NCERT Books for UPSC 2019 Exam Preparation

'NCERT is the Bible' when it comes to IAS preparation. Aspirants should always start their UPSC Civil Services preparation from the basic NCERT textbooks. Many aspirants either avoid or skip reading NCERT books, which could be fatal. In fact, many toppers have admitted that they judiciously followed NCERT books for IAS preparation. 

Why NCERT Books?

  • NCERT books are easily accessible to all the candidates who are preparing for the IAS exam.
  • NCERT textbooks are written for school students, so the content written in it is simple to read. They provide the basic information in a simplified format with an easy language, which will be helpful for understanding the basic concepts.

Importance of NCERT Books for UPSC

UPSC has a knack for picking questions directly from NCERT textbooks. Be it Prelims exam or Mains exam, when it comes to a conceptual understanding of the subject, UPSC gives importance to NCERT textbooks only. NCERT books are easily accessible to both rural and urban candidates. Further, they are also readily available online on NCERT website.

The information provided in NCERT books is authentic and reliable.

 

List of NCERT Books needed for UPSC Preparation

Note that the books in bold are most important for IAS Exam Preparation.

GS Paper-1 (Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society)

NCERT Books for Indian Heritage and Culture

Class NCERT Title Download Link
Class XI An Introduction to Indian Art Download here
Class XI Living Craft Traditions of India (Chapters 9 & 10) Download here

NCERT Books for Indian History

Class NCERT Title Download Link
Class VI Our Past Download here
Class VII Our Past - I Download here
Class VIII Our Past - II and III Download here
Class IX India and the Contemporary World I Download here
Class X India and the Contemporary World II Download here
Class XI Themes In World History Download here
Class XII Themes In World History I Download here
Class XII Themes In World History II Download here
Class XII Themes In World History III Download here

NCERT Books for Geography

Class NCERT Title Download Link
Class VI The Earth Our Habitat Download here
Class VII Our Environment Download here
Class VIII Resource and Development Download here
Class IX Contemporary India I Download here
Class X Contemporary India II Download here
Class XI Fundamentals of Physical Geography Download here
Class XI India Physical Environment Download here
Class XII Fundamentals of Human Geography Download here
Class XII India People and Economy Download here

NCERT Books on Indian Society

Class NCERT Title Download Link
Class VI Social Science: Social & Political Life I Download here
Class VII Social Science: Social & Political Life II Download here
Class VIII Social Science: Social & Political Life III Download here
Class XI Sociology: Understanding Society Download here
Class XII Indian Society Download here
Class XII Social Change and Development in India Download here

 

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GS Paper 2 (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

NCERT books for Polity, Governance and Constitution

Class NCERT Title Download link
Class IX Political Science: Democratic Politics Part I Download here
Class X Political Science: Democratic Politics Part II Download here
Class XI Political Science: Indian Constitution at Work Download here
Class XI Political Science: Political Theory Download here
Class XII Political Science I: Contemporary World Politics Download here
Class XII Political Science II: Politics in India Since Independence Download here

Note: Detailed focus should be on Indian Polity and World Polity should be read later if time permits.

GS Paper 3 (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

NCERT Books for Science & Technology

Class NCERT Title Download Link
Class VI Science Download here
Class VII Science Download here
Class VIII Science Download here
Class IX Science Download here
Class X Science Download here
Class XI Chemistry: Unit 14 & Biology: Units 4 & 5 Download here
Class XII Chemistry: Unit 16 & Biology: Units 8, 9 & 10 Download here

NCERT Books for Economic Development

Class NCERT Title Download link
Class IX Economics Download here
Class X Understanding Economic Development Download here
Class XI Indian Economic Development Download here
Class XII Introductory Microeconomics Download here
Class XII Introductory Macroeconomics Download here

NCERT Books for Environment & Ecology 

Class NCERT Title Download link
Class XII Biology: last four Chapters (13 to 16) Download here

 

  

Booklist for UPSC CSE Prelims and Mains - Download Now

List of relevant Old NCERT books for reference/selective reading

1. Ancient India (Class XI) by RS Sharma 

2. Medieval India (Class IX) by Satish Chandra - (This book is enough for complete Medieval history)

3. Modern India (Class X) by Bipin Chandra

4. World History(Class X): The Story of Civilization by Arjun Dev - (Should be enough for an intro to World History)

Steps to Download NCERT books for UPSC Exam

  1. You can download all NCERT books for IAS preparation from the official NCERT website.
  2. Once you click on the above link, a new tab will open. Click on the link for ePathshala.
  3. Select the class, subject, and book title accordingly.
  4. Once you select the book, the ebook will be opened. You can download that ebook by clicking on the download option on the top left of the window.

Steps to purchase NCERT books for IAS Exam

If you are not comfortable in reading from eBooks, you can also buy NCERT books for UPSC from Amazon or Flipkart, and get them delivered to your doorstep.

Books to be referred after reading NCERT

Once candidates read the NCERT books, they need to follow the prescribed textbooks or one standard textbook for each subject. Here we have listed essential textbooks for all GS Subjects. 

  • Indian Polity (M. Laxmikanth)
  • Indian Economy (Ramesh Singh)
  • History of Modern India ( Bipin Chandra )
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography - G C Leong
  • Art and Culture - Nitin Singhania
  • Indian Year Book
  • Yojana Magazine
  • Brief history of Modern India (Spectrum publications)

In Civil Services Exam, UPSC evaluates candidates conceptual understanding and analytical ability. It does not give importance to what book you have read, rather it gives importance to what you have understood from it. So don t read vaguely or memorise. Instead, follow the concept to proceed further in UPSC preparation.

We understand that even after reading from reference books some weaknesses in a subject may remain.

You should go through our article on how to overcome your subject weakness.

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FAQs related to UPSC NCERT Books

Q. How to read NCERT books for UPSC?


A. In UPSC preparation, NCERT textbooks play a crucial role in exam preparation. Many toppers recommend to read all the NCERTs from 6th standard to 12th standard. Aspirants can read the NCERT textbooks either subject wise or class-wise, but many toppers recommend to read NCERT books subject-wise so that aspirants can save a lot of time and complete all subjects over a period of time.

Q. How to make notes from NCERT books for IAS?


A. During NCERT textbook reading for UPSC preparation, try to make notes of your own. In the first reading try to avoid making notes concentrate on understanding the concepts. Make notes while you are reading for the second time, so that you can concrete the fundamentals and make a good revision notes for UPSC prelims and mains exam.

Q. How to read Geography NCERT for UPSC?


A. For Geography, candidates can read from the 9th to 12th standard NCERT textbooks and ignore the map reading books. The 11th standard text of “Fundamental of Physical Geography” is an important book which provides basic and fundamental geography knowledge for UPSC preparation. In fact, in UPSC prelims most of the geography based questions are still asked from NCERT textbooks.

Q. Which NCERT books to read for UPSC?


A. It is recommended by toppers to read all the NCERT textbooks from class 6 to 12 for the subjects History, Geography, Economy, Science and Environment.

Q. How to study NCERT for UPSC?


A. NCERT books lays the strong foundation for UPSC preparations, candidates preparing IAS exam, should utilise and study NCERT textbooks for basic concepts. In UPSC exams, candidates should have good command over conceptual understanding which is provided by NCERT textbooks for subjects like Geography, Environment, Ecology, History.

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