UPSC Books – Best Books for UPSC IAS Prelims and Mains Exam

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The IAS Exam is a very difficult exam to crack. The syllabus and paper pattern of this exam is very diverse and tough. It takes place in three stages – The Prelims, The Mains, and The Personality Test. The Prelims is objective in nature while The Mains is subjective in nature.

It is important to prepare well for both the exams no matter what their nature is. Many of the topics in their syllabus coincide but need a different approach to study. There are many reference books available in the India Market for UPSC Aspirants to prepare.

But because of a wide variety, candidates often get confused. Therefore, we have compiled a list of UPSC Books for Prelims and Mains to make your preparation process smoother. Here is the list of UPSC Books divided to according subject.

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UPSC Prelims Reference Books

UPSC Prelims History Books

  • India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra
  • Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum
  • NCERT VI – XII

UPSC Prelims Geography Books

  • Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong
  • NCERT VI – XII
  • World Atlas

UPSC Prelims Indian Polity Books

  • Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth
  • NCERT IX – XII

UPSC Prelims Economics Books

  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  • Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri
  • NCERT XI

UPSC Prelims International Relations Books

  • NCERT XII 
  • Current Affairs

UPSC Prelims CSAT Books

  • Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual
  • CSAT II – Arihant
  • Verbal & Non Verbal Reasoning – R S Aggarwal

UPSC Mains Reference Books

UPSC Mains History and Geography Books

  • An Introduction to Indian Art Part 1
  • India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
  • India after Independence by Bipan Chandra
  • History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra
  • Ancient India by R.S Sharma
  • Geography of India by Majid Husain
  • World Geography by Majid Husain
  • World Atlas
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G C Leong
  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11

UPSC Mains Polity Books

  • Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth
  • Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu
  • India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri

UPSC Mains Economics Books

  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

UPSC Mains Ethics Books

  • Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudary

UPSC Mains Optional Reference Books

UPSC Mains History Optional Books

  • Ancient India by Upinder Singh
  • History of India by Romila Thapar
  • Ancient India by Prof. R.S. Sharma
  • The Wonder That Was India by A.L. Basham
  • A History of South India by K.A. Nilkantha Sastri
  • The Agrarian System of Mughal India 1556by1707 by Irfan Habib
  • Ashoka & Decline of the Maurya by Romila Thapar
  • The Mughal Empire by J.F. Richards
  • Indian Feudalism by R.S. Sharma
  • The Wonder That was India (Volume.2) by S.A.A. Rizvi
  • Material culture & Social Formation in Ancient India by R.S. Sharma
  • Urban Dynamics by H.C. Verma
  • Medieval India by Satish Chandra
  • Medieval India by Satish Chandra
  • Anatomy of the Raj by Suhash Chakravarty
  • Peasant Movements in India byD.N. Dhanagare
  • Freedom Struggle by Bipan Chandra & others
  • The Raj Syndrome by Suhash Chakravarty
  • Gandhi byB.R. Nanda
  • VAID’s Fundamentals of History Series
  • Gandhi by Judith Brown
  • Constitutional History by Pravin Kumar
  • India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
  • Freedom Struggle by Pravin Kumar
  • Modern India (Macmillan) by Sumit Sarkar
  • Administrative History by Pravin Kumar
  • Modern India by Bipan Chandra
  • Social History by Pravin Kumar
  • Age of Capital by E.J. Hobsbawm
  • Age of Empires by E.J. Hobsbawm
  • Age of Revolution By E.J. Hobsbawm
  • Contemporary World History (NCERT) byArjun Dev –
  • Europe Since 1815 byW.C. Craig
  • Europe Since 1870 byJames Joll
  • Europe Since Napoleon byDavid Thompson
  • Industry & Empire byE.J. Hobsbawm
  • The social basis of Democracy & Dictatorship byB.J. Moore
  • The story of Civilization, Vol. 2 (NCERT) byArjun Dev

