Some books which we have read for Prelims are also used in Mains Exam. For preparation of Mains Paper  the aspirants need different books for different topics and also government websites, Newspaper articles, Journals etc.

Books for UPSC Civil Service Main Exam

The Wonder That Was India

GS -I , History, Culture

This book covers comprehensive Indian history that includes culture, religion, governance, social evolution, tradition, languages, philosophy and science. It reveals the glorious pas of India from the time of Harappa civilization and settlement to Aryan invasion theory.

Starting from Indus Valley civilization along with detailed information about Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, the book explores early time periods that throw light on India’s rich cultural heritage.

It traces various time periods and eras of Indian history with extensive source of text, which is narrative, simple to understand and keeps the reader engaged.

The book also highlights some common beliefs and influences in Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. All regions in India are influenced by each other, but it was Jainism and Buddhism that mainly brought non-violence and vegetarian aspect into Indian religions.

For those who are looking forward to learn some interesting facts about Indian history and culture, the book contains almost everything: from traces of ancient invasions to modern-day evolution for the readers to enjoy and gain knowledge about.

MRP: 599, Discount: 167, Offer Price: 432

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India After Gandhi

GS -I , History, Post Independence Indian Polity

Born against a background of privation and civil war, divided along lines of caste, class, language and religion, independent India emerged, somehow, as a united and democratic country.

Ramachandra Guha’s hugely acclaimed book tells the full story – the pain and the struggle, the humiliations and the glories – of the world’s largest and least likely democracy.

While India is sometimes the most exasperating country in the world, it is also the most interesting. Ramachandra Guha writes compellingly of the myriad protests and conflicts that have peppered the history of free India.

Moving between history and biography, the story of modern India is peopled with extraordinary characters. Guha gives fresh insights on the lives and public careers of those longserving Prime Ministers, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi.

But the book also writes with feeling and sensitivity about lesser known (though not necessarily less important) Indians – peasants, tribals, women, workers and musicians.

MRP: 699, Discount: 189, Offer Price: 510

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Makers of Modern India

GS -I , History

Makers of Modern India is a detailed source for information about the country’s political traditions. The republic of India had a very tumultuous beginning and the author shows you how 19 political activists were instrumental in the evolution of this country.

The author goes beyond a description of the people by including extracts of the speeches they have written. Each phase of the freedom movement and the following years of independent India are shown through the written works produced by these 19 individuals.

In Makers of Modern India you will see caste, religion, colonialism, the economy language, gender, nationalism, democracy and secularism in a historical context. The book is a treat for those who are curious about the formation of the multifarious collection of people, ideas and religions in India.

MRP: 599, Discount: 255, Offer Price: 344

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Social Problems In India


GS-I, Social Issues & Indian Society

MRP: 255

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Mastering Modern World History  

GS-I, World History

Mastering Modern World History is an excellent study material for history & General Studies students looking to improve their understanding of world history. Being comprehensive, easy to understand and self-contained, the book is ideal for students preparing for their first exams in history.

The book covers the topic of modern world history in a very comprehensive way and is a complete guidebook in itself. It has been designed in a manner so as to make the subject matter contained in it easily understandable, both for individual study as well as for use in the classroom.

The book begins by delving into World War I and ends by looking deeply into the important problems that plague the globe today. Some major topics included in Mastering Modern World History are international relations and the conflicts existing in them, internal affairs of the major world powers, the European Union and Eastern Europe, problems in the African continent, communism, fascism, global poverty, pollution and population.

One added feature of the third edition of Mastering Modern World History is that this volume contains many more illustrations and maps that make it easier to comprehend the happenings in world history. This edition also has many of the questions rewritten in a manner as to make their answers as updated as possible.

MRP: 575

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Note: The students can either buy History of the modern world either by Norman Lowe or Jain & Mathur ( See below)

History Of The Modern World

GS-I, World History

Mathur and Jain’s History of the Modern World 1500-2000 A. D, it is a comprehensive work on modern history for undergraduates.

The book details the history of the world from the Renaissance to the present century, giving details for the enlightenment of students.

The book is an essential resource for students aspiring for the UPSC examinations for recruitment into the public sector in India.

MRP: 425

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Indian Art and Culture : Click here to buy

Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century

GS – II, Foreign Policy

The book Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century, written by an Indian author Shashi Tharoor, is an emphasis on the Indian diplomacy and its role in the global world.

The book gives us an insightful and an interesting coverage of India’s foreign policies and how the policies affect the common man. It also explains that in Indian politics why policies are important to an India focused on domestic transformation.

