Best Resources for UPSC CSE Exam Preparation

Dear Aspirants,


When it comes to UPSC CSE Exam preparation, the resources are plenty. There’s ample amount of information available for access everywhere, at the blink of an eye. Due to this, choosing the right resources for your UPSC CSE preparation can be challenging and thus, aspirants are left confused.

Therefore, in the following article, we are providing you a list of essential resources (mobile apps, magazines and books) you can use and rely-on for your UPSC CSE Exam preparation.


Mobile Apps (Vocabulary)

Mobile dictionary comes in handy when you cannot carry heavy dictionaries around wherever you go. is a leading dictionary app with over 2, 000, 000 definitions, and other interesting features like Word of the day, audio pronunciation, origin of words, translator, thesaurus and many more.

The Hindu (Current Affairs)

The Hindu news app will help you stay updated with the latest happenings in India and around the world. The Hindu is one of the most preferred and most recommended newspapers for UPSC Aspirants. It is one of the best sources for all the matters relating to current affairs.

World Geography (Geography)

Great app to improve your geography. The app provides quizzes that help you learn about continents, countries, their religion, population, languages, etc. in an easy and enjoyable way. The quizzes are available in multiple languages too.

IAS Syllabus Tracker (UPSC) (Syllabus tracker)

The IAS Syllabus tracker app helps you track your syllabus progress by breaking down the syllabus into topics and creating a check list. The app has the latest UPSC Syllabus.

IAS UPSC by Civilsdaily (Integrated news)

This app brings you integrated news summary relevant to UPSC Exam preparation from different sources like The Hindu, Indian Express, PIB, etc. The app has features like bookmarking (to read offline), newscards (like flashcards), etc.

Oliveboard Mobile App (Mock Tests)

Oliveboard provides UPSC (IAS) CSE Mock Tests, created by Exam toppers, experts and top faculty across the country. The mock tests include thousands of quality questions of various difficulty levels and their solutions, as per the exam pattern. The app also provides an analytics feature, which provides insightful feedback and helps you determine your all-India rank, speed and accuracy and identify your weak areas.




Yojana is a monthly periodical published by the Government of India. The magazine is devoted to Socio-Economic issues and is published in 13 different languages. While a lot of magazines manage to reach people living in urban areas (SEC ‘A’ and ‘B’), Yojana reaches people living in smaller towns (SEC ‘C’ and ‘D’) in their languages, and presents a balanced opinion about everything.


Kurukshetra is a monthly magazine published by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. The magazine primarily focuses on Rural Development. The topics discussed in the magazine hold a significant relevance in the Civil Services Examination.


Frontline is a National Magazine of India published by The Hindu. It’s a fortnightly magazine known for in-depth and insightful reporting and analysis of the National and International issues. Frontline covers all topics such as, Politics, Economics, Environment, Culture, Entertainment, etc.

Economic and Political Weekly (EPW)

Economic and Political Weekly is a weekly social science journal, that publishes contemporary issues and their analysis along with academic papers in social sciences and provides an in-depth analysis of various social and economic issues. The articles in EPW are written by well-known commentators, leading academics, scientists and activists.



NCERT Books – 6th to 12th Standard Books. NCERT Books help you build a strong foundation in topics under the UPSC CSE Exam syllabus. It is highly recommended that you start your preparation with NCERT Books, before moving on to other books.

Read: How to Approach NCERT Books


Topic-wise recommended books:


India Since Independence by Bipan Chandra

India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra

India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha

History of Modern India by Bipan Chandra



Indian Economy (For Civil Service Examinations) by Ramesh Singh

Economic Survey 2016-17 by Ministry of Finance, Government of India

India Yearbook 2017 (Economic Schemes)



Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth

Introduction to the constitution of India by D. D. Basu



Geography of India by Majid Husain

India and World Geography by Majid Husain

Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong


Art & Culture

Indian Art & Culture by Nitin Singhania


Current Affairs

India Yearbook 2017

The Hindu (Newspaper)


Science & Technology

Science and Technology by Ashok Kumar Singh

The Hindu (Science & Technology supplement)



Biodiversity, Climate Change and Disaster Management by Majid Husain

India Yearbook 2017 (Chapters on Environment)

Ecology and Environment by P. D. Sharma



High school Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin

Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis



Analytical Reasoning by M. K. Pandey

Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning by R. S. Agarwal


Click here to take FREE UPSC (IAS) CSE Prelims Mock Test.


For more information on UPSC CSE:

UPSC CSE Prelims General Studies I Syllabus and Resources

UPSC CSE Prelims General Studies II Syllabus and Resources

UPSC CSE Prelims Exam Preparation Guide

How to Read Newspaper Effectively for UPSC CSE



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