UPSC Mains Geography Optional Books

  • A Geography by Population – R.C. Chandna
  • Agricultural Geography – Majid Husain
  • Climatology – D.S.Lal
  • Economic and Social Geography – Made Simple – R.Knowles & J.Wareing
  • Economic Geographyby Hartshorne & Truman A
  • Environmental Awareness – R.C.Chandna
  • Environmental Geography – Savindra Singh
  • Environmental Geography – H M Saxena
  • General Climatology – Critchfield
  • Geomorphology – Savindra Singh
  • Human Geography byMajid Husain
  • Oceanography By Sharma & Vatal, NCERT
  • Evolution of Geographic ThoughtbyMajid Husain
  • Physical Geography – Made Simple – Richard H Bryant
  • Physical Geography – Savindra Singh
  • Introducing Physical Geography – Alan Strahler
  • Physical Geography in Diagrams byBunnett
  • Political Geography byR.D.Dixit
  • Principles of Geomorphology by WD. Thornbury
  • Regional Planning in India – Chand & Puri
  • Urbanization & Urban Systems in Indiaby R. Ramachandran
  • A Geography of India byGopal Singh
  • Agriculture Geography – Majid Husain
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong
  • Economic and Commercial Geography of India – C.B. Mamoria
  • Economic and Commercial Geography of India – Sharma & Coutinho
  • Economical and Commercial Geography of India – C.B. Mamoria
  • Environmental Awareness – R.C.Chandna
  • Environmental Geography – Savinder Singh
  • Environmental Geography – Saxena
  • Geography of India – Majid Husain
  • Geography of Population By R.C.Chandna
  • Hindu’s Survey on Agriculture
  • Human Geography – Majid Husain
  • India Disasters Report
  • Oxford School Atlas – Oxford
  • Modern Political Geography of India – B.L. Sukhwal
  • Regional Planning in India – Chand and Puri
  • Urbanization and Urban Systems in India – R. Ramachandran
  • Environmental Geography – Saxena

UPSC Mains Mathematics Optional Books

  • Dynamics, Statics and Hydrostatics – M. Ray
  • Differential Calculus – Shanti Narayan, PK Mittal
  • Analytic Geometry – Shanti Narayan, DK Jha, HC Sinha and Sharma
  • Differential equations:by Golden series – NP Bali
  • Vector Analysis – Shanti Narayan, PK Mittal
  • Linear Algebra – K.C. Prasad, K B Datta
  • Linear Programming & Theory of Games – SD Sharma
  • Algebra – K C Prasad, KB Datta
  • Mechanics & Fluid dynamics – Azaroff Leonid, AP Mathur
  • Complex Analysis – GK Ranganath
  • Real Analysis – H.L Royden
  • Ordinary & Partial Differential Equation – M.D. Raisinghania
  • Introductory Methods of Numerical Analysis – SS Sastry
  • Statistical Mechanism – Carson Horg
  • Problems in Calculus of One Variable – I. A. Maron
  • Coordinate Geometry – R. L. Soni
  • Mathematics Dictionary –  RC James
  • Differential Equations – Schaum Series (Frank Ayres)
  • Textbook of Coordinate Geometry – Rai Ballabh
  • Analytical Solid Geometry – Shanti Narayanan, PK Mittal
  • Text Book on Differential Calculus – Gorakh Prasad
  • Linear Algebra – Finite Dimensional Vector Spaces – Sharma and Vashishta
  • Schaum’s Outline of Matrices – Frank Ayres
  • Matrices – A R Vashistha
  • Modern Algebra – A. R. Vashistha
  • Operations Research – Kanti Swarup, PK Gupta, Man Mohan
  • Algebra – J. N. Sharma and S. N. Goyal

