UPSC CSE Syllabus

Must have books for UPSC preparation

‘NCERT is the Bible’ when it comes to IAS preparation. Aspirants should always start their UPSC Civil Services preparation from the basic NCERT textbooks. Many aspirants either avoid or skip reading NCERT books, which could be fatal. In fact, many toppers have admitted that they judiciously followed NCERT books for IAS preparation.

Why NCERT Books?

  • NCERT books are easily accessible to all the candidates who are preparing for the IAS exam.
  • NCERT textbooks are written for school students, so the content written in it is simple to read. They provide the basic information in a simplified format with an easy language, which will be helpful for understanding the basic concepts.

Importance of NCERT Books for UPSC

UPSC has a knack for picking questions directly from NCERT textbooks. Be it Prelims exam or Mains exam, when it comes to a conceptual understanding of the subject, UPSC gives importance to NCERT textbooks only. NCERT books are easily accessible to both rural and urban candidates. Further, they are also readily available online on NCERT website.

The information provided in NCERT books is authentic and reliable.

List of NCERT Books needed for UPSC Preparation


History is an important topic in UPSC IAS prelims and mains examination.This NCERT book list for UPSC exam will help the aspirants to prepare for the exam very well.

Geography NCERT

Conquer the globe with a deep knowledge of your physical surroundings.

Fundamentals Of Physical Geography
Class - 11 / Part - 1

India : Physical Environment
Class - 11 / Part - 2

Fundamentals Of Human Geography
Class - 12 / Part - 1

India : People and Economy
Class - 12 / Part - 2

Sociology NCERT

This is  likely to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues, and ability to analyze, and take a view on conflicting socio‐ economic goals, objectives and demands.

Introducing Sociology
Class - 11 / Part - 1

Understanding Society
Class - 11 / Part - 2

Indian Society
Class - 12 / Part - 1

Social Change and Development in India
Class - 12 / Part - 2

Polity NCERT

Class 9 to 12 NCERT books should be read in detail, with focus on 11th and 12th (of which World Politics, only if time permits).

Political Theory : An Introduction
Class - 11 / Part - 1

Constitution : Why and How ?
Class - 11 / Part - 2

Contemporary World Politics
Class - 12 / Part - 1
Politics in India since Independence
Class - 12 / Part - 2 

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