When it comes to UPSC IAS examination preparation one of the things that every aspirant search is which are the books that one should read. Most of the beginners are trapped by dogma – that civil services examination can only be cleared by reading thick books with hundreds of pages and huge content. This is the first mistake any serious aspirant can make while preparing for civil service examination.
The importance of NCERT books for UPSC preparation can be understood better by a carefully analysing two things – Firstly UPSC notification and Secondly previous year UPSC examination question papers.
UPSC notification – The implied hint towards understanding importance of NCERT books
Firstly, let’s take a look at what the UPSC says about the civil service examination two things from UPSC notification are shown here to make you understand the importance of NCERT books in
According to UPSC the questions are to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues . It is here the role of a good old friend from our school days comes in- The NCERT textbooks. These books are the answer to all the basic concepts that every aspirant is searching for while preparing for civil services examination.
To explain better the importance of NCERT’s in getting basic understanding of the subjects an example is such: Several aspirants even after years of study might not be knowing the difference between civil and criminal cases, or the meaning of term prosecution, or what an FIR is which are some basic concepts that every aspirant must know.
More than spending time with large books which are available plenty in the market one should ideally go back to their school days to prepare for UPSC exam better. Apart from gaining knowledge these textbooks will act as starters so that you can slowly move on to tougher books. If you start your preparation by reading NCERT books it will provide you a firm footing to build on so that the books that seems hard to comprehend initially may not be so hard at all after finishing NCERT books.
Ideally one should read all NCERT books from class 6 to 10 except Mathematics and Languages while preparing for this examination. NCERT textbooks of History, Geography, Political science, Economics and Sociology for higher secondary section should be covered selectively. But Depending on one’s depth of knowledge in various subjects one can chose to skip the contents you are already familiar with. (A political scientist or law graduate doesn’t need to read ‘Indian Constitution at work’- NCERT 11 Political Science textbook).
Some of the aspirants might be confused that how are contents in NCERT books going to figure in examination. To understand how these contents will gure in the examination you can take the test series which we will be launching soon. It will help you in getting an idea about how questions will be asked from the NCERT textbooks.