Best UPSC books 2022

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In this article, we are going to discuss  UPSC Books. We are trying to offer you a listing of great books for the UPSC exam 2022. The IAS or civil services examination is conducted via the union public service commission .this  prestigious exam is also one of the hardest examinations in India. 

What is UPSC?

The Full form of UPSC is the Union Public Service Commission. Civil services is one of the most competitive and prestigious exams conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), India’s major regulating body. 

The UPSC conducts the Civil Services Examination (CSE), popularly known as IAS (Indian Administrative Service) exam. It is conducted in two phases, namely- UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains. The prelims exam comprises objective-type questions, while the questions asked in mains need descriptive and essay-type answering. The UPSC is responsible for conducting various examinations for the post like IAS, IPS, IFS etc.


The British East India organization delivered the concept of a civil service exam in 1854. the examinations for the Indian civil provider had been conducted only in London. In 1864, the primary Indian, Shri Satyendra Nath Tagore, brother of Shri Rabindranath Tagore, succeeded in this examination.

What are the capabilities of UPSC?

The capabilities of the UPSC under article 320 of the Indian constitution is subsequent to following : 

  • Framing and amendment of the recruitment rules for services and the authorities.

  • Handling disciplinary cases associated with different civil services or officials.

  • Conduct the recruitment examinations for appointment to the offerings of the union.

Which Examinations are conducted by UPSC?

To understand UPSC, you must know the examinations conducted by the UPSC. Here is the list of exams conducted by UPSC:

  • National Defense Academy and Naval Academy Examination (NDA)

  • Indian Statistical Service Examination (ISS)

  • Indian Economic Service Examination (IES)

  • Indian Forest Service Examination (IFS)

  • Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination

  • Indian Civil Services Examination (ICSE) for recruitment to IAS, IPS, IRS, etc officers

  • Various Recruitment Tests for UPSC EPFO, other exams.

UPSC Eligibility Criteria

Broadly, you need to qualify the below-mentioned parameters in order to apply for the UPSC Civil Services Examination.

IAS Age Limit

21 to 32 years

Age relaxation

As per category (mentioned below)

Educational Qualification for UPSC Civil Services

Graduation from any recognized university



Number of tries for united states exam for any candidate

  • General Category and OBC class – 7 tries

  • Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe category hopefuls, there may be no limit on the range of attempts till they accomplish the age of - 35 years.

  • Candidates having an area with OBC/SC/ST can provide the initial 4 attempts.

UPSC Exam Pattern

UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern for Prelims Exam

Name of the Paper

No of Questions

Marks Allotted

Time Allotted

Nature of Exam

Paper I: General Studies (Objective-type)



2 hours

The score will be considered for Cut-off

Paper-II: General Studies-II (CSAT) (Objective-Type)



2 hours

Qualifying Nature- Candidates will have to score 33% to qualify CSAT.

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2022 Exam Dates

Take a look at the important dates for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2022:



Release of Notification – UPSC CSE 2022


UPSC Online Registration for UPSC CSE 2022 (Begins on)


Deadline to Apply for UPSC CSE 2022


UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 Exam

05th June 2022

UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 Result


UPSC CSE Mains 2022 Exam


What is the difference between UPSC and State PSC?

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission)

State PSC (State Public Service Commission)

UPSC is a constitutional body under Article 315 of the Indian Constitution.

All-State PSCs are also a constitutional body under Article 315 of the Constitution of India.

There are no other branches of the Union Public Service Commission in India.

Every state of India consists of a State Public Service Commission.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is made of a chairman and other members.

A State Public Service Commission (SPSC) is also made of a chairman and other members.

The members of the UPSC are appointed by the President.

The members of the State Commission are appointed by the Governor of the respective state.

The Chairman and members of the Union Public Service Commission are appointed for six years or till the age of 65.

The Chairman and members of the State Public Service Commission are appointed for six years or till the age of 62.

UPSC Books – Best Books For IAS Prelims:

There are two papers in Prelims (GS 1 and CSAT); both are of objective type with negative marking. The best IAS books for Prelims are given below:


UPSC Books


  1. India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra

  2. Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania

  3. NCERT XI (Ancient & Medieval)

  4. NCERT XII (Modern Indian History)


  1. Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong

  2. NCERT VI – X (Old Syllabus)

  3. NCERT XI, XII (New Syllabus)

  4. World Atlas (Orient Black Swan)

Indian Polity

  1. Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth



  1. Indian Economy by Nitin Singhania

  2. Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri


International Relations

  1. NCERT XII (Contemporary World Politics)

  2. Current Affairs


  1. Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual

  2. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – RS Aggarwal

Solved Papers

  1. IAS General Studies Prelims Solved Papers – Vishal Publications

UPSC BookList – Best Books For IAS Mains

Applicants who clear their prelims and attain the mains level of the IAS examination. There are 9  theory papers in UPSC 2022, out of which two papers are in the elective.

Aspirants should follow the important IAS general studies Mains books for the best preparation.

Given below are the best general studies books for the UPSC Mains:


UPSC Books

History, Indian Heritage & Culture

[GS Paper 1]

  1. Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania

  2. India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra

  3. India after Independence by Bipan Chandra

  4. History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra

  5. Ancient India by R.S Sharma


[GS Paper 1]

  1. Geography of India by Majid Husain

  2. World Geography by Majid Husain

  3. World Atlas (Orient Black Swan)

  4. Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G C Leong

  5. Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11

Polity & International Relations

[GS Paper 2]

  1. Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth

  2. Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu

  3. International Relations: Pushpesh Pant


[GS Paper 3]

  1. Indian Economy – Nitin Singhania

  2. Environment and Disaster Management – Tata McGraw Hill

  3. Challenges to Internal Security of India – Ashok Kumar


[GS Paper 4]

  1. Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudary

Hereby we mainly recommend books written specifically from a UPSC exam perspective. There are plenty of books written by scholars which can be used as a reference. You can find the names of reference books in the above tables.

Conclusion :

UPSC is a Constitutional Body under Article 315-323 Part XIV Chapter II of the Constitution of India to discharge its duties, functions and obligations assigned under Article 320. The UPSC  conducts various examinations in accordance with the Rules of examination as notified by the Government of India in a just, fair and impartial manner for making a merit-based selection and recommendation of candidates for various Group A and Group B Services of the Govt. of India.

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Shivam is pursuing a BA. LL. B (HONS.) 5-year integrated course from Amity University, Raipur, Chhattisgarh. With a core interest in Criminal and Civil Law, his hobbies are reading books and listening to songs in his free time.

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