In the last post, we discussed that it is important to complete NCERTs in the first phase of preparation. So here in this post, I will tell you how to read NCERTs effectively for UPSC.
- First, we will discuss –> Do we need to read NCERTs for UPSC IAS Preparation?
- Secondly, we will talk about which NCERTs we have to read for which subject?
- Thirdly, we will discuss how to read NCERTs, i.e. what will a be method to read?
- Fourth, we will discuss how to make Notes from NCERTs?
- And finally, do we have to read all the topics from a book or selective reading?
If you are here without watching the video – I would highly recommend you to watch the video first – Click Me
WATCH: How to Read NCERT for IAS Preparation + How to Make Notes | INDIASHASTRA | UPSC
If you have watched the video go ahead.
Do We Need to Read NCERTs for UPSC?
The answer is super simple, yes. But do we have to read all NCERTs, the answer is not all but almost all.
Many of you have joined coaching right? So you can skip certain basic books. Though you have to read most of the books either way.
So I have divided NCERTs into two sections,
- Primary –> Must Read: You should not skip them (my advice)
- Secondary –> Depends and varies from person to person.
NCERT BOOKLIST FOR UPSC
One Should Not Skip
One Can Skip if he has strong base
Art and Culture
XI Fine Arts NCERT
Nitin Singhania Selective reading
Class VIII part I + II
Class XII Theme III
Politics in India Since Independence
Now let me tell if there is one subject for which you can rely solely on NCERTs then that is Geography
VI, VII, VIII, IX, X
|Sanjeev Verma’s book on Indian Economy|
Biology XII Last IV
Norman Lowe. Will Create base for IR
Standard Books for UPSC
As we discussed in an earlier post and in the video, you have to couple NCERT with reference books. So to get the complete standard booklist click below.
Now let us talk about the method of reading NCERTs
How to Read NCERTs?
- First Reading: Read it like a novel but keep a pencil in your hand. Underline what you feel is important.
- Second Reading: Now you will be able to read it faster, you will understand more this time. So keep eraser in your hand and erase underlines which made no sense. Also, answer the question given at the back. Will help you to form answers.
- Third Reading: Just glide and highlight as fast as you can.
Remember that subsequent reading takes less time.
How to Make Notes from NCERTs for UPSC?
Do not make notes bookwise or chapter wise. You should make notes topic wise. For that, you should be able to identify topics. For example – you can find world history topics here (for UPSC). Now you have to do a similar exercise with other subjects.
Now it is clear that you should make notes topic wise. I have elaborated it in detail in the video you can watch the video @ 10:00 minutes I am explaining about how to make notes.
You can watch the video here –> Video
Also, I will give you a topic list from next post onwards. So do comment. And happy reading