History Optional Booklist For UPSC Exam

Most of the UPSC aspirants choose history as an optional because it is easy to start with and is one subject least dependent on coaching for the IAS Exam. Additionally, it helps the aspirants to deal with Prelims as well as the essay. UPSC Exam is conducted in three phases- Prelims, Mains and Interview.

History Optional For UPSC IAS Mains

History is a standout subject among the other optional subjects for UPSC IAS Exam. It is a fascinating subject which gives us the data about our past. It is mixed with culture and tradition. It has great importance in IAS Prelims and UPSC Mains exam. Taking history as an optional subject will help the candidates to tackle the questions in Prelims and general studies paper.

Here is the complete book list for History optional subject. This will help your UPSC IAS Mains preparation.

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For history optional strategy for IAS, click on the link below:

Strategy for History Optional for UPSC

Books For History Optional For Civil Services Exam

List Of Ancient Indian History Books For UPSC

Ancient India – Upinder Singh History of India ( Volume-I) – Romila Thapar
Ancient India (NCERT) -Prof. R.S. Sharma The Wonder That Was India -A.L. Basham

Candidates can go through UPSC 2021 article to align their IAS preparation accordingly.

List Of Medieval Indian History Books For UPSC

A History of South India -K.A. Nilkantha Sastri The Agrarian System of Mughal India 1556-1707 -Irfan Habib
Ashoka & Decline of the Maurya -Romila Thapar The Mughal Empire -J.F. Richards
Indian Feudalism -R.S. Sharma The Wonder That was India (Volume.2) -S.A.A. Rizvi
Material culture & Social Formation in Ancient India -R.S. Sharma Urban Dynamics -H.C. Verma
Medieval India (Macmillan) -Satish Chandra Medieval India (NCERT) -Satish Chandra

List Of Modern Indian History Books For UPSC

Anatomy of the Raj (PPH) -Suhash Chakravarty Peasant Movements in India -D.N. Dhanagare
Freedom Struggle (NbT) -Bipan Chandra & others The Raj Syndrome (Penguins) -Suhash Chakravarty
Gandhi -B.R. Nanda VAID’s Fundamentals of History Series
Gandhi -Judith Brown Constitutional History -Pravin Kumar
India’s Struggle for Independence -Bipan Chandra Freedom Struggle -Pravin Kumar
Modern India (Macmillan) -Sumit Sarkar Administrative History -Pravin Kumar
Modern India (NCERT) -Bipan Chandra Social History -Pravin Kumar

List Of World history books For UPSC

Age of Capital -E.J. Hobsbawm Age of Empires -E.J. Hobsbawm
Age of Revolution- E.J. Hobsbawm Contemporary World History (NCERT) -Arjun Dev –
Europe Since 1815 -W.C. Craig Europe Since 1870 -James Joll
Europe Since Napoleon -David Thompson Industry & Empire -E.J. Hobsbawm
The social basis of Democracy & Dictatorship -B.J. Moore The story of Civilization, Vol. 2 (NCERT) -Arjun Dev

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For other UPSC Optional Subjects Syllabus, check the linked article.

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