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Which NCERT Textbooks to Refer for IAS Exam

NCERT textbooks are a very good source and introduction to topics in IAS prelims. Little wonder then, many coaching classes and aspirants recommend NCERT textbooks to fresh aspirants who are just starting their preparation. But the question I receive quite often is should you refer All NCERT textbooks and for All subjects? The answer to both is No. You have to read some NCERT text books for some subjects. For some NCERT text books are not required. So you should read which NCERT text books for which topics, let’s find out.

Note: This post focusses only on NCERT text books. For complete list of recommended books for prelims, refer this post.

Indian Polity NCERT Textbooks:

No NCERT text book is required as Our Constitution by Subhash Kashyap is very good source for polity. Easy to read and understand. But if you still prefer going through NCERTs first, read NCERT textbooks on political science for classes XI and XII.

Indian History NCERT Textbooks:

For Indian History, please obtain the following old syllabus NCERT history text books, published in 1990, if you can get them somehow. They are currently out of print but are highly recommended.

Ancient India (class XI) authored by RS Sharma. This covers the ancient Indian history syllabus completely.

Medieval India (class IX)  for covering medieval India syllabus authored by Satish Chandra.

Modern India (class X) text book of old syllabus authored by Bipin Chandra.

Also combine Bipin Chandra’s India’s Struggle for Independence to cover the modern Indian history syllabus completely.

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

Geography NCERT Textbooks:

Four NCERT text books for classes XI and XII. Read them all.

Class XI: Fundamentals of Physical Geography and India Physical Environment

Class XII: Fundamentals of Human Geography and India – People and Economy.

Indian Economy NCERT Textbooks:

Class XI: Indian Economic Development

Class XII: Introductory Microeconomics and Introductory Macroeconomics

 Science NCERT Textbooks

Again I recommend TMH GS Manual as its Science section is quite extensive and covers the syllabus adequately. But if you still prefer NCERTs, read textbooks for classes IX and X.

Note: You can download all NCERT text books HERE.

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