History Geography Polity Economy mains-syllabus prelims-syllabus
The history is divided into three parts. They are:
1. Ancient India
2. Medieval India
3. Modern India

All three subjects above holds a lot of content and very very important facts, culture is also a significant part of history which plays a very vital role in overall preparation and hence requirements of understanding all of history makes it very interesting for the person who studies it.

Books for Indian History:

• Class VI Ancient India (OUR PASTS-I)

Focus areas- Ancient India

From the Ancient History which by the mid of 8th Century AD. Focus should be on the different periods like Stone Age, Palaeolithic Age, Mesolithic Age, Neolithic Age and Chalcolithic Age.

Next is Indus Valley Civilization or the Harappan Civilization. We should focus on Socio- Economic-Cultural facets. Know the Harappan sites and its significance. Focus on the Art, Crafts- seals. Script and language used during Indus valley civilization.

In Vedic period basic knowledge of Society elements like family, marriage, and caste system etc. It is very essential to know the differences between Early and Later Vedic Society and lifestyles followed by people. Focus on the religious, political and economic set up in that period. The Vedic period is famous for its literature. Know about the Vedas, Upanishads, Dharma Shastras, Puranas and Six systems of Philosophy how they were emerged and considered very important.

Know the terms Eripatti, Purohita, Jana and Panchayattan. Notedown the meanings of these words. Ancient period have witnessed the emergence of so many religions. The two major religions developed in that period are Buddhism and Jainism. The teachings, Philosophy, Literature, belief of two religions have to be studied in depth.

The kingdom and rulers of ancient India is also an important area. One should know about the name of the ruler, his kingdom, his major reforms, and their contribution to the society, art and culture etc.

Miedieval History:
IT starts from the mid of 8th Century to the beginning of 18th Century AD. The questions from Medieval History are limited, not like Ancient and Modern History.
Following should be the focus of Medieval history:
1. Religious movements
2. Rulers and their reign
3. Art and Architecture

NCERTS are very good and clear basic concepts
• Class VII Medieval India (Old OR New)

Medieval India is comprised of the Mughal, Vijayanagar Empire, Sultanate rulers and this part of history involves remembering about the periods and what exactly happened during that time.

One has to focus on the Political, Social, Economic setup during their rule. You have to understand thoroughly about rise and fall of empire.

The period had also witnessed religious movements like Sufi and Bhakti Movements Important saints and their impact of the society needs to be understood.

Apart from that, one has to focus on the art and culture area. The medieval Indian had witnessed the birth of several buildings and sculptures. Specifically focus should be there on Mughal era cultures.

The modern Indian history talks about period of emergence of a foreign power in India till freedom struggle. Lot of questions comes in prelims and mains both. Its better to divide whole modern history into different parts:
1.  Rise of the foreign power in India
2.  Emergence of the East India Company and related events
3.  British takeovers and reactions from Indians
4.  British economic policy
5.  Socio-cultural facets
6.  Freedom struggle and independence
We should concentrate on Freedom struggle and independence area more and more and understand and remember each event with details and impact of such events or movements, Personalities behind such movements etc. Focus on media culture and literature as well. How british controlled the administration etc.
History is loaded with full of facts and figures. We should know about the Governor Generals and viceroys, the reformation brought by them. Along with that aspirants should also focus on the different Acts, provisions and their impact on Indian society. The Political-Administrative organization system by British, Socio-Economic arrangement like Permanent Settlement, Major Reports, Sessions, Acts, and Committees set up during the British.
Religious and Social Reform Movements also plays important role in exam point of view. The impacts of social reforms on Status of Women, Caste system, Education, of the society are considered very important.

History Geography Polity Economy mains-syllabus prelims-syllabus