UPSC Mains Polity Optional Books

  • An Introduction To Constitution By Dd Basu
  • An Introduction To Political Theory By O.P Gauba
  • Fifty Major Political Thinkersby Ian Adams And R W Dyson
  • A History Of Political Thought: Plato To Marx – Subrata Mukherjee And Sushila Ramaswamy
  • An Oxford Companion To Politics In India By Niraja Gopal Jayal And Pratap Bhanu Mehta
  • Foundations Of Indian Political Thought By V.R Mehta
  • A New Look At Modern Indian History By B.L Grover And Alka Mehta
  • India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra
  • Indian Government And Politics – B L Fadia
  • India’s Foreign Policy – V P Dutt
  • International Organizations By Spectrum Books Publication
  • International Relations – V N Khanna
  • Challenge And Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policyby Rajiv Sikri
  • Does The Elephant Dance?: Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy By David M. Malone
  • Global Politicsby Andrew Heywood
  • MPSby004 Comparative Politics: Issues And Trends By Expert Panel Of GPH

UPSC Mains Public Administration Optional Books

  • Administrative Thinkers by Prasad and Prasad
  • Indian Public Administration – Arora and Goyal
  • New Horizons of Public Administration – Mohit Bhattacharya
  • Public Administration – Fadia and Fadia
  • Public Administration In India 1st Edition – Maheshwari
  • Public Administration In India – B L Fadia
  • Public Administration – Laxmikant
  • Public Administration and Public Affairs 12th Edition – Nicholas Henry
  • Essentials Of Organizational Behaviour 10th Edition – Robbins, Sanghi and Judge
  • Pub Ad A new look by Mohit Bhattacharya
  • Public Administration: Concepts and Theories By Basu Rumki
  • UPSC Mains Anthropology Optional Books
  • Physical Anthropology – P Nath 
  • Fossil Evidence – S Das
  • Social Anthropology – DN Majumdar & T N Madan
  • Indian Anthropology – Nadeem Hasnain
  • Anthropology Theories – Makhan Jha

UPSC Mains Sociology Optional Books

  • Sociology – Anthony Giddens
  • Sociological Theory – Ritzer George
  • Sociology – Haralambos & Holborn
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Sociology
  • Sociological Thought – M Francis Abraham and John Henry Morgan
  • Political Theory – O P Gauba
  • Social Change in India – M N Srinivas
  • Caste Its Twentieth Century Avatar – M N Srinivas
  • Handbook of Indian Sociology – Veena Das
  • Indian Society and Culture – Nadeem Hasnain
  • Modernization of Indian Tradition – Yogendra Singh
  • Persistence and Change in Tribal India – M.V. Rao
  • Rural Sociology – S L Doshi
  • Social Background of Indian Nationalism – A R Desai

UPSC Mains Economics Optional Books

  • Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh
  • The Indian Economy – Sanjiv Verma
  • Indian Economy – Mishra and Puri
  • Indian Economy – R. Dutt and KPM Sundaram
  • Banking – S.B. Gupta
  • Dictionary of Economics – Graham Bannock; T.E. Baxter, Ray Rees
  • Economic Growth and Development – Mayer and Baldwin
  • Economic Survey: Twelve Five Year Plan: New Industrial Policy – Government of India
  • Economics – Paul A. Samuelson
  • Economics Choice – Koutsweanik
  • Growth and Development – M L Jhingan
  • International Economics – Bo Soderston
  • International Economics – H.G. Mannur or Salvatore
  • International Trade – Bo Soderston
  • MacroEconomic Analysis – Edward Shapiro
  • Modern Banking – R.S. Sayers
  • Monetary Theory and Public Policy – Kenneth Kurihara
  • Money Supply in India: Concepts
  • Compilation and Analysis: Functions and Working – Reserve Bank of India
  • National Income Accounting – Neethu
  • Outline of Monetary Economics – A.C.I. Day
  • Public Finance – H.L. Bhatia
  • Public Finance – K.K. Andley and Sundaram
  • The Economic Times
  • Economical and Political Weekly

