The UPSC optional subject list contains 48 subjects in total, one of which is History. The History syllabus for UPSC focuses on the candidates’ ability to understand the techniques used to study history and their knowledge of chronological events. In the mains stage of IAS Exam, it is part of the General Studies Paper 1 too.
It is one of the most popular optional subjects in the Mains exam. The topics included in this subject are related to archaeology, archaeological sources, historical architecture, culture and heritage. It will be easier for candidates to cover the syllabus of UPSC Mains, once they get familiar with IAS History Optional syllabus of civil services examination.
In this article, we provide you with the detailed UPSC syllabus for History optional. Candidates can find the UPSC History Optional Syllabus PDF at the end of the article.
History Syllabus For UPSC
History Optional Subject has 2 papers (Paper I and Paper II) in UPSC Mains. Each paper is of 250 marks with a total of 500 marks. History for simplification is divided into four parts for candidates:
- Ancient Indian History – Ancient Indian History NCERT Notes
- Medieval Indian History-Medieval Indian History NCERT Notes
- Modern Indian History- Modern Indian history Notes
- World History- UPSC World History Material
Find below the IAS History syllabus:
UPSC Syllabus History Optional Paper I:
Candidates should check UPSC 2020 article to align their History Optional preparation accordingly.
UPSC Syllabus History Optional Paper II:
Interested aspirants can check the syllabus of other UPSC Optional Subjects in the linked article.
UPSC History optional should be prepared thoroughly if one has chosen it for the civil services mains examination by studying the previous years’ papers. You can go through important Books for History Optional for UPSC in the link provided. IAS aspirants can integrate their preparation for History optional with preparation for General Studies in prelims and mains for guaranteed success.
To read relevant articles on UPSC History subject, please refer to the table below: