Best Essay Book For Upsc Mains Subjects

UPSC Preparation: Best books to refer for English Paper of Civil Services Main Exam/IAS English preparation books

The UPSC Mains Exam is just a few months away and the commission has already announced the UPSC 2017 Mains Timetable and the Detailed Application Form has also been released.

Here, we bring a list of best books to refer to prepare for the English Compulsory paper of UPSC Civil Service (Main) Exam.


Best books for the preparation of English Paper for Civil Services Main Exam.

Book Name: Compulsory English
A P Bhardwaj

The Compulsory English Book comes handy to IAS Aspirants preparing for the Civil Services Main Exam. It is highly recommended to aspirants who want to learn Compulsory English of the UPSC Mains Exam. 

This book will be an asset for UPSC Exams and other competitive exams.

Key Feature:

This book contains sufficient explanation of concepts with examples that will make the learning process easier for aspirants’.

Book Name: Contemporary Essays For Civil Services Examinations
Ramesh Singh

This book provides gives an insight on writing excellent essays. This book is highly recommended to IAS Aspirants.

Key Features:

  • It is considered as prerequisites of a good essay.
  • The book provides introductory write-up on the art of essay writing
  • This book provides reference to vital government data and documents in most essays
  • The topics in the book are meticulously designed to the present situation that will meet the aid the aspirants’ in their preparation.

Book Name: UPSC Civil Services Main Exam – Indian Society: A General Overview 1st Edition
Author Name: B. Ramaswamy

This book will aid the UPSC Aspirants to understand the formation of Indian Society and its cultures and contains all the details of Indian Society.

Key Features:

The book contains in-depth information of Indian Society and topics like

  • Salient features of Indian society, diversity of India
  • Role of women and women’s organization, effects of globalization on Indian society, social empowerment, communalism, regionalism and secularism
  • Population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies

Book Name: Unique Quintessence of a Compendium of Essays
Author Name: J K Chopra

This book is regarded as one of the best essay books for the UPSC Mains Exam Preparation.

Key Features:

  • The book consists of 120 essays.
  • Covers political, economic, social and other topics
  • Gives a descent idea to the students about essay writing
  • This book also contains solved previous years civil services question papers

Book Name: The Vault of Essay
Author Name: Jha Y N

This is all about UPSC Exams and contains topics that cover almost all the sections of the civil services exam. IT is highly recommended to IAS Aspirants to go through this book to get a good hold on the essay writing.

Key Features:

This book covers Essays on topics like-

  • Political & Economic Issues
  • National & International Issues
  • Social Issues
  • Science-Tech, Environmental & Ecological Issues
  • Philosophical & Quotation Based Issues
  • Cultural Issues & Personalities

“Is there a single book which covers all topics for IAS exam (Prelims and Mains)?”. We get this query often from our readers. Nothing wrong which such a line of thinking – as there are hundreds of books in the market for each specific area in the UPSC syllabus for Civil Services Exam, enough to confuse all beginners.

But is there such a book which covers all topics for IAS exam Prelims and Mains?

No. Unfortunately or fortunately – no. IAS exam is not like school or college exams, and there is no such all-in-one book which covers all possible questions in UPSC CSE.

Considering the vast UPSC syllabus, even if any publisher releases such a book, you can imagine how big and bulky it would be. Still, if an author creates a 10000-page all-in-one book, don’t you think that UPSC can frame questions outside the scope of the same? Yes, they can.

“Okay. There is no such thing as a complete all-in-one book. But can you suggest some books which can give proper directions for a beginner?”

Yes. We can. As a beginner, what you need is proper direction. That’s why we always recommend a mix of three essential items – (1) ClearIAS mock exams (which include previous year questions), (2) ClearIAS study materials (which are easy-to-learn and free), and (3) good books.

In this post, we shall suggest some good guides and manuals (apart from textbooks) from leading publishers, which you should not miss. Though not a replacement of authentic textbooks, Civil Services Exam manuals can sometimes be very handy – for beginners and veterans.

For beginners who don’t know what to study and what not, these manuals give a proper direction and thus help save time. For veterans, these books are quick-revision materials.

All-in-one manuals are prepared solely with IAS exam syllabus in focus. Also, these are less expensive considering the cost of purchasing numerous different books.

Guides for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam (Paper 1 and Paper 2)

General Studies for Civil Services Preliminary Examination Paper I by Pearson (combo of 6 books) is a good choice if you are looking for an all-in-one-manual for IAS prelims. This is a set of 6 books, each book in separate binding, which makes it handy. You can buy online English Edition or Hindi Edition.

For Prelims CS Paper 2 (CSAT), you may go for General Studies for Civil Services Preliminary Examination Paper 2 by Pearson.

There are similar manuals by many other leading publishers like McGraw Hill Education, Arihant etc. as well. See some of the popular options. Note: Just buy one book each for GS Paper 1 and GS Paper 2.

Now having covered the manuals for Prelims, let’s see the all-in-one manuals for Mains – which has papers like Essay, General Studies Paper 1, General Studies Paper 2, General Studies Paper 3, and General Studies Paper 4)

Guides for UPSC Civil Services Main Exam (Essay, GS1, GS2, GS3, and GS4)

Get the combo set which contains

  1. IAS Mains General Studies Paper 1 (GS1) by Arihant
  2. IAS Mains General Studies Paper 2 (GS2) by Arihant
  3. IAS Mains General Studies Paper 3 (GS3) by Arihant
  4. IAS Mains General Studies Paper 4 (GS4) by Arihant

Apart from these get the below books for the essay:

How helpful are the above-discussed manuals and guides?

The manuals and guides can neither completely replace the authoritative textbooks nor assure you 100% of all questions. But these guides can serve as a good starting point for beginners and quick-revision material for veterans. If you go through these books, you will get all the basic essentials needed for cracking IAS exam.

Once you are on the proper-track, we recommend you read as many books from the recommended list of books for IAS preparation, based on the recommendation of toppers. This list includes many books like Laxmikanth for India Polity, Bipan Chandra for Indian History etc.

For updating current affairs topics, you may also need to reference books like Economic Survey, India Year Book, Yojana, Kurukshetra etc. Last but not least, only when you start taking ClearIAS mock exams along with your regular learning, you can ensure that you are on right track. All the best!


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