Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is the Civil Service Examination conduct by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), India. IAS is one of the hardest competitive examinations to the aspirants to recruit the skillful and talented officers to take on the officers for All India Administrative Civil Services. Indian Administrative Service is the highest post among 24 Indian services like Indian Police Service and Indian Forest Service etc. Candidates who hold Bachelor’s degree from any recognized university in India can apply for IAS post.
Large numbers of people are going to apply for IAS competitive examination. Aspirants should prepare for the examination and have to score more cut off marks in the examination. IAS Cut off marks will be decided by the official members of UPSC. UPSC will a lot the limitation of number of attempts to the aspirants. Number of attempts will be based on their categories such as general candidate has 6 attempts, SC and ST has no limits and other backward classes (OBC) have 9 attempts.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is Indian Central board which manages and organizes various competitive examinations in all over India such as IFS, IPS, SCRA, CDS and other civil service exams. Every year, lakhs and lakhs of students are appearing for UPSC civil service examination. UPSC will provide the recruitment notification for exam in the month of April and preliminary examination will be conducted in the month of August. UPSC Prelims examination result will be published in the month of September in the official website of UPSC.
Aspirants who have qualified in the preliminary examination shall be called for Main examination. UPSC main examination will be organized in the month of December and the result will be uploaded in the month of February or March in the official portal. The candidates who have selected these 2 stages will be called for personal interview. Number of attempts for UPSC examination for SC and ST candidates have unlimited, general category candidates have 4 attempt and OBC category candidates have 7 attempts.
Preparation for IAS/ UPSC
Plenty numbers of aspirants will be going to appear in IAS / UPSC public competitive examination. Mostly the aspirants have many doubts and confusion about the preparation and how to study and what to study. Aspirants can join any private and coaching institution. But, coaching centers will charge hefty amount for UPSC and IAS public examination preparation. Many coaching centers will issue poor guidance and poor quality services to the aspirants.
Aspirants should be requested to visit the official website of UPSC and know about the exam dates, eligibility criteria, exam syllabus and exam pattern. Exam syllabus will specify what are the subjects should study by the aspirants at the time of the examination and exam pattern will issue what subjects need to study by the candidates first for examination. UPSC will upload the frequently asked questions in IAS/ UPSC exam in the official website. Aspirants can download the books for IAS and UPSC examination from internet.
Best Books for IAS / UPSC Civil Services
Preparing with books for competitive examinations will be very useful to the candidates. Many books will cover all topics and syllabus of IAS and UPSC prelims and main examination. Here, we are providing the topmost and most referring books of IAS prelims and main examination.
- History of Modern India- Bipan Chandra (History) – This book is explaining the journey mapping the way of colonial India in 18th century from 20th century, freedom struggle and Independence.
- Indian’s Struggle For Independence- Bipan Chandra (History) – Author provided entire history of India’s freedom struggle against the British rule.
- Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains – Khuller (Environment) – This book is good guide for the aspirant who need to know their environment, ecology and biology diversity knowledge.
- The Wonder that was India- A. L. Bharsham (Culture)-This book covers Indian history includes culture, religion, governance, social evolution, tradition, languages, philosophy and science.
- Indian Art and Culture – Nitin Singhania (Culture)- This book covers all topics of Indian culture.
- Geography of India- Majid Husain (Geography)- This book covers almost all topics of Indian Geography.
- Oxford School Atlas- Oxord (Geography)- Describes Atlas
- Certificate Physical and Human Geography- Goh Cheng Leong (Geography)
- Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth (
- Manorama year book (Current affairs)- Books refers varied topics like space, environment, science and medicine, economic indicators, religious, art forms, national days, union cabinet ministers, gk, books, cinema, sports etc.
- Indian Economy- Ramesh Singh (Economy).
- Science and Technology in India – TMH (Science and Technology)- Book refers about general aspect and role of science and technology, energy, nuclear technology and information technology, nanotechnology, laser and photonics.
- Analytical Reasoning (M. k. Pandey) – Book focuses on the topics of logic and reasoning.
Best Books for UPSC Prelims
- Indian Ancient Past by R.S. Sharma – Refers bout Indian culture, ancient, medieval and modern Indian History and also cover culture and society.
- A Brief History of Modern India (Rajiv Ahir I.P.S)- Best book for modern Indian history.
- Indian Polity 5th edition- Book refers about Indian Polity and governance, political system, Panchayat raj, public policy, right issues and current affairs.
- NCERT books for reference books- Books based on economical social development sustainable development, poverty inclusion, demographics, social sector initiatives and so on.
- Indian Economy by Ramesh- Book covers on the entire topic of UPSC exam syllabus.
- Environment, ecology, bio diversity and climate change for UPSC prelims and main 2019.
Best Books for UPSC Main
- The Wonder that was India- A.L. Bhasham (Culture)
- India’s Ancient Past- R.S Sharma (Culture)
- India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra (History)
- Environment studies: From Crisis to cure- Rajagopalan (Environment)
- India Year Book (Current affairs)
- Norman Lowe OR History of Modern World- Jain and Mathur (World History- GS1)
- Social Problems in India – Ram Ahuja (Indian Society- GS1)
- Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude (Ethics – GS4).