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History Optional Comprehensive Study Material cum Online Test Series- 2019

History Optional Comprehensive Study Material cum Online Test Series- 2019

FEATURES OF THE PROGRAM

1. Comprehensive Study Material

  • Study material for History Optional (given in two phases: first just after admission and second by October, 2018)
  • Access to the solution of previous years’ history optional questions (topic wise) of last 30 years will be provided. 
  • Complete Map Material will be provided. You don’t need to read anything else for Map section. Kindly note that 18 out of 20 map based questions were asked from out map material in 2017 history optional main examination.
  • Any missed topics of the syllabus will be provided in extra Questions-Answers format
  • Access to extra questions-answers posted regularly on website.

2. Answer writing session of 180 days

  • Daily answer writing session of 180 days will run from October, 2018 to March, 2019
  • Complete solution of Daily answer writing session will be provided.

3. Test Series

  • Questions in the test series will be asked as per new pattern. 
  • Detailed syllabus for each test along with sources to study will be uploaded on this page.
  • Mode of communication will be online only (no postal communication).
  • On due date, Question Paper, Answer Sheet and Detailed Solution will be sent to the enrolled students through email. You will have to send your answer sheet for evaluation in PDF format (you can use camscanner app). Evaluated answer sheet will be reverted back within a week.
  • Detailed and high quality solution of each test will be provided.
  • Answer sheets will be evaluated with detailed feedback for improvement along with marking. All doubts will be clarified via email, whatsapp or phone.
  • Personal guidance will be given for any clarification related to the preparation.

Total 14 Tests (8 Sectional Test + 6 Full Test)

First 8 Tests will be of 150 Marks each and 105 Minutes time limit and Rest 6 Tests will be of 250 Marks each and 3 hours time limit. (Dates are flexible)

SCHEDULE OF SECTIONAL TESTS [Dates are flexible]

Test 1: Ancient India: 3 April, 2018: 150 Marks (105 Minutes Duration)

Test 2: Ancient India: 15 May, 2018: 150 Marks (105 Minutes Duration)

Test 3: Medieval India: 30 June, 2018: 150 Marks (105 Minutes Duration)

Test 4: Medieval India: 15 August, 2018: 150 Marks (105 Minutes Duration)

Test 5: Modern India:  4 October, 2018 : 150 Marks (105 Minutes Duration)

Test 6: Modern India:  15 November, 2018 : 150 Marks (105 Minutes Duration)

Test 7: World History:  30 December, 2018: 150 Marks (105 Minutes Duration)

Test 8: World History:  15 February, 2019: 150 Marks (105 Minutes Duration)

(Approx 3 Months gap for Prelims Examination which will be held probably in May, 2019 and we may reschedule dates as per UPSC notification)

SCHEDULE OF FULL TESTS [Dates are flexible]

Test 9: Ancient India: 1 June, 2019: 250 Marks (180 Minutes Duration)

Test 10: Medieval India: 20 June, 2019: 250 Marks (180 Minutes Duration)

Test 11: Modern India: 15 July, 2019: 250 Marks (180 Minutes Duration)

Test 12: World History: 5 August, 2019: 250 Marks (180 Minutes Duration)

Test 13: Ancient+Medieval India: 10 August, 2019: 250 Marks (180 Minutes Duration)

Test 14: Modern India+World History: 15 August, 2019: 250 Marks (180 Minutes Duration)

TEST FEE

Total Fee: Rs 16,500/- 

STEPS FOR ENROLLMENT

Follow the following steps for enrollment:

  1. Make payment by using Payment Details (given in this page).
  2. Fill the online application form (given in this page) after making payment.
  3. Email one ID Proof on selfstudyhistory@gmail.com
  4. After following the above steps, you will get all the required information within 24 hours on your Email ID.

