Recommended History Books for IAS Mains

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history-books-ias-examHistory is one of the most popular optional subjects in IAS exam partly because we all have studied History in our school and/or college days. Also it is fun and interesting to read with all the historic tales, battles, and cultures to study. This post lists the recommended History books for IAS exam. The books are categorized as per the syllabus: Ancient, Medieval, Modern History, and World History.

Books for Ancient History (Paper 1):

Books for Medieval History (Paper 1):

Recommended Books for IAS Prelims and Mains

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Books for Modern History (Paper 2):

Book for World History (Paper 2):

These books are as per the revised History syllabus for IAS Mains and will be useful in your preparation of History optional.

Reference Books for IAS

GS Solved Papers
General Studies Manual
Manorama Year Book
Oxford Student Atlas
Science and Technology

Topic-wise Books for IAS

Indian Polity Laxmikanth
Ecology and Environment
India's Struggle for Independence
Brief History of Modern India
Indian Art and Culture
Certificate Course in Geography


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Neema bisht - December 8, 2016

sir i just started preparing properlyfor ias exams.i wants to know about the recommended books of history economy n gk for ias pre n mains…my main subject is also history..


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