UPSC Mains Botany Optional Books

  • Cell Biology by De Robertis & Ambrose and Easy or Powar
  • Cryptograms by B.R. Vasista
  • Pteridophyta by P.C. Vashishta
  • Ecology, Microbiology, Animal Behaviour, Pollution and Toxicology For B. Sc.
  • Economic botany in the tropics by S. L. Kochhar
  • Embryology Of Angiosperms By S P Bhatnagar
  • Genetics By Strickberger
  • Elements of Genetics by Dre. Veer Bala Rastogi
  • Microbiology By Powers
  • Pathology by Singh 
  • Physiology and Biochemistry by Salisbury 
  • Plant Anatomy by Esau
  • Plant Anatomy By B.P. Pandey
  • Taxonomy by R Nair
  • Systematic Botany by S C Datta

UPSC Mains Optionals Philosophy Books

  • A History of Philosophy by Frank Thilly
  • Survey of Indian Philosophy by C D Sharma
  • Indian Philosophy by Dr Daya Krishna 
  • Indian Philosophy by Dr S. Radhakrishnan
  • Existentialism: A Reconstruction by David Cooper
  • Existentialism Is A Humanism by Jean Paul
  • An Introduction to Indian Philosophy by S Chatterjee
  • A Critical Survey of Indian Philosophy By C Sharma
  • A History of Philosophy Frank Thilly
  • A Critical History of Western Philosophy by Y Masih
  • Contemporary Western Philosophy by Dr B.K. Lal
  • An Introduction to Political Theory by O P Gauba
  • Introduction to Religious Philosophy By Y Masih
  • Philosophy of Religion by John H. Hick

UPSC Mains Optionals Accountancy Books

  • Accounting Corporate Accounting – Naseem Ahmed
  • Accounting Standards By D. S. Rawat
  • Auditing Students’ Guide to Auditingby Aruna Jha
  • Income Tax book byby V.K. Singhania or Girish Ahuja
  • Cost Accounting; Theory & Problemsby Maheshwari & Mittal
  • Financial Management
  • Taxation By Income Tax, Service Tax & VAT
  • Financial Management by Khan and Jain
  • Financial Markets & Institutions
  • Indian Financial System By M.Y. Khan
  • Financial Institutions & Markets By L.M. Bhole
  • Human Resource Management By C.B. Gupta
  • Industrial Relations By T.N. Chabra and R.K. Suri
  • Dynamics of Industrial Relations By C.B. Mamoria and Satish Mamoria
  • Human Resource Management By K. Aswathappa
  • Organisation Theory and Behaviourby B.P. Singha and T.N. Chabra
  • Organization Behaviour By L.M. Prasad

