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Reference for Mains Exam- (UPSC Books)

The below reference UPSC Books Digital Library are available in Vignan IAS Academy Digital Library

  • Indian Polity- Lakshmikant
  • Governance- Lakshmikant
  • Geography- 11th, 12th  NCERT, and G C Leong
  • Economy- Shankar Ganesh, Economic survey and Budget
  • Environment- Only current affairs and agreements in news
  • History- Spectrum and Bipin Chandra for Modern India
  • Art and culture- Nitin Singhaniya (selective chapters) and NCERT 11TH
  • Disaster Management- ARC report and current affairs
  • Internal Security- MHA website and current issues and IDSA WEBSITE
  • Science and Tech – Current affairs from The Hindu
  • Ethics- G Subba Rao and Lexicon and ARC 4th report
  • International relations- IDSA, MEA Webportal and C Rajamohan, Rakesh Sood, Suhasini Haidar articles
  • Refer and follow Vignan IAS Material

Subject Wise – Referenced Books

History and Art & Culture:

  • OLD NCERTs: Class 6th to 12th
  • Modern History: Spectrum
  • NIOS on Ancient, Medieval History, Art and Culture
  • NCERT Fine Arts Class XI
  • Additionally refer and follow VIA – Vignan IAS Material


  • GC Leong
  • NCERT Class XI
  • Atlas
  • Additionally refer and follow VIA – Vignan IAS Material


  • Laxmikanth (This book will cover most of the topics)
  • Additionally refer and follow VIA – Vignan IAS Material


  • Refer and follow Vignan IAS Material
  • Economic Survey.
  • Newspaper Business and Economy section
  • 11th Standard NCERT


  • Refer and follow Vignan IAS Material
  • Annual report from Ministry of Environment
  • Forest and Climate Control


  • Lexicon Dictionary
  • Michael Sandals Videos
  • Previous year question papers
  • VIA – Vignan IAS Notes and Material

GS I: Social Issues

  • Refer News Paper
  • Weekly and Monthly Current Affairs and Daily News analysis series of VIA – Vignan

GS II: Governance

  • Book by Laxmikanth on Governance

GS: Border Issues, International Affairs

  • Newspaper suffices
  • Monthly series of VIA- Vignan Academy

Current Affairs:

  • First preference cover VIA- Vignan IAS Academy Monthly series
  • PRS Monthly Policy Review
  • AIR news alerts
  • PIB News
  • Yojana / Kurukshetra Summaries