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Best History Books for UPSC

We have compiled for you a list of IAS books for Indian History. These are the best reference books for handling the History portion in the IAS exam. Books on Indian History can be helpful as Optional subject also for General Studies paper in the Mains exam. It can also be referred for conceptual clarity in the Prelims exam. WE have listed the best history book for upsc under the following categories - ancient history book for upsc, indian history books for upsc, world history books for upsc, medieval history book for upsc, modern history book for upsc. We have consulted history books for upsc by toppers and best coaches. If there are any books which you as a student find very useful do share it with us in the comments bellow. Our references on History books can also be helpful in the preparation for other services exam conducted by the UPSC. You can buy from upsc history book list on amazon by following the buy now button.

Ancient India history books for UPSC

  1. Ancient India (NCERT) Prof. R.S. Sharma Buy Now

  2. The Wonder That was India A.L. Basham Buy Now

  3. Ancient India - An Introductory Outline D.N. Jha Buy Now

  4. History of India, Vol. I Romila Thapar Buy Now

  5. Aspects of Political Ideas and Institutions in Ancient India R.S. Sharma (only Conclusion) Buy Now

  6. Material culture & Social Formation in Ancient India R.S. Sharma Buy Now

  7. Indian Feudalism- R.S. Sharma Buy Now

  8. Ashoka & Decline of the Maurya Romila Thapar Buy Now

  9. A History of South India K.A. Nilkantha Sastri Buy Now

  10. Ancient India and Indian Archaeology Archaeological Survey of India Buy Now

  11. Ancient India Social and Culture - Luniya Buy Now

  12. An Advanced History of India - R.C. Majumda, H.C. Raychaudhurai, - Kalikinkar Datta Buy Now

  13. Ancient India - L.Mukherjee Buy Now

  14. The rise of civilization of India and Pakistan - Bridget and Raymond Allchin Buy Now

  15. Mauryan : Ashoka and the decline of mouryan empire - Romila Thapar Buy Now

  16. Facets of Indian Culture - Spectrum Buy Now

  17. NCERT (11th) Buy Now

  18. Indus Civilization - (a) IGNOU booklet no. 2

Medieval India history books for UPSC

  1. Medieval India (NCERT) Satish Chandra Buy Now

  2. Medieval India (Macmillan) Satish Chandra Buy Now

  3. The Wonder That was India (Vol.2) S.A.A. Rizvi Buy Now

  4. The Agrarian System of Mughal India 1556-1707 Irfan Habib Buy Now

  5. The Mughal Empire J.F. Richards Buy Now

  6. Urban Dynamics H.C. Verma Buy Now

  7. The Marathas - Gordon Buy Now

  8. Advanced study in the History of Medival India - Volume I J.L. Mehta Buy Now

  9. Advanced study in the History of Medival India - Volume II J.L. Mehta Buy Now

  10. Advanced study in the History of Medival India - Volume III J.L. Mehta Buy Now

  11. Medival India - Volume I Satish Chandra Buy Now

  12. Medival India - Volume II Satish Chandra Buy Now

  13. History Of Medieval India – Satish ChandraBuy Now

  14. Medival India - L. Mukherjee Buy Now

  15. The Advanced History of India - Majumdar, Raychaudhuri & Datta Buy Now

  16. Social life and cultural life of both Delhi Sultanate and Mughal India - J.L. Mehta Buy Now

  17. A history of South India - K. A. Nilakanta Shastri Buy Now

  18. IGNOU material (especially on agriculture and agrarian relations and culture)

  19. NCERT (11th) Buy Now

Modern India history books for UPSC

  1. Modern India (NCERT) Bipan Chandra Buy Now

  2. Modern India (Macmillan) Sumit Sarkar Buy Now

  3. Anatomy of the Raj (PPH) Suhash Chakravarty Buy Now

  4. India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra Buy Now

  5. The Raj Syndrome (Penguins) Suhash Chakravarty Buy Now

  6. VAID's Fundamentals of History Series

    1. Administrative History Pravin Kumar

    2. Constitutional History Pravin Kumar

    3. Social History Pravin Kumar

    4. Freedom Struggle Pravin Kumar

  7. Peasant Movements in India D.N. Dhanagare Buy Now

  8. India's Struggle for Independence Bipan Chandra and others Buy Now

  9. Gandhi -B.R. Nanda Buy Now

  10. Gandhi -Judith Brown Buy Now

  11. Freedom Struggle (NBT) - Bipan Chandra & others Buy Now

  12. Modern Indian History - Groover & Grooover. Buy Now

  13. A struggle for Independence - Bipin Chandra Buy Now

  14. Freedom Struggle - Bipinchandra Buy Now

  15. Modern India - L. Mukherjee Buy Now

  16. A new look into the modern Indian history - B.L Grover Buy Now

  17. Freedom struggle - Bipin Chandra, Varun Dey and Amlesh Tripathy (NBT)

  18. India's struggle for independence - Bipin Chandra Buy Now

  19. Modern India - Sumit Sarkar Buy Now

  20. IGNOU material (esspecially on freedom struggle)

World History books for UPSC

  1. The story of Civilization, Vol. 2 (NCERT) Arjun Dev Buy Now

  2. Contemporary World History (NCERT) Arjun Dev & others Buy Now

  3. The Mainstream of Civilization Strayer, Gatzke & Harbison Buy Now

  4. Western Civilizations Burns & others Buy Now

  5. Industry & Empire E.J. Hobsbawm Buy Now

  6. Age of Revolution E.J. Hobsbawm Buy Now

  7. Age of Capital E.J. Hobsbawm Buy Now

  8. Age of Empires E.J. Hobsbawm Buy Now

  9. Social basis of Democracy & Dictatorship B.J. Moore Buy Now

  10. Europe Since Napoleon David Thompson Buy Now

  11. Europe Since 1815 W.C. Craig Buy Now

  12. Europe Since 1870 James Joll. Buy Now

History Book for IAS for concepts and knowledge:

  1. What is History E.H. Carr Buy Now

  2. Historian's Craft Marc Block Buy Now

  3. The Past and the present Indian Historyrence Stone Buy Now

  4. The Past as Present: Forging Contemporary Identities Through History by Romila Thapar Buy Now

NCERT BOOKS for History
VIII, IX, X,XI,XII History


  1. Indian History - Krishna Reddy Buy Now

  2. Indian History - Agnihotri Buy Now

  3. Competition Wizard Workbook. Buy Now

  4. IGNOU Material Buy Now

  5. Y.D.Mishra