Books for Practicing Old Papers of IAS Prelims (Paper 1 & 2)

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Practising old question papers before UPSC Prelims can boost up your preparation. So here we have recommended some of the best book available for practising old question papers of Prelims (paper 1 & 2)

Let’s start with IAS Prelims Paper 1

Here we are going to suggest the two most popular books among aspirants. Prelims paper 1 is consist of 100 questions with 200 marks to be completed in 120 minutes. The questions are based on General Studies and Current Affairs. So by practising any one of the books given below you can understand the syllabus and type of question asked.


1st Choice

23 Years CSAT General Studies IAS Prelims Topic-wise Solved Papers 1995-2017

Average Rating – 3.8/5 stars

Disha Expert claims it to be their bestseller and also recommended by Mrunal. Well, we are not sure about that but what we found that it is popular among aspirants with 3.8/5 stars. So you can buy it but before that, you can look at the pro and cons of this book.

 Pro   Cons 
 Helpful for practice  Binding is not good
 Useful for both the General Studies papers (1 and 2)  Printing Mistakes (rare)
 Designed in 2 colors to improve readability  Factual errors
Topic wise collection of questions Yearly wise collection not available 
 Also covered past papers of Mains   Kindle version is in the wrong format 

2nd Choice

23 Year’s Chapterwise Solved Questions General Studies Paper I 

Average Rating – 4.2/5 stars

This book is exclusively designed for General Studies Paper I, here you will get year wise compilation of old questions with along with topics. The book has been divided into 11 chapters namely Indian History, Art and Culture, Geography, Environment and Ecology, Indian Polity, Indian Economy, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Science and Technology and Miscellaneous, each containing the ample number of previous years’ questions asked in the General Studies Paper 1 Examination. The average rating for this book is 4.2/5 stars

 Pro   Cons 
Topic wise compilation of questions   Price is not competitive 
 Detailed explanations   Current affairs is not included
Good paper quality   Factual errors (rare)
High Accuracy  No additional questions for practising 
Good binding   Kindle version not available 

Books For IAS Prelims Paper 2

Here again, we will suggest two most popular books among aspirants. Prelims paper 2 is consist of 100 questions with 200 marks to be completed in 120 minutes. The questions are based on Aptitude, comprehension and numerical skills. So by practising any one of the books given below you can understand the syllabus and type of question asked.


1st Choice

Cracking the CSAT Paper-2

Average Rating – 3.9/5 stars

This book has been divided into 8 Sections –Comprehension, Basic Numeracy, General Mental Ability, Data Interpretation and Sufficiency, Decision Making and Problem-solving, Interpersonal Skills including Communication Skills, Logical Reasoning, and Analytical Ability and English Language Comprehension, with complete coverage of study material as per the prescribed syllabus and pattern by the UPSC.

Pro   Cons 
Good for practice   Outdated 
5  Full-length Mock Test for Paper 2   Not properly organised the content 
Special coverage of comprehension  Factual errors (rare)
Previous years questions of States PCS Poor quality of the page
Solved Papers is also given   Kindle version not available 

2nd Choice 

CSAT – Solved Papers for Civil Services Preliminary Examination

Average Rating – 4.7/5 stars

This updated book contains the fully solved CSAT (GS Paper II) solved papers from 2011-2016 as well as the fully solved questions of reasoning and mathematics from 1995-2010. Such a comprehensive collection of fully solved question papers will enable aspirants to prepare thoroughly for this paper.

Pro   Cons 
Just for practice   Additional practice set not available  
Fully solved papers of CSAT 2 (2011 -16)   No detailed explanation 
Solved questions of reasoning and Mathematics (1995 – 2010)  No special coverage 
Good binding and paper quality  Only for beginners 
Solved Papers is also given   Kindle version not available 

So with this detailed review now you can choose the best book for practising the old question papers for civil services preparation. If you want any suggestion or help just comment your queries below.

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