[Booklist] Best Books for UPPSC Prelims & Mains Exam Preparation: Recommended By Toppers

Best Books for UPPSC Prelims & Mains Exam

State Civil Service Examination conducted by Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) is the most difficult exam in Uttar Pradesh. If you want to get a high rank in UPPSC/UPPCS Exam, you will need to prepare with the right books.

In light of this, we have created a list of books that are crucial for preparing for the UPPSC prelims and mains examinations as per the UPPSC topper’s recommendations.

UPPSC/UPPCS Exam Pattern

When it comes to the UPPSC exam pattern, you should know that the UP PCS exam is conducted in three phases:

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Interview

UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

UPPSC prelims exam consist of two paper namely, the General Studies paper and a CSAT paper.

  • Both the papers are objective-type i.e. Multiple choice questions.
  • It also has negative markings.
  • Paper 2 i.e. CSAT is qualifying in nature which required a minimum of 33% score.
  • Each Paper has a limited time of 2 Hours
PaperNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksTimeNegative Marking
General Studies I100 Questions200 Marks2 HoursYes
General Studies II (CSAT)80 Questions200 Marks2 HoursYes
Total180 Questions400 Marks4 Hours
UPPSC/UPPCS Prelims Exam Pattern

[PDF] Download UPPSC Previous 10-Year Question Papers

UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern

UPPSC Mains Exam consists of papers all of which are elucidated below:

Paper 1Essay3 Hours150 Marks
Paper 2Hindi3 Hours150 Marks
Paper 3General Studies 13 Hours200 Marks
Paper 4General Studies 23 Hours200 Marks
Paper 5General Studies 33 Hours200 Marks
Paper 6General Studies 43 Hours200 Marks
Paper 7Optional-13 Hours200 Marks
Paper 8Optional-23 Hours200 Marks
Total8 Papers1500 Marks
UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern

UPPSC Booklist – Best Books For UPPSC Prelims Exam

The UPPSC Prelims Exam consists of two objective-type papers GS 1 and CSAT. It also has negative markings. Below are the best books for the UPPCS/UPPSC preliminary examination:

SubjectUPPSC Prelims Booklist
PolityIndian Polity – By M Laxmikanth
Polity Ghatna Chakra
Ancient HistoryIndia’s Ancient Past – By R.S. Sharma
History Ghatna Chakra
Medieval HistoryHistory of Medieval India – By Satish Chandra
Modern HistoryIndian Modern History – Spectrum
Art & CultureIndian Art and Culture – By Nitin Singhania
EnvironmentEnvironment – By Shankar IAS
Environment Ghatna Chakra
EconomyIndian Economy – Ramesh Singh
Economy Ghatna Chakra
Science Ghatna Chakra
UPPSC Question BankUPPSC Previous Year Question Paper
[Table] Booklist for UPPSC Prelims Exam

**Other important sources: Along with UPPSC/UPPCS prelims booklist, there are also some other sources that need to be referred to while preparing for the prelims exams such as Union and state budget, Economic survey, census, UPPSC Current Affairs, and UPPSC Previous Year Question Paper.

UPPSC Booklist – Best Books For UPPSC Mains Exam

Candidates who qualify UPPSC prelims exam move to the second stage which is the Mains exam. UPPSC PCS Mains consists of 8 theory papers out of which one is an essay paper, one is Hindi, four are General studies papers and two are optional papers. For the finest preparation, aspirants must use the crucial UPPSC/UPPCS General Studies Mains Books provided below.

The Best General Studies Books for UPPSC Mains are listed below:

SubjectUPPSC Mains Booklist
History and Art & Culture
[GS Paper 1]
India’s Ancient Past – By R.S. Sharma
Medieval History – By Satish Chandra
Modern History – Spectrum
[Must]History of Modern India by Bipan Chandra
Indian Art and Culture – By Nitin Singhania
World History by Arjun Dev
[GS Paper 1]
NCERT Geography Books 6th to 12th
Geography by GC Leong
Women, Society, and Globalization
[GS Paper 1]
NCERT Sociology for Class 11 & 12
Polity & International Relations
[GS Paper 2]
Indian Polity – By M Laxmikanth
[GS Paper 3]
Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh
NCERT Economy Class 9-12
Environment, Disaster Management, Science & Technology and Internal Security
[GS Paper 3]
Environment – By Shankar IAS
Challenges to Internal Security by Ashok Kumar
[GS Paper 4]
Lexicon for Ethics
Ethics Integrity and Aptitude -DK BALAJI
Mains Solved PaperUPPSC Mains Year-wise Solved Papers
[Table] Booklist for UPPSC Mains Exam

Other important things to cover General Studies section:

  1. Current Affairs Magazine
  2. Rajya Sabha Debates
  3. Daily News Paper
  4. Various Government reports like the 2nd ARC
  5. Government sources – Niti Aayog
  6. Uttar Pradesh Specific current affairs

4-Pillar strategy for UPPSC Prelims paper

  1. Syllabus
  2. Previous Year Questions: Previous Year Question Paper will help you in understanding the trends and patterns of questions. For this, you can also refer to Ghatnachakra.
  3. Core Subjects
  4. Current Affairs
    • Newspaper: like The Hindu or Indian Express
    • Monthly magazine
    • UP-specific current affairs

Important topics for UPPSC Prelims Exam

  • India & UP Budget, Economic Survey, and Census
  • Wildlife
  • Awards
  • Books
  • Sports
  • Personalities


How similar are UPPSC and UPSC Exam Patterns?

Since 2018, the major pattern of UPPSC/UPPCS is similar to that of the UPSC exam, with exception of Uttar Pradesh-specific questions. Even the UP PCS syllabus is also curated along the lines of UPSC.

So, it can be concluded that UP PCS has intensely developed a pattern similar to UPSC to make it easy for the aspirant to sit in both exams.

How to prepare for CSAT for the UPPSC prelims exam?

For CSAT preparation, attempt UPPSC CSAT previous year paper as much as you can. This will give you an overview of how questions are asked in CSAT paper 2. Also, this will help you in practice.

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