NCERTs can be considered the building blocks of your foundation for the UPSC preparation. You should be well versed in the concepts given in the syllabus, and for that, NCERTs come in handy. They are written lucidly and neutrally, making them easy to understand and build conceptual clarity.


Additionally, every year, many direct or indirect questions are asked from the NCERTs, not only in Prelims but also in Mains. Let us see an example of a question from the year 2019 that was directly from the Class 11th Introduction to Fine Arts NCERT textbook.


Building ‘Kalyana Mandapa’ was a notable feature in the temple construction in the kingdom of


  1. a) Chalukya
  2. b) Chandela
  3. c) Rashtrakuta
  4. d) Vijayanagar


This question could have been answered directly from the NCERT.


Consider the following statements:


  • The minimum age prescribed for any person to be a member of Panchayat is 25 years.
  • A Panchayat reconstituted after premature dissolution continues only for the remainder period.


Which of the statements given above is/ are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2


This question is also from NCERT of Class 10th (Chapter- Federalism)


With reference to the economic history of medieval India, the term ‘Araghatta’ refers to

a) Bonded labour

b) Land grants made to military officers

c) Waterwheel used in the irrigation of land

d) Wasteland converted to cultivated land


This question is directly from Class 7th NCERT by Romila Thapar. 


Almost all aspirants are aware of the importance of NCERTs however, the aspirants are always in a dilemma of how to approach the NCERTs. There is a plethora of information in the market that makes the aspirants confused. Some tips for reading the NCERTs that will help in translating the knowledge in the exam are:


  • Read the NCERTs to understand the concepts and not mug up every line.
  • Go through the Previous years’ question papers and analyse the topics that must be read from the NCERTs.
  • Make short notes of some facts, examples, and concepts. Use your creativity while making notes from the NCERTs, for example, flowcharts, diagrams, maps, etc.
  • Focus on the keywords, boxes, diagrams, maps, images given at the margins of the pages, glossary, etc.
  • Also, go through the questions given at the end of each chapter and solve them.


Besides, the aspirants also make common mistakes while reading the NCERTs, such as cramming each word of the NCERTs, reading all the NCERTs, making notes of the whole book, etc. By the time they understand the loopholes in their preparation, a lot of precious time is wasted. Hence, it is of utmost importance that they get the proper guidance at the right time in building the rock-solid foundation.


To make your job easy and help you achieve your dream job, KSG India has developed the NEEV (NCERTs for Effective and Early Victory) program. The program aims to cover the NCERTs keeping in mind their relevance in the UPSC exam. It will focus on the retrieval and reproduction of the information in the exam. You may read more about the program at


The salient features of the NEEV program are as follows:


  • Weekday classes of 2+ hours
  • Completion of the NCERTs in around 50 days (100+ hours of online classes)
  • Post-session daily objective test
  • Crisp and effective notes
  • Faculty and mentorship support at each step


The program will help the students save their precious time and utilise that time in productive areas. A hand-holding approach will be followed throughout your journey with us. So, build your foundation through the NCERTs and with KSG India.