Best book for Indian Geography Upsc

Best book for Indian geography

Geography is an important part of General Studies Paper 1 in Upsc CSE. The geography part comes with questions from World and India Geography that also consists of the Physical, Social, and Economic geography of the World and India.

Geography is also one of the most taken optional papers in the Upsc Mains. Geography is divided into Indian and World Geography. One should initially refer to the Ncert books from Class 6 to Class 12 for the preparation of both World and Indian Geography and then refer to the below standard geography books.

The fact is nothing can beat the Ncert books for Upsc but to get a deeper understanding these standards are needed. Also please don’t confine yourself to Ncert books, they are for the basic foundation.

  1. Geography of India by Majid Husain

This is the most famous book for Indian Geography. It covers almost all the topic that is required by the Upsc CSE. But this book is very big and it is very difficult to complete this book. This book is a comprehensive book and it is popular among the aspirants who are preparing Upsc. This book covers almost all the topics required for Upsc.

Geography of India by Majid Hussin is a book, most of the aspirant trust and topics have been explained systematically that including the latest information on irrigation crops, food patterns, disasters, etc.

Also, this book contains government policies based on geography.

2. India A Comprehensive Geography

This book contains a lot of Maps and tables. This is beneficial for both general studies and optional ones. Also, this book is written in simple English and it is perfect for Upsc Optional and understanding of Indian geography.

In this book, almost all the topics are covered, which is essential for Upsc Optional.

3. Geography of India (Gist of Ncert) by Mahesh Kumar Barnwal

This book has detailed descriptions, diagrams, pictures, and plenty of charts made from the Ncert Textbook from 6 to 12. This is complete, details of India Geography for Upsc, as it is prepared from Ncert books. Also has the latest schemes and Current Affairs. It is best for gaining map knowledge about India’s Geography.

By reading this book, there is no need to take short notes after this book.


The books mentioned above are for advanced study. One has to convert the Ncert books before getting these books.

* * All the Notes in this blog, are referred from Tamil Nadu State Board Books and Samacheer Kalvi Books. Kindly check with the original Tamil Nadu state board books and Ncert Books.