence – S Das
ChemistryA guide to mechanism in organic chemistry – Peter Sykes
A textbook of physical chemistry (Vol. – IV) – K.L. Kapoor
Commerce & AccountancyAccounting Standards- D. S. RawatIncome Tax book by- V.K. Singhania or Girish Ahuja
Electrical EngineeringElectromagnetic Fields & Waves- Kd Prasad
Principles of Electronics – V .K. Mehta
Geography BooksA Geography by Population – R.C. Chandna
Hartshorn & Truman A
A Geography by Population
GeologyAdvancing Frontiers in Geology and Geophysics: A Volume in Honour of M.S. Krishnan- A P Subramaniam & S. Balakrishnan
Dimensions of Himalayan Geology- Biyani A.K.
History BooksA History of South India -K.A. Nilkantha SastriThe story of Civilization, Vol. 2 (NCERT) -Arjun DevA History of South India
LawInternational Law- S. K KapoorIntroduction to the Constitution of India – D.D Basu
ManagementFundamentals of Management by DeCenzo, Agarwal, Bhattacharya and Robbins
Financial Management by Prasanna Chandra
Fundamentals of ManagementFinancial Management 
Mathematics BooksDynamics, Statics and Hydrostatics – M. RayLinear Algebra – K.C. Prasad, K B Datta
Medical ScienceHuman Anatomy—B D Chaurasia
Pathology– Robbins, and Cotran
PhysicsAny fundamental book on electrical engineering like B.L Theraja (Vol 1) or Vincent Del Toro
EM Theory -Chopra&Agarwal/Satya Prakash
Political Science & International RelationsAn Introduction To Political Theory- O.P GaubaFoundations Of Indian Political Thought- V.R Mehta
Mechanical EngineeringThermodynamics – R Yadav
Theory of Mechanism and Mechanics – Jagdish Lal

Theory of Mechanism and Mechanics
Philosophy BooksA History of Philosophy by Frank Thilly
Introduction to Religious Philosophy By Y Masih
A History of Philosophy

Introduction to Religious Philosophy
PsychologyPsychology XI & XII Std NCERT
Psychology by Ciccarelli
Psychology Psychology
Public Administration BooksAdministrative Thinkers by Prasad and Prasad
Mohit Bhattacharya- Pub Ad A new look
Administrative ThinkersPub Ad A new look
Sociology BooksSociology – Anthony GiddensSociological Thought – M Francis Abraham and John Henry MorganSociology Sociological Thought
ZoologyModern Zoology by Ramesh GuptaCell Biology by CB PowarModern ZoologyCell Biology
StatisticsAn Introduction to Probability Theory & Mathematical Statistics -V K Rohtagi

Fundamentals of Statistics (2 Vol.)- A M Goon, M K Gupta and B Dass Gupta
An Introduction to Probability Theory & Mathematical Statistics

Fundamentals of Statistics

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Which books I prefer for IAS?

Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania, India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra, India after Independence by Bipan Chandra, History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra, and Ancient India by R.S Sharma are some of the good books that you can prefer for a good preparation. For more detailed information you can see the above included list.

Is Laxmikant sufficient for mains?

It is the essential source for Indian Polity and the Constitution. However, it will not be enough for the main preparation due to a lack of analysis and evaluation of the concepts.

Is UPSC mains tough?

The exam is not tough, you just need thorough preparation and dedicated studies all day and night. As the competition for this exam is way too high.

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