#19: What is the Importance of Reading NCERT for Civil Services?

Things built on a weak foundation will eventually crumble “

UPSC civil services exam requires a competitor to have an in-depth knowledge on  subjects like history ,geography ,polity and current information related to the country. NCERT forms the basis of the subjects. It not only builds the foundation but is also the most genuine source of information .For aspirants NCERT helps in conceptual clarity as it is designed by government officials after thorough research . NCERTS not only help in laying the foundation for the subject but also help in connectivity of different topics within the subject and interlinking the subjects topic wise. Newspaper reading also becomes easy as it simplifies the meaning of complex words . It is advisable for the beginner to read NCERT 4 to 5 times before starting with reference books .

HOW TO READ NCERT?

An Aspirant should give at least 4 to 5 reading for the NCERT. You can either read it subject wise or can start in general from Class 6 to 12 .To read NCERT syllabus is of utmost importance as it saturates the topic to be read and makes the reading even more easier. Time consumption depends on the grasping power of the candidate ,generally it takes 3 to 4 months to prepare NCERT. One should make very crisp notes after the final reading to avoid reading the whole book again.

Following are the must read Ncert books of various subjects.

History

  • Class 6: Our Past I
  • Class 7: Our past II
  • Class 8: Our past III (Part 1 and 2)
  • Class 9: India and the Contemporary world – I and II
  • Class 10: Themes in World History, India and the contemporary world II
  • Class 11: Themes in World History (Industrial revolution)
  • Class 12: Themes in Indian History I, II and III

Indian Society

  • Class 11: Sociology: Understanding Society
  • Class 12: Indian society

Art & Culture

  • Class 11: An Introduction to Indian Art
  • Class 11: Living Craft Traditions of India (Chapters 9 & 10)
  • Class 12: Craft Traditions of India

Geography

  • Class 6: The Earth: Our Habitat
  • Class 7: Our Environment
  • Class 8: Resources and Development
  • Class 9: Contemporary India – I
  • Class 10: Contemporary India – II
  • Class 11: Fundamentals of Physical Geography
  • Class 11: India – Physical Environment
  • Class 12: Fundamentals of Human Geography
  • Class 12: India – People and Economy

Economics

  • Class 9 – 12
  • Class 9: Economics
  • Class 10: Understanding Economic Development
  • Class 11: Indian Economic Development
  • Class 12: Introductory Microeconomics
  • Class 12: Introductory Macroeconomics

Polity

  • Class 9 – 12
  • Class 9: Democratic Politics I
  • Class 10: Democratic Politics II
  • Class 11: Indian Constitution at work
  • Class 11: Political Theory
  • Class 12: Contemporary World Politics
  • Class 12: Politics in India since Independence

Sociology

  • Class 12: Social change & development in India

Science and Technology

  • Class 7 – 10 (All the books);
  • Class 11 and 12 (Selective)
  • Class 12: Ecology (Unit 10)
  • Chapter 13: Organisms & Population
  • Chapter 14: Ecosystem
  • Chapter 15: Biodiversity & Conservation
  • Chapter 16: Environmental Issues
  • Class 11: Chemistry (Unit 14) Biology (Units 4 & 5)
  • class 12: Chemistry (Unit 16) Biology (Units 8,9 and 10)

Environment and Ecology

  • Class 12: Biology: Last four chapters (13 to 16)
  • Chapters on Biotechnology

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