Importance of NCERT Books in UPSC Preparation

NCERT is a bible for IAS Exam , is a popular belief that has been proven true year after year during UPSC IAS Exam. There is no alternative to it. IAS toppers have also stated many times that NCERT is the foundation of their exam preparation.

Importance of NCERT in IAS Exam

  • UPSC still asks questions based on NCERT text books.
  • For basic understanding of all subjects, NCERT is the best.
  • Information provided in NCERTs is authentic and reliable.
  • Written in simple language and easy to understand.

How to read NCERT books?

  • Try to read all NCERT books- chapter wise.
  • While reading try to give importance to all tables and diagrams given in the chapters (Note: Many time UPSC asks question from these tables and diagrams too)
  • At the end of each chapter, there are a few practice questions try to solve those questions (Caution: UPSC has even asked questions directly from here!).
  • Finally, try to make your own notes for final revision. You will be much more comfortable reading what you write.

What to read from NCERT books?

  • In the History books, read important timelines and events from prelims and mains perspective. Also try to answers the questions given at the end of each chapter for improving answer writing and understanding the Historical background.
  • Geography NCERT Text Books are very important from prelims perspective. Many of the Geography conceptual questions asked by UPSC are from NCERT only. Follow the maps, diagrams and tables given the NCERTs, at times questions rise from these pictorial data too.
  • For Art and Culture, follow 11th NCERT book titled Introduction to Indian Art , It provides deep insights about Art and Architecture. While reading art and culture book try to give importance to the picture and diagrams given in the NCERT textbook.
  • For Environment, Read the 11th standard Biology textbook (Chapter 14 to 18). It provides basics regarding ecology and ecosystems. Many questions are asked from these four chapters, especially in prelims exam.
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UPSC Questions asked from NCERT books

Prelims Questions:

Consider the following specific stage of demographic transition associated with economic development: (2012)

  1. Low birthrate with low death rate
  2. High birthrate with high death rate
  3. High birthrate with low death rate

Select the correct order of the above stages using the codes given below:

(A) 2-1-3

(B) 2-3-1

(C) 3-2-1

(D) 1-2-3

The correct answer is B.

Ball bearings are used in bicycles, cars, etc., because (2013)

(a) the actual area of contact between the wheel and axle is increased

(b) the effective area of contact between the wheel and axle is increased

(c) the effective area of contact between the wheel and axle is reduced

(d) None of the above statements is correct

The correct answer is D.

The demand for the Tebhaga Peasant Movement in Bengal was for (2013)

(a) the uprooting of Zamindari system and the end of serfdom

(b) writing off all peasant debts

(c) the grant of ownership of land to peasants as they were the actual cultivators of the land

(d) the reduction of the share of the landlords from one-half of the crop to one-third

The correct answer is D.

Mains Questions asked from NCERT Text Book

  • Discuss the Tandava dance as recorded in early inscriptions. (2013)
  • What do you understand by the phenomenon of temperature inversion? How does it affect weather and habitat? (2013)

We have listed only few questions from NCERT books here.

UPSC also asks questions based on current affairs which somehow derives it root from NCERT Books. Say for example, there was nuclear disaster in Fukushima (Japan) in 2011, Based on this event UPSC asked Simple science question in 2012 prelims question paper.

The function of heavy water in nuclear reactor is to

(a) slow down the speed of neutrons

(b) increase the speed of neutrons

(c) cool down the reactor

(d) stop the nuclear reaction

The correct answer is A

Our request to students is to not skip NCERT reading.

Most of your IAS preparation should revolve around NCERTs and any other further reading should supplement the NCERT School Text Books. (Not alternative!!).

IAS Prelims book list: Check here

All the Best for your exams!

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