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Syllabus and Sources for Sectional Test I: Ancient India (3 April, 2018)

Syllabus for Sectional Test I (Ancient India)

  • Sources: Archaeological sources: Exploration, excavation, epigraphy, numismatics, monuments Literary sources: Indigenous: Primary and secondary; poetry, scientific literature, literature, literature in regional languages, religious literature. Foreign accounts: Greek, Chinese and Arab writers.
  • Pre-history and Proto-history: Geographical factors; hunting and gathering (paleolithic and mesolithic); Beginning of agriculture (neolithic and chalcolithic).
  • Indus Valley Civilization: Origin, date, extent, characteristics, decline, survival and significance, art and architecture.
  • Megalithic Cultures: Distribution of pastoral and farming cultures outside the Indus, Development of community life, Settlements, Development of agriculture, Crafts, Pottery, and Iron industry.
  • Aryans and Vedic Period: Expansions of Aryans in India. Vedic Period: Religious and philosophic literature; Transformation from Rig Vedic period to the later Vedic period; Political, social and economical life; Significance of the Vedic Age; Evolution of Monarchy and Varna system.
  • Period of Mahajanapadas: Formation of States (Mahajanapada) : Republics and monarchies; Rise of urban centres; Trade routes; Economic growth; Introduction of coinage; Spread of Jainism and Buddhism; Rise of Magadha and Nandas. Iranian and Macedonian invasions and their impact.

MAP BASED QUESTIONS (Ancient Sites)

Sources for Sectional Test I (Ancient India)

Syllabus and Sources for Sectional Test II: Ancient India (15 May, 2018)

Syllabus for Sectional Test II (Ancient India)

  • Mauryan Empire: Foundation of the Mauryan Empire, Chandragupta, Kautilya and Arthashastra; Ashoka; Concept of Dharma; Edicts; Polity, Administration; Economy; Art, architecture and sculpture; External contacts; Religion; Spread of religion; Literature. Disintegration of the empire; Sungas and Kanvas.
  • Post – Mauryan Period (Indo-Greeks, Sakas, Kushanas, Western Kshatrapas): Contact with outside world; growth of urban centres, economy, coinage, development of religions, Mahayana, social conditions, art, architecture, culture, literature and science.
  • Early State and Society in Eastern India, Deccan and South India: Kharavela, The Satavahanas, Tamil States of the Sangam Age; Administration, economy, land grants, coinage, trade guilds and urban centres; Buddhist centres; Sangam literature and culture; Art and architecture.
  • Guptas, Vakatakas and Vardhanas: Polity and administration, Economic conditions, Coinage of the Guptas, Land grants, Decline of urban centres, Indian feudalism, Caste system, Position of women, Education and educational institutions; Nalanda, Vikramshila and Vallabhi, Literature, scientific literature, art and architecture.
  • Regional States during Gupta Era: The Kadambas, Pallavas, Chalukyas of Badami; Polity and Administration, Trade guilds, Literature; growth of Vaishnava and Saiva religions. Tamil Bhakti movement, Shankaracharya; Vedanta; Institutions of temple and temple architecture; Palas, Senas, Rashtrakutas, Paramaras, Polity and administration; Cultural aspects. Arab conquest of Sind; Alberuni, The Chalukyas of Kalyana, Cholas, Hoysalas, Pandyas; Polity and Administration; local Govern-ment; Growth of art and architecture, religious sects, Institution of temple and Mathas, Agraharas, education and literature, economy and society.
  • Themes in Early Indian Cultural History: Languages and texts, major stages in the evolution of art and architecture, major philosophical thinkers and schools, ideas in Science and Mathematics.

