To excel in any field one should have strong basics. The same applies to the Civil Services Examination. The basics here are the NCERTS from 6th standard to 12th standard.  Even if you strong in basics it is recommended to go through the NCERTS at least once to brush up your concepts. Note: The books are available for free download on the NCERT Official Website.

For Polity & Governance:

  • Indian Polity by Laxmikanth

  • Introduction To The Constitution Of India by D.D.Basu

  • Our Constitution by Subhash Kashyap

  • Governance in India by M Laxmikanth

  • SELECT CONSTITUTIONS  by Anup Chand Kapur, K K Misra

For Geography:

  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong

  • Indian and World Geography by Majid Hussain

For Economy: 

  • Indian Economy  by Sanjiv Verma or Ramesh Singh

  • Indian Economy: Performance and Policies by Uma Kapila

For History:

Ancient History:

  • India's Ancient Past  by R.S. Sharma

Medieval History:

  • A History of Medieval India by Chandra Satish

Modern History:

  •  A Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir
  • India's Struggle For Independence by Bipin Chandra
  • From Plassey To Partition and After by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay

Post Independence:

  • India since Independence by Bipin Chandra
  • India After Gandhi The History Of The World’s Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha

World History:

  • History of the World by Arjun Dev
  • Mastering Modern World History (Palgrave Master Series) by Norman Lowe

For Environment:

  • Environment and Ecology - Biodiversity, Climate Change and Disaster Management by Majid Husain

  • Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains – by Khuller and Rao 

For International Relations:

  • Challenge And Strategy : Rethinking India's Foreign by Rajiv Sikri

  • International Relations by PEU GHOSH

For Art & Culture:

  • Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania

  • Facets of Indian Culture by Spectrum

For Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude:

  • Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude for IAS General Studies  Paper IV by Niraj Kumar

  • Ethics for Governance : Reinventing Public Services by B. P. Mathur

  • Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination by Subba Rao

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