HISTORY SYLLABUS FOR UPSC IAS CIVIL SERVICES MAINS EXAMINATION


                                  HISTORY
                               PAPER-FIRST

1. Sources
Archaeological sources :
Exploration, excavation, epigraphy, numismatics,
monuments.
Literary sources:
Indigenous: Primary and secondary; poetry, scientific
literature, literature, literature in regional languages, religious
literature.
Foreign account: Greek, Chinese and Arab writers.
2. Pre-history and Proto-history :
Geographical factors; hunting and gathering (paleolithic
and mesolithic); Beginning of agriculture (neolithic and
chalcolithic).
3. Indus Valley Civilization :
Origin, date, extent, characteristics-decline, survival and
significance, art and architecture.
4. Megalithic Cultures :
Distribution of pastoral and farming cultures outside
the Indus, Development of community life, Settlements,
Development of agriculture, Crafts, Pottery, and Iron industry.
5. Aryans and Vedic Period :
Expansions of Aryans in India :
Vedic Period: Religious and philosophic literature;
Transformation from Rig Vedic period to the later Vedic period;
Political, social and economical life; Significance of the Vedic
Age; Evolution of Monarchy and Varna system.
6. Period of Mahajanapadas :
Formation of States (Mahajanapada): Republics and
monarchies; Rise of urban centres; Trade routes; Economic
growth; Introduction of coinage; Spread of Jainism and
Buddism; Rise of Magadha and Nandas.
Iranian and Mecedonian invasions and their impact.
7. Mauryan Empire :
Foundation of the Mauryan Empire, Chandragupta,
Kautilya and Arthashastra; Ashoka; Concept of Dharma;
Edicts; Polity, Administration, Economy; Art, architecture and
sculpture; External contacts; Religion; Spread of religion;
Literature.
Disintegration of the empire; sungas and Kanvas.
8. Post-Mauryan Period (Indo-Greeks, Sakas, Kushanas,
Western Kshatrapas) :
Contact with outside world; growth of urban centres,
economy, coinage, development of religions, Mahayana, social
conditions, art, architecture, culture, literature and science. 9. Early State and Society in Eastern India, Deccan and South
 India:
Kharavela, The Satavahanas, Tamil States of the Sangam
Age; Administration, Economy, land grants, coinage, trade
guilds and urban centres; Buddhist centres; Sangam literature
and culture; Art and architecture.
10. Guptas, Vakatakas and Vardhanas:
Polity and administration, Economic conditions, Coinage
of the Guptas, Land grants, Decline of urban centres, Indian
feudalism, Caste system, Position of women, Education and
educational institutions; Nalanda, Vikramshila and Vallabhi,
Literature, scientific literature, art and architecture.
11. Regional States during Gupta Era:
The Kadambas, Pallavas, Chalukyas of Badami; Polity
and Administration, Trade guilds, Literature; growth of
Vaishnava and Saiva religions. Tamil Bhakit movement,
Shankaracharya; Vedanta; Institutions of temple and temple
architecture; Palas, Senas, Rashtrakutas, Paramaras, Polity and
administration; Cultural aspects. Arab conquest of Sind;
Alberuni, The Chaluky as of Kalyana, Cholas, Hoysalas,
Pandyas; Polity and Administration; Local Government;
Growth of art and architecture, religious sects, Institution of
temple and Mathas, Agraharas, education and literature,
economy and society.
12. Themes in Early Indian Cultural History:
Languages and texts, major stages in the evolution of
art and architecture, major philosophical thinkers and schools,
ideas in Science and Mathematics.
13. Early Medieval India, 750-1200:
— Polity: Major political developments in Northern India
and the peninsula, origin and the rise of Rajputs.
— The Cholas: administration, village economy and
society “Indian Feudalism”.
— Agrarian economy and urban settlements.
— Trade and commerce.
— Society: the status of the Brahman and the new social
order.
— Condition of women.
— Indian science and technology.
14. Cultural Traditions in India, 750-1200:
— Philosophy: Skankaracharya and Vedanta, Ramanuja and
Vishishtadvaita, Madhva and Brahma-Mimansa.
— Religion: Forms and features of religion, Tamil devotional
cult, growth of Bhakti, Islam and its arrival in India,
Sufism.
— Literature: Literature in Sanskrit, growth of Tamil
literature, literature in the newly developing languages,
Kalhan's Rajtarangini, Alberuni's India .
— Art and Architecture: Temple architecture, sculpture,
painting.
15. The Thirteenth Century:
— Establishment of the Delhi Sultanate: The Ghurian
invasions - factors behind Ghurian success.
— Economic, Social and cultural consequences.
— Foundation of Delhi Sultanate and early Turkish Sultans.
— Consolidation: The rule of Iltutmish and Balban.
16. The Fourteenth Century:
— “The Khalji Revolution”.
— Alauddin Khalji: Conquests and territorial expansion,
agrarian and economic measure.
— Muhammad Tughluq: Major projects, agrarian measures,
bureaucracy of Muhammad Tughluq.
