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History Paper for IAS & UPSC Exams

The History paper in the IAS (Indian Administrative Service) and UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) exams is crucial for aspiring civil servants. Here’s a detailed breakdown:



  1. Ancient India: Indus Valley Civilization, Vedic Period, Maurya and Gupta Empires.
  2. Medieval India: Delhi Sultanate, Mughal Empire, Bhakti and Sufi Movements.
  3. Modern India: British colonization, freedom struggle, post-independence consolidation.


  1. Paper I:

    • Ancient India: Archaeological sources, religious movements, Mauryan and Gupta empires.
    • Medieval India: Sultanate and Mughal architecture, administration, regional kingdoms.
    • World History: Industrial Revolution, World Wars, decolonization, political philosophies.
  2. Paper II:

    • Modern India: Advent of Europeans, 1857 Revolt, freedom struggle, Gandhi's role.
    • Post-Independence India: Consolidation and reorganization within the country.
    • World History: Major events from 18th century onwards, significant political philosophies, international relations.

Preparation Tips

  1. Read Standard Books:

    • Ancient and Medieval India: "India's Ancient Past" by R.S. Sharma, "A History of Medieval India" by Satish Chandra.
    • Modern India: "India's Struggle for Independence" by Bipan Chandra.
    • World History: "Mastering Modern World History" by Norman Lowe.
  2. NCERT Books: Cover all NCERT history books from Class VI to XII for a strong foundation.

  3. Practice Previous Year Papers: Solve past years’ question papers to understand the pattern and the type of questions asked.

  4. Make Notes: Create concise notes for quick revisions, especially for significant dates, events, and personalities.

  5. Current Affairs: Relate historical events to current affairs to have a broader perspective and understanding.

  6. Revision: Regularly revise the notes and important topics to keep the information fresh.

Additional Resources

  • Online Courses: Platforms like Unacademy, BYJU's, and others offer specialized courses for history preparation.
  • Test Series: Join a test series to simulate exam conditions and assess your preparation level.
  • Discussion Groups: Engage in discussions with peers to enhance understanding and retention.

By following a structured approach and utilizing the right resources, candidates can effectively prepare for the History paper in IAS & UPSC exams.

Details of Below Practice Set

Duration : 60 Minutes
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Useful for Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam
Medium of Practice Set English
Cost of this Practice Set : Rs 0
This Practice set consist of following topics : General Studies (30) | Total Question 30

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