5 best personality development books for IAS aspirants

So you want to become an IAS officer and civil servant.

In this blog we will take a look at the best personality development books you can consider reading to improve important aspects of your personality like

mental physical and spiritual aspects like time management and communication skills and mental health.

So let’s get started.

Best personality development books for IAS and UPSC aspirants

1. How to win friends and influence people 

This is by far one of the best self help and personality development books you can find online it is written by Dale Carnegie and it is originally published in 1936.

This book is so popular that more than 30 million copies of this book has been sold worldwide in many different countries and translated in many languages worldwide.

This book has 4.7 star rating on Amazon and it is 300 pages long but it is very easy to read for a basic English reader and the book is also filled with lot of stories to explain each and every lesson in easy words.

And in my point of view this is the best personality development book you can ever find online and reading this book was the best investment I have ever done in my life.

To summarise, this book will teach you how to make friends and improve your relationships & also influence people and also deal with people and convey your message so that you can get your work done like either getting hired or getting some deal.

This book is especially important for IAS aspirants because in the interview section of the civil service exam this book can teach you a lot of things which can help you crack the UPSC interview stage and become an IAS officer and even after when you become an IAS officer because,

you are going to manage the administrative works of an entire district you will have lots of public interactions and

 Meetings with your colleagues and officers & having good communication skills will always be crucial in transferring your message to your other officers and public to maintain the law and

order properly at the same time having a good relationships with politicians is also very important.

This book costs less than 300 rupees and you can purchase it on Amazon and Flipkart but believe me if you work on the lessons that the Dale Carnegie teach in this book you can drastically improve your relationships and professional life because

 the lessons are the core principles of effective communication and it can be the best investment you can ever do on your personality.

This is the most life changing and legendary book in the personality development category.

2. How to stop worrying and start living

This is another popular book written by Dale Carnegie who is also the author of how to win friends and influence people.

This book was originally published in 1948 and it has till now been sold over 6 million copies worldwide and also been translated in many languages of the world and this book has 4.4 star rating on Amazon.

Similarly to how to win friends and influence people this book is also over 250 pages long but it is also very easy to read & filled with lots of stories to explain every concept and lesson in detail.

You should read this book especially if you are an IAS aspirant while preparing for the UPSC civil service examination because many aspirants will have a lot of worries and mental issues regarding whether they will clear the exams or not and other issues.

This book is also important for those who have cleared UPSC exam and became civil servants because life of a civil servant is not luxurious as it is projected but very challenging because,

you will have to deal with the problems of the people from the ground at the same time deal with politicians involvement in your work which can be quite challenging and frustrating and majority of the officers resign due to such reasons in such a case,

 this book can help you by teaching you the right lessons and techniques to handle misery and problems and tensions and how you can stay happier above them.

This book costs 100 rupees on Amazon and Flipkart.

3. 7 habits of highly effective people 

This is another popular self-help and personality development book which is written by Stephen covey and this book has been sold over 25 million copies and also been translated into more than 40 languages which reflect the popularity of the book.

This book was originally published in 1989 and this book has over 400 pages long yet it is very easy to read and filled with lots of stories.

The reason you should read this book especially for UPSC and Ias aspirants is because it is a great personality development book as the author teaches some important habits of highly successful people have in common.

If you develop the habits and lessons taught in this book you can achieve success faster in your exams because it is also a mindset thing and even after becoming an IAS or any other officer in administrative service, you can better handle operations and tasks as an officer.

You should definitely try reading this book if you want better relationships, increase your productivity and influence and save your time and money and stop making mistakes to achieve success in your professional and social life faster.

The habits which the author shows are proven formulas for growth and success and scientifically proven methods.

You can purchase the paperback version of this book for 300 INR on both on amazon and flip kart.

4. Eat that frog

Last but not least, this is a self-help and time management book written by brian tracy.

This book was translated into 40+ languages and sold more than 2 million copies worldwide and this book has 4.5 rating on Amazon.

The book was originally published in 2001 and it has more than 100 pages so it is not a very long book to read and also very easy.

The reason you should read this book especially as an IAS aspirant is because it helps you with lots of techniques tips and strategies to manage time and also increase your productivity in less time.

This is especially important while you are preparing for the examinations of civil services.

You can purchase the paperback version of the book on both Amazon and Flipkart for 200 INRs.


This is a book by robin sharma which has been sold over 20 million copies world wide.

This book was originally published recently in 2018 and it is more than 300 pages long but yet it is very easy to read and the book And the teachings explained in a form of story.

The book has 4.5 star rating on Amazon.

You should read this book in order to learn how you can manage your time effectively and also increase your productivity and all the techniques in the book are backed by scientific data and evidences.

It primarily emphasizes on the importance of waking up early specially 5 a.m. and how most successful people use the time to grow higher in their life by waking up early apart from the competition and how you can do the same.

You can purchase this book on Amazon and Flipkart for 250 rupees.


These are the top 5 best personality development books you can read for UPSC and IAS aspirants.

In my opinion how to win friends and influence people and eat that frog are the best and also my favourite books for IAS aspirants.

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