How to Prepare NCERT Notes for the UPSC CSE Examination 2023 Aspirants

Aspiring candidates who are studying and preparing for the UPSC CSE exam 2023 examination are always very keen while putting together their notes. Every candidate pursues a different mechanism while assembling notes from various study materials. But from every study material they used to compose notes, the constant material is NCERTs. It is the basic sauce according to the previous UPSC toppers.

Through this article, the candidates will get an idea of the right usage of these NCERT books to create notes. Also, the essential NCERT books for each subject and some tips and tricks to assemble notes in an easy process are included in the article. Aspirants can read the COMPLETE STUDY MATERIAL FOR IAS UPSC EXAM for upgraded learning.

How to Make Notes Out of NCERTs

Making effective notes out of the NCERTs needs intelligence and perseverance. This task looks very easy and is usually like making other types of notes but in fact, it is not. 

Following, there are rules to maintain while writing the notes-

1) NCERTs are notes in themselves but the issue is that the topics are scattered here and there, so the most important thing is not to know how to make notes but how to organize them.

2) The candidates should organize their notes along the lines of the UPSC Mains syllabus rather than making notes from NCERT books.

3) Make a concise and final note out of every topic for instance if the candidate is reading non-cooperation movement from 8th standard NCERT, the candidate should not make notes of the full eighth standard book, they should take blank A4 sheet and make notes of the non-cooperation movement. And they have to make it as concise as possible.

4) The candidates should follow the one-tenth(1/10th) rule while making notes. It means if they have read one thousand words then the notes should be in 100 words. It will help them to revise before the exam. So, follow the 1/10th rule in subsequent reading.

5) The candidates should try to summarize 15 to 20 pages in one page, the notes should be unique and crisp, and only the candidate has to comprehend them, and also the candidate has to revise them.

Which NCERT for Which Subject?

If the candidates are confused about selecting the NCERTs, then the below-mentioned books are important to go through –

  • History

Start with the NCERT books of-

i) Class 6- Our Past (Part-1)

ii) Class 7- Our Past (Part- 2)

iii) Class 8- Our Past (Part- 3-Subpart A & B)

iv) Class 9 – India and the Contemporary World- (Part-1)

v) Class 10- India and the Contemporary World (Part 2)

vi) Class 11- Themes in World History

vii) Class 12- Themes in Indian History

( Part 1,2,3)

For gaining extra information aspiring students can take references from the Tamilnadu Board History books but it is optional.

  • Art and Culture

Start with the NCERT books of-

i) Class 11- An Introduction to Indian Arts of Fine Arts

ii) Class 12- Living Craft Tradition of India (Chapters 9 and 10)

  • Geography

Start with the NCERT books of class 6 from 12-

i) Class 6- The Earth Our Habitat

ii) Class 7- Our Environment

iii) Class 8- Resource and Development

iv) Class 9- Contemporary India ( Part 1)

v) Class 10- Contemporary India (Part 2)

vi) Class 11- A) Fundamentals of Physical Geography

B) India’s Physical Environment

vii) Class 12- A) Fundamentals of Human Geography

B) India, People and Economy

  • Politics

Start with the NCERT books of-

i) Class 9- Political Science Democratic Politics ( Part 1)

ii) Class 10- Political Science Democratic Politics ( Part 2)

iii) Class 11- A) Indian Constitution of Work

B) Political Science Political Theory

iv) Class 12- A) Political Science Contemporary World Politics

B) Politics in India Since Independence

  • Economics

Start with the NCERT books of-

i) Class 9- Economics

ii) Class 10- Understanding Economic Development

iii) Class 11- Indian Economic Development

iv) Class 12- A) Introductory Macroeconomics

B) Introductory Microeconomics

  • Science and Technology

Start with the NCERT books of-

i) Class 6- Science for class vi

ii) Class 7- Science for class vii

iii) Class 8- Science for class viii

iv) Class 9- Science for class ix

v) Class 10- Science for class x

vi) Class 11- Chemistry (Unit 4) and Biology (Units 4 and 5)

vii) Class 12- Chemistry (Unit 16) and Biology (Units 8, 9 and 10)

  • Environment and Ecology

Start with the NCERT books of-

i) Class 12- Biology’s last four chapters (Chapters 13 to 16)

ii) Class 6 to 12- Geography

  • Social Science

Start with the NCERT books of-

i) Class 6- Social Science Social and Political Life ( Part 1)

ii) Class 7- Social Science Social and Political Life ( Part 2)

iii) Class 8- Social Science Social and Political Life ( Part 3)

iv) Class 11- Sociology Understanding Society

v) Class 12- A) Indian Society

B) Social Changes and Development in India

The Steps to Create Effective NCERT Notes

Putting together the convincing NCERT notes for the UPSC Civil Service  Examination preparation implicates several steps.

The steps are as follows –

  1. Determine the Relevant NCERT Books

Foremost the candidate has to specify the NCERT textbooks that are appropriate to the UPSC syllabus for the particular subjects the candidate is getting ready for.

  1. Go Through and Comprehend the Chapters

Go through the chapters thoroughly put together all the information and make sure to comprehend the concepts. Concentrate on the key significances, conceptions, and facts.

  1. Sum up the Information

Jot down concise synopses for every chapter. Prioritise the primary theories, significant words, and key concepts. Try to avoid copying the same from the text.

  1. Highlight the Important Text

Underline or highlight significant facts, quotations, and information that might be helpful for revision, while reading.

  1. Use Bullated Points and Headings in Text

Categorize the notes by bulleted points, titles, and subtitles. This benefits the candidate with speedy revision and easy comprehension.

  1. Incorporate Diagrams and Charts in the Notes

Include relevant diagrams, maps, and charts for subjects such as Science, Geography, or History in the notes. These types of visual resources can help to recall better.

  1. Develop Mind Maps

Visualize the references between various concepts by developing easy mind maps. This can assist in holding the broader portrayal.

  1. Make Cross-Reference Topics

Put together some references between distinct subjects and topics. Create a Cross-reference of information to apprehend the interlinkages.

  1. Create Short Notes

Create short notes by concentrating on summaries further. These ultra-concentrated notes can be convenient for last-minute revisions.

  1. Build Self-Quiz Questions to Answer

Along with the notes, make a bunch of self-quiz questions to answer. This benefits functional remembrance and self-assessment.

  1. Frequent Review Notes

Every day revise the notes. This type of Spaced recurrence is a productive method to strengthen memory.

  1. Use Digitalised Tools

If paper and pen are too monotonous then candidates can construct digital notes utilizing apps or software such as OneNote, Evernote or even uncomplicated text documents. These tools assemble it in an easy way to arrange and explore the notes.

  1. Gather for Group Studying  and Discussions

Talk about the notes with equivalents or guides. This will help to elucidate doubts and increase unique viewpoints.

  1. Keep up with Updation

We all know NCERT books are the foundation or basis, but do not forget to keep up with regular current affairs and additional advanced study materials for comprehension.

  1. Preparation of Previous Years’ Questions

Work out on the previous year’s question paper to examine the knowledge and get familiarized with the exam pattern and the strengths and weak areas.

It is a strict reminder for aspiring candidates that the purpose is not to memorize the notes but to comprehend the concepts intensely. The notes should be a means to support comprehension and modification.

Some FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on Creating Effective NCERT Notes for UPSC Aspirants

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