M Laxmikanth’s Indian Polity needs no introduction to UPSC aspirants, who believe this is the best available option to cover the subject effectively. Quora user Nikhil Agarwal, who cleared his UPSC prelims in 2016, 2017, and 2018, shares six tips to crack the subject using the book

For quick & repeated revision, charts come in handy without turning pages.

Use Charts

Make acronyms to remember important points. Using certain keywords will also make things easier.


For some lengthy chapters like ‘Parliament' or 'Fundamental Rights’, underline or highlight important parts to spot them easily in the future.


Make lengthy material concise by making your notes & filtering irrelevant data. “Without one’s own notes, remembering significant facts from irrelevant data will be difficult,” says Nikhil

Make Notes

Newspaper reading is inevitable for a UPSC aspirant. When any news regarding polity comes up, look for the subject in the book and study accordingly. Thereby, a revision of covered parts is also possible.