Hi, my name is Pooja and I am also a learner like others. I would like to share my experience with you which I thought will help you. Today, I want to discuss about should we read NCERT for UPSC?
NCERTs are the basic step of preparation of any govt. Exam. Some people said that you don’t need to read NCERTs it is time consumable, those people are not wrong may be they are very focused about their career so that they know a long ago that what they want in life? But here, if you are a beginner, so I would like to suggest you that must read NCERTs. NCERTs are the basic step or root of a huge tree. Like if the roots of a plant are weak it will not grow high, so as usual if your basic is weak you will not dive in ocean of Knowledge.
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Importance of reading NCERTs
You can read NCERT for UPSC in your preferred language- Hindi and English. NCERTs are available in both languages. The Indian Constitution recognize 22 major languages of India in what is knownas ‘THE 8th SCHEDULE’ oftheConstitution. Theselanguagesare– Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. Question paper is only given in Hindi and English. You can write your answer in any one of the scheduled language of India.
Strategy to read NCERT for UPSC
Now, we start our strategy to read and remember NCERT for UPSC. How can we read them? And how can we make our own notes. Start with class 6th NCERT books, you can also start with class 9th NCERT books as per your capability. Read all the NCERTs from class 6th to class 12th or class 9th to class 12th. Please note that you have to read all NCERTs thrice. At first, read all the NCERTs without any Highlighter or pencil.
At second stage, underline important points with pencil and then third time make notes of NCERTs. I would like to suggest that make your own notes so that u can understand the topic clearly. Do not distract by shortcuts during this process. Because as I told you that basic must be strong. There is no shortcut for NCERTs. You just make notes for quick revision for future.
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NCERT for UPSC from 6th to 12th
Geography – class 6th to 12th
History– class 6th to 12th (main 9th-12th) and Tamil Nadu board books – Ancient and Medieval History (these books are available online)
Political Science – 9th – 12th
Economics – class 6th – 12th
Sociology– class 11th – 12th. If you choose your optional subject as Sociology, read IGNOU M. A books and notes are available online or you can visit Mukherjee Nagar, Delhi for notes on Sociology.
Art and culture– class 11th – 12th (Heritage Crafts)
General Science – Start with class 8th book and main books are of class 10th, 11th and 12th.
Try to revise previous chapters with day by day so that you will earn the target quickly. Always revise previous chapters for a good rank. And make your own notes as much as possible. To know about current affairs read Newspaper and here I am not recommending that you just only have to read THE HINDU newspaper. It’s not compulsory that you can only get good knowledge to read THE HINDU. You can read any newspaper, just only focused on page of news, sports, world, Economy and front page of every newspaper and editorials. Mark important lines and headlines. If you have time you can also make notes of newspaper also otherwise, just read them properly, it will take 1-2 hour for a good reading.
Also read your city newspaper, like I am from Rohtak, we get Rohtak bhaskar with Dainik bhaskar. So read your city newspaper, I am suggesting you this because of Interview, it is required. The jury will ask you about your city so it will help you to know more about your city – about the crime rate, inauguration and so on.