Booklist for CSE

In this article, we will talk about essential books which you must read for UPSC CSE Preparation. These books are not decided by us on our whims but they are rather recommended by maximum toppers. It is not necessary that all successful students refer these books only. There may be some students who might have followed totally different set of books but the following list is based on general consensus of toppers:

1. Humanity NCERTs (New Ones) from 6th to 12th.
2. Science NCERTs (New Ones) from 6th to 12th.
3. Tamil Nadu History Text Book Class XI.
4. CCRT website for Art and Culture.
5. A Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir (Spectrum Publications)
6. India’s struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra and Others (Penguin Publications)
7. India Since Independence by Bipan Chandra and Other (Penguin Publications)
8. Mastering Modern World History – Norman Lowe
9. Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth (Latest Edition)
10. Certified Physical and Human Geography – G C Leong
11. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh.
12. Latest Economic Survey.
12. Environment by Shankar IAS.
13. The Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude.
14. The Hindu Newspaper
15. Yojana Magazine


Apart from this list, there are some other books which are worth reading for your intellectual growth. In today’s world of Information Revolution, every aspirant reads the same editorials in the same newspapers, practises the same maps in the same NCERT books and reads the same standard books that are read by million others. However in UPSC CSE, if you wish to stand out from others, it is of utmost importance that you have a good reading habit. This list of books on contemporary India might come in handy for the aspiring reader:

1. Pax Indica by Shashi Tharoor.
2. Public Institutions in India by Pratap Bhanu Mehta
3. India after Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha.
4. An uncertain glory – Amartya Sen & Jean Dreze.
5. Burden of Democracy – Pratap Bhanu Mehta.
6. Imagining India by Nandan Nilekani.
7. Everybody loves a good drought by P. Sainath.
8. India Shastra by Shashi Tharoor.
9. Getting India back on track – Ashley Tellis, Bibek Debroy and Reece Trevor.
10. India at turning point: The road to good governance by T.S.R Subramanian.
If you have some other vital reading in your mind, you can suggest in the comment box. We are a community of learners apart from your mentors. We will love to read them. Thank You…!

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