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Best Books to Crack UPSC IAS/IFS Prelims 2013 Exam- Study Material

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Are you looking for best book, study material and previous year solved e-book/books to prepare UPSC IAS/IFS Prelims Exam? Read the detailed article to succeed with best refrence books


While chasing for IAS, your first step toward success is known as preliminary exam aka IAS prelims. A few days ago UPSC announced to conduct UPSC Recruitment 2013 and now IAS exams are very close so here at this point you have to start preparing from a new corner to update your knowledge as per the latest examination pattern.

There are so many books available in market for IAS Prelims 2013, the very promising tone of various publishers and number of options can laid you into confusion. Your one wrong choice can result as a shiver mistake in examination hall.

if you have gone through the latest syllabus then you also can assume that which book will fit best for IAS Prelims Exam even though you should give time to read this post till the end because this posts is not only about reference study material instead you will get detailed understanding on study material. Right weapons during the preparation will give you excellent boost of confidence.  So below you can find the best reference books to crack Paper 1 and Paper 2- IAS Prelims 2013

So, here is the list of books to refer for IAS Prelims 2013 (for Paper 1 and Paper 2).

Books to refer for IAS Prelims 2013 (Paper 1 and Paper 2)

General Science:   
To prepare for this section you need to check you store room, I mean you already had these books during schooling so maybe you still have them. If! Not simply click on the links to buy.

i) Books I recommend to cover the first topic from the huge syllabus of IAS examination-
  • Science books of NCERT-H.Sc and S.Sc 
  • Biology books of NCERT-H.Sc and S.Sc 

National/International General Knowledge-GK/Current Affairs Section:

These options I heard in my childhood from my parents and teachers, they used to advise me how to keep yourself updated with latest happening around the world and may be you also aware of these options
  1. Best Newspapers/News Channels- The Times of India, Statesman, The Hindu, NDTV, CNN, Headlines Today, CNBC
  2. Periodical Magazines- Business Outlook, Frontline, Yojana- Govt. of India
  3. Current Affairs magazine
Indian History and Culture:

Starting from the Social Science section, again the best study material for this section is hidden somewhere in your home, Yes! Your IX, X, XI and XII books are the best preparation tool for Indian History and Culture Section.

So you have to get NCERT Books of:
  1. 9th and 10th -Social Science Books (lessons: Contemporary India, India and Contemporary World I and II)
  2. 11th and 12th book of Social Science (All chapters on World and Indian History)
  3. Modern Indian history by Bipan Chandra
  4. Manorama Year Book
Geography of India and World:
  1. Geography Books of your schooling (XI,XII)
  2. India-2013, Govt. of India
  3. Oxford- School Atlas
Indian Polity (Politics Section):
  1. XI,XII Books of Political Science
  2. Indian Consultation Book (Introduction to Indian Constitution by D.D. Basu)   
  3. Constitution of India

Indian Economy (Economics Section):

i)    NCRT XI,XII books of Economics
ii)    Budget of India
  • Economics NCERT books of class XI and XII
  • Indian Economy by Ruddar Dutt and K.P.M. Sundaram
  • or Indian Economy by S.K. Mishra and V.K. Puri
  • Annual Budget: Publication Division, Government of India
  • Economic Survey of India: Publication Division, Government of India
  • India-2013: Publication Division, Government of India
Paper-II: CSAT:
  • Comprehensive Ebook on CSAT being published by Jagran.
  • Online Test series by Jagranjosh.com

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We believe that with all the above suggestions you’ll enjoy smooth study hours of preparation of IAS Pre Exam 2013. We wish all the spirants Best of Luck :)
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