• December 7, 2022

A Treasure Trove of Important Resources Required to Crack the UPSC Civil Services Exam

UPSC Civil Services Exam

There was a time when UPSC Civil Services aspirants had to leave their hometowns and shift to cities like Delhi for Civil Services preparation. But today, things are different. With the emergence of the internet, edutech companies, and e-commerce platforms, resources that are essential for the UPSC exam are easily available and accessible. Aspirants from small towns and villages now have a choice to decide if they really want to shift to different metropolitan cities to prepare for the IAS exam.

Resources ranging from books, study materials, UPSC Previous Year Question Papers, mock tests etc are available online. There is no dearth of study materials anymore and this has also precisely become a problem for aspirants. There are so many books and study materials available on e-commerce websites, that it becomes difficult for aspirants to choose the right resource. Therefore to solve this problem, a list of important books, magazines, websites and newspapers are given in the tables below. These are reliable resources and you need to choose a resource that suits your needs.

Important Websites and Programmes for UPSC Civil Services Examination

A list of important websites and programmes useful for both preliminary and main examinations are given in the table below.

Important websites for UPSC Civil Services Examination

S.No. Websites Description
1 www.pib.nic.in Official website of the Press Information Bureau. New government policies, bills, and other information can be easily accessed on this website.
2 darpg.gov.in/arc-reports Official website of the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances for ARC reports on governance and ethics.
3 www.vikaspedia.in Information related to important government schemes is available on this website.
4 www.rbi.org.in This website can be referred to get information on important areas related to economics and business.
5 www.arthapedia.in It is useful for the Indian economy and related topics.
6 www.idsa.in Analyses of important international and defence related issues are available on the website.
7 www.ncert.nic.in NCERT textbooks can be easily downloaded from this website.
8 www.downtoearth.org.in Analysis of important topics related to climate, ecology, environment etc. are available on this website.
9 www.ccrtindia.gov.in Information on topics related to art and culture are available here.
10 www.indiabudget.gov.in You can download the economic survey, budget etc. from this website.
11 www.prsindia.org You can refer to this website to access the latest bills and laws.
12 www.ndma.gov.in Important information related to the Disaster Management Authority is available on this website.
13 ‘Perspectives’ programme on Sansad TV This programme features insightful discussions on national and international issues.
14 AIR Spotlight It is aired on All India Radio Newsonair. Important issues are discussed by eminent panellists.

Important Newspapers and Magazines for UPSC Preparation

Reading at least one newspaper daily is imperative for a candidate who is preparing for the Civil Services examination. It improves their general knowledge as well as widens their outlook and develops analytical skills.

You can select any one newspaper from the list given below. In addition, supplement your preparation with a periodical or magazine.

List of Important Newspapers and Magazines

Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) The Hindu Yojana
Down To Earth Magazine The Indian Express Kurukshetra
BusinessLine (for economy-related news) Economic Times (for the economy and business-related news) Frontline

Important Books for UPSC Preparation

The names of important books for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary and Main examinations are given below. Civil Services aspirants should choose one book for each topic. The focus should be on reading and revising one book multiple times, rather than studying 2-3 books.

S.No. Subjects Name of Books
1 Indian Polity ●      Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth

●      Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu


2 History, Art and Culture, and World History ●      India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra

●      Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania

●      NCERT XI (Ancient & Mediaeval)

●      NCERT XII (Modern Indian History)

●      NCERT-Heritage Crafts: Living Craft Traditions of India

●      India after Independence by Bipan Chandra

●      A Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir (Spectrum books)

●      World History: Patterns of Interaction by McDougal Littell

●      Mastering Modern World History by Norman Lowe

3 Geography & Environment



●      Certificate Physical Geography by G C Leong

●      NCERT VI – X (Old Syllabus)

●      NCERT XI, XII (New Syllabus)

●      World Atlas (Orient Black Swan)

●      Geography of India by Majid Husain

●      World Geography by Majid Husain

●      Environment and Disaster Management by Tata McGraw Hill

4 Indian Economy and Internal Security
  1. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  2. Indian Economy by Nitin Singhania
  3. Indian Economy Key Concepts by Sankarganesh K
  4. The Indian Economy by Sanjiv Verma
  5. Datt and Sundaram’s Indian Economy
  6. Macroeconomics – NCERT Class XII
  7. Indian Economic Development – NCERT Class XI
  8. Economic Survey (Selective reading from Prelims perspective)
  9. Challenges to Internal Security of India – Ashok Kumar
5 International Relations
  1. Contemporary World Politics – NCERT XII
  2. International Relations by Pushpesh Pant
  1. Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual
  2. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R S Aggarwal
7 Ethics


  1. Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudary
  2. Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude for IAS General Studies
  3. Ethics Integrity Aptitude for Civil Services Examination by DK Balaji
8 English
  1. Oxford English Grammar Course: Advanced by Michael Swan and Catherine Walter
  2. Advanced English Grammar by Martin Hewings
  3. High School English Grammar and Composition by H. Martin and P. C. Wren
9 Essay Fundamentals of Essay and Answer Writing by Anudeep Durishetty

Points to Remember: UPSC Civil Services Preparation

  • Do not read magazines and books cover-to-cover. Understand the requirements of the exam and read those topics that are essential.
  • Revise one book multiple times.
  • Avoid relying on too many resources.
  • Use your time effectively.

Your primary aim should be to complete studying the topics given in the  upsc ias syllabus, make notes (wherever necessary), revise multiple times and give mock tests. Later, analyse your performance and work on your weaknesses.

After going through the list given above, you may feel a little overwhelmed. However,  the point is to choose from the aforementioned resources and not read everything. Go through the past years’ question papers, understand what is important and kickstart your preparation!


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