Books, Free Online Resources, Government websites for Civil Services Preliminary and Mains Exam Preparation


Civil Services Examination (CSE) is one of the most prestigious and difficult-to-clear exams that gives entry into the several prestigious services in India such as Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS). It’s doable with hard work, diligence and perseverance.

This article lists books, online free resources and government websites that can help you clear Civil Services Exam conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission).
IAS aspirants can buy the below mentioned books online or offline. Links to government websites and free online resources for CSE are also included in the article, so that you can take maximum benefit out of them.

Important Books for CSE Prelims and Mains Exam preparation

  1. India’s Ancient Past by R.S. Sharma
  2. History of Modern India by Bipan Chandra
  3. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  4. Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations by M. Laxmikanth
  5. Geography of India by Majid Husain
  6. History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra
  7. Facets of Indian Culture by R. Vidya and Kalpana Rajaram
  8. Manorama Year Book
  9. Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal
  10. India Year Book
  11. Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey
  12. Efforts Towards Green India: Environment & Ecology by Arihant Experts
  13. 151 Essays for UPSC Mains
  14. Social Problems in India by Ram Ahuja
  15. India After Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha
  16. Pax Indica by Shashi Tharoor
  17. IAS Mains General Studies Paper 2 by Arihant Publishers
  18. India and the World by Surendra Kumar
  19. Governance in India for CSE
  20. Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Mains
  21. India’s National Security: A Reader
  22. Challenges to Internal Security of India

IAS aspirants can also use below mentioned free online resources and government websites while preparing for Civil Services Prelims and Mains Exam

  1. Get information about CSE from
  2. Download useful NCERT books from
  3. Read news at Press Trust of India
  4. Download Yojana Magazine from
  5. Get information about the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change at
  6. Get information from India Brand Equity Foundation at

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