Shashi Tharoor in his book Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century highlights the requirement and importance to move from the Nehru’s era of “Non alignment” to the 21st century era of “Multi-alignment,” which covers the working of the Ministry of External Affairs, the parliament and the public opinion, since the Independence.

It is inspiring and gives a portrait of India being ready to take a global position in the new millennium. This book is another substantial achievement by one of the finest Indian authors.

Key Features

  • Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st century was written by an award-winning Indian author Shashi Tharoor.
  • It is a great introduction for those interested in reading India’s foreign policy and its evolution since Independence.

MRP: 499, Discount: 214, Offer Price: 285

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India and the World: Through the Eyes of Indian Diplomats

GS II, Foreign Policy

This book bring the current changes in different parts of the world, try to connect them with developments of the recent past, analyse and dissect them with experience and understanding spanning decades and strive to foresee what’s likely to happen and weigh how that could impact India’s relations with the rest of the world.

This book is a unique treasure of thoughts and ideas of Indian diplomats who have collectively put in more than 1150 years in Indian Foreign Service, representing three generations: those who joined in 1950s, in the 1960s and the 1970s. While some have shared reflections and reminiscences of their roller coaster journey of diplomatic career, others have focused on India’s relations with different countries and regions.

A few have set out on a rather philosophical mode wondering whether it’s hard power or the soft power or the soul power that serves national interests best and whether the days of quiet diplomacy are numbered.

MRP: 1495, Discount: 400, Offer Price: 1095

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India’s National Security

GS III, National Security

India’s National Security: A Reader (Critical Issues in Indian Politics) is a book that talks about critical issues in Indian politics, talking about the matter of security in our country.

It is penned by two leading national experts on the national security system who have achieved international acclaim for the work. The book goes on to discuss the important challenges of security that the nation faces today.

It is divided into four sections, each of which extensively elaborates on different areas of the same concern. Some of the various topics that the authors talk about include the problems of insurgency, nuclear issues, terrorism, defence programmes, and strategic stability that the country has been grappling with for quite some time now.

The book goes into in-depth detail about the internal security measures taken by the Indian government to protect our country. The history of nuclear issues has been dealt with, starting from the year 1947, including the nuclear tests of 1998, and discussing the country’s relationship with its neighbours regarding the same. Topics which have been given special emphasis include those of insurgency and terrorism, domestic danger, and how India has dealt with them.

The book ends with a list of defence measures and reforms that the country should take up and start implementing.

MRP: 1045, Discount: 418, Offer Price: 627

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Challenges to Internal Security of India

GS III, National Security

Challenges to Internal Security of India which has been thoroughly revised and updated. Aimed to provide broad perspectives on the issues and challenges regarding the topic ‘Internal Security and Disaster Management’, it is written in a comprehensive and lucid manner meant for complete coverage of the third General Studies paper of the UPSC examination.

Each topic under the syllabus has been covered in its twelve chapters to serve as complete theoretical guidance. This new edition comes with four new annexure for a thorough understanding of government policies regarding security and disaster management challenges.

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Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude 

GS – IV, Ethics & Integrity

The Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude has been the closest in interpreting the syllabic content for GS Paper IV.

Having established itself as the leader in its domain; the present edition is an upgraded version. It provides with the ‘objective’ keys to solve the Case Study Questions. Apart from this, it has all the literal and application meaning for all the words that are subtly related but explicitly different.

In a book what you get is a complete read for excelling in your GS Paper IV for the Mains. It could also be useful for general reading for anyone interested in knowing about all that is good for human existence.

 MRP: 365, Discount: 45, Offer Price: 320

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Ethics, Integrity and Values in Public Service

GS – IV, Ethics & Integrity

  Ethics Integrity and Values in Public Service is a comprehensive book on governance for undergraduates and postgraduates.

The book covers ethics and morals as applied to public services, how corruption unfolds, examining how work culture and emotional intelligence are related.

The book also examines corporate governance, Indian ethics, issues prevailent in the sectors and gives readers valuable inputs from eminent personalities on the topics, allowing them to tap into a wealth of knowledge from the most experienced people in the field. In addition, it contains important documents and case studies, presenting students with valuable practical examples so that they understand how the subject is applied in the field

. The book is an indispensable resource for all Human Resource graduates and management students who are trying to understand how the human psyche works in a corporate or government controlled environment and is also an essential resource for people appearing for government recruitment examinations such as IAS, Defence or IPS.

MRP: 365, Discount: 45, Offer Price: 320