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There is a great hype about the NCERT and NIOS books, for the preparations of the civil services examination. While everyone suggests the aspirants to read the NCERT and NIOS books, no one take the effort to explain, to the candidate, how to read these books. Therefore, UPSCPORTAL presents an analysis of these books, and a rational strategy to deal with them.
Indeed, these books are helpful for starting with the civil services, as these provide the aspirant with easy to understand language and graphic illustrations. Understanding any concept from the NCERT and NIOS books becomes an easy task. Since these books are generally compiled for the school students, the level of complexity is kept to a minimal level. Thus, a mature person, preparing for the IAS exam, is able to comprehend the ideas and facts given in the books.
However, it is important to learn about how to study the NCERT and NIOS books, from civil services exam point of view. The main aim, with which these books are recommended to the civil services aspirants, is to gain a comprehensive idea about he various issues and concepts, that form the foundation of the various disciplines.
Since the content of these books provide a bird's eye view of the various concepts, one must not rely on these books entirely. Instead, these should be used with an aim of forming a broad understanding of the concepts and topics, covered under the civil services syllabus. For a good preparation, you must complement the content given in the NCERT and NIOS material, with other resources. Given the level of the civil services examination, it is necessary to develop a knowledge base, higher than the standards of the NCERT and NIOS books.
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SOURCE: National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) Website