Books and Authors 2023: List of Famous Books & Authors for Competitive Exams

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

Famous Books and Authors: General Awareness section is an integral part of most competitive exams, including SSC, banking, UPSC, and others. This section is designed to assess the candidate’s knowledge about various subjects such as history, geography, economics, politics, and more. The syllabus for General Awareness can be broadly classified into three sub-parts: subject knowledge, current affairs, and static general knowledge. One of the crucial topics under static GK is Books & Authors.

Famous Books & Authors topic has been consistently featured in most competitive exams in recent years, with 3-4 questions typically asked from this section. In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of famous books and authors, along with a Books & Authors PDF.

Books and Authors 2023

General awareness plays a significant role in government exams, including the SSC Exam and other government exams in 2023. To score good marks in the General Awareness section, it is essential to have knowledge of famous books and their authors. In this article, we provide you with a comprehensive list of famous books and authors that will help you enhance your knowledge and increase your chances of scoring well in the General Awareness section.

The Static GK section of the General Awareness segment often includes questions related to Books and Authors 2023. So, it is recommended that students preparing for competitive exams read this list thoroughly. Have a look at the list of famous authors and books that are frequently asked in competitive exams. So let’s get going!

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Important Books and Authors for Competitive Exams

List of Important Books and Authors will be covered here. This is a pretty simple subject, and pupils who read it thoroughly will do well on exams and have a greater chance of being chosen.

Name of the Book

Author’s Name

Life in the Clock Tower Valley

Shakoor Rather


Dr Shailendra Joshi

Elephant in the Womb

Kalki Koechlin

Names of the Women

Jeet Thayil

The Bench

Meghan Markle

My Experiments with Silence

Samir Soni


Jhumpa Lahiri

Dawn Under the Dome

Swati Pandy in Collaboration with Orchida Mukherjee

The Living Mountain

Amitav Ghosh

Dynasty to Democracy: The Untold Story of Smriti Irani’s Triumph

Anant Vijay’s

Climate Change Explained – For One and All

Aakash Ranison

The Frontier Gandhi: My Life and Struggle

Pashto and Published in 1983

The Christmas Pig

JK Rowling

Advantage India: The Story of Indian Tennis

Anindya Dutta

Believe – What Life and Cricket Taught Me

Bharat Sundaresan, co-author Suresh Raina

Stories I Must Tell: An Actor’s Emotional Journey

Kabir Bedi

Manohar Parrikar: Brilliant Mind, Simple Life

Nitin Gokhale

Maveric Messiah

Ramesh Kandula

The Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Good News

Meghna Pant

ASOCA: A Sutra

Irwin Allan Sealy’s

Starstruck: Confessions of a TV Executive

Peter Mukherjea

Making of a General-A Himalayan Echo

Lt. General Konsam Himalaya Singh

Unfinished: A Memoir

Priyanka Chopra Jonas

The Population Myth: Islam, Family Planning and Politics in India

S Y Quraishi

By Many a Happy Accident: Recollections of a Life

M Hamid Ansari

Right Under our Nose

R Giridharan

Platform Scale: For a Post-Pandemic World

Sangeet Paul Choudhary

India’s 71 Year Test: The Journey to Triumph in Australia

R. Kaushik

Beautiful Things

Hunter Biden

Vahana Masterclass

Alfredo Covelli

The Little Book of Encouragement

Dalai Lama

Manohar Parrikar – Off the Record

Waman Subha Prabhu

The Commonwealth of Cricket

Ramchandra Guha’s

Famous Books and Authors

Candidates preparing for any of the government exams must know the names of famous books and authors as 2 to 3 questions related to important books and authors are asked in these examinations. Candidates can go through the table given below, this table will help you prepare well for the upcoming SSC & RRB Exams.

Name of the Book

Author’s Name

Two Year Eight Months and Twenty–Eight Night

Salman Rushdie

The Red Sari

Javier Moro

Freedom in Exile

Dalai Lama

My Favourite Nature Stories

Ruskin Bond

Neither a hawk nor a dove

Khurshid M Kasuari

Faces and Places Professor

Deepak Nayyar

Indian Parliamentary Diplomacy

Meira Kumar


Kapil Isapuari

Super Economies

Raghav Bahal

China: Confucius in the Shadow

Poonam Surie

My country My Life


Joseph Anton

Sulman Rushdie (Autobiography)

The Sahara Testaments

Tade Ipadeola

Narendra Modi: A Political Biography

Andy Marino

My Unforgettable Memories

Mamata Banerjee

Rationalized Roman for Kashmiri

Dr. R L Bhat

Strictly Personal, Manmohan and Gursharan

Daman Singh

The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001‐ 2014

Carlotta Gall

Lal Bahadur Shastri: Lessons in Leadership

Pavan Choudary

Walking with Giants

G. Ramachandran (former Finance Secretary)

Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and Other Truths

PC Parakh

The Accidental Prime Minister: the making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh

Sanjaya Baru

God of Antarctica

Master Yashvardhan Shukla (At the age of 13)

My Years with Rajiv and Sonia


Khushwantnama ‐The Lessons of My Life

Khushwant Singh

Syntheism – Creating God in The Internet Age

Alexander Bard

One Life is Not Enough

Natwar Singh

The Lives of Others

Neel Mukherjee

My Music My Life

Pt Ravi Shankar

I am Malala

Malala Yousufzai and Christina Lamb

A Man and A Motorcycle, How Hamid Karzai Came to Power

Bette Dam

True Colours

Adam Gilchrist

Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi: An Inside Job?

