👉BUY : NCERT Chemistry Class 11 & 12👈
Is it important to read the NCERT science books from 6-10 for the UPSC?
I would say that for science and tech, it is more important to read:
- A good magazine/module/your own notes of newspaper-focus on knowledge of diseases (zika, nipah, covid etc), space (ISRO/worldwide), defence related (some important weapons, county of manufacturing, details etc) etc.
- Parts which are common with environment etc such as last few units of class 12 biology (ecology etc), Shankar book/any other source.
I think the above two will cover everything mostly.
- Add from tests but there is no limit. So spread your wings in accordance with time at hand.
- Google interesting technology especially which has been in common news (bitcoin, blockchain, quantum computing etc) but don’t spend days and weeks on it. Much of it will be covered in news/magazine. Eg. Question on Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality (2019) could be answered using logic/what we had heard in news.
- Edit: You can read summary given at end of class 11–12 biology book chapters which have some content/short definitions related to cells etc but then again is there a limit to such things? Besides you should not go too deep but only basic technology which may have been in news.
In 2017, UPSC asked contaminants of beverage I think, I don’t know how to reach the answer but many people deduced it somehow. This section will test not only bookish knowledge but deduction, logic and guesswork (?).
If you are reading NCERTS:
- Finish class 6–7 NCERT very very fast as a lot of it will be repeated in more advanced and logical form in higher class NCERTs. Try to do it in a day each if possible (or two).
- Biology, optics etc will keep on repeating from lower classes to higher classes as indicated above. For some topics, try to match the index and go in reverse order from higher to lower classes if same topic is present.
But my personal suggestion is to avoid so much choices and headache and go class-wise and get it done with fast.
- If you can’t remember things like classification of animal kingdom in class 9 and such things, don’t be too harsh, it’s tough for everyone. I don’t think UPSC asks questions from it (what is the chance anyway?) but you can try to Google meaning of some important terms from there.
NCERT chemistry book pdf:
What are the NCERT books to be read for UPSC?
“please do not read all NCERTs, it is a huge waste of precious time.”
NCERTS which I would read if I had to start again:
- History/Culture: class 11–12 old Ancient and Medieval NCERT and class 11 Fine Arts Book. Modern history, post-independence history and world history usually have substitutes and may or may not be done from NCERT (I did not).
- Geography: class 11–12 NCERTs in line with syllabus. Here class 6–8 new NCERTs were also decent. Geography is that one area where class 6–12 NCERT can be seen in general however there is a lot of repitition again as one moves to higher classes. So be wise.
- Science and Tech: I did class 6 to 10 NCERTs for all 3 prelims however can not say if it really helped me. Additionally class 12 biology last 4 units and chapters like chemistry in everyday life, space/gravitation from class 11–12 books may be done. However UPSC is not asking such static questions these days. Refer to subject wise PYQs of last 3–5 years to understand the trend but always prepare for the worst. (at least to the extent possible)
NCERTs which I would not do if I had to start again:
- History Class 6–10 NCERTs: Class 11–12, Spectrum Modern history etc cover almost everything. I used other sources for world history and post-independence history. There is not enough time for duplicacy. Such humongous efforts should instead be put into one’s optional which otherwise suffers.
- Polity NCERTs*: I am not saying a question can not come from this but you should be ready to handle such questions after reading so much of Laxmikanth or news etc.
- Economics NCERTs*: I am again not saying a direct question can not come from this but cost benefit has to be considered. Resources such as Sriram IAS and/or Mrunal cover such things. In any case, every book we leave will have a question but we can not do everything.
*Even if you do polity/economics NCERT, please see PYQs first and understand that UPSC asks different questions (especially in polity). So read if you want, I too did in first attempt, but only give commensurate time. In case you have trouble understanding guide books, you can refer NCERT but I am not sure how much would it help.
- Society etc related things: can be done from news, coaching modules, test paper and PYQs etc. I only did one sociology related NCERT 4 years ago and never touched it again. Here I used a lot of things from optional (population geography, regional planning, settlement geography), polity etc in Mains.
- Old NCERT of geography which had continent wise discussion: such micro-regional approach to world geography was not extremely beneficial to me personally.
At the end, always remember there are 800+ ways to become a civil servant (or the number of seats every year). Everyone has a different approach so it would not be correct to curse me if a question came from an NCERT you left on my advice to myself. But I think we need to be very practical about things and rationalise our efforts to get maximum output in limited time.
You can try with limited NCERTs and guidebooks, give tests and then modify your approach accordingly. Listen to everyone but do your own thing.
Good luck 🙂
BY: Shubham Bansal, All India Rank 43 UPSC Civil Services Examination 2019
What books should I refer to for UPSC chemistry optional?
Books to refer for UPSC chemistry optional are-
- A guide to mechanism in organic chemistry – Peter Sykes
- A textbook of environmental chemistry and pollution – S.S. Dara.
- A textbook of organic chemistry – Bahl & Ba
- A textbook of physical chemistry (Vol. – IV) – K.L. Kapoor
- Advance physical chemistry – Gurdeep Raj
- Advance physical chemistry – Gurdeep Raj
- Advanced Inorganic Chemistry – J.D. Lee
- An advanced inorganic chemistry – J.D. Lee
- Extradition of metals, Principle of inorganic chemistry – Puri, Sharma, Jauhar.
- Organic Chemistry Reactions and reagents – O.P. Agarwal
- Principle of physical chemistry – Puri, Sharma & Pathway
- Principles of Physical Chemistry – Puri, Sharma & Pathway
- Selected topics in inorganic chemistry – Madden, Malik, Tuli