History Optional Subject for Civil Services Exam

Yashwant Kale General, UPSC 2 Comments

History as an Optional for CIVIL Services Exam

History, without a doubt, stays one of the most well known optional subjects among the aspirants who take the Civil Services Main Examination. In the event that you are not scared by a huge syllabus, this subject has various preferences: it is simpler to handle, there is no lack of study material and it covers a very important part of the General Studies paper because of covering topics. A sensible blend of hard work and right preparation can see one through. As opposed to the Prelim Exam which looks to push all the more on realities and far reaching scope of topics, the Main Exam weights on conceptualization behind the truths of recorded happenings.

Important Topics for History that are scoring-

Indus Valley civilization, religion and cultural society, town planning.

Aryans- Society, political system, and their expansion.

Jainism and Buddhism

Mauryan Expire- Ashoka The Great.

Sangam Age, Chola Kingdom, Pallava and Kushanas, Guptas.

Turks and Mughals. Delhi Sultanate.

Vijayanagar Empire and Maratha Kingdom, Shivaji especially.

British empire in India. East India Company. Various reform movements such as Brahmo Samaj, Arya Samaj.

Indian National Congress. Subhash Chandra Bose. Muslim League, Lucknow Pact.

Mahatma Gandhi, various movements such as civil disobedience and non cooperation started by him.

Suggested Book list for History-

Since it is a vast subject, the book list has tried to list all possible best books available, you can choose depending on which you prefer-

• Ancient India by R.S. Sharma
• Ancient India by D.N. Jha
• History of India, by Romila Thapar
• Material culture & Social Formation in Ancient India by R.S. Sharma
• A History of South India by K.A. Nilkantha Sastri
• An Advanced History of India – R.C. Majumdar
• NCERT- class 11
• Medival India by Satish Chandra
• Modern India by Bipan Chandra
• Constitutional History by Pravin Kumar

In the new syllabus, there is more prominent stress on Indian history. The archaeological investigation of ancient India, from the ancient times to the Iron Age has picked up now. One needs to keep oneself side by side with the most recent discoveries. The politico-managerial history from pre-mauryan period – ascent of Mahajanapadas, to post-Gupta period-start of feudalism and radial patterns has been given more noteworthiness in the overhauled syllabus. You ought to begin from Indus civilization and follow the development up to the post-Gupta period; Major Philosophical scholars and schools, wherein you ought to consider Brahmanical, Buddhist and Jain philosophical schools. In science and math, you can begin from the commitment of the Harappans to Aryabhatta. This new syllabus gives more prominent stress on contemporary students of history and wellsprings of the medieval Indian history. Prepare them for short answer questions and consider the Delhi sultanate in totality. Moreover treat the Mughals comprehensively, giving uncommon stress on the time of Akbar and incorporate all the commonplace administrations of the Cholas, the Vijayanagar and the Marathas ought to be arranged for a significant inquiry.

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