Familiarize yourself with the extent of the syllabus, so you can start structuring your study plan accordingly.
The syllabus, for each section, is detailed on the UPSC website.
The volume of information, towards an exhaustive preparation, may seem intimidating.
Therefore, it is easier to structure the study plan concentrating on building on the basic concepts, usually from the recommended NCERT books.
It develops a focused effort towards training your brain to understand and analyze information.
Here are some known books recommended by previous toppers and other sources.
Here are some tips to crack the UPSC Civil Services Exam and become an IAS, IPS or IFS officer.
One of the biggest roadblocks for the CSE is the time management.
Read How to become an IAS Officer Given the general substance of the syllabus, there could be hundreds, if not thousands, of books that could be potentially claimed as preparatory material.
However, this could lead to a dangerous consequence of too many books and too little time.