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7 must-have apps for UPSC preparation

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The Indian Civil Service Examination sees more than a million aspirants apply for the Prelims out of which around 10,000 candidates make it to the next round of examination — Mains. The number further drops down to approximately 1500 candidates (or double the number of seats available) who make it to the interview and around 700-1000 people finally make it through the UPSC examination.

Needless to say, the stakes are high, the competition is immense and only the cream of the crowd clears the examination.  Civil Services, alongwith being the most prestigious, is also one of the toughest government examinations in India. This examination tests patience along with the mental calibre of the aspirants. Here, we have compiled a list of top 7 apps that are must for aspirants.

However, a word of caution — Civil Services require fewer resources and more analysis. The aspirants are advised to go for selected apps among the list. You can download most apps from the Google Play store, though some apps are also available on the Apple store.

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Unacademy needs no introduction. Here, you will find tons of courses for almost every competitive exam in India. The courses are available in various languages and the aspirant can choose the language as per the wish. Aspirants can either choose free courses or can opt for the paid courses.

You can download Unacademy for Android here and iOS here.


Need daily current affairs? Then this app is for you. Here, you will find daily current affairs alongwith the monthly compilations. Furthermore, there are quizzes where you can check your progress.

The aspirants can download GKToday here. The app is not available on iOS or Windows store, as of now.

Coursavy Assessment

Here, you will get daily The Hindu news feed, where they will guide you about the important topics from the newspaper. Along with that, you will also get daily current affairs quizzes. Also, there are paid materials for Sociology, Geography, History and Anthropology optional subjects.

Coursavy Assessment only on Google Play and the download link is here.


The app is a complete package for current affairs. Here, you will get daily current affairs along with editorial analysis from various news outlets including The Hindu, Indian Express, Livemint as well as Press Information Bureau.

Alongwith that, you will get study materials for Geography, Art and Culture as well as History. The app also supports night-mode, in case you want to study at night.

You can download CivilsDaily here.

Also read: 7 best YouTube channels for UPSC

Poket News

Study IQ Education is the parent company of this app. Here, the aspirants will get daily current affairs in a user-friendly format.

As of now, this app only provides daily current affairs but we hope that they add some extra features. Nonetheless, this app is still useful for the aspirants.

You can download Poket News here.


This app is jointly hosted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). As every UPSC aspirant knows, NCERTs are like the bible for the preparation. This app provides complete NCERTs, right from the elementary level to higher secondary level. This is a must app for beginners.

You can download ePathshala for Android here and iOS here.

IGNOU e-content

This app is a must for preparing optional subjects. IGNOU study materials are well known for their quality and preciseness. This app allows you to download the IGNOU materials subject as well as chapter wise, thus making it easy for the users to make personal notes of the subjects.

Android users can download IGNOU e-content here. The app is currently not available on the iOS store.

Also read: Top 7 Telegram channels for Civil Services preparation

Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: