History

History is an essential part of both the UPSC Prelims Exam and the Main Examination for your IAS Exam preparation. A considerable share of the total questions asked in General Studies for IAS, comes from Indian History. However, in this blog, we shall be concentrating on preparing Indian History for IAS Preliminary test alone.

Before we take it further, here’s a brief analysis of Preliminary Exam conducted over the past few years. This would help you ascertain the weightage allocated to Indian history over the past few years and show you the corresponding trends. We have listed below is the ‘ Some important topics’ for each section of the history paper for the mains exam.

Ancient India  history Online IAS; APPSC & TSPSC notes

Contents

1

Pre – historic age; Paleolithic age, Mesolithic Age, Neolithic Age, Chalcolithic Age

2

Indus Valley Civilization

3

Early Vedic Period (1500 – 1000 BC)

4

Later Vedic Period (1000 – 600 BC)

5

Jainism & Vardhamana Mahavira

6

Buddhism & Gautama Buddha

7

Mahajanapadas (600 – 321 BC)

8

Rise of Magadha : Haryanka – Sisunaga – Nanda dynasties

9

Persian Invasions on India : Cyrus, Darius I & Xerxes

10

Maurya Empire (321 – 184 BC)

11

India after Mauryas : Sungas, Kanvas & chetis dynasties

12

Foreign invasion of NW India: Shakas, Parthians Kushanas

13

Sangam Age : Cheras, Cholas & Pandyas

14

Guptas empire : Socio – Economical & Political conditions

15

Vardhana dynasty – Harsha vardhana

16

Chalukyas of Badami (543 – 755 A.D.)

17

Pallavas : Socio – Economic & Political conditions

Medieval India history notes

Contents

1

Rashtrakutas (755 – 975 A.D.) : Socio – Economic & Political condtions

2

Invasions of Arab – Ghazni & Ghori

3

Delhi Sultanate (1206 – 1526) : Socio-Economic & Political condtions

4

Slave Dynasty (1206 – 1290)

5

Khilji Dynasty (1290-1320)

6

Tughlaq Dynasty (1320-1414 AD)

7

Sayyid Dynasty (1414-50 AD)

8

Lodi Dynasty (1451- 1526)

9

Religious (Bhakti) Movements in medieval India

10

Vijayanagar empire (1336-1672)

11

Bahmani Sultanate (1347–1527)

12

Mughal Empire of India : Babur to Aurangazeb

13

Later Mughals – Socio,Economic & Cultural conditions

14

Maratha Empire

Modern Indian History online notes

Contents

1.

Governors of Calcutta & Bengal – Fort William

2.

Governor Generals of India

3.

Viceroys of India

4.

The great revolt of 1857

5.

Moderate Phase (1885 – 1905)

6.

Partition of Bengal & Swadeshi Movement in 1905 & Muslim league in 1906

7.

Ghadar Party, 1913 Lucknow Pact, 1916 & Home Rule Movement, 1916

8.

Formation of Indian National Congress

9.

Land Revenue System in British India

10.

Constitutional developments from 1750 to 1800

11.

Constitutional Developments between 1800 to 1900

12.

Constitutional developments from 1900 to 1950

13.

Socio-religious reform movements in Hindus

14.

Revolutionary Movements

15.

Carnatic Wars I, II & III

16.

Battle of Plassey in 1757

17.

Battle of Buxar, 1764

18.

First, Second, Third & Fourth Anglo – Mysore wars

19.

First, Second & Third Anglo Maratha Wars

20.

First & Second Anglo Sikh wars

21.

Gandhian era(1917-1947) Part I

22.

Gandhian era (1917-1947) Part II

23.

Gandhian era (1917-1947) Part III

Art and Culture Articles To Prepare For Civil Services Online

Contents

Indian Architecture

1.

Architecture & Culture of India

2.

Indus Valley Civilization (2900 – 1700 BC)

3.

Mauryan Art and Culture

4.

Post Mauryan Art and Culture

5.

Gupta Age Art and Culture

6.

Cave Architecture in India (Rock Cut caves)

7.

Temples Styles in North India (Nagara Style)

8.

Indo Islamic Architecture in Medieval India

9.

Imperial Style during Islamic Era in India

10.

Provincial Style During Islamic Era in India

11.

Mughal Period Architecture

12.

Deccan Style Architecture in Islamic Era

13.

Medieval Architecture Styles (Other than Indo-Islamic)

14

Colonial Architecture – Modern India

Indian Paintings

1.

Introduction to Indian Paintings

2.

Miniature paintings

3.

Deccan School of Painting

4.

Folk paintings of India Kalighat to Kalamkhari

5.

Development of regional school of paintings: Rajasthani & Paheri

Literature in Ancient India

1.

Role of Sanskrit in Indian Literature

2.

Vedic literature : Vedas, Brahmanas & Aranyakas

3.

Ramayana and Mahabharata

4.

The Puranas

5.

Buddhist and Jain literature in pali, Prakrit and sanskrit

6.

Literature in Gupta period

7.

Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu literature

8.

Tamil or Sangam Literature

9.

Development of Literature during the Mughal Period

10.

Marathi literature and Kashmiri literature

11.

Role of Christian missionaries in education

Philosophy of India

1.

Schools of Philosophy in India : Orthodox & Hetrodox

2.

Hetrodox philosophy: Jainism, Buddhism and Ajivikas

3.

Advaita, Vishistadvaita, Sivadvaita, Dvaita, Dvaitadvaita & Suddhadvaita

Other Articles

1.

Socio-religious reform movements in muslims, Parsis & Sikhs

2.

Calendars used by India

3.

Drama/ folk dance/theatre

4.

Puppetry in India

5.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

6.

Mathematics, Astronomy, Weights & measurements and Coinage in Ancient India

Indian Music

1.

Indian Music

2.

Hindustani music

3.

Carnatic music

Indian Dance

1.

Indian Dance

2.

Indian classical dances

3.

List of Folk dances of India

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World History

1.

Geographical discoveries

2.

Renaissance

3.

American Revolution

4.

French Revolution

5.

Industrialisation

6.

Unification of Italy and Germany

7.

Imperialism and colonialism – Decolonialism

8.

World War – I

9.

Russian Revolution

10.

World War – II

11.

Political Philosophies

12.

The League of Nations

13.

United Nations

14.

Cold War

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