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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.

If you any questions regarding NCERT textbooks, use the comment form below.

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Vimlaksh
 

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arvind

sir, please suggest books for mains exam.
Thank You,

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Kanakam M Bhogeswara Rao

good

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    keenugarg

    Sir, ncert&ref. Books is sufficient with current affairs ,n gk

    Or another is needed

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ankit

as sir i have per suing bba so which subject is best for me to choose for mains its public ad or sociology or would u recommend a other subject ??

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balu

Sir,
Do we need to prepare a notes while reading NCERT Books or is it sufficent to prepare notes when reading standard book after completion of NCERT like India’s Strugle For Independence incase of History.
Thanks in advance

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mukesh hingane

hello sir,i have jus garaduated and started preparations with NCERT books reading….but confused as in market there are old and new NCERT books available….then what to do???? which books should i purchase for his geo eco bio ???thnx in advance

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akash

Sir, can u please help me in finding the old ncert history books, like where i can find them please???

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vivek

sir ,
is it necessary to make notes from ncert .
thank you

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Nilu

Sir i am B.A graduate in hindi medium..and i want to know that which books are best for me prepration for IAS entrance exams…plz tell me

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ramya

sir which books can i prepare for psychology mains and ncert books for psychology

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kirubha

Hi,

I have been browsing your website for the past few days and its really very useful.
You have provided with the link to download nCERT text books , is it the link to the books published in 1990’s , i mean are they old syllabus books ?

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Kaustuv Mishra

Sir,
Please take a lookat the following books for medieval and ancient history.Will these suffice as old NCERT editions are not available
http://www.flipkart.com/india-s-ancient-past-new-ed/p/itmczytarhqwjgcb?pid=9780195687859&icmpid=reco_pp_hSame_book_1

http://www.flipkart.com/history-medieval-india-01/p/itmdytkfgwnuz7gt

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    Vimlaksh

    Yes Kaustuv,

    These books will suffice and thanks for sharing the links.

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ASHOK KUMAR BAG

sir ,

i have decided to prepare ias exam at home without the help of coaching . suggest me some strategies to crack ias exam in my first attempt .

from -Department of Economics , Barpali college , Barpali

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Anusha

For fundamentals of physical geography, should we follow old or new ncert?
Please guide me…

Regards
Anusha

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Govind

Friends, Just found in net that Jawahar Book House in Delhi have the complete xerox copy of old NCERT. They Charge 1200/-. Its a package of complete 6 to 12th NCERT, publications before 2004 . If any one in Delhi can go and have a look in that shop. They told they will courier it to other Cities also.

Below is the link.

http://www.jawahar-book-centre.com/civil-services-interview1.html

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ramya

sir

for prelims should we follow old or new ncert books

plz guide me sir

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Dr.Abhishek

Sir, Few queries.

1. In the IAS e-book, you have given NCERT VIII to X for history. However, in this write up you have said NCERT of IX,X and XI. Kindly clarify.

Regards,

Dr.Abhishek

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    Vimlaksh

    Hi Abhishek,

    Go with NCERTs listed in this post. I will update the eBook as well.

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      Dr.Abhishek

      Sir, Few queries

      1.I have NCERT Modern India (XII) by Bipan Chandra,2002, 9th reprint edition (original first edition 1990).
      Would it suffice in place of ‘Modern India (class X) text book of old syllabus authored by Bipin Chandra’, as suggested by you in this write up. Both these books are not in print now.

      2. For Polity NCERT, XI- Political Theory & Indian Constitution at Work (2 books); XII- Contemporary World Politics & Political Science-II (2 books). Your views on them?

      Regards
      Dr.Abhishek

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Abhimanyu

Sir, u are doing a great job .

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SK Namkhon

Suggest books for GS Mains.Thanks.

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Kuldeep Singh

Hello sir ! I m a district topper in 12 class and persuing B.Sc.Phy Hons.. from D U ! I like to give tutions upto class 12 .Now i want to ask if i m teaching 9 and 10 math and science and 11 & 12 only math ! Which pair should i choose for u p s e preparation purpose .I can give only 2 hrs for teaching so plzz sujjest me that should i teach 9&10 ( math , science ,) or 11&12 ( math only )

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Prasad

Sir. If Buy a new thick book of TMH GS Manual, no need to read it along with old NCERT? Does THM GS Manual contains old NCERT and a few books from history optional? The history and culture section GS manuals is written based on old NCERT?

Think you in advance.

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harshal patil

sir which ncerts books are available in hindi.. please guide me

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Aakash

Hello sir,
I’m just graduated i have an aspiration of becoming an IAS.I need a good mentor to guide me with all the basic and advance level of books for the IAS prelims.How shall i start and with what kind of books shall i refer to?I would request plz help me sir so that i would give my best.ty

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santanu

Sir

I would like to know about the requirements for preliminary of ias 2014 means what i hv to study for clear it.

