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Culture of India

Detailed Syllabus of Culture of India For UPSC Civil Service Prelims and Mains Exam.

Syllabus of  Culture of India For Preliminary UPSC Civil Services Examination 

  • History of India and Indian National Movement,

Syllabus of Culture of India 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 Culture of India History For UPSC Civil Services Exam

Important Books To Cover to  Prepare Culture of India For UPSC Civil Services Exam


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 the self- study


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