Daily Practise for History Optional Mains 2017 (By a follower with 311 marks in history optional, 2016)

For all those appearing in Main Examination in 2017 with history optional:

  1. I will be giving questions for daily practise for 2 months (from 30 July to 30 September) and will try to provide modal answers of few selected questions.
  2. I will try to cover important chapters which are more useful for exams though I do not promise to cover all topics.
  3. I will also try to give important map based questions which may come in 2017 exam.
  4. Apart from typing in comment box, you can also send your answers on email id and I will try to send you feedback asap.
  5. Kindly be regular and tell others also to make it success which will encourage me to continue this exercise.
  6. Answers of previous years questions have been removed for this particular exercise.


  1. 30 July to 15 August: World History
  2. 16 August to 31 August: Modern India
  3. 1 September to 15 September: Medieval India
  4. 16 September to 30 September: Ancient India (Map based questions can be given any time during August and September)

World History (30 July to 15 August)

30 July to 31 July

  • Enlightenment and Modern ideas: (i) Major ideas of Enlightenment: Kant, Rousseau (ii) Spread of Enlightenment in the colonies (iii) Rise of socialist ideas (up to Marx); spread of Marxian Socialism.
  • Industrialization: (i) English Industrial Revolution: Causes and Impact on Society (ii) Industrialization in other countries: USA, Germany, Russia, Japan (iii) Industrialization and Globalization.

1 August to 3 August

  • Origins of Modern Politics: (i) European States System. (ii) American Revolution and the Constitution. (iii) French revolution and aftermath, 1789-1815. (iv) American Civil War with reference to Abraham Lincoln and the abolition of slavery. (v) British Democratic Politics, 1815- 1850; Parliamentary Reformers, Free Traders, Chartists.

4 August to 7 August

  • Nation-State System: (i) Rise of Nationalism in 19th century (ii) Nationalism: state-building in Germany and Italy (iii) Disintegration of Empires in the face of the emergence of nationalities across the world.
  • Revolution and Counter Revolution: (i) 19th Century European revolutions (ii) The Russian Revolution of 1917-1921 (iii) Fascist Counter-Revolution, Italy and Germany. (iv) The Chinese Revolution of 1949

8 August to 10 August

  • World Wars: (i) 1st and 2nd World Wars as Total Wars: Societal implications (ii) World War I: Causes and consequences (iii) World War II: Causes and consequence
  • The World after World War II: (i) Emergence of two power blocs (ii) Emergence of Third World and non-alignment (iii) UNO and the global disputes.

11 August to 12 August

  • Unification of Europe: (i) Post War Foundations: NATO and European Community (ii) Consolidation and Expansion of European Community (iii) European Union.
  • Disintegration of Soviet Union and the Rise of the Unipolar World: (i) Factors leading to the collapse of Soviet communism and the Soviet Union, 1985-1991 (ii) Political Changes in Eastern Europe 1989-2001. (iii) End of the cold war and US ascendancy in the World as the lone superpower.

13 August to 14 August

  • Imperialism and Colonialism: (i) South and South-East Asia (ii) Latin America and South Africa (iii) Australia (iv) Imperialism and free trade: Rise of neo-imperialism.
  • Liberation from Colonial Rule: (i) Latin America-Bolivar (ii) Arab World-Egypt (iii) Africa-Apartheid to Democracy (iv) South-East Asia-Vietnam
  • Decolonization and Underdevelopment: (i) Factors constraining development: Latin America, Africa


5 thoughts on “Daily Practise for History Optional Mains 2017 (By a follower with 311 marks in history optional, 2016)”

  1. Thank you sir for the wonderful initiative. I am interested and would follow regularly.
    This site is really awesome.

  2. Thank you Sir, for the initiative.
    I am writing my first mains, and have many conceptual doubts as well as doubts about answer writing.
    Please enable us to ask our personal grievances and getting them addressed.
    Also kindly request you to share the over all strategy as well.
    Thank you.

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