How to prepare for UPSC

How to prepare for UPSC

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Why UPSC? Ask Yourself

According to people UPSC is one of the most toughest exam. But in reality, it’s just only a myth. Give preference quality rather than quantity. Be selective and fix the study materials you have what you have to read in upcoming one year. Fix your mind on one thing that that I have to clear this exam in first attempt with rank one. Give 8-10 productive hours, productive hours to study.

How to prepare UPSC

Important Key points For Preparing UPSC

Here, there are some small key points that you should follow during UPSC preparation :

  • Give 8 to 10 hours to study
  • Sleep well and take 6 to 8 hours
  • Don’t take burden or frustration if feeling anything like this talk to your friends and family play games etc. you like.
  • Just be honest to yourself and don’t study to prove yourself in front of others.
  • Read every study materials twice or more times to clear all your doubts or missing parts.
  • Don’t make schedules for a month or longer but before sleeping make plan that what you have to study next day.

Which books are best  for UPSC

Preliminary Preparatory Books Mains Preparatory Books
  • NCERT Books on Geography, Science, Economy, Biology and Chemistry from middle to high school
  • 20 years IAS Prelims (CSAT) General Studies Solved Papers
  • History of Modern India – Bipin Chandra
  • The Wonder that was India –Bhasham
  • India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipin Chandra
  • Indian Economy – Dutta/Puri or Ramesh Singh
  • Manorama Yearbook
  • India Year Book
  • Indian Polity – Laxmikanth
  • Environmental Studies from Crisis to Cure – Rajagopalan
  • Geography of India – M. Hussain
  • History of Medieval India – S. Chandra
  • India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma
  • Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains – Khuller
  • CSAT Paper Analytical (Pandey) and Verbal (Aggarwal) Reasoning or CAST Paper 2 by MHE/Arihant
  • Science & Technology – A. Singh
  • Economic Survey – Ministry of Finance
  • Indian Art & Culture – Singhania

And more…

  • Indian Heritage, Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society – Arihant
  • History of the Modern World – Rao or Jain and Mathur
  • Social Problems in India – Ahuja
  • India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy – R. Guha
  • IAS Mains General Studies 2, 3 and 4 – Arihant
  • Governance in India – Laxmikanth
  • Governance for Growth in India – APJ Abdul Kalam
  • Pax Indica – Shashi Tharoor
  • India and the World: Through the Eyes of Indian Diplomats – S. Kumar
  • India’s National Security – Bajpai, Pant
  • Internal Security and Disaster Management GS Paper 3
  • Contemporary Essays for CSE – R. Singh
  • Essays for CSE – P. Khare
  • Selected Contemporary Essays – S. Mohan
  • 151 Essays – S.C. Gupta
  • IAS Mains GS Ethics – Arihant
  • Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude
  • Challenges to Internal Security of India

History :

  • You can study with history books of 6th to 12th for basic to advanced knowledge. You can also try Tamil nadu board books.

Art and Culture

  • Ancient India by RS Sharma, Medieval India by Satish Chandra, India Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania are books for art and culture.


  • NCERT books of 10th to 12th, GC Leong and Atlas is important.

Political Science

  • NCERT 6th to 12th

Indian Economy

  • Class 9th to 12th NCERT BOOKS
  • India Economy By Sanjeev Verma
  • Budget and Economy Survey

Download India Economy By Sanjeev Verma


  • NCERT Biology Class 12th
  • Shankar IAS environment

Buy Shankar IAS Environment


  • 2nd Arc fourth report-Ethic in Governance
  • 2nd Arc 12th report-Citizen centric administration

Some other Tips

Daily read news papers and specially recommended ‘THE HINDU‘ and highlight important news

Read Editorials carefully.

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