How to read ncert for upsc in 2021 (Best and effective tips)

Preparation of UPSC CSE cannot be done without thorough reading of Ncert books. You must be wondering How to read ncert for upsc exam.

Ncert books are the pillars of the UPSC examination. These books helps candidates in understanding the basic fundamentals of each subject.

Ncert books are considered as the BIBLE for UPSC aspirants.

Read this article till last to findout How to read ncert for upsc.

Is Reading NCERT books necessary?

Yes, Ncert books are the pillars of the UPSC examination so it is very important to study NCERT books before going for the standard books.

Ncert books along with standard books will be a deadly combo for the examination.

How to read NCERT for UPSC?

Now I will emphasize on how to read NCERT books for IAS

(1) First Reading-

Read the textbook with pencil in your hand. Just enjoy your reading. Underline you whatever you think is important by your pencil.

Don’t try to remember anything. Just read it like a novel. Try to understand what is the author trying to say.

(2) Second Reading-

Read again. Try to consolidate your concepts and try to answer the questions given at the back of the chapter.

(3) Third Reading-

Now Try to complete 1 NCERT in 1 hour. Highlight the important stuff. Summarise whatever you read into small paragraphs.

  • Create a time table and make sure to finish all the NCERT according to the timetable.

ALSO READ | How to make timetable for UPSC preparation

How to make notes from Ncert?

  • Basically, NCERT is noted in itself. But the main issue is that topics are scattered here and there in NCERT.
  • You should organize these things to get a proper note.
  • You can also take the help of UPSC syllabus for organizing notes rather than making direct notes from Ncert.
  • Try to make concise notes from each and every important topic.
  • Follow the 1/10th rule while making notes. It means if your topic is 1000 words then the note should be in 100 words. It will help you in quick revision before the exam.

Which Ncert books to read for UPSC exam-

Here i am enlisting all the NCERT books which are important for your exam-


  • 6th -Our past-1
  • 7th -Our past-2
  • 8th-Our past-3 (part-1 and part-2)
  • 9th- India and Contemporary world-1
  • 10th-India and contemporary world-2
  • 11th- Themes in world history
  • 12th- Themes in Indian history, Themes in Indian history-2, Themes in Indian history-3


  • 6th- The Earth Our Habitat
  • 7th- Our Environment
  • 8th- Resources and development
  • 9th- Contemporary India-1
  • 10th- Contemporary India-2
  • 11th- Fundamentals of physical geography
  • 11th- India-physical Environment
  • 12th- Fundamentals of Human Geography
  • 12th- India- people and Economy


  • 9th- Economics
  • 10th- Understanding Economic Development
  • 11th- Indian Economic Development
  • 12th- Introductory Macroeconomics


  • 9th- Democratic politics-1
  • 10th- Democratic politics-2
  • 11th- Indian constitution at work
  • 11th- Political theory
  • 12th- Contemporary world politics
  • 12th- Politics in India since independence


  • Introducing sociology textbook for class-11
  • Social change and development in INDIA-12th
  • Indian society textbook in societyfor class 12th


  • 11TH- An Introduction to Indian art


(1) Is it compulsory to read NCERT for IAS?

ANS- Every year at least 35-40 prelims questions are directly asked from the NCERTs. … For Example, Geography NCERTs of class 11 and 12 and History NCERT of class 10 and 11 are the most comprehensive books which must be read by every aspirant.

(2) How to read NCERT books for IAS?

ANS- If you are reading this till now then you have got the answer to this question.

(3) Which Ncert books are best for UPSC old or new?

ANS- New Ncert books comes with the latest data. It will be better if you read both NCERT simultaneously.

(4) Can I clear UPSC without coaching?

ANS- Yes, one can clear the IAS exam without coaching. read this for better understanding- How to crack UPSC in first attempt without coaching

(5) Can I crack UPSC without reading NCERT?

ANS-  Well, It is Must, no matter from which background you come.

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