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NCERT Books Efficiently for The IAS Exam
Why only NCERT books for UPSC Civil Services Exam? This question might have come
in your mind. Why everyone says read NCERT books for UPSC Civil Services Exam
before going to read high level books. Its 100% sure you must have heard this line by
someone: may be by IAS toppers, IAS aspirants, IAS Coaching Institutes, Seniors
(preparing for IAS) and from others.
Why they only stress on NCERT books for UPSC Civil Services Exam. Why they do not
suggest other books for UPSC preparation. There is a concrete reason behind it.
Reason behind choosing NCERT Books for UPSC Civil Services Exam is that NCERT
text books are written in a very simple and lucid manner as you can quickly grasp
difficult topics and concepts. It is always advised to start from standard 6 NCERT texts
and read upto standard 12 texts for all relevant subjects.
A) 1. Simple Language
NCERT books are written in simple and lucid language so it is easy to understand. They
are easy to study, and also helps to save a lot of time.
2. Extensive Research
NCERT books are written and published by reputable persons and institutions after
great research. Mistakes are rarely found any and checked numbers of time before its
publication. NCERT books are written by experts in their respective fields after many
3. Basics and Fundamental
NCERT Books for UPSC Civil Services Exam covers all topics which are important and
its basic concepts are crystal clear. This books contains standard questions and most of
exams questions come from NCERT books. Source of information of NCERT books are
genuine and informations are provided by government agency and institutions. NCERT
books covers topics in well framed manner. NCERT books start with basics then they go
to advanced level.
B). How to Read NCERT Books for UPSC Civil Services Exam?
Knowing what to read and how to read are two different things. Same goes with NCERT
books. All UPSC Aspirants know that NCERT books are necessary for IAS preparation
but most of them don’t know how to read NCERT books for UPSC Civil Services Exam.
If you don’t know how to read NCERT books for IAS preparation, then you are wasting
your precious time because you are not going to make any progress, you will not gain
C). There are two ways to read NCERT books for UPSC Civil Services Exams.
First method – Read all NCERT books class wise. In this method you have to read all
books from specific class and after completing them then proceed to next class and in
same way to next class.
Example-Start from class 6 NCERT books then read and complete all subjects
history,geography,civics(political science) and science after completing all subjects
move to next class (class 7)and again read all subjects of class 7 ncert books.
Second method – Read NCERT books subject wise. In this method you have to first
complete any one subject from any class then move to next class and read same subject
which you have read in previous class.
Example-Start from class 6 take any subject for example science then complete it and
after reading science book move to next class 7 and read same subject (Science) and
after completing it move to next class and again choose science subject. After
completing whole NCERT science book read, another subject in same way.
Second method is best way to read NCERT books for UPSC Civil Services Exam, so read
NCERT books subject wise.
Read NCERT books subject wise for exam preparation so you will swim with flow. If you
read NCERT books subject wise you will understand subject easily and your basic
knowledge gets more stronger in any subject. In contrast if you read NCERT books by
first method that is class wise you will get less knowledge because this method create
gap between the same subject .
To understand the above question, understand the simple logic:
● More time (more gaps between the same subject) =more memory loss
(in first method) and
● Less time (No gap between same subject)=more memory(in second
D). How many NCERT books you have to read for IAS Preparation?
If you read history,geography,political science,and science then you have to read around
40 to 44 NCERT Books for UPSC Civil Services Exam preparation.
If you read NCERT books with full concentration then you will cover it in two to three
months(2-3 months).If not with much focus and concentration it will take too much of
time may be 4-6 months (four to six months). It will take two months to three months
not one month because you have to read around 44 NCERT books even if you complete
one book in one day it will take more than one month.
Time depends on your hard work, concentration and caliber.
E). NCERT Books
All IAS aspirants know that NCERT books are necessary for UPSC preparation but most
of them often do not know which NCERT books for UPSC Civil Services Examination
they have to read.
Read NCERT books with free mind. Take interest while reading and enjoy the chapter.
Don’t read them by giving time shedule like 2 hrs, 3 hrs. Instead, read them till your
mind absorb the subject matter without any stress. This way you can complete NCERT
book with minimum time and maximum output. When completed, again revise the
chapters of your interest within 3-4 days. Revision is the key, so keep revising them very
frequently. This method will definitely work.
F). List of NCERT Books for UPSC Civil Services Exam
(Old textbooks for XI and XII)
Modern India: Bipan Chandra
Medieval India: Satish Chandra
Ancient India: RS Sharma
● An Introduction to Indian Art (New book for XI th)
All Science Textbooks from Std. VI to Std. X
● All Geography Books (Old editions): From Std. VI to Std. X
● New edition for Std X: Contemporary India
● New edition Geography books: For Std. XI, XII
● Understanding Economic Development (X th)
● Indian Economic Development (XI th)
● Macroeconomics (XII th)
● Indian Constitution at Work (XI th)
● Politics in India since Independence
● Indian Society (XII th)
● Social Change in India (XII th)
First of all, learn to see the books as your only ally in your battle of dreams.They are
your friends not your foes.Take interest in reading the books , learning about new
things. History is a magnificent record of how our ancestors used to live, their lifestyles,
their eating habits, their culture, their superstitions, their beliefs, their vagaries, their
futile battles. Visualize yourself going through the streets of a town from Indus valley
civilization.Immerse yourself in the book you are reading & you will never forget a thing.