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Ashu

Hi Sir,
I am having experience of near about 6 year in Software Industry.But now i am planning to prepare for Civil service.can you plz let me know from which basics books i can start my preperation.
Also please let me know the ncert books which i have to study.

Thanks

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deepak sharma

Sir…plzz tell me…which one is best for geography either..ncert or goh Cheng Leong book…???
Sir plzz tell me how should I start myself for preparation because I have done my btech this year in civil engineering and currently I m lecturer in engineering college???

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shubham

sir,i want to start UPSC preparation and i am from marathi mediam now in UG so the NCERT books in the post are sufficient for me ? or i should read other extra NCERT books also.

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Boeing 747

When prelims only asks for modern India ! Why to read ancient and medieval history? Will class 10th ncert modern history will do ? After all it’s all about smart work .

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shveta

hi sir,
i am doing b.tech in electronics and communication .plzz…suggest me how to begin the preparation for ias exam..and how to choose optional subject..
plzz rply

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jayesh ppatil

sir,i am not so good in english as i think,so it is good to give exam in regional language? thank u.

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    Vimlaksh

    Hello Jayesh,

    Yes you should attempt the exam in the language in which your are most comfortable.

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Anitha

Sir,

I am a final year ECE student. I am aspired to get through IAS preparation. But people are suggesting me to approach some coaching centres.
I am from economically backward family and so I cannot approach any such centres as quite as easy… Is it good to start my preparation on my own or not?

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abhinav abrol

sir i m persuing mba……i want to go for ias exam ……..i m bit confused that i will get very less time for the preparation…..will u plze suggest me the books for prelims and mains with which i hav 2 begin and go 4 further preparation……also guide me with the strategy to prepare 4 the exam

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DILIP MISHRA

Sir i want in hindi medium material for civil service exam 2015 plz

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    arun

    sir..plz help am I supposed to read science that is all phy chem bio ncerts from claß 11 nd 12

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vaghela sunil Kumar rameshbhai

Please. Make list of important ncert books and which class. For which subject. Plz.

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Jancy

Sir, I am a B.Com graduate and i want to prepare for IAS Exams. Will you suggest me which subject should i choose??

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krishn

Sir mai btec 2nd year ka student hu app mujhe ye bataiki.mai 3rd year se taiyari kar sakta hu aur kaun sa acha coaching hai vaji ram$ravi ya phir chankaya ias acadmy.

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Tanu Shree Singh

Wonderful content Sir.
Thanks

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M.Abhilash

Respected sir,
Is complete 6th to 10th all subjects ncert text books are needed? Please inform me sir.

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parimal

sir i need old ncert history of class 8 & 9, if you have these stuff please provide us.
thank you

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Jadeja amee

I want to buy books for ias preparation.. The books u suggested are available at what price?

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Rohit

Sir
I am B.A Grduate Student and i want to know which books Help For Krack IAS exam

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vishal virani

sir i m done mba with finance specialization……i want to go for ias exam ……..i m bit confused that i will get very less time for the preparation…..will u plze suggest me the books for prelims and mains with which i hav 2 begin and go 4 further preparation……also guide me with the strategy to prepare 4 the exam

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Manish

Thanks Sir! for valuable source of information. But the question is for science The Hindu also publish some booklet, isn’t it ? And from where can I get this TMH GS Manual .

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Keshav Bhardwaj

Dear sir this is keshav bhardwaj and i want to tell u that i have to read ncert books only for knowing basics or i have to make notes also from them.

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Anjan Pal

Dear Sir,
There are more than One NCERT text books for same class ( eg. Class 11 has two Economics text book ). Please Sir Suggest me which NCERT text books I should follow. And aslo please make me aware of how many NCERT textbooks are available in Market from Class 9-12 ( Specially History, Geography, Science and Economics ) .

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Anjan Pal

Sir,
Being a Bengali medium student I’m confused about how many NCERT books are available in market. In some cases there are more than one textbook for same class.. Please give me the details . Thanks in advance.

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Ayeshah

I m a 19 year old mbbs student so plz cn u tell me dat should i read all the ncert books now from 6 to 12 or only some of them and which subject

And should i choose medical science as an optional subject or anyother

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Saltnat Naseem

sir I m preparing for IAS from the NCERT but in a vry different manner.
I m making notes topic wise as I used to take one topic and collect information on that particular topic from all NCERT’s.
is it the right way??
and plz guide me about the best optional subject for a begginner to take in UPSC??

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Saltnat Naseem

plz help me abt optional sub??

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