UPSC Mains Geology Optional Books

  • Advancing Frontiers in Geology and Geophysics by A P Subramaniam & S. Balakrishnan
  • Ananda K. Coomaraswamy – Geology and Mineralogy
  • Concise Glossary of Geology by Mathur S.M.
  • Deccan Traverses – Making of Bangalore’s Terrain by Mathur, Anuradha & Cunha, Dilip Da
  • Delta Sedimentation by Singh, I.B. & Swamy, A.S.R.
  • Dimensions of Himalayan Geology By Biyani A.K.
  • Early Man in Eastern Himalayas by East India and Nepalby Sharma, A. K.
  • Earthquake Disaster Reduction: Masonry Buildings, Design by Arya, Anand S.
  • Encyclopaedia of Fish and Fisheries by Anand, Vishal
  • Encyclopaedia of Geo Informatics by Trivedi
  • Encyclopaedia of Geology by Washali  Yadgiri
  • Encyclopaedia of Paleontology By Sharma, Vivek
  • Foreland Sedimentation in Himalayan Tectonic Regime by V. Raiverman
  • Geologic Settings and Petroleum Systems of India’s East Coast Basins by Ravi, Bastia
  • Geological Maps By D.K. Awasthi
  • Geology and Evolution of the Indian Plate by Naqvi, S.M.
  • Glossary of Structural Geology and Tectonics By P.S. Saklani 
  • Wild India: The wildlife and landscapes of India by Guy Mountfort & Hashim Tyabji
  • Himalaya: Geological Aspect, Vol. 1 – Vol. 5
  • History and Culture of the Himalaya, 3 Volsby Gulia, K. S
  • Hydrocarbon Potential and Exploration Strategy of Cauvery Basin, India By J.N. Sahu
  • Inland Fisheries: Ecology and Management By Welcome, R. L
  • Marine Geology: A Scenario Around Indian Coastsby T.K. Mallik
  • Metallogenesis of Manganese Ores of SrikakulambyVisakhapatnam Beltby Siddiqui, F.N.
  • Mine Closureby Naresh Chandra Saxena
  • Mineral Exploration: Recent Strategies By S. Rajendran et al.
  • Poisonous Snakes By F. Wall
  • Remote Sensing and GIS for Natural Resource Management biBir Abhimanyu Kumar
  • Remote Sensing in Geomorphologyby Ramasamy, S.M.
  • Soil Chemistry: Basic Concepts By G. Bujy
  • The Evolution and Classification of Soils by Ramanan, E. & Whittles, C.L. (Tr.)
  • The Ice Age in the Indian Subcontinent and Associated Human Culture by Terra, H. De. & Paterson, T.T.

UPSC Mains Statistics Optional Books

  • An Introduction to Probability Theory & Mathematical Statistics by V K Rohatgi
  • An Outline of Statistical Theory (2 Vol.) by A M Goon, M K Gupta and B. Dass Gupta
  • Fundamentals of Applied Statistics by S C Gupta and V K Kapoor
  • Fundamentals of Mathematical Statistics by SC Gupta and V K Kapoor
  • Fundamentals of Statistics (2 Vol.) by A M Goon, M K Gupta and B Dass Gupta
  • Introductory Probability and Statistical Applications – Paul Meyer
  • Sampling Techniques by William G. Cochran
  • Sampling Theory of Surveys with applications – B. V Sukhatme & B V Sukhatme

UPSC Mains Physics Optional Books

  • A Dictionary of Physics – Goldstein
  • A Textbook of Sound – Khanna & Bedi
  • Advanced Level Physics – Nelkon & Parker
  • Any fundamental book on electrical engineering like B.L Theraja (Vol 1) or Vincent Del Toro
  • Classical Mechanics by Gupta, Kumar & Sharma – Takewale & Puranik byH.Goldstein
  • Electricity & Magnetism: D.C. TAyal, B.S. Agarwal, Griffith
  • Introduction of Electrodynamics – David Griffiths
  • EM Theory byChopra&Agarwal/Satya Prakash
  • Physics Vol I&II by David Halliday and Resnick
  • Optics – Brijlal & Subramanyam, B.S. Agarwal, Ajoy & Ghatak
  • Properties of Matter – B. Aggarwal
  • Solid State Physics byKittel
  • Special Relativity Resnick by Gupta & Goyal
  • Atomic & Molecular Spectra byRajkumar
  • Atomic Physics – J. B. Rajan
  • Concept of Modern Physics – Arthur Beiser
  • Electronics – Millman & Halkias, S. Ramnam, Ryder or Bolstead, Malvina
  • Electronics by Allen Mottershead
  • Fundamental of Magnetism electricity – D.N. Vasudeva
  • Mechanics – D.S. Mathur, B.S. Agarwal
  • Mechanics – Kleppner & Kolenkow byD.S. Mathur
  • Modern Physics – A Beiser by S.L. Gupta, B.S. Agarwal, J.B. Rajan
  • Nuclear Physics – D.C. Tayal
  • Nuclear Physics by S.B Patel 
  • Optics by Ajoy 
  • Ghatak by BS. Agarwal
  • Quantum Mechanics – A Ghatak
  • Quantum Mechanics by Ghatak & Lokanathan
  • Quantum Physics by Resnick & Eisberg
  • Statistical Physics by B.B laud
  • Thermal Physics by Satya Prakash, Singhal & Agarwal
  • Thermal Physics – Singal, Agarwal & Prakash, B.S. Agarwal, Shah & Srivastava
  • University Physics – Zemansky
  • Wave/Spl.Relatively – D.S. Mathur/Kleppner Kolenkow
  • Waves and Oscillations – Brijlal & Subramanyam, B.S. Agarwal

