NCERTs are considered as the basic resource materials for UPSC aspirants, with regard to all the important subjects. These days, the market is flooded with condensed data in the form of synopses or gists. This raises the debate aspirants as to whether NCERT texts should be read in their whole or if these synopses should be used. It is usually preferable to read NCERT text books in their entirety. Comprehensive reading can help facilitate conceptual learning and comprehension. Furthermore, the note-taking practise might help you in aligning your reading to your preferred learning style. The visuals and illustrations in the text also make it easier to remember and recall information. Furthermore, condensed information may leave out important aspects or content. UPSC selects questions from all corners of the NCERT textbooks. As a result, it is recommended that you read the book in a systematic and thorough manner.
Why NCERT Text Books?
NCERT Books for UPSC are an important element of the UPSC Civil Services Exams’ syllabus. As a result, every candidate returns to or should return to the core NCERT books. Despite the fact that each applicant studies the identical books, certain high rank holders and some who do not even make it through the first stage, or Prelims, exist. So, what’s the difference between these two groups of candidates? The difference isn’t in what they’re reading, but rather in how they’re reading it.
So, in terms of topic knowledge, what precisely is required of you in the UPSC Exams? It is required that you have a complete comprehension of the subject, that you comprehend the logic behind each issue, and that you recall the most relevant details. It is also anticipated that you can recreate all of this in your responses as needed throughout the exam.
What is the Best Way to Read NCERT Books for UPSC Exam Preparation?
What method will you use to read each subject and topic? We recommend beginning with the sixth-grade textbooks. The books will appear to be quite simple at first, and you will breeze through the chapters. If you’re at this level, try not to stop to figure out what you’re missing. Continue reading to acquire a sense of the subject. Learn how it works, what the logical links are, and how one chapter flows into the next to acquire a basic idea of the subject’s contents.
- Rereading NCERTs
Reread the subjects again, but this time with the goal of fully understanding each topic. This is the point at which you will seek outside assistance to comprehend if necessary, and you will not skip any topics in order to go on to the next. Do not skip any section of any chapter because, in most cases, understanding a chapter needs knowledge of the prior chapter’s important points. So, at this point, double-check that you cover every detail in the book. To ensure that you are acquainted with the topics, underline concepts that you need to remember, make notes, and undertake brief modifications if necessary. Also, in the activities that follow the NCERT chapters, answer each question. If you are unable to solve the problems, you must restart this stage and begin again by understanding the concepts.
- The final touch
Do a last read-through of the topics. You should be so familiar with the subject and the themes that you can read quickly and without pausing. Of course, you’ll come across facts and data, as well as certain concepts, that you missed previously, but on the whole, you’ll be able to read through chapter after chapter. At this point, work on making your notes briefer and clearer so that you can review each subject in a short amount of time. If you’ve followed the previous stages correctly, this phase should be simple and pleasurable.
- Connecting dots
Connect the daily events you’re reading in the newspaper to the topics you’ve learned about. If a government initiative to eradicate poverty is in the news, for example, attempt to put it to use while revising other comparable schemes from the past or the constitutional framework in which such schemes are enacted. This will greatly assist you in remembering both the current affairs issue and the static syllabus topic. You can refer Eduzone’s previous blogs to know more about reading newspapers and current affairs to get a clear idea.
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