Where to Get Old Syllabus NCERT Books

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question-iconAfter I listed the NCERT books required for Prelims preparation, I have received many emails and comments from readers asking is it possible to obtain the old syllabus NCERT books from somewhere; anywhere. Well firstly, you don’t require old syllabus NCERTs for ALL subjects. As I have mentioned in the post, you should get old History NCERTs for classes VIII, IX and X, if possible. It’s not mandatory.

For other subjects the new syllabus NCERTs are just fine and recommended. So is it possible to obtain the old syllabus History NCERT books or of other subjects?

Sources for Old Syllabus NCERT Books:

Remember, this list is not exhaustive. Rather I have only listed online and offline sources that I am aware of. If you know more or any shop selling old syllabus NCERTs in you city/town please list the address along with phone number (if available) of the shop in the comments below so others can benefit from your knowledge.

  • Try searching classified sites like Olx.in and Quikr.com with terms like ‘old syllabus NCERT books’ + ‘city name’. Chances are someone might be selling his or her old books that they no longer require. And it might just be your lucky day:)
  • This site lists NCERT book distributors in Delhi and other cities along with their contact details. You can contact the shop owner/distributor directly and enquire about old syllabus NCERTs in their inventory. Asklaila.com is also a good source for locating NCERT shops in you city like Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and others.
  • Jawahar Book Centre at Ber Sarai in Delhi is a reputed book seller/distributor and ships books to all locations within the country. Chances are they might be keeping photocopied versions of old NCERTs as these are in demand among students enrolled in Delhi’s coaching institutes. Just call them up and ask for the old NCERTs and whether they will ship to your location or not. I have ordered books from them in the past and they sent it to my location at that time (Bombay) without any issue.
  • Just use your favourite search engine and type in “NCERT book shop” + “your city” or nearest city to get results about distributors and book shops in your area. You can then contact the sellers regarding your query.

UPDATE: If you cannot find old syllabus History NCERTs, click here to view their alternatives by the same authors.

Do You Know of Any Old Syllabus NCERT Dealers in You Town?

If you do or if you have come across any using the tips mentioned above, please list their contact details in the comments below so others can get these books as well. Even photocopied versions are welcome since these NCERT books were published during 1989-90 so new copies will most probably be not available.

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DASARI.GOPALA KRISHNA - October 27, 2013


vikrant - October 30, 2013

Hi Sir,

Sir you have mention a list of History books for mains, are this books available in Hindi also, from same Author and publication.
Also, please suggest General studies books for mains with Author and publication


    IAS Kracker - October 31, 2013

    Hi vikrant,

    You can try searching sites like flipkart.com for Hindi version of books. Regarding GS mains books, these will be put up soon

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SHUBHAM - March 30, 2014

hiii sir
i want to know old syllabus of ncert books are more helpful than new ones or not. if old ones are good than how we find that books.

Bobby sevra - August 15, 2014


I have got ncert books 2000 edition. Is this edition suitable or not?

ambuj kamboj - February 25, 2015

sir can u please tell me that the toppers of ias is also mugging up the topic which is required to mug or they only read but if they only read how they remember for long run.is cramming is also important for ias except learning concept.sir i am giving u an example let the one topic that is election of president then how to prepare for that topic?sir overall i want to know that with learning concept should i also mugging up the topic to write in the main examination?


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