We are sharing with you Strategy how to Study NCERT books by an UPSC aspirant.Although study complete NCERT books requires plenty amount of time for SSC(we will recommend you lucent and arihant for ssc) but if you are also preparing for UPSC this strategy will be helpful for UPSC,PSC and SSC Examinations.
(1) Read —> (2) Apply —>(3) Memorize —> (4) Revise —>(5) Innovate —>
(1) First reading – Sequence :– Science —> Geography —-> History —>Geography—> Economics —> Culture—> History—> Culture—->Geography —-> Economics—> Laxmikanth ( Although not an NCERT book, it’s first 11 chapters compliment the NCERTs well)
Features :- Do not try to memorize anything. You will not grasp everything in one go, but if you go through the above loop, certain things in Geography will help you understand Economics and History better and vice versa. At the end of reading one, ensure that you understand every single line,that’s all. Number of hours/days taken to cover reading one is immaterial.
(2) Second reading :- Reverse the sequence of reading one.
Features :- For every 1 minute spent on reading, spend 2 minutes thinking, trying to connect that sentence with every subject you have read. try explaining things yourself, by connecting the dots.
Ex:- if you are reading about Kannauj, your knowledge in Geography and Indian Economy, will help you to reason why the tripartite struggle happened.It will also help you understand what kind of art and culture flourished there and why.
Go slow. Go very very slow in this step.Trust me, your clarity will increase exponentially. Your level of application will surprise seniors, teachers and yourself. Confidence will soar.
(3) Third reading – By now, half of the things are in your brain. Repeat reading one.
(a) Underline (only those) concepts that you cannot remember.
(b) Wherever you find memorization necessary, use a bold dot.
(4) Revise the underlined concepts twice compared the ones you find easier to recall. Memorize the ones highlighted using a bold dot.
(5) This is my favorite step. It basically means using all your life experiences to connect and recall everything you studied. It could be a conversation with a stranger in a train, a discussion with your parents or neighbors, the experiences in a bank or government office and so on..
Books are not to be touched in this step.
Used to remember my travels to the 24 states that I have been to, recalling the aspirations of the farmers , their dreams for their children, their houses, their language, their customs and lifestyle, their beliefs – every single detail that I could connect to a studied topic. Being a travel lover helped me memorize the locations of various resources, scheduled areas, wetlands, biosphere reserves/tiger reserves/national parks and rivers in India in the easiest way ever- connecting one thing to another. Needless to say, it was of immense use in this year’s prelims.
Play the song ” Rafta Rafta ” on youtube. If you are not focusing on the cute Katrina Kaif ; and instead your mind immediately wanders to the sugarcane fields, regions in India with wheat production, irrigation in Punjab, Rivers, Agriculture, Monsoon,Pressure variations, Inflation, FSB, Poverty, The British Raj, Independence and so on, then you have done steps 1 to 4 well