Must Read NCERT Books for IAS Exam Preparation – Buy Online

Must Read NCERT BooksIn, we have mentioned many times that NCERT books are the best books to begin UPSC Civil Services Exam preparation. Having said that, we get emails from aspirants to select the most important NCERT texts to start with.

We have observed that many aspirants are confused about which chapters from NCERT texts to be studied (especially for subjects like General Science). These queries and requests are quite natural. We thought about posting an article in detail about the must-read NCERT books for IAS exam preparation.

Update: Now you can buy 40 NCERT books needed for UPSC exam preparation online as a set.

Why NCERT Books?

NCERT texts being textbooks for school children are written in a very simple and lucid manner. They are not only easy to study, but also can help to save a lot of time. You can quickly grasp difficult topics and concepts. If aspirants have enough time, it is always advised to start from standard 6 NCERT texts and read till standard 12 texts for all relevant subjects.

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Important NCERT Books for UPSC Civil Services Exam

If exams are near, it’s a quite natural to prioritise. For general studies (Prelims or Mains), aspirants need to focus on the NCERT texts on the below subjects: History, Geography, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Fine Arts, and Science.

Note: Books marked in Blue colour (bold) are more important.

History – Must Read NCERT Books

Geography – Must Read NCERT Books

Economics – Must Read NCERT Books

Political Science – Must Read NCERT Books

Sociology – Must Read NCERT Books

Culture/Fine Arts – Must Read NCERT Books

Science – Must Read NCERT Books

For science, aspirants are advised to go through at least these selected chapters from the mentioned standards.

How to buy NCERT Books?

Buy NCERT Texts Online from Flipkart

Note: NCERT books are available in many leading bookstores offline too.

How to Download NCERT Books as PDF?

  • If you find it difficult to get hard-copies of NCERT texts, you can always get soft copies in PDF form from the site
  • Just like NCERT website which offers a free download of quality books, NIOS website, as well as CBSE website, offers quality PDFs.
  • Click on the links above to download textbooks from these websites.

What next, after finishing NCERT books?

Once done with the basic study of NCERT books, aspirants should go deep by referring books from authors like for history India’s Struggle for Independence and History of Modern India by Bipan Chandra, Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth, Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh etc.

The recommended list of IAS books by is listed in the link Let your focus be right. Happy learning!

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