UPSC Civil Services Syllabus and Sources for History

Syllabus and preparation resouces for history

By   @shriyansh,   3 years ago

In this article we have discussed the syllabus as notified by UPSC for its Civil Services Exam for History. We have included the whole syllabus for prelims as we as mains. We have also discussed the resources that you need to refer to in order to get the basic knowledge that is required for this exam.

Syllabus for History

Prelims :

  • History of India and Indian National Movement

Mains :

  • Indian Heritage and Culture
  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Indian History 
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.
  • The Freedom Struggle — its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  • World History
  • History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawl of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.— their forms and effect on the society.

Resources for Preparation


  • Modern Indian History (Old NCERT) - Bipin Chandra


  • Brief History of Modern India (Spectrum) - Rajiv Ahir
  • India Since Independence

Questions asked in previous years

Last 6 Year's topic wise question analysis :

  • 2013 Prelims
  • 2014 Prelims
  • 2015 Prelims
  • 2016 Prelims
  • 2017 Prelims
  • 2018 Prelims

Author : Shriyansh Gautam
Shriyansh Gautam

Civil Services Aspirant

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