— Firuz Tugluq: Agrarian measures, achievements in civil
engineering and public works, decline of the Sultanate,
foreign contacts and Ibn Battuta's account.
17. Society, Culture and Economy in the Thirteenth and
Fourteenth Centuries:
— Society: composition of rural society, ruling classes,
town dwellers, women, religious classes, caste and
slavery under the Sultanate, Bhakti movement, Sufi
movement.
— Culture: Persian literature, literature in the regional
languages of North India, literaute in the languages of
South India, Sultanate architecture and new structural
forms, painting, evolution of a composite culture.
— Economy: Agricultural Production, rise of urban
economy and non-agricultural production, trade and
commerce.
18. The Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Century-Political
Developments and Economy:
— Rise of Provincial Dynasties : Bengal, Kashmir (Zainul
Abedin), Gujarat.
— Malwa, Bahmanids.
— The Vijayanagara Empire.
— Lodis.
— Mughal Empire, first phase : Babur, Humayun.
— The Sur Empire : Sher Shah’s administration.
— Portuguese colonial enterprise, Bhakti and Sufi
Movements.
19. The Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Century- Society and
culture:
— Regional cultures specificities.
— Literary traditions.
— Provincial architectural.
— Society, culture, literature and the arts in Vijayanagara
Empire. 20. Akbar:
— Conquests and consolidation of empire.
— Establishment of jagir and mansab systems.
— Rajput policy.
— Evolution of religious and social outlook. Theory of
Sulh-i-kul and religious policy.
— Court patronage of art and technology.
21. Mughal Empire in the Seventeenth Century:
— Major administrative policies of Jahangir, Shahjahan and
Aurangzeb.
— The Empire and the Zamindars.
— Religious policies of Jahangir, Shahjahan and
Aurangzeb.
— Nature of the Mughal State.
— Late Seventeenth Century crisis and the revolts.
— The Ahom kingdom.
— Shivaji and the early Maratha Kingdom.
22. Economy and society, in the 16th and 17th Centuries:
— Population Agricultural and craft production.
— Towns, commerce with Europe through Dutch, English
and French companies : a trade revolution.
— Indian mercantile classes. Banking, insurance and credit
systems.
— Conditions of peasants, Condition of Women.
— Evolution of the Sikh community and the Khalsa Panth
23. Culture during Mughal Empire:
— Persian histories and other literature
— Hindi and religious literatures.
— Mughal architecture.
— Mughal painting.
— Provincial architecture and painting.
— Classical music.
— Science and technology.
24. The Eighteenth Century:
— Factors for the decline of the Mughal Empire.
— The regional principalities: Nizam’s Deccan, Bengal,
Awadh.
— Maratha ascendancy under the Peshwas.
— The Maratha fiscal and financial system.
— Emergence of Afghan power Battle of Panipat, 1761.
— State of, political, cultural and economic, on eve of the
British conquest.

                      PAPER-SECOND

1. European Penetration into India:
The Early European Settlements; The Portuguese and
the Dutch; The English and the French East India
Companies; Their struggle for supremacy; Carnatic
Wars; Bengal-The conflict between the English and the
Nawabs of Bengal; Siraj and the English; The Battle of
Plassey; Significance of Plassey.
2. British Expansion in India:
Bengal-Mir Jafar and Mir Kasim; The Battle of Buxar;
Mysore; The Marathas; The three Anglo-Maratha Wars;
The Punjab.
3. Early Structure of the British Raj:
The Early administrative structure; From diarchy to
direct contol; The Regulating Act (1773); The Pitt's India
Act (1784); The Charter Act (1833); The Voice of free
trade and the changing character of British colonial rule;
The English utilitarian and India.
4. Economic Impact of British Colonial Rule:
(a) Land revenue settlements in British India; The Permanent
Settlement; Ryotwari Settlement; Mahalwari Settlement;
Economic impact of the revenue arrangements;
Commercialization of agriculture; Rise of landless
agrarian labourers; Impoverishment of the rural society.
(b) Dislocation of traditional trade and commerce; De-
industrialisation; Decline of traditional crafts; Drain of
wealth; Economic transformation of India; Railroad and
communication network including telegraph and postal
services; Famine and poverty in the rural interior;
European business enterprise and its limitations.
5. Social and Cultural Developments:
The state of indigenous education, its dislocation;
Orientalist-Anglicist controversy, The introduction of
western education in India; The rise of press, literature
and public opinion; The rise of modern vernacular
literature; Progress of Science; Christian missionary
activities in India.
6. Social and Religious Reform Movements in Bengal and
OtherAreas:
Ram Mohan Roy, The Brahmo Movement;
Devendranath Tagore; Iswarchandra Vidyasagar; The
Young Bengal Movement; Dayanada Saraswati; The
social reform movements in India including Sati, widow
remarriage, child marriage etc.; The contribution of
Indian renaissance to the growth of modern India;
Islamic revivalism-the Feraizi and Wahabi Movements. 7. Indian Response to British Rule:
Peasant movement and tribal uprisings in the 18th and
19th centuries including the Rangpur Dhing (1783), the
Kol Rebellion (1832), the Mopla Rebellion in Malabar
(1841-1920), the Santal Hul (1855), Indigo Rebellion
(1859-60), Deccan Uprising (1875) and the Munda
Ulgulan (1899-1900); The Great Revolt of 1857 —Origin,
character, casuses of failure, the consequences; The
shift in the character of peasant uprisings in the post-
1857 period; the peasant movements of the 1920s and
1930s.
