UPSC Books - Best IAS Books For UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 | Dr Nirmal Ouseppachan IAS | Prelims | Mains

Confused about choosing best books for civil service preparation. Here is UPSC topper Dr. Nirmal Ouseppachan IAS sharing a list of best books for UPSC preparation. Even Though the list is arranged on the basis of Mains exam, the books prefered here will be useful for prelims exam as well. All books are not mandatory. Please watch the video for better clarity.

1. General Studies - Paper 1

Indian Heritage and Culture
  • An Introduction to Indian Art Part 1: Textbook in Fine Arts for Class XI
  • NIOS Books- class 11 and 12 Art and culture
Apart from these you can refer following sources for more information:

History of India
  • History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra
  • NCERT Book - Class 6 to 12

  • Tamil Nadu Board Textbooks - Class 11 and 12 
Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.

World History

Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India

  1. Social Problems in India – Ram Ahuja

  2. Vikaspedia -


 General Studies- Paper 2


International relations


2nd ARC site and 2nd ARC report

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General Studies -Paper 3

Economic Development



  • NCERT - Class 11 unit 4 and 5

  • NCERT - Class12 unit 7 to 16

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