Faraz Ahmad

The God of Small Things

Arundhati Roy

Interpreter of Maladies

Jhumpa Lahiri

And then One Day: A Memoir

Nasiruddin Shah (Autobiography)

Unaccustomed Earth

Jhumpa Lahiri


Jhumpa Lahiri

Truth Always Prevails

Sadruddin Hashwani

Playing It My Way

Sachin Tendulkar and Boria Mazumder

Unbreakable (Autobiography of Mary Kom)

Mary Kom

Enoch, I am a British Indian

Sarinder Joshua

Duroch ModiNomics

Sameer Kochar

Public Issues Before Parliament

Vijay Darda

Water, Peace, and War – Confronting the Global Water Crisis

Brahma Chellaney Ambedkar

Awakening India’s Social Conscience

Dr. Narendra Jadhav

Munger through the Ages

Late DP Yadav

Akbar – The Aesthete

Dr. Indu Anand

Runs in Ruins

Sunil Gavaskar

India at Risk

Jaswant Singh

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Richard Flanagan (Australian)(Man Booker)

Untold Story of the Indian Public Sector

Dr. UD Choubey

Final Test: Exit Sachin Tendulkar

Dilip D’Souza

Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace

Leon Panetta and Jim Newton

Not Just an Accountant

former CAG Vinod Rai

Grandmaster Repertoire ‐ 1.e4 vs The French, Caro‐Kann, and Philidor

Parimarjan Negi

A Bend in the River

V.S. Naipaul

Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna

Gautam Chintamani

Half Girlfriend

Chetan Bhagat

Iqbal: The Life of a Poet, Philosopher and Politician

Biography of Allama Muhammad Iqbal (Spiritual Father of Pakistan)

50 years of man in space

Garik Israelien, Brian May and David J Eicher

Black Tornado: The Three Sieges of Mumbai 26/11

Sandeep Unnithan

Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years ‐ Pranab Mukherjee 2014: The Election That Changed India

Rajdeep Sardesai

Your Dreams Are Mine Now: She Showed him What Love

Ravinder Singh

Born Again on the Mountain

Arunima Sinha

Flood of Fire

Amitav Ghosh

30 Women in Power: Their Voices, Their Stories

Naina Lal Kidwai

The Courage to Act – A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath

Ben S. Bernanke

To the Brink and Back: India’s 1991 Story

Jairam Ramesh

Globalization, Democratization, and Distributive Justice

Dr. Mool Chand Sharma

Ramcharitmanas (105-year-old Urdu copy)

Shiv Brat Lal

Mrs Funnybones

Twinkle Khanna

Making India Awesome

Chetan Bhagat

An Autobiography

Jawahar Lal Nehru

The Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity

Tarun Khanna

R.D. Burman: The Prince of Music

Khagesh Dev Burman

Ghosts of Calcutta

Sebastian Ortiz

Green Signals: Ecology, Growth, and Democracy in India

Jairam Ramesh

Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji

Abdul Kalam

Beyond Doubt: A Dossier on Gandhi’s Assassination

Teesta Setalvad

Modi – Incredible emergence of a star (in the Chinese language)

Tarun Vijay

Education of Muslims

Professor JS Rajput

Sourav Ganguly: Cricket, Captaincy, and Controversy

Saptarshi Sarkar

Flood of Fire

Amitav Ghosh

Super Economies

Raghav Bahl

Complete Story of Indian Reforms: 2G, Power & Private Enterprise

Pradeep Baijal

Unbelievable – Delhi to Islamabad

Prof Bhim Singh

Food for All

Uma Lele

Family Life

Akhil Sharma (winner of the Folio Prize 2015)

Faces and Places

Prof. Deepak Nayyar

Indian Parliamentary Diplomacy- Speaker’s Perspective

Meira Kumar

Editor Unplugged: Media, Magnates, Netas, and Me

Vinod Mehta

Fragile Frontiers: The Secret History of Mumbai Terror Attacks

SK Rath

Why I Assassinated Gandhi

Nathuram Godse and Gopal Godse

Life on My Terms: From the Grassroots to the Corridors of Power

Sharad Pawar (Autobiography)

What Happened to Netaji

Anuj Dhar (Former Journalist)