UPSC Mains Chemistry Optional Books

  • A guide to mechanism in organic chemistry – Peter Sykes
  • A textbook of environmental chemistry and pollution – S.S. Dara.
  • A textbook of organic chemistry – Bahl & Ba
  • A textbook of physical chemistry (Vol. – IV) – K.L. Kapoor
  • Advance physical chemistry – Gurdeep Raj
  • Advance physical chemistry – Gurdeep Raj
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry – J.D. Lee
  • An advanced inorganic chemistry – J.D. Lee
  • Extradition of metals, Principle of inorganic chemistry – Puri, Sharma, Jauhar.
  • Organic Chemistry Reactions and reagents – O.P. Agarwal
  • Principle of physical chemistry – Puri, Sharma & Pathway
  • Principles of Physical Chemistry – Puri, Sharma & Pathway

UPSC Mains Psychology Optional Books

  • NCERT Psychology XI & XII 
  • Introduction to Psychology Morgan & King
  • Systems & Theories of Psychology Krawiec & Chaplin
  • Psychology by Morgan and King
  • Psychology by Ciccarelli
  • Social Psychology Baron & Byrne
  • Theories of Personality Hall & Lindzey
  • Psychology Robert A Baron
  • Statistics for Psychology by Aron, Aron, Coups
  • Social Psychology by Robert Baron, Branscombe, Gopa Bhardwaj, Byrne
  • Tests, Measurements and Research Methods in Behavioural Sciences by A K Singh – Bharti Bhawan publications
  • Social Psychology by Robert Baron, Branscombe, Gopa Bhardwaj, Byrne
  • The Psychology of Small Groups Shaw

UPSC Mains Electrical Engineering Optional Books

  • Electromagnetic Fields & Waves By Kd Prasad
  • Energy Conversion: Ashfaq Hussain
  • Circuit Theory: Analysis and Synthesis By A. Chakrabarti
  • Signals and Systems by Alan V. Oppenheim, Alan V. Willsky, S. Hamid Nawab
  • Physics of Semiconductor Devices – Simon Sze
  • Analog Electronics: J.B. Gupta
  • Digital Logic and Computer DesignbyM. Morris Mano
  • Principles of Electronics – V .K. Mehta
  • Radio Engineering – G.K. Mithal
  • Circuit Analysis – Gupta Electrical Technology – Theraja
  • Automatic Control System – Benjamin C. Kuo
  • Elements of Engineering Electromagnetics – Nannapaneni Rao
  • Electromagnetic Waves and Field – R.N. Singh
  • Control Systems Engineering – Nagrath Gopal
  • Semiconductor – Nag Choudhary
  • Integrated Circuits – D. Roy Choudhary
  • Network Analysis – Valkenburg
  • Basic Current Analysis – Murthy
  • Electromagnetic Waves and Radiating System – Jordan & Balmain
  • Modern Central Engineering – Katsuhiko Ogata
  • Microprocessors and Microcomputers By R. S Gaonkar
  • Topics in Communication Theory – David Middleton

