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Importance of OLD NCERT  for UPSC Examination

NCERT books are the first step towards your dream career of becoming an IPS/IAS officer. The books developed and distributed by the National Council of Education, Research and Training, are unbiased and well articulated. The information provided in these books is accurate, true and in depth. You can easily make factual notes out of these books, especially for history, economics, and geography. All the beginners or the new aspirants often ask the same question about why to prefer NCERT books especially the old NCERT books when there are hundreds of standard and advanced books available along with online material?

Why old NCERT books are important?

NCERT books are the most basic books and are written in very simple language marking a neutral perspective towards the very event. NCERTs prepare your base towards a solid preparation for UPSC examination. The new books, especially for geography and history, cover lesser data than the older books. The old NCERT books offer more in-depth knowledge than the newer ones. But in the case of science and maths, you should prefer new books only as they cover all the advancements covered over the years. Another reason why NCERT books are important is that when you write the UPSC mains examination, your writing style should correlate with the NCERTs. Every year around 30% questions are directly asked from the NCERT textbooks. You can only answer them if you have a thorough and deeper understanding of the concepts. There are some old NCERT textbooks which offer the most comprehensive material for the aspirant’s preparation such as old NCERT book of Geography (class 11 and 12) and History NCERT (for classes 10 and 11). These books should be mugged by every candidate. NCERT offers you a planned study approach as well as material else you will get lost in this vast ocean of books and coachings. If you are planning to take up subjects related to humanities as your optional subject and you haven’t read them before, then studying these books will benefit in your optional paper as well.

What to read from old NCERT Books?

The newer NCERT aren’t recommended for some subjects such as Geography, polity, art & culture and History. When you study History, the main thing which matters is the memorization of the timeline. The factual knowledge becomes important at this stage along with some contextual memory. While studying the Geography NCERT consider old NCERTs as the Holy Grail. All the maps, mountains, rivers, passes etc should be on your tips.  Class 11 NCERT book for Art and culture book is sufficient to study for the GS paper as well. When you study from Polity NCERT textbook then make sure that you make all the notes accordingly. This book is very important from the essay writing part asked me the mains examination. UPSC asks ore of factual questions which you will easily find in old NCERTs. The NCERT textbooks on sociology will give deep insights into how our society is continuously evolving and provides explanations to the varied perspectives, conflicts, and other social issues related to women, caste, children and the deprived sections of the society.

How to read effectively from NCERTs?

We know that NCERT forms the basis of preparation for your dream job and the most prestigious career. You can start with whatever suits you the best. You can either start with subject wise preparation by taking one subject at a time or you can start preparing for all subjects together. You need to study NCERTs for classes 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and last but not the least class 12. The best way of studying with NCERTs is:
  • Underline what you feel is important in your first reading. If you are studying online, you can use a marker option.
  • When you are in your second reading, make sure that you learn and memorize the underlined things.
  • Now moving on towards your final reading, make notes of your underlined things. Now forget the books and totally focus on your notes.
  • Revise your notes every fortnightly. After 4-5 iterations you will automatically reach the desired level of competency.
  • Always remember that finishing a book does not declare the things done until and unless you remember everything and are able to recall them in your mains and prelims.
  • Study your NCERTs in such a way that the entire syllabus can be revised in 7 to 8 hours. Your hard work is the ultimate key towards your success.

Timeline for studying old NCERT Books

There is no finite timeline suggested for completion of the NCERT books. You need to study them till you feel that all your concepts have been cleared and you have started to memorize the concepts and dates. If you are a really intelligent person, you will be able to complete all NCERTs in 1.5-2 months.  But being an average student, you will be completed in 2-3 months time.

Old is Gold

Old NCERTs were full of factual information and in-depth knowledge. The newer NCERTs follow the interactive mode of learning. The new NCERTs certainly are good when you study science and mathematics but regarding social sciences, old NCERTs are preferred. The new NCERT is helpful for students in getting in-depth knowledge and improve their logical and analytical skills. for knowing more about the social sciences, the old NCERt books really help. Not only for UPSC but when you prepare for Staff Selection Commission exam, you still need to study NCERT books. Many other competitive exams also follow NCERT books as it not only solidifies your base but also makes you score well in these exams.

How to get NCERT old textbooks?

There are two ways by which you can have access to NCERT old books. The first option is to go offline i.e. in your markets or issue them from the college library or city library. Finding these books is a daunting task as these books are limited but the numbers of students are more. You can also buy photocopy of these books as it is very hard to find shop to buy original old NCERTs books. One shop which is selling photocopies of these old NCERTs is CAREER CHOICE CENTRE in Haldwani (Uttarakhand) Address is given below CAREER CHOICE CENTRE Janpath Complex, Nainital Road Haldwani (NTL) Uttarakhand-263139 Mob. 9719039744 The second option is the most recommended one, which is ordering these books online. These books are available on our website i.e.