UPSC Pre Syllabus In detail And Books | HISTORY

Ancient Indian History, Art and Culture and Medieval India:

Ancient History

▪ Prehistoric period

▪ Harappan / Indus Valley Civilization

▪ Vedic Age

▪ Mahajanapadas

▪ Religious Reforms

▪ Mauryan Age & Post Mauryan Age

▪ Sangam Age

▪ Guptas Age & Post Guptas Age

▪ (Brief History, Salient Features, Social, Economics, Religious and Cultural conditions of all the above)

Art & Culture

▪ Architecture: Indus Valley Civilization, The Mauryan Architecture, The Sungas, Kushanas, Satavahanas & Guptas, The Temple Architecture, Indo-Islamic Architecture, Modern Architecture

▪ Sculpture: Indian Sculpture and Different schools of Art

▪ Indian Paintings: Historical development – Wall Paintings, Cave and Mural Paintings, Miniature Paintings, Mughal Paintings, Rajput Paintings, Folk Paintings, Other Paintings, Modern Indian Paintings & Personalities

 Religion and Philosophy

▪ Religion: Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Judaism

▪ Philosophy:  Six Schools of Philosophy, Ajivika, Lokayata etc.

▪ Indian Music: Classical Music, Hindustani Music, Carnatic Music, Folk Music Tradition

▪ Indian Dance: Classical Dance forms in India, Folk Dances, Modern Dance in India

▪ Puppetry and Theatre: Different forms of Puppetry in India, Theatres in India: Folk Theatre, Modern Theatre, People Associated with Theatres, Indian Cinema and Circus

▪ Language & Literature: Indian Language, Indian Literature

▪ Fairs, Festivals and Craft: Religious Festivals, Secular Festivals (States & UT’s), Art & Crafts

▪ Science & Technology, Ancient, Science & Technology, Medieval Science & Technology, Famous Personalities in Ancient and Medieval India

▪ Promotion and Preservation of Indian Heritage: Indian Word Heritage Sites, Cultural Heritage Sites, Natural Heritage Sites, Important Institutions

Medieval India                                                                     

▪ Early Medieval Period: North India and South India

▪ Sultanate Period: The Delhi Sultanate, Vijayanagar & other Kingdoms, Religious Movements, Bhakti Movement, Sufi Movement

▪ Mughal Period (Brief History, Salient Features, Social, Economics, Religious and Cultural conditions of all the above)


▪ Old NCERT: Ancient India 

▪ Old NCERT: Medieval India ▪ Class XI NCERT – Introduction to Fine Art (part 1)

▪ Class XIIth New NCERT – Themes in Indian History Part -1 and Part 2

▪ Class XI NCERT – Introduction to Fine Art (part 1)


Modern India

India under East India Company’s Rule Administration

▪ Struggle among European powers in India

▪ Regulating Acts and Charter Acts: Regulating Act of 1773, Pitt’s India Act 1773 and Charter acts of 1784, 1793, 1813,1833, 1853

▪ Indian Kingdoms in 18th century: Marathas, Punjab, Mysore, Hyderabad etc.

▪ British Expansion policy: Doctrine of lapse, Subordinate alliance etc.

▪ Economic policies and their impact

▪ Education Policies

▪ Socio – Religious Reform Movements in the 19th and 20th  century India – Arya Samaj, Brahmo Samaj , Theosophical Society, Ramakrishna Movement, Muslim reform movements, Parsi reform movements, Sikh Reform Movements etc.

▪ The Great Revolt of 1857

▪ Changes in Indian Administration after 1858 – GOI ACT 1858, Councils Act, 1861, 1892

▪ Growth of Political Ideas and Political Organisations (up to 1885)

▪ Foundation of the Indian National Congress

▪ Moderate Phase  (1885 – 1905)

▪ Partition of Bengal and the Swadeshi Movement

▪ The first phase of Revolutionary and Terrorist Movement

▪ The Morley-Minto Reforms or the Indian Councils Act, 1909

▪ The Lucknow Pact (1916)  ▪ The Home Rule Movement

▪ Montague-Chelmsford Reforms or the Government of

India Act, 1919

▪ The Khilafat Movement (1920-22)  and Non Cooperation Movement

▪ The Left Movement

▪ The second phase of Revolutionary and Terrorist Movement

▪ Anti-Simon Commission Agitation (1928-29)

▪ Nehru Report, 1928

▪ The Lahore Session, 1929

▪ The Civil Disobedience Movement (The first phase)

▪ Second Phase of Civil Disobedience Movement

▪ The Government of India Act, 1935

▪ Provincial Elections and Formation of popular Ministries in Provinces, 1937

▪ The Struggle in the Princely States: The Praja Mandal Movement –

▪ The Second World War and the National Movement

▪ The August Offer 1940

▪ The Individual Satyagraha 1940-41

▪ The Cripps Proposal, 1942

▪ The Quit India Movement, I942

▪ Subhas Bose and Indian National Army

▪ Rajagopalachari Formula & Desai Liaqat Plan

▪ Wavell Plan and Simla Conference 1945

▪ General Elections in India, 1945

▪ Naval Mutiny:  1946

▪ The Indian Independence Act, 1947 Other Dimensions

Other Dimension

▪ Tribal Movements

▪ Peasants Movement

▪ Dalit Movements

▪ Women movements

▪ Role of Press and Publications

▪ Role of Business groups

▪ Foreign policies of British India

Miscellaneous: Reforms / Acts / Committee, Congress Sessions, Governor –General Viceroys etc.


▪ Old NCERT: Modern India by Bipin Chandra

▪ New NCERT – Class XIIth Themes in Indian History – Part III

▪ India’s struggle for Independence – Bipin Chandra

▪ BL Grover


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