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Books for History Optional For UPSC Mains Exam

History optional is the only subject whose almost 90% content are now there in GS (Main + Prelim). So logic is that even if one does not have History optional, about 90% of History optional subject one has to study. Given below is the table which depicts syllabus of History optional subject and New General Studies for comparison. Almost, the entire syllabus of History is included in New GS.

 

History Optional Subject
General Studies
Paper I – Ancient India Prelims Ancient India
Mains Indian Heritage & Culture (Ancient) – GS 1
Paper I – Medieval India Prelims Medieval India
Mains Indian Heritage & Culture (Medieval) – GS 1
Paper – II Modern India (Mid of 18th century to Present) Prelims Modern India (Mid of 18th century to 1947)
Mains
  • Modern India (Mid of 18th century to Present) – GS 1
  • Post-Independence Consolidation – GS 1
  • Indian Heritage & Culture (Modern) – GS 1
Paper II – World History (18th century to present) Mains History of World from 18th century till today) – GS 1

 

Books for History Optional For UPSC Mains Exam – English

 

Books for History Optional For UPSC Mains Exam – Hindi

 

Why One Should Choose History Optional

  • The subject is plain, involves no typical theories, doctrines, principles and ideas and on the balance is marked by the absence of technicalities.
  • Current issues are absent what one finds in almost all popular optional subjects, so preparation does not require updating. Everything is almost fixed in history.
  • In Preliminary Examination there are about 15 to 18 questions constituting 30 to 36 marks (GS Paper-I (Prelim)
  • In GS-I (Paper-II Main) History is expected to constitute over 50% marks (125+ marks)

 

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