‘Rebooting India: Realizing a Billion Aspirations

Nandan Nilekani and Viral Shah

‘Interlinking of Indian Rivers

Radha Kant Bharati

Dreaming Big: My Journey to Connect India

Sam Pitroda

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

Salman Rushdie

The Courage to Act – A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath

Ben S. Bernanke

Dreaming Big: My Journey to Connect India

Sam Pitroda, David Chanoff, an American author

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

Salman Rushdie

To the Brink and Back: India’s 1991 Story

Former Union Environment & Forest Minister (Independent Charge) Jairam Ramesh

Making India Awesome

Chetan Bhagat

Green Signals: Ecology, Growth, Democracy in India

Jairam Ramesh


CH Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra

Sourav Ganguly: Cricket, Captaincy and Controversy

Saptarshi Sarkar

Flood of fire

Amitav Ghosh

“India Central Asia Relations”: The Economic Dimension

Amiya Chandra

Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years

AS Dulat and Aditya Sinha

37 Bridges and Other Stories

Aamer Hussein

Who Moved My Interest Rate

Duvvuri Subbarao, the former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

The Unseen Indira Gandhi

Dr. KP Mathur

A Life in Diplomacy

Maharajakrishna Rasgotra

Courage & Commitment

Margaret Alva

MS: A life in Music

T.J.S. George

One Part Woman

Perumal Murugan

Ace against Odds

Sania Mirza

Beyond NJ 9842: The Siachen Saga

Nitin Gokhale

The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable

Amitav Ghosh

Ringside with Vijender

Rudraneil Sengupta

The making of India

Kartar Lalvani

Blood on my Hands: Confessions of Staged Encounter

Kishlay Bhattacharjee

Shashi Kapoor

Aseem Chhabra

The Kiss of Life

Emraan Hashmi

Anything But Khamosh: The Shatrughan Sinha Biography

Bharathi S Pradhan

A State in Denial

BG Verghese

No Time to Pause

Pavithra Ramesh

Param Vir: A War Diary

Manju Lodha

Hindutva or Hind Swaraj

U.R. Ananthamurthy

Flying in High Winds: A Memoir

K. Mishra

Alphabet Soup for Lovers

Anita Nair

The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler

James Cross Giblin

The Story of Kashmir through the Ages

Arjan Nath Chaku

Framed As a Terrorist: My 14-Year Old Struggle to Prove My Innocence

Mohammad Aamir Khan

Standing Guard— A year in Opposition

P Chidambaram

Gandhi: An Illustrated Biography

Pramod Kapoor

That Long Silence

Shashi Deshpande

Fixed! Cash and Corruption in Cricket

Shantanu Guha Ray

Standing on An Apple Box

Aishwarya Dhanush

Who was Shivaji

Govind Pansare

The Z Factor

Subhash Chandra

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Arundhati Roy

The Birds of Banni Grassland – Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology

Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi

Age of Anger: A history of the Present

Pankaj Mishra

Son of Thundercloud

Easterine Kire

Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders

Inside Parliament: Views from the front row

Derek O’Brien

The Sellout

Paul Beatty

A brief history of Seven killings

Marlon James

A horse walks into a bar

David Grossman

The Ibis Trilogy

Amitav Ghosh

Selection day

Aravind Adiga

Death under the Deodars

Ruskin Bond

An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India

Shashi Tharoor

India Shastra: Reflections of the Nation in our time

Shashi Tharoor

The Great Derangement: Climate Change and The Unthinkable

Amitav Ghosh

Democrats and Dissenters

Ramachandra Guha

I Do What I Do

Raghuram Rajan

The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Decade

Pranab Mukherjee

The Turbulent Years: 1980 – 1996

Pranab Mukherjee

Thoughts and Reflections

Pranab Mukherjee

Indira: India’s most powerful Prime Minister

Sagarika Ghose

Why Growth Matters

Jagadish Bhagawati

India’s Tryst with Destiny

Jagadish Bhagawati

An Uncertain Glory: India and its contradictions

Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze

The Country of First Boys

Amartya Sen

Gandhi before India

Ramachandra Guha

Scion of Ikshvaku


Sita: Warrior of Mithila


Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

Salman Rushdie

A Manifesto for Change

Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Advantage India: From Challenge to Opportunity

Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Beyond 2020: A Vision for Tomorrow’s India

Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Pathways to Greatness

Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam

The Mother I Never Knew

Sudha Murthy

Serpent’s Revenge

Sudha Murthy

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

Rick Riordan

The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Jeff Kinney

Fifty Shades Series

E.L. James

And the Mountains Echoed

Khaled Hosseini

War & Peace

Leo Tolstoy

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Books and Authors 2023 PDF

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By thoroughly studying the list of famous Books and Authors, candidates can enhance their knowledge and improve their performance in the General Awareness section of competitive exams. So, make sure to include this topic in your preparation strategy and ace your exams with flying colors!


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