NCERT Books For IAS Preparation

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Reading NCERT Textbooks is essential for your IAS exam preparation and if you have a question on your mind or confused on which NCERT books to choose and read, then here is the solution to your doubts and confusion on which books to refer. Ideally, you should work your way through all related books from class 6 to class 12. But even in these books, some topics are more important than the others, so here’s the list of NCERT Books and topics (highlighted in color) that have to given importance while preparing for civil service exams.

Once a candidate starts preparing for UPSC IAS Exam, there will be a lot of questions in their mind. One of the frequently arising questions is which NCERT books to read for UPSC prelims. NCERT books are very necessary for UPSC Preparation. These books help you in both prelims and mains exam.

Take a look at the list of NCERT books for civil services preparation.

Paper I

History is an important topic in UPSC IAS prelims and mains examination. Here were giving the list of NCERT history books for UPSC. This NCERT books will help the aspirants to prepare for the exam very well.

History NCERTs

  1. History: NCERT Class VI – Our Past
  2. History: NCERT Class VII – Our Past -I
  3. History: NCERT Class VIII – Our Past II and III
  4. History: NCERT Class IX – India and the Contemporary World – I
  5. History: NCERT Class IX – India and the Contemporary World – II
  6. History: NCERT Class X – Themes In World History
  7. History: NCERT Class XII – Themes In Indian History – I
  8. History: NCERT Class XII – Themes in Indian History – II
  9. History: NCERT Class XII – Themes In Indian History – III

Indian Society NCERTs

  1.   Indian Society: NCERT Class VI – Social Science: Social & Political Life I
  2.   Indian Society: NCERT Class VII – Social Science: Social & Political Life II
  3.   Indian Society: NCERT Class VIII – Social Science: Social & Political Life III
  4.   Indian Society: NCERT Class XI – Sociology: Understanding Society
  5.   Indian Society: NCERT Class XII – Indian Society
  6.   Indian Society: NCERT Class XII – Social Change and Development in India

IAS aspirants can also refer class 12 book for Sociology.

Art & Culture NCERTs (Indian art and culture book for UPSC)

  1.   Art & Culture : NCERT Class XI – An Introduction to Indian Art
  2.   Art & Culture : NCERT Class XI – Living Craft Traditions of India (Chapters 9 & 10)

Geography NCERTs

  1.   Geography: NCERT Class VI – The Earth Our Habitat
  2.   Geography: NCERT Class VII – Our Environment
  3.   Geography: NCERT Class VIII – Resource and Development
  4.   Geography: NCERT Class IX – Contemporary India – I
  5.   Geography: NCERT Class X – Contemporary India – II
  6.   Geography: NCERT Class XI – Fundamentals of Physical Geography
  7.   Geography: NCERT Class XI – India –  Physical Environment
  8.   Geography: NCERT Class XII – Fundamentals of Human Geography
  9.   Geography: NCERT Class XII – India – People and Economy

 

For Geography:

you can read from class 6 to class 12 along with giving importance on the highlighted textbooks, especially the four NCERT textbooks from classes XI to XII.

For History:

Refer class 11 and 12 textbooks. However, try to get a hold of the Old NCERT history books, though they are not mandatory, but occasionally questions are asked from here.

Additional Books for Reference: NCERT History Textbooks of the old syllabus (1990s):

  1. Ancient India (class XI) by RS Sharma: This covers the ancient Indian history syllabus completely.
    • Alternative Published version: India’s Ancient Past – RS Sharma: Covers all of the NCERT syllabi and is more detailed in all aspects. Should be a good substitute.
  2. Medieval India (class IX) by Satish Chandra: This should be enough for Medieval.
    • Alternative Published version: History of Medieval India – Satish Chandra: More detailed than the NCERT but less easy to read. NCERT would be better.
  3. Modern India (class X) by Bipin Chandra:
    • Alternative Published version: India Before Independence: Bipan Chandra’s published book is easily available is more comprehensive, but the NCERT is more objective and easier to read.
  4. World History (Class X): Should be enough for an intro to world history

