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Modern Indian History

Detailed Syllabus of Modern Indian History For UPSC Civil Service Prelims and Mains Exam.

Syllabus of  Modern Indian History For Preliminary UPSC Civil Services Examination 

  • History of India and Indian National Movement,

Syllabus of Modern Indian History For Mains UPSC Civil Services Examination 

General Studies-I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History
(i) Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
(ii)  Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.
(iii) The Freedom Struggle — its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.
(iv) Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country
(v)  History of the world will include events from the 18th century such as the Industrial Revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism, etc.— their forms and effects on society.
Important Books To Cover to Prepare Modern Indian History For UPSC Civil Services Exam
Modern Indian History Important Books


Basic Books

Book Code

Themes in Indian History Part-I*

Text book (History) NCERT +2


Themes in Indian History Part-II*

Text book (History) NCERT +2


Themes in Indian History Part-III*

Text book (History) NCERT +2


Themes in World History

Text book (History)  NCERT +1






  • Old NCERT books can avoided as you will be reading advanced books/Notes later
  • TN board book may be preferred for additional reading in case the candidate is totally into self- study


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