UPSC Mains Medical Science Optional Books

  • Human Anatomy—B D Chaurasia
  • Embryology from I B Singh;
  • Human Physiology– Ganong; Guyton and A.K. Jain book
  • Biochemistry– by U. Satyanarayana book.
  • Pathology– Robbins, and Cotran
  • Textbook of pathology by Harsh Mohan
  • Essentials of Medical Pharmacology by KD Tripathi
  • Illustrated Reviews Pharmacology byLippincott
  • Microbiology– D R Arora
  • Medical Parasitology by D R Arora
  • Ananthanarayan and Paniker’s Textbook of Microbiology
  • Essentials of Forensic medicine and Toxicology by Dr. K S Narayan Reddy
  • Park Textbook of Preventive and Social Medicine by K Park
  • General Medicine textbook of medicine by S N Chugh
  • Medicine: Prep Manual for Undergraduatesby George Mathews
  • Emergency medicine by S N Chugh.
  • Manipal Manual of Surgery By K. Rajgopal Shenoy
  • Clinical surgery by S Das.
  • Pediatrics– Essential pediatrics by O P Ghai, Paul and Bagga.
  • Practical Aspects Of Pediatrics By Dr. Mayoor K Chheda
  • Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases by Dr. Neena Khanna.
  • Textbook Of Obstetrics by D.C. Dutt

UPSC Mains Agriculture Optional Books

  • Fundamentals Of Agricultural Extension Education by U Barman
  • A Text Book of Agricultural Statistics R. Rangaswamy
  • Agronomy – Yellamanda Reddy
  • Entomology – Vasantha Raj & David
  • Genetics By B.D.Singh
  • Handbook Of Agriculture byICAR
  • Introduction To Horticulture – Kumar
  • Physiology – Pandey & Singha
  • Plant Breeding by BD. Singh
  • Soil Science – D.K Das Or Brady
  • Special Issue of Agriculture by The Hindu
  • The Hinduby Survey Of Indian Agriculture

UPSC Mains Mechanical Engineering Optional Books

  • Thermodynamics – R Yadav
  • Theory of Mechanics – S S Rattan
  • Heat Conversion – Arora and Domkundwar
  • Heat Transfer – Gupta Prakash
  • Heat and Mass Transfer – R. Yadav
  • Theory of Mechanism and Mechanics – Jagdish Lal
  • Principles of Manufacturing Material & Process – Campbell
  • Fundamentals of Classed Thermodynamics – Van Wylen
  • Environmental Pollution Control Engineering by CS Rao
  • Mechanics of Solids – Popru
  • Energy Conversion – Sukhamoy
  • Surveying and Levelling – T P Kanetkar
  • Manufacturing Science – Ghosh and Malik
  • Manufacturing Science – R K Jain
  • Manufacturing Technology – P N Rao
  • Production Management – R K Jain

UPSC Mains Civil Engineering Optional Books

  • Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics – Irving Herman Shames
  • Strength of Materials By Prof. S. Ramamrutham
  • Mechanics for Engineers by B Johnson
  • Structural Analysis By C. K. Wang
  • Limit state design of steel structures: S K Duggal
  • Design of steel structures: N Subramanian
  • Engineering Mechanics – McLean
  • Limit State Design – Ram Chandra
  • Soil Mechanics – K.R. Arora
  • Fluid Mechanics – Modi and Seth
  • Surveying – Punmia
  • Strength of Material – V. N. Vazaram
  • Basic and applied Fluid MechanicsbyGarde
  • Theory of Structure: Volume II – Vazirani and Ratwani
  • Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering – A Singh and K R Arora
  • Strength and Materials by UC. Jindal
  • Introduction to Mechanics of Solids – Crandall, Stephen, Lardner, Thomas
  • Engineering Hydrology – K. Subramanya
  • Irrigation Engineering – S.K. Garg
  • Strength of material – Gere and Timoshenko
  • Concrete Technology – M.S. Shetty
  • R.C.C. – Syal and Goyal
  • R.C.C.  – A.K. Jain
  • Steel Structure – L.S. Negi
  • Prestressed Concrete – N. Krishna Raju

