Books For UPSC Mains GS – 1


Books For UPSC Mains GS – 1

The UPSC Mains exam is very crucial, it requires the right resources and effective preparation to clear the exams. Candidates who clear the preliminary exams have to put maximum effort to crack the Mains exams. If you want to qualify the UPSC mains exams on the very first try, then you should have the right strategy and books for the preparation. You must concentrate on the exams without diverting to anything.

We listed the most important books or sources for the UPSC GS 1 which carries your preparation smoothly and also sounds effective.

This article is preparing for GS Paper I. It has three broad subjects, as I mentioned below;

1. Indian Heritage and Culture,

2. History, and Geography of the World

3. Society

4. Moreover, there are 11 topics under GS Paper

Indian History:

It’s a vast concept and you can’t put a boundary for this context. However it’s most important to study both in a generalized as well as specialized way. It’s important to note that, what historical moments happened at when? Where? How? By who? This plays an important role under this context.

Ancient History by R.S Sharma (Old NCERT):

This book covers the concept of vast time periods and dynasties. However the most important in each chapter is social-cultural and religious outlook. It should be noted separately and have a look at exam times.

Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania:

This book has importance in Preliminary exams as well as in Mains exams. Since the book is made in exam oriented format and easily written, it is advisable to read the whole book once. Think of a story book, it makes you grab important information.

Indian Culture – Centre for Cultural Resources and Training Website:

If you want to learn about some ongoing cultural events and important issues in our country, then check this book to get more information. Use this and keep updating your notes.

Modern history by Bipin Chandra (Old NCERT):

This book gives you an overview of the beginning of modern times and struggle years.

It helps you to comprehend and summarize topics, if you have read this book completely once. This book is best for the reference of Modern history from 1750-1857.

Spectrum of  modern India by Rajiv Ahir:

This book is most important for your preparation. This book is famous and it is proven that it’s important in the prelims as well as mains exams.

Particularly this book is well written for modern history chapters for struggle (1857-1947). The notable thing is, after each chapter it has a summary section. This is very useful for last time revision.

Tamil Nadu board 12th class history book:

This book concentrates on contributions of Southern leaders in the freedom struggle. It’s more useful when you want to prepare notes on one or more specific leaders.

Politics in India since Independence (NCERT):

This book gives you new information after the independence of India on Political developments in India. It focuses on political changes like the Punjab crisis, all the wars, administrative changes since independence.

India since Independence by Bipin Chandra (Old NCERT):

This book is very big and it is recommended to use this book for only the chapters related to social and economic consolidation of the nation since independence. Moreover, it can be used for studying Constitution building, social changes and princely state consolidation.

World History Ncerts by Arjun Dev (Old NCERT):

This class 12 ncert plays an vital role for reading and learning all the topics in world history impacting India ranging from the world wars to the cold war era. Since world history has various perceptions, it should only be read from ncerts which is considered as a neural source.

Indian Society (NCERT):

It is useful for covering the evolution of Indian society and diverse classes which were important for the growth of Indian society. It is also useful in understanding the Indian society customs and trends in its early days. It will have deep information to understand.

Fundamentals of Human Geography (NCERT):

It covers the different locations in the world on geological activities under specific chapters as primary, secondary and tertiary activities. Even some questions were directly asked from this ncert.

Indian Society:

It is proven that the Indian society section is a scoring section when compared to other sections in GS paper 1. People who are thorough in social issues and current affairs are able to answer questions directly. Reading newspapers daily will be more effective for this section.


You know the importance of getting the best coaching center, likewise choosing the right books for the exam preparation plays an important role. It is important to bind with the latest UPSC syllabus of the examination and choose the most relevant books for preparation. Out of the many options available in the book, we presented you with the best books for your preparation in GS 1. No book can guarantee you success, but it’s important to read and remember everything related to the syllabus.




















































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