Are NCERT books important for UPSC?  Which NCERTs books should I read ?

There is a saying that a strong building can’t be constructed on a weak foundation. NCERT books are the foundation for a strong and thorough preparations for CSE.

Why is reading NCERT books important for UPSC Civil Services Exam?

In sync with UPSC syllabus: NCERT books extensively cover the syllabus of UPSC civil services exam. On an analysis of UPSC previous years’ question papers, one will also find that many questions have been asked directly from the NCERT books. Also, the simplicity of their writing style and language is to be learnt to answer questions in UPSC Mains.

Lend conceptual clarity: NCERT books are written in a very simple and easy to understand manner which makes understanding concepts easy. That is why NCERT books are considered the first step in UPSC Civil Services exam preparation.

Authentic source of information: NCERT book are prepared by experts after extensive research and that makes them error free. Facts and information contained in NCERT books is to be considered as true and correct.

But it is also to be kept in mind that every book and every chapter of NCERT is not relevant for UPSC Civil Services Exam. The approach to read NCERT books should be subject wise in accordance with the prescribed UPSC syllabus (and not chapter wise). Look at the UPSC syllabus, identify the list of topics to be covered and then do a systematic reading of NCERT books.

Here is a list of NCERT and other standard reference books which will help beginners form a strong foundation:


1.  History


2.  Geography & Environment


3.  Polity and Governance          


4.  Indian economy


5.  Indian Society & Sociology


6.  Science and Technology


7.  Political Science & International Relations




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