How to prepare for IAS Exam through NCERT?

By Sudheer Kumar K|Updated : April 18th, 2022

NCERT books are very important source for the UPSC IAS aspirants. These books are very significant to understand the fundamentals and basic concepts, which is crucial to sail through the UPSC exam. 

How to prepare for the IAS Exam through NCERT?

The NCERT books are very important for the UPSC CSE aspirants. By reading these books, the aspirant can familiarize himself/ herself with the fundamentals as well as basic concepts of different topics.

Importance of NCERTs

  • The NCERT books are written in very simple language which is very important for better understanding.
  • These books are written and published by the reputed people of their respective areas after devoting a great amount of time in research and development.
  • The NCERT books are considered to be an authentic source of information, as the information has been obtained by respective government agencies and prominent institutions.
  • All the information published in these books are correct as it gets rechecked many times before sent to the market.
  • The NCERT books are available both in Hindi Medium as well as in English Medium across the country in Rural and Urban areas, accessible to all selections of society.

How to start with NCERT books for preparation?

  • One method is to read all the books class wise starting from Class 6th and move forward to higher classes.
  • The other method is to read the NCERT books subject wise like Social Sciences (Class 6th to 10th), History (Class 11th and 12th both Old and New NCERTs), Political Science (Class 11th and 12th), Geography (Class 11th and 12th), General Science (Class 6th to 10th) etc.

How many books are required to need?

  • There should be around 30-40 books combining all the subjects from Class 6th 12th.

Time Required

  • All 30-40 books would take around 2-2.5 months to complete the reading along with making notes.

Let’s start reading NCERT books

  • First of all, make a suitable timetable (preferably month-wise) for yourself, in which mention the time required for reading NCERT books and other chores.
  • Break down one-month to-do list into one week and then to one day.
  • Beginning of 1st Reading:
    • Just skip those content written in the image along the sides or cartoon characters speaking.
    • Mark important points with a highlighter either in hard copy or soft copy & mark all difficult/new words as you read. 
    • After the 1st reading gets done then find the meanings of difficult words/ sentences and note down them in a notebook. 
    • Please make separate sections for Economy, History, Geography etc. and also leave some pages, so that you can further notes. 
    • Don’t do much research work on any particular subject or topic, just write down crux and move ahead.
    • You can also solve the questions given at the end of each chapter like Fill in the blanks or match the column, which helps in tracking whether you remember or not.
  • 2nd Reading-
    • Start it after a gap of 2-3 days after the 1st reading.
    • Before start reading, try to recollect the information that you have read earlier from that chapter, and revise it orally just like you are telling to someone who is sitting in front to you.
    • Mark the important areas or underline the points which you feel are important.
    • Note down those words which are still bothering you. 
    • Once reading gets done, find the meanings of those words and note down them in the respective section and revise it on regular basis.
    • After reading the entire NCERT of that particular standard, if you feel you know the contents of it very well, then there is no need for 3rd reading. But if you want to read it for one time (specific topic), then go for it.
  • 3rd Reading:
    • It should begin after a gap of 2-4 days after second reading.
    • In this reading, devote less time and make a quick reading, as you have already read the NCERT twice. This will improve your reading skills, which will help you in the Reading Comprehension section.
    • Underline, if you find some new important content.
    • This time you may also read those content written in the image along the sides or cartoon characters speaking, that you had ignored in previous readings.

What to do after NCERT books reading?

  • Attempt the NCERT-based mock test papers.
  • If any question got incorrect, then do an analysis of it and find the mistakes while reading (in most of the cases the reason would be misreading the question or misunderstanding it).

Note: Only NCERT books are not sufficient to cover the whole syllabus of UPSC but whatsoever part it covers just study it from NCERTs.

Also refer to:

NCERT Books for UPSC in Hindi & English



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AnshuAug 17, 2020

Hi is the 2.5 months time enough for all Three readings?
Chandrarekha Tiwari
Sir hindi me Bataeye
Manoj Dhakad

Manoj DhakadMar 23, 2021

2 yaa 2.5 mahine vo bhi notes bana kar ,,,,impossible

AbhijeetMar 30, 2021

Which subject book is needed for UPSC

AbhijeetMar 30, 2021

Please anyone tell me if know it perfectly

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