How to prepare History for UPSC

In this post, I will discuss “How to prepare History for UPSC”. The syllabus of History of India and Indian National Movement for prelims is:

History of India and Indian National Movement

The same syllabus of History for prelims is a subpart of G.S. Mains Paper 1. The syllabus of General Studies Mains Paper 1 is:

(Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society)

  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present significant events, personalities, issues.
  • The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors or contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  • History of the world will include events from the 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawing of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism, etc. – their forms and effect on the society.
  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  • Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems, and their remedies.
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society.
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  • Salient features of the world’s physical geography.
  • Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).
  • Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location – changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

History for UPSC

Every Author is unique. Here I am providing the parallel reading by different-different sources. After reading from any two sources then read the third source with question practice.

History for UPSC

Modern Indian History

  • First Source

    NCERT – 6 (Our Pasts – I)

    NCERT – 7 (Our Pasts – II)

    NCERT – 8 (Our Pasts – III)

  • Second Source

    Old NCERT Class 10 (The Story of Civilisation Part 2)

  • Third Source

    Old NCERT Class 12 (Indian Modern History by Bepan Chandra)

  • Fourth Source

    12th Tamilnadu Board (Modern Indian History)

  • Fifth Source

    12th Tamilnadu Board (Modern Indian History)

  • Art and Culture

    Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania



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