MAP BASED QUESTIONS (Ancient Sites)

Sources for Sectional Test II (Ancient India)

Syllabus and Sources for Sectional Test III: Medieval India (30 June)

Syllabus for Sectional Test III (Medieval India)

  • Early Medieval India, 750-1200: – Polity: Major political developments in Northern India and the Peninsula, origin and the rise of Rajputs – The Cholas: administration, village economy and society – “Indian Feudalism” – Agrarian economy and urban settlements – Trade and commerce – Society: the status of the Brahman and the new social order – Condition of women – Indian science and technology
  • Cultural Traditions in India, 750- 1200: – Philosophy: Skankaracharya and Vedanta, Ramanuja and Vishishtadvaita, Madhva and BrahmaMimansa – Religion: Forms and features of religion, Tamil devotional cult, growth of Bhakti, Islam and its arrival in India, Sufism – Literature: Literature in Sanskrit, growth of Tamil literature, literature in the newly developing languages, Kalhan’s Rajtarangini, Alberuni’s India – Art and Architecture: Temple architecture, sculpture, painting
  • The Thirteenth Century: – Establishment of the Delhi Sultanate: The Ghurian invasions – factors behind Ghurian success – Economic, social and cultural consequences – Foundation of Delhi Sultanate and early Turkish Sultans – Consolidation: The rule of Iltutmish and Balban
  • The Fourteenth Century: – “The Khalji Revolution” – Alauddin Khalji: Conquests and territorial expansion, agrarian and economic measures – Muhammad Tughluq: Major projects, agrarian measures, bureaucracy of Muhammad Tughluq – Firuz Tughluq: Agrarian measures, achievements in civil engineering and public works, decline of the Sultanate, foreign contacts and Ibn Battuta’s account
  • Society, Culture and Economy in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries: – Society: composition of rural society, ruling classes, town dwellers, women, religious classes, caste and slavery under the Sultanate, Bhakti movement, Sufi movement – Culture: Persian literature, literature in the regional languages of North India, literature in the languages of South India, Sultanate architecture and new structural forms, painting, evolution of a composite culture – Economy: Agricultural production, rise of urban economy and non-agricultural production, trade and commerce
  • The Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Century – Political Developments and Economy: – Rise of Provincial Dynasties: Bengal, Kashmir (Zainul Abedin), Gujarat, Malwa, Bahmanids – The Vijayanagra Empire – Lodis – Mughal Empire, First phase: Babur and Humayun – The Sur Empire: Sher Shah’s administration – Portuguese Colonial enterprise – Bhakti and Sufi Movements

Sources for Sectional Test III (Medieval India)

Syllabus and Sources for Sectional Test IV: Medieval India (15 August)

Syllabus for Sectional Test IV (Medieval India)

  • The Fifteenth and early Sixteenth Century – Society and Culture: – Regional cultural specificities – Literary traditions – Provincial architecture – Society, culture, literature and the arts in Vijayanagara Empire.
  • Akbar: – Conquests and consolidation of the Empire – Establishment of Jagir and Mansab systems – Rajput policy – Evolution of religious and social outlook, theory of Sulh-i-kul and religious policy – Court patronage of art and technology
  • Mughal Empire in the Seventeenth Century: – Major administrative policies of Jahangir, Shahjahan and Aurangzeb – The Empire and the Zamindars – Religious policies of Jahangir, Shahjahan and Aurangzeb – Nature of the Mughal State – Late Seventeenth century crisis and the revolts – The Ahom Kingdom – Shivaji and the early Maratha Kingdom.
  • Economy and Society in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: – Population, agricultural production, craft production – Towns, commerce with Europe through Dutch, English and French companies : a trade revolution – Indian mercantile classes, banking, insurance and credit systems – Condition of peasants, condition of women – Evolution of the Sikh community and the Khalsa Panth
  • Culture in the Mughal Empire: – Persian histories and other literature – Hindi and other religious literature – Mughal architecture – Mughal painting – Provincial architecture and painting – Classical music – Science and technology
  • The Eighteenth Century: – Factors for the decline of the Mughal Empire – The regional principalities: Nizam’s Deccan, Bengal, Awadh – Maratha ascendancy under the Peshwas – The Maratha fiscal and financial system – Emergence of Afghan Power, Battle of Panipat:1761 – State of politics, culture and economy on the eve of the British conquest

Sources for Sectional Test IV (Medieval India)

 

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