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Best Way To Study NCERT For UPSC!!

Every year lakhs of aspirants bend backwards to crack one of the toughest examinations in India UPSC(Union Public Service Commission), but only a few crack this examination with flying colours. 

Why does one student succeed in holding a rank while others don’t even make it through? Whereas both students read the same fundamental books NCERT. Instead of taking care of how they are reading, they focus on what they are reading.  

A goal without proper planning is just a dream. UPSC is a game of just mindset. Proper planning and intelligent implementation can draw a thin line between you and other aspirants.

So keep a close eye on proper and accurate strategy about reading NCERT for UPSC, which will help you crack this examination.

Table of Content

  • Why NCERT important for UPSC
  • How to Read NCERT for UPSC
  • NCERT Books for UPSC
  • FAQ

Why is NCERT important for UPSC?

If you are preparing for UPSC, you have often heard from the teachers & toppers domain that NCERT is crucial in preparing for the civil services examination. 

Getting fundamentals strong should be the primary focus of any aspirants, and that’s how NCERT helps you understand the examination’s nerve.  

NCERT helps you set your preparation frequency according to the examiner’s mindset. However, NCERT does not cover the whole UPSC syllabus but the fundamentals required for the examination. 


  • Very easy and smooth to start the preparation.
  • Direct and indirect questions are asked from the NCERT.
  • It helps to understand the advanced books like M. Laxmikant Indian People and Economy etc.
  • It helps aspirants to understand the fundamentals.
  • The contents frame in the books is highly relevant to the examination.


How to Read NCERT For UPSC?

  • Always keep UPSC Syllabus in your hand to correlate the chapters during your maiden reading. 
  • Do prefer the two-phase reading of NCERT. In the former, read NCERT classwise; in the latter, read the NCERT subjectwise. 
  • Approach Previous year’s papers to filter the extra stuff. 
  • Mark the filtered topics in NCERT.
  • Your initial reading should be primarily focused on conceptual and fundamental learning. 
  • Reading NCERT first time can lead you to learn irrelevant chapters. Avoid it.
  • Make a proper timetable & schedule by segregating the topics and chapters in the NCERT.  
  • Avoid writing lengthy notes.
  • Use different mind mapping techniques, infographics, or flashcards to make short notes. (Your chapters notes should not be more than two pages)
  • During the second reading, use your short notes. 
  • Correlate the subject(polity, economics, etc.) with current affairs. It will help you to remember the concepts for a long time. 
  • Make a proper revision strategy. Your revision strategy should be three types.
  • Daily revision
  • Weekly revision 
  • Monthly revision 


Here we have listed all the NCERT books crucial for UPSC preparation, so you don’t need to waste your time crawling the internet. 

NCERT History Books for UPSC

  • NCERT Class VI – Our Past
  • NCERT Class VII – Our Past -I
  • NCERT Class VIII – Our Past II and III
  • NCERT Class IX – India and the Contemporary World – I
  • NCERT Class IX – India and the Contemporary World – II
  • NCERT Class X – Themes In World History
  • NCERT Class XII – Themes In Indian History – I
  • NCERT Class XII – Themes in Indian History – II
  • NCERT Class XII – Themes In Indian History – III

NCERT Geography Books For UPSC

  • NCERT Class VI – The Earth Our Habitat
  • NCERT Class VII – Our Environment
  • NCERT Class VIII – Resource and Development
  • NCERT Class IX – Contemporary India – I
  • NCERT Class X – Contemporary India – II
  • NCERT Class XI – Fundamentals of Physical Geography
  • NCERT Class XI – India – Physical Environment
  • NCERT Class XII – Fundamentals of Human Geography
  • NCERT Class XII – India – People and Economy

NCERT Political Science Books For UPSC

  • NCERT Class IX – Political Science: Democratic Politics Part – I
  • NCERT Class X – Political Science: Democratic Politics Part – II
  • NCERT Class XI – Political Science: Indian Constitution at Work
  • NCERT Class XI – Political Science: Political Theory
  • NCERT Class XII – Political Science I: Contemporary World Politics
  • NCERT Class XII – Political Science II: Politics in India since Independence

NCERT Economics Books for UPSC

  • NCERT Class IX – Economics
  • NCERT Class X – Understanding Economic Development
  • NCERT Class XI – Indian Economic Development
  • NCERT Class XII – Introductory Microeconomics
  • NCERT Class XII – Introductory Macroeconomics

NCERT Art & Culture Books for UPSC

  • NCERT Class XI – An Introduction to Indian Art
  • NCERT Class XI – Living Craft Traditions of India (Chapters 9 & 10)

NCERT Science & Technology Books for UPSC

  • NCERT Class VI
  • NCERT Class VII
  • NCERT Class VIII
  • NCERT Class IX
  • NCERT Class X
  • NCERT Class XI – Chemistry: Unit 14 & Biology: Units 4 & 5



Ques 1 – Is NCERT enough to crack the UPSC examination?

Ans- As mentioned above, NCERT is the basis for the UPSC examination, but one cannot wholly rely on the NCERT. It is also necessary for aspirants to refer to other advanced textbooks once they have understood the concepts thoroughly.

Ques 2 – What if I don’t read NCERT?

Ans- What if I tell you to construct your dream home without establishing base pillars.

Ques 3 -Which Class of NCERT should I prefer for UPSC?

Ans- The candidate should prefer NCERT from class 6th to class 12th.

Ques 4 – Can I crack the civil services examination by self-study?

Ans- Yes, with a proper strategy and relevant study material, one can easily crack the UPSC examination.

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