 

Paper II

Polity NCERTs

  1.   Polity: NCERT Class IX – Political Science: Democratic Politics Part – I
  2.    Polity: NCERT Class X – Political Science: Democratic Politics Part – II
  3.   Polity: NCERT Class XI – Political Science: Indian Constitution at Work
  4.   Polity: NCERT Class XI – Political Science: Political Theory
  5.   Polity: NCERT Class XII – Political Science I: Contemporary World Politics
  6.   Polity: NCERT Class XII – Political Science II: Politics in India since Independence

For Polity: Class 9 to 12 NCERT books should be read in detail, with a focus on 11th and 12th (of which World Politics, only if time permits).

 

Paper III

Indian Economy NCERTs

  1.   Economy: NCERT Class IX – Economics: Economics
  2.   Economy: NCERT Class X – Understanding Economic Development
  3.  Economy: NCERT Class XI – Indian Economic Development
  4.   Economy: NCERT Class XII – Introductory Microeconomics
  5.  Economy: NCERT Class XII – Introductory Macroeconomics

Science & Technology NCERTs

  1.   Science: NCERT Class VI
  2.  Science: NCERT Class  VII
  3.  Science: NCERT Class  VIII
  4.  Science: NCERT Class IX
  5.  Science: NCERT Class X
  6.  Science: NCERT Class XI – Chemistry: Unit 14 & Biology: Units 4 & 5
  7.  Science: NCERT Class XII – Chemistry: Unit 16 & Biology: Units 8, 9 & 10

Environment & Ecology NCERTs

  1.   Science: Class XII – Biology: last four Chapters (13 to 16)

For Economics: Reference of class 9 to 12 should be ideal, but if you are familiar with the subject, class 11 and some chapters in class 11 and class 12 (micro + macro) would be sufficient. So, read selectively! For Science: Refer textbooks of class IX and X that would be good enough for your IAS exam preparation.Paper IV

  1.   Ethics: NCERT Class XII – Psychology: Not important in exam perspective, however good for some basics. Read selectively.

Note: You can download all NCERT textbooks HERE.

Compiled PDFs for all NCERT Books will be available for download very soon on this page, so keep visiting us   Here’s a list of NCERT textbooks given class-wise for your reference in preparing for UPSC Exam:

Class Textbooks
6th History: Our Past Geography: The Earth Our Habitat Social Science: Social & Political Life IScience: Science: Class VI
7th History: Our Past – II Geography: Our Environment Social Science: Social & Political Life II Science: Science: Class VII
8th History: Our Past III – Part I & II Geography: Resource and Development Social Science: Social & Political Life III Science: Science: Class VIII
9th History: India and the Contemporary World-I Geography: Contemporary India – I Political Science: Democratic Politics Part – I Science: Class IX Economics: Economics
10th History: India and the Contemporary World – II Geography: Contemporary India – II Political Science: Democratic Politics Part – II Science: Class X Economics: Understanding Economic Development
11th                        History: Themes in World History Geography:      1.  Fundamentals Of Physical Geography     2. India- Physical Environment Science:    1. Chemistry: Unit 14    2.  Biology: Unit 4 & 5Economics: Indian Economic Development Sociology: Understanding Society Political Science: Indian Constitution at Work An Introduction to Indian Art Living Craft Traditions of India (Chapters 9 & 10)
12th History: Themes in Indian History Geography:    1. Fundamentals Of Human Geography    2. India – People & Economy Science:   1.  Chemistry: Unit 16   2.  Biology: Unit 8, 9 & 10Economics: Introductory Macroeconomics Sociology:    1.  Indian Society    2.  Social Change and Development in India Political Science: Contemporary World Politics

 

So, it is a given that you must read NCERT books for IAS prelims and mains if you are serious about clearing your UPSC civil services. But you must also know which NCERT books to read and how much to read because of the time constraints and the huge amount of reading that you have to do for your IAS preparation.

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Now that you have the complete list of NCERT books for UPSC civil services, you can start your IAS preparation today!