History Answer Writing Practice for IAS Mains

90 Days Answer Writing for History

The idea is simple:

1. Prepare that week's concept

2. Write your answers(Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

3. Receive expert's feedback

4. Go through model answers (Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)

5. Repeat next week

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2020 History Paper 1 History Paper 2

2019 History Paper 1 History Paper 2

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Model Answer will be uploaded the next day on the question page.

The 90 days answer writing initiative will help History optional aspirants master their optional subject and excel in the UPSC Mains 2020.

The paper I of history optional contains Ancient and Medieval Indian history and Paper-II contains Indian history from the 17th century until the formation of the modern Indian state and the world history.

In these 90 days, the syllabus for History optional will be comprehensively covered. The Syllabus is divided into weekly modules and the questions will be asked from the module syllabus for that week. 

What you'd achieve?

  • Develop Answer Writing Skills for History Optional
  • Learn the Trend of UPSC Mains for Last Five Years
  • Overcome Your Doubts by discussions with Peers
  • Master History optional

Weekly Syllabus

Week Paper Syllabus
Week 1 Paper 1 1. Sources
2. Pre-history and Proto-history
3. Indus Valley Civilization
4. Megalithic Cultures
Week 2 Paper 2 1. European Penetration into India
2. British Expansion in India: Bengal
3. Early Structure of the British Raj
4. Economic Impact of British Colonial Rule
Week 3 Paper 1 5. Aryans and Vedic Period
6. Period of Mahajanapadas
7. Mauryan Empire
8. Post - Mauryan Period
Week 4 Paper 2 5. Social and Cultural Developments
6. Social and Religious Reform movements in Bengal and Other Areas
7. Indian Response to British Rule
8. Factors leading to the birth of Indian Nationalism
Week 5 Paper 1 9. Early State and Society in Eastern India, Deccan and South India
10. Guptas, Vakatakas and Vardhanas
11. The regional States during Gupta Era
12. Themes in Early Indian Cultural History
Week 6 Paper 2 9. Rise of Gandhi; Character of Gandhian nationalism
10. Constitutional Developments in Colonial India between 1858 and 1935
11. Other strands in the National Movement The Revolutionaries
12. Politics of Separatism
Week 7 Paper 1 13. Early Medieval India, 750-1200
14. Cultural Traditions in India, 750- 1200
15. The Thirteenth Century
16. The Fourteenth Century
Week 8 Paper 2 13. Consolidation as a Nation; Nehru’s Foreign Policy
14. Caste and Ethnicity after 1947
15. Economic development and political change
16. Enlightenment and Modern ideas
17. Origins of Modern Politics
Week 9 Paper 1 17. Society, Culture and Economy in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries
18. The Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Century – Political Developments and Economy:
19. The Fifteenth and early Sixteenth Century
20. Akbar
Week 10 Paper 2 18. Industrialization
19. Nation-State System
20. Imperialism and Colonialism
21. Revolution and CounterRevolution
Week 11 Paper 1 21. Mughal Empire in the Seventeenth Century
22. Economy and Society in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
23. Culture in the Mughal Empire
24. The Eighteenth Century
Week 12 Paper 2 22. World Wars
23. The World after World War II
24. Liberation from Colonial Rule
25. Decolonization and Underdevelopment
26. Unification of Europe
27. Disintegration of Soviet Union and the Rise of the Unipolar World



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