Daily problem practise for History Optional Mains and GS Paper I (History Portion): 2018

For all those appearing for Civil Services Examination in 2018, we are starting Daily Problem Practise for History Optional and GS Paper I (History Part).

Important features:

  • Daily at least one question will be posted. No question will be posted on Saturday and Sunday.
  • In case any question is important only for History Optional or only for GS Paper I or for both History Optional and GS Paper I, it will be specifically mentioned
  • This will be around 4 Months program. Each part of history (Modern India, World History, Ancient India and Medieval India)  will be covered in around one month each.
  • We will try to cover all important topics and important questions from examination point of view.
  • You can send your answers on email ID selfstudyhistory@gmail.com or post answers in comment section. You can use camscanner to email answers in PDF Format for evaluation.
  • Those appearing in 2018 History Online Test Series will get assured evaluation of their answers on priority basis. 
  • Generally evaluated Answers will be sent back within two days but in rare cases it might take upto a week sometimes if there is rush.
  • Evaluation will be done by team of highly experienced people who are either in service or have got excellent marks in history optional in UPSC main exam.
  • The program will start from 6th December and complete schedule will be posted before 6th December on this page. Link for daily practice questions will be available on this page.

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Schedule for Daily problem practise for History Optional Mains and GS Paper I (History Portion): 2018

Modern India: 6 December to 6 January

World History: 7 January to 7 February

Ancient India: 8 February to 8 March

Medieval India: 9 March to 9 April

Modern India (6 December to 6 January)

6 December

European Penetration into India: The Early European Settlements; The Portuguese and the Dutch; The English and the French East India Companies; Their struggle for supremacy; Carnatic Wars; Bengal -The conflict between the English and the Nawabs of Bengal; Siraj and the English; The Battle of Plassey; Significance of Plassey.

Questions of 6th December

7 December

British Expansion in India: Bengal – Mir Jafar and Mir Kasim; The Battle of Buxar; Mysore; The Marathas; The three Anglo-Maratha Wars; The Punjab.

Questions of 7th December

8 December

Early Structure of the British Raj: The early administrative structure; From diarchy to direct control; The Regulating Act (1773); The Pitt’s India Act (1784); The Charter Act (1833); The voice of free trade and the changing character of British colonial rule; The English utilitarian and India.

Questions of 8th December

11,12, 13 and 14 December

Economic Impact of British Colonial Rule: (a) Land revenue settlements in British India; The Permanent Settlement; Ryotwari Settlement; Mahalwari Settlement; Economic impact of the revenue arrangements; Commercialization of agriculture; Rise of landless agrarian labourers; Impoverishment of the rural society. (b) Dislocation of traditional trade and commerce; De-industrialisation; Decline of traditional crafts; Drain of wealth; Economic transformation of India; Railroad and communication network including tele-graph and postal services; Famine and poverty in the rural interior; European business enterprise and its limitations.

Questions of 11th December

Questions of 12th December

Questions of 13th December

Questions of 14th December

15 and 18 December

Social and Cultural Developments: The state of indigenous education, its dislocation; Orientalist-Anglicist controversy, The introduction of western education in India; The rise of press, literature and public opinion; The rise of modern vernacular literature; Progress of science; Christian missionary activities in India.

Questions of 15th December

Questions of 18th December

19, 20, 21 December

Social and Religious Reform movements in Bengal and Other Areas: Ram Mohan Roy, The Brahmo Movement; Devendranath Tagore; Iswarchandra Vidyasagar; The Young Bengal Movement; Dayanada Saraswati; The social reform movements in India including Sati, widow remarriage, child marriage etc.; The contribution of Indian renaissance to the growth of modern India; Islamic revivalism – the Feraizi and Wahabi Movements.

Indian Response to British Rule: Peasant movements and tribal uprisings in the 18th and 19th centuries including the Rangpur Dhing (1783), the Kol Rebellion (1832), the Mopla Rebellion in Malabar (1841-1920), the Santal Hul (1855), Indigo Rebellion (1859-60), Deccan Uprising (1875) and the Munda Ulgulan (1899-1900); The Great Revolt of 1857 – Origin, character, causes of failure, the consequences; The shift in the character of peasant uprisings in the post-1857 period; the peasant movements of the 1920s and 1930s.

24 and 25 December

Factors leading to the birth of Indian Nationalism; Politics of Association; The Foundation of the Indian National Congress; The Safety-valve thesis relating to the birth of the Congress; Programme and objectives of Early Congress; the social composition of early Congress leadership; the Moderates and Extremists; The Partition of Bengal (1905); The Swadeshi Movement in Bengal; the economic and political aspects of Swadeshi Movement; The beginning of revolutionary extremism in India.

26, 27 and 28 December

Rise of Gandhi; Character of Gandhian nationalism; Gandhi’s popular appeal; Rowlatt Satyagraha; the Khilafat Movement; the Non-cooperation Movement; National politics from the end of the Non-cooperation movement to the beginning of the Civil Disobedience movement; the two phases of the Civil Disobedience Movement; Simon Commission; The Nehru Report; the Round Table Conferences; Nationalism and the Peasant Movements; Nationalism and Working class movements; Women and Indian youth and students in Indian politics (1885-1947); the election of 1937 and the formation of ministries; Cripps Mission; the Quit India Movement; the Wavell Plan; The Cabinet Mission.

31 December

Constitutional Developments in the Colonial India between 1858 and 1935

1 January

Other strands in the National Movement The Revolutionaries: Bengal, the Punjab, Maharashtra, U.P, the Madras Presidency, Outside India. The Left; The Left within the Congress: Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose, the Congress Socialist Party; the Communist Party of India, other left parties.

2 January

Politics of Separatism; the Muslim League; the Hindu Mahasabha; Communalism and the politics of partition; Transfer of power; Independence.

3 January

Consolidation as a Nation; Nehru’s Foreign Policy; India and her neighbours (1947-1964); The linguistic reorganisation of States (1935-1947); Regionalism and regional inequality; Integration of Princely States; Princes in electoral politics; the Question of National Language.

4 January

Caste and Ethnicity after 1947; Backward castes and tribes in post-colonial electoral politics; Dalit movements.

Economic development and political change; Land reforms; the politics of planning and rural reconstruction; Ecology and environmental policy in post – colonial India; Progress of science.


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