Kautilya Academy 17-05-2021
NCERT books are good for basic knowledge but sometimes they do not cover the whole syllabus of the exam and now these days all subject slandered books already cover important topics of NCERT. MPPSC it's not necessary to study NCERT, if you cover all the subjects with standard books there is no need to read NCERT first.
There are so many books available in the market but the standard books like modern History spectrum and Barnwell for geography. In fact, for NCERT there is a book by Mahesh Kumar Barnwal that's a compiled NCERT you can go with that book.
What is Good in NCERT Books:-
Being the most basic books and written in very simple language, lucid and neutral perspective makes NCERTs the base for the entire preparation. One will get most of their basic cover for geography and history from these books. Secondly, the Mains answer writing language should be similar to the writing style of these books which make them the fundamental element while preparing for the Mains examination.
Now let us analyse from Prelims and Mains perspective:-
Every year at least 35-40 prelims questions are directly asked from the NCERTs.
If you read one book for the prelims it also comes in handy in the mains. For Example, Geography NCERTs of class 11 and 12 and History NCERT of class 10 and 11 are the most comprehensive books which must be read by every aspirant.
It helps in planned study otherwise, you may be lost in the vast ocean of data and coaching materials.
If you are planning to choose humanities optional and you are from a non-humanities background, then study of these books will help in choosing the right optional and further, it may help in your optional paper too.
What to Read in NCERT:-
In the history books, read it from the prelims and mains perspective in different ways, however, common to both is the TIMELINE. Therefore here factual knowledge is very important along with some contextual memory.
Geography NCERTs: Treat them as the bible for the geography section of the prelims and the mains examination. Learn all the maps, rivers, mountain ranges, passes etc.
Art and culture NCERT of the 11th standard is very important for the mains examination and it covers the “art and culture” section of the GS.
Polity NCERT: Don’t make notes from here just read it as an important book for the Essay writing exercise of the Mains examination. It is more on the philosophical lines than the factual one and UPSC asks mostly factual questions.
Sociology NCERTs will provide the idea that our society is continuously evolving into a new moving equilibrium and there are many conflicts, many perspectives and the explanation to the many social factors especially issues related to the women, children, caste, class, a deprived section of the society etc. Therefore read them according to the GS-1 mains syllabus and its society part.
Environment and Biology NCERTs are important because every year there will be 8-12 questions from this area.