UPSC: How to get ready for History part for the Civil Services Mains Exam?

History is one of the popular optional subjects of UPSC for Civil Services Main Exam

The Union Public Service Commission’s (UPSC) list of optional subjects in the Civil Services Main Examination has a total of 48 subjects, one of which is history.

History is one of the popular optional subjects of UPSC for Mains exam as there is also a part of General Studies (GS) in the syllabus of this subject.

If you want to prepare for this subject, then we will tell you the things related to it.

What is the syllabus of History subject?

Let us tell the candidates preparing for UPSC that two papers of optional subject are conducted in the main examination.

On choosing History, the first paper of the main exam covers history from early ancient history to the 18th century.

The syllabus for the second paper starts with the European entry into India and covers the entire modern Indian history up to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1990.

Start your preparation with NCERT books

For the preparation of history, it is necessary to have a good basic understanding of the subject.

For this, first read all the books of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) related to history from class 6 to 12.

These include ancient India, some topics of Indian history, Part: 1, Part: 2, Part: 3, Introduction to Indian Art and Craft Traditions of India, etc.

Apart from this, definitely read the books ‘Modern India – Bipin Chandra’ and ‘Medieval India – Satish Chandra’.

Which are the main books for the preparation of history?

History of Modern India: Alka Mehta and B. Ale. Grover

Modern World History: Norman Lowe

History of Early India: Romila Thapar

Age of Revolution 1789-1848: Eric Hobsbawm

History of Medieval India: Satish Chandra

History of Modern India: Bipin Chandra

Ancient History of India: Ram Sharan Sharma

Age of Capital: 1848–1875 (History of Civilization): Eric Hobsbawm

Age of Empires: Hobsbaum

Europe Sins 1815: CW Heijn

Europe Sins 1870: James Joule

Europe Sins Napoleon: David Thompson

Keep these things in mind for the preparation of history

For the preparation of history, it would be better to divide the places into time periods, such as prehistory (Pura, Middle, Neolithic period), historical (Mahajanapada period, Maurya period, Gupta period etc.). After that you show them on the state wise map.

Begin your answer with the introduction and cover all parts of the question in the body.

Presently questions asked in the subject of History require good understanding of concepts and analytical answers.

question paper

It is also necessary to prepare from old question papers.

Aspirants preparing for Civil Services are advised to go through the last six years question papers of History subject to understand the nature of issues and depth to the subject.

Apart from this, one should also keep preparing regularly from various model test papers available in the market.

This will help you determine how much and how long you need to devote to the paper.

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