UPSC Mains Zoology Optional Books

  • Modern Zoology by Ramesh Gupta
  • Organic Evolution by Veer Bala Rastogi
  • Ganong’s Review of Medical Physiology
  • Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology
  • Cell Biology by CB Powar
  • Genetics by PK Gupta
  • Modern Textbook of Zoology – Invertebrates by RL Kotpal
  • Modern Textbook Of Zoology: Vertebrates by RL Kotpal
  • Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry – David L Nelson
  • An Introduction to Embryology by AK Berry
  • Ecology And Environment by PD Sharma
  • Applied & Economic Zoology by VB Upadhyay and GS Shukla
  • Animal Behaviour by Reena Mathur

UPSC Mains Law Optional Books

  • International Law by SK Kapoor
  • Our Constitution – Subhash C. Kashyap
  • The Constitution of India  – PM Bakshi
  • An Introduction to Public International Law – S. K. Verma
  • Introduction to the Constitution of India – D.D Basu
  • Constitution of Indiaby VN Shukla
  • International Law – Malcolm N Shaw
  • Administrative Law – I.P. Massey
  • Indian Penal Codeby KD 
  • Gaur Mercantile Law – R.K. Bangia
  • Jurisprudence – P.K. Tripathi and Dias
  • Criminal Law – P. S. Atchuthen Pillai.
  • Indian Penal CodebyRatanlal and Dhirajlal
  • Principles of Mercantile Lawby Avtar Singh
  • Law of Tort – Autochthon Pillai
  • Indian Contract Act Specific Relief Act by Pollock & Mulla

UPSC Mains Animal Husbandry Optional Books

  • A guide on forest Entomology – Regupathy
  • A Textbook Of Animal Husbandry by G C Banerjee
  • Advanced Animal Nutrition By D. V Reddy
  • Agricultural Economics By S Subba Reddy
  • Animal husbandry & veterinary science by T.N. Palanivelu
  • Animal Husbandry by Gyan Deep Singh, Anmol Publishers
  • Animal Physiology By K. A. Goyal, Rastogi Publishing
  • Animal Physiology by Kavita Juneja, Anmol Publishers
  • Basics Of Animal Physiology by Monalisa Kar, Anmol Publishers
  • Biotech’s Dictionary Of Animal Husbandry – Daya Publishing
  • Biotechnology Expanding Horizons – B D Singh, Kalyani Publishers
  • Essentials Of Plant Breeding by Phundan Singh, Kalyani Publishers
  • Fundamentals of Agriculture Volume 1 by Arun Katyayan, Kushal Publications
  • Fundamentals Of Agriculture Volume 2 by Arun Katyayan, Kushal Publications
  • General Agriculture by Muniraj S Rathore, Jain Brothers
  • Handbook Of Agriculture – ICAR
  • Handbook Of Animal Husbandry by Manoj Kumar Rai
  • Horticulture At A Glance Volume II by A S Salaria, Jain Brothers
  • Indian forestry by K. S Manikandan and S. Prabhu
  • Introduction To Agriculture – A K Vyas, Jain Brothers
  • Milk And Milk Products Technology by Subhash Biswas, Jaypee Brothers
  • Principles Of Agronomyby Yellamanda Reddy, Kalyani Publishers
  • Principles Of Animal Nutrition & Feed Technology By D V Reddy, Oxford
  • Principles Of Genetics & Animal Breeding by F H KHAN, Jaypee Brothers
  • Textbook Of Animal Diseases by Ashok Kumar, Sonali Publication

Conclusion

This was the complete list of UPSC Books that you must look at to improve your final score. They are mostly accessible in all parts of the country either online or offline. If you are a UPSC Aspirant then you must look at this article to choose your reference for this exam.

It will be better to do one book at a time to avoid mixing up of ideas and confusion. We hope that this list proves helpful for you and your score. 

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