NCERT Books for UPSC/IAS

What are the list of NCERT’s that I need to study from class 6 to 12 for Civil Services? How do I read the NCERTs for the civil services examination? Do we need to make notes on NCERT books for IAS? These are some of the questions we hear more regularly from UPSC Aspirants. Here is a list of selected NCERT books to be read for UPSC/IAS exam.

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NCERT Books UPSC/IAS
NCERT Books for UPSC/IAS

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How do I read the NCERTs for the civil services examination?

First, not all NCERTs are necessary. As far as UPSC is concerned we need to go through only these 2 categories of NCERT books.

Requires thorough reading

  • History : Old NCERTs 9th and 10th (World History), 11th and 12th (Ancient, Medieval and Modern) Geography: 11th and 12th

Requires 2–3 reading

  • Social Sciences: 11th and 12th Political Science & Sociology (New NCERTs)
    Thus you only have 7–8 NCERT books that you should know thoroughly and around 10 others which you should have atleast read more than 1 time.
  • Also, don’t fall into the NCERT trap of not referring to any other book while you are reading NCERTs. Feel free to read them, give some time, refer other books and get back to them as and when required. ~ Bhavesh Mishra, IAS 2015 batch

What are the list of NCERT’s that I need to study from class 6 to 12 for Civil Services?

Since 2015 UPSC Prelims pattern is changing so keeping that in mind we are recommending the following books. We will keep updating the post regularly. You Can download them selectively from our Google Drive or from official NCERT Textbook site.

 History NCERT :

  1. Ancient India (class XI) by RS Sharma
  2. Medieval India (class IX) by Satish Chandra.
  3. Modern India (class X) by Bipin Chandra Till 1857
  4. World History (Class X)
  5. History: NCERT Class XII – Themes In Indian History – I
  6. History: NCERT Class XII – Themes in Indian History – II
  7. History: NCERT Class XII – Themes In Indian History – III
  8. Tamil Nadu class 11 Text book (Ancient + Medieval India)

Indian Society NCERT

  1. Indian Society: NCERT Class XI – Sociology: Understanding Society
  2. Indian Society: NCERT Class XII – Indian Society
  3. Indian Society: NCERT Class XII – Social Change and Development in India

Indian Art and Culture NCERT

  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 NCERT

  1. Geography: NCERT Class VII – Our Environment
  2. Geography: NCERT Class VIII – Resource and Development
  3. Geography: NCERT Class XI – Fundamentals of Physical Geography
  4. Geography: NCERT Class XI – India – Physical Environment
  5. Geography: NCERT Class XII – Fundamentals of Human Geography
  6. Geography: NCERT Class XII – India – People and Economy

Polity NCERT

  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

Economy NCERT

  1. Economy: NCERT Class XI – Indian Economic Development
  2. Economy: NCERT Class XII – Introductory Microeconomics
  3. Economy: NCERT Class XII – Introductory Macroeconomics

Science NCERT

Selectively

  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
  7. Science: NCERT Class XII
Class PHYSICS Chemistry Biology
7 4, 13, 14 & 15 5 & 6 1,2,10; 11 & 12
8 11 to 16 3 to 6 2, 8, 9 & 10
9 8 to 12 1 to 4 5,6,7 & 13
10 10, 12 & 13 1 to 5 6 to 11
11 1,5,8 1,14 2 to 5
12 15 14,16 4,5 then 7 to 10

Credit: Mrunal for the Table

Environment & Ecology

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

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