Booklist for UPSC and APSC (new syllabus) - General Studies

Now that the syllabus of APSC and UPSC are almost similar, aspirants preparing for APSC exam need to reconsider their strategies and update their booklist. Although there is no dearth of booklist suggestions on the internet, it is important to choose them wisely because you cannot afford to waste precious time by reading books which are inaccurate or sub standard. Gradient IAS took help of a few IAS, IPS and IRS officers and prepared the most effective booklist for Prelims and Mains General Studies. We are confident that these would go a long way in preparing the students for the UPSC as well as APSC. PRELIMS General Studies 1 History 1. India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra

2. A Brief History of Modern India – Spectrum

3. Themes in Indian History (NCERT, Part 1,2,3)

4. Ancient and Medieval History: Tamil Nadu State Board history books


1. Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong

2. NCERT VI – XII (New syllabus)

3. Geography of India - Majid Hussain

4. Oxford and Orient Blackswan Atlas for map study

Indian Polity

1. Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth

Art & Culture

1. Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum


3. Fine Arts NCERT

4. Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania


1. NCERT XII book on Macroeconomics

2. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

3. Economic Survey

4. Budget

5. Sankar Ganesh book on Indian Economy Environment & Ecology

1. Shankar IAS Book on Environment

Science & Technology

1. General Science by Lucent Publications