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History UPSC Prelims Test Series


History UPSC Prelims Test Series package includes 65 Mini Tests. All the tests are subject based . Test Series package includes Ancient History , Medieval History and Modern History. Answers with explanation is available for every test.






The history is divided into three parts. They are:

  1. Ancient India
  2. Medieval India
  3. Modern India


Ancient History syllabus for UPSC/Ancient Indian History syllabus for UPSC

  • Prehistoric cultures in India
  • Indus Civilization. Origins- the different phases- society, economy, and culture- Contacts with other cultures- factors lead to the decline.
  • Geographical distribution and characteristics of pastoral and farming society.
  • Vedic society-Vedic texts- change from Rigvedic to later Vedic phases.
  • Vedic society Religion- Upanishad thought-Political and social organization, the evolution of Varna system and monarchy.
  • Formation of the State and urbanization, from the Mahajanapadas to the Nandas.
  • Buddhism and Jainism- Factors for the spread of Buddhism.
  • The Mauryan Empire- Chandragupta and Megasthenes.
  • Asoka and his inscriptions, his dhamma, culture, administration, and art
  • Society of Post-Mauryan India, BC 200- AD 300- Evolution of Jatis.
  • The Satavahanas and formation of the state in the Peninsula.
  • Sangam texts and society.
  • Indo-Greeks, Sakas, Parthians, Kushans, Kanishka-Contacts with the outer world.
  • Different Religion- Bhagavatism, Saivism, Mahayana Buddhism and Hinayana, Jainism and Culture and art.
  • The Guptas and their descendants.
  • Literature science, Arts, Economy, and society -Modification in the political organization of empire.


Medieval India

  • Early Medieval India. Major dynasties; Political and Agrarian organization. Status of women, Extent of social mobility. The Arabs in Sind and the Ghaznavids.
  • Cultural trends, 750-1200, Religious circumstances: significance of temples and monastic institutions;
  • Sankaracharya; Islam; Sufism. Art and architecture. Literature and Science.
  • 13th and 14th Centuries: Ghorian invasions reasons and consequences. Delhi Sultanate under the Slave Rulers.
  • Aladdin Khalji: invasion; administrative, agrarian and economic measures. Muhammad Tughlug’s innovations.
  • Firuz Tughluq and the decline of the Delhi Sultanate. Development of urbanization and commerce. Spiritual movements in Hinduism and Islam. Literature. Architecture, Technological changes.
  • The 15th and early 16th Century: Key Provincial dynasties; Vijayanagara Empire. The Lodhis, First stage of the
  • Mughal Empire: The Sur Empire and administration. Monotheistic movements: Kabir; Guru Nanak and
  • Sikhism; Bhakti. The spread of regional literature. Art and Culture.
  • The Mughal Empire, Akbar: invasion, administrative measures, Policy of Sulh-I-Kul. Jagir and Mansab systems; Jahangir, Shahjahan, and Aurangzeb: extension of Mughal empire in the Deccan; religious policies.
  • Shivaji. Persian and regional literature. Religious idea: Abul Fazl; Maharashtra dharma. Architecture. Painting.
  • Economy: state of affairs of peasants and artisans, escalation in trade; trade with Europe. Social stratification and position of women.
  • The decline of Mughal Empire, Reason behind the decline. Maratha power under the Peshwas. The Afghans.
  • Regional states. Most important components of composite culture. Sawai Jai Singh, astronomer. The rise of Urdu language.


Modern India (Modern History Syllabus for IAS)

  • British extension: The Carnatic Wars, invasion of Bengal. Mysore and its confrontation to British expansion:
  • The three Anglo-Maratha Wars. Regulating and Pitt’s India Acts. Early composition of the British raj.
  • Economic Impact of the British Raj: land revenue settlements like Zamindari, Ryotwari, Mahalwari;
  • Deindustrialization; Railways and commercialization of agriculture; increase of landless labor.
  • Cultural encounter and social changes: inception of western education and modern thoughts. Indian
  • Renaissance, religious and social reform movements; Social reforms events before 1857. Development of
  • Indian middle class; the vernacular press and its effects: the rise of modern literature in Indian languages.
  • Confrontation to British rule: Early uprisings; The 1857 Revolt-reasons, character, course and result.
  • Indian Freedom struggle the first stage: Growth of national consciousness; creation of Associations;
  • Establishment of the Indian National Congress and its Moderate stage; Swadeshi Movement; Economic
  • Nationalism; The development of Extremism and the split in Congress;
  • The policy of Divide and Rule; Congress-League Pact of 1916.
  • Gandhian thoughts and techniques of mass mobilization- Civil Disobedience, the Khilafat movement
  • Non-Cooperation Movement, and Quit India Movement; another strand in the National Movement-
  • Revolutionaries, Subhash Chandra Bose, and the Indian National Army.
  • Separatist movements in Indian politics- the Hindu Mahasabha and the Muslim League; Partition and
  • Independence; The post -1945 developments.
  • India independent to 1964. A parliamentary, democratic, secular. Jawaharlal Nehru’s vision, Foreign policy of
  • Non-alignment, Planning and state-controlled industrialization. Agrarian modification.

IAS Rockers  provides subject-wise prelims test series. This package includes ancient history , medieval history and modern history. Art and Culture is provided as a separate package


  • India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma
  • Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum
  • NCERT Class XI – An Introduction to Indian Art
  • NCERT Class XI – Living Craft Traditions of India (Chapters 9 & 10)
  • Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) official Website
  • The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Basham (For religion and philosophy)
  • Ancient Indian History Class VI NCERT textbook
  • NCERT Class XII – History – Themes in Indian History Part I

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