Ancient History Notes For UPSC - History Notes For IAS Preparation


Find below the pdfs of UPSC notes on Ancient History for the Civil Services Exam. Ancient History is part of the UPSC Prelims Syllabus while the Art and Culture aspects from our ancient past are part of the UPSC Mains Syllabus (GS I). Also, History is an optional subject choice in the IAS Mains exam. This scoring subject often poses a challenge to IAS aspirants, as students find it hard to go through its comprehensive syllabus.

Hence, we have provided Byju’s Ancient History notes curated by subject matter experts specifically for IAS preparation.

How to prepare History for UPSC exam?

  • Understand the syllabus of History for IAS exam
  • Read/prepare notes from NCERTs
  • Check UPSC previous year question papers
  • If it is your optional subject in UPSC Mains exam, have a definite strategy as the syllabus of History is extensive

For all the above and more, check the links at the bottom of the article.

Ancient History Notes for UPSC Prelims exam and IAS Mains



  • Stone Age
    • Paleolithic
    • Mesolithic
    • Neolithic
    • Chalcolithic
  • Indus Valley Civilisation
    • Discovery
    • Origin
    • Sites
    • Town Planning
    • Life in IVC
    • Decline of IVC
  • Vedic Culture
    • Early Vedic Period
  • Later Vedic Culture
  • Pottery In India
  • Early Vedic v/s Later Vedic Period
  • Emergence of Janapadas and Mahajanapadas
  • Jainism
  • Buddhism
  • Buddhist Philosophy
  • Buddhist Councils
  • Popularity and Decline of Buddhism
  • Mauryan Dynasty
    • Chandragupta
    • Bindusara
    • Ashoka


  • Ashokan Edicts
  • Mauryan Art
  • Decline of Mauryan Empire
  • Post Mauryan period
  • Gupta Age
    • Political and Administrative setup
    • Society and Religion
    • Art and Architecture

Ancient History: Books for IAS preparation

  • Tamil Nadu State Board Class XI textbook
  • NCERT Class XI – An Introduction to Indian Art
  • NCERT Class XI – Living Craft Traditions of India (Chapters 9 & 10)
  • NCERT Class XII – History – Themes in Indian History Part I
  • Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) official Website
  • The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Basham (For religion and philosophy)

UPSC Notes for History

  • To revise efficiently, prepare notes in chronological order
  • Art and Culture has to be studied for IAS Mains as well, so make extensive notes for this part
  • History is a popular optional choice as well because of the amount of overlap with the GS part in both UPSC prelims and Mains exam.
  • Refer UPSC previous years question papers to understand the IAS exam question trends.

Check out Byju’s IAS 2019 (Pre & Mains) Tablet Course for a holistic approach to the IAS preparation.

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