8. Factors leading to the birth of Indian Nationalism;
Politics of Association; The Foundation of the Indian
National Congress; The Safety-valve thesis relating to
the birth of the Congress; Programme and objectives of
Early Congress; the social composition of early
Congress leadership; the Moderates and Extremists;
The Partition of Bengal (1905); The Swadeshi Movement
in Bengal; the economic and political aspects of
Swadeshi Movement; The beginning of revolutionary
extremism in India.
9. Rise of Gandhi; Character of Gandhian nationalism;
Gandhi's popular appeal; Rowlatt Satyagraha; the
Khilafat Movement; the Non-cooperation Movement;
National politics from the end of the Non-cooperation
movement to the beginning of the Civil Disobedience
Movement; the two phases of the Civil Disobedience
Movement; Simon Commission; The Nehru Report; the
Round Table Conferences; Nationalism and the Peasant
Movements; Nationalism and Working class
movements; Women and Indian youth and students in
Indian politics (1885-1947); the election of 1937 and the
formation of ministries; Cripps Mission; the Quit India
Movement; the Wavell Plan; The Cabinet Mission.
10. Constitutional Developments in the Colonial India
between 1858 and 1935.
11. Other strands in the National Movement.
The Revolutionaries: Bengal, the Punjab, Maharashtra,
U.P. the Madras Presidency, Outside India.
The Left; The Left within the Congress: Jawaharlal
Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose, the Congress Socialist
Party; the Communist Party of India, other left parties.
12. Politics of Separatism; the Muslim League; the Hindu
Mahasabha; Communalism and the politics of partition;
Transfer of power; Independence.
13. Consolidation as a Nation; Nehru's Foreign Policy; India
and her neighbours (1947-1964); The linguistic
reorganisation of States (1935-1947); Regionalism and
regional inequality; Integration of Princely States;
Princes in electoral politics; the Question of National
Language.
14. Caste and Ethnicity after 1947; Backward Castes and
Tribes in post-colonial electoral politics; Dalit
movements.
15. Economic development and political change; Land
reforms; the politics of planning and rural reconstruction;
Ecology and environmental policy in post-colonial
India; Progress of Science.
16. Enlightenment and Modern ideas:
(i) Major Ideas of Enlightenment : Kant, Rousseau.
(ii) Spread of Enlightenment in the colonies.
(iii) Rise of socialist ideas (up to Marx); spread of Marxian
Socialism.
17. Origins of Modern Politics :
(i) European States System
(ii) American Revolution and the Constitution
(iii) French Revolution and Aftermath, 1789-1815
(iv) American Civil War with reference to Abraham Lincoln
and the abolition of slavery.
(v) British Democratic politics, 1815-1850 : Parliamentary
Reformers, Free Traders, Chartists.
18. Industrialization :
(i) English Industrial Revolution : Causes and Impact on
Society.
(ii) Industrialization in other countries : USA, Germany,
Russia, Japan.
(iii) Industrialization and Globalization.
19. Nation-State System :
(i) Rise of Nationalism in 19th century.
(ii) Nationalism : State-building in Germany and Italy.
(iii) Disintegration of Empires in the face of the emergence
of nationalities across the World.
20. Imperialism and Colonialism :
(i) South and South-East Asia.
(ii) Latin America and South Africa.
(iii) Australia.
(iv) Imperialism and free trade: Rise of neo-imperialism.
21. Revolution and Counter-Revolution :
(i) 19th Century European revolutions.
(ii) The Russian Revolution of 1917-1921.
(iii) Fascist Counter-Revolution, Italy and Germany.
(iv) The Chinese Revolution of 1949.
22. World Wars :
(i) 1st and 2nd World Wars as Total Wars : Societal
implications.
(ii) World War I : Causes and Consequences.
(iii) World War II : Causes and Consequences. 23. The World after World War II:
(i) Emergence of Two power blocs.
(ii) Emergence of Third World and non-alignment
(iii) UNO and the global disputes.
24. Liberation from Colonial Rule :
(i) Latin America-Bolivar.
(ii) Arab World-Egypt.
(iii) Africa-Apartheid to Democracy.
(iv) South-East Asia-Vietnam.
25. Decolonization and Underdevelopment :
(i) Factors constraining Development ; Latin America,
Africa.
26. Unification of Europe :
(i) Post War Foundations ; NATO and European
Community.
(ii) Consolidation and Expansion of European Community
(iii) European Union.
27. Disintegration of Soviet Union and the Rise of the Unipolar
World :
(i) Factors leading to the collapse of Soviet Communism
and Soviet Union, 1985-1991.
(ii) Political Changes in East Europe 1989-2001.
(iii) End of the Cold War and US Ascendancy in the World
as the lone superpower.