Modern History Notes For UPSC - History Notes For IAS Preparation

Find below the pdfs of UPSC notes on Modern History for the Civil Services Exam. Modern History is part of the coveted IAS Exam – Prelims and Mains (GS-I, History Optional). here you will get the Modern History notes curated by subject matter experts specifically for IAS preparation.

Aspirants can get Ancient History and Medieval History notes from the links below:

Medieval History Notes for UPSC Ancient History Notes for UPSC

How to prepare History for UPSC exam?

  • Understand the syllabus of History for UPSC prelims and Mains.
  • Read/prepare notes from NCERTs
  • Check UPSC previous year question papers of both prelims and UPSC Mains.
  • 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.

Modern History Notes for UPSC Prelims/ IAS Mains exam and History optional in IAS Mains

Topics PDF
  • India in 18th Century
    • List of Mughal Emperors
    • Emergence of New Kingdoms
      • Bengal
      • Maratha
      • Awadh
      • Hyderabad
      • Mysore
      • Punjab
  • East India Company
    • British in Battle
    • British India and the Princely States
  • Treaty of Allahabad
  • Clive and Hastings
  • Regulating Act 1773
  • Pitt’s Act 1784
  • Charter Act 1833
  • Socio Religious Movements
    • Causes
    • Impact
    • Negative effects
  • List of Governor Generals and Important Events in their rule
  • The Revolt of 1857
    • Causes
    • Sepoy Mutiny v/s First War of Independence
    • Important Centres and their Leaders
    • Why Revolt Failed
  • Government of India Act 1858


  • Viceroys from 1862-1905
  • Socio Religious Issues in 19th century India
    • Reformist
      • Leaders and Movements
    • Revivalist
      • Leaders and Movements
  • Moderate Phase of Indian National Congress
    • Objectives and Demands
    • Methodology
    • Achievements
    • Criticism
  • Partition of Bengal
  • Swadeshi Movement
  • Moderates v/s Extremists
  • Muslim League
  • Indian Council Act 1909 – Morley Minto Reforms
  • Lucknow Pact
  • Home Rule League
  • Practice Questions
  • Gandhian Era
    • Principles of Satyagraha
    • Champaran
    • Ahmedabad Mill Strike
    • Kheda Satyagraha
  • Events of 1919
    • Rowlatt Act
    • Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
    • Government of India Act – Montague Chelmsford Reforms
    • Khilafat Movement
  • Non Cooperation Movement
    • Causes
    • Nature
    • Salient Features
    • Chauri Chaura Incident
  • Emergence of the Revolutionaries
  • Revolutionary Movement
    • HSRA
  • Events of 1928
    • Simon Commission
    • Nehru Committee
    • Jinnah’s 14 points
  • Poorna Swaraj Demand
  • Civil Disobedience Movement
    • Causes
    • Nature
    • Features
    • Gandhi-Irwin Pact
  • Communal Award
  • Poona Pact
  • Round Table Conferences
    • First
    • Second
    • Third
  • Rise of Left Groups in India
  • Government of India Act 1935
  • All India Kisan Sabha
  • Provincial Elections 1937
  • Quit India Movement
    • Salient Features
    • Impact
  • INA Movement
  • Wavell Plan
  • Cabinet Mission Plan
  • Interim Government
  • Partition of India

Modern History: Books for IAS preparation

  • Modern India – Spectrum
  • History of Modern India – Bipin Chandra

UPSC Notes for History

  • To revise efficiently, prepare/read notes in chronological order
  • Modern history portion (middle of the 18th century to 1947) is part of the UPSC Prelims syllabus so prepare notes accordingly.
  • However, India’s Freedom Struggle and Post Independence India is part of the UPSC Mains Syllabus so you will need extensive notes for that.
  • Important books from IAS Mains perspective are
    • India after Independence – Bipin Chandra
    • India after Gandhi – Ram Chandra Guha
  • 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.

Also, read:

NCERT Notes For Modern History UPSC Exam Pattern
How To Read Yojana Magazine for IAS Preparation UPSC 2023: Weekly GK And Current Affairs Quiz
Success Rate Of Different Optional Subjects In UPSC Mains Daily News Analysis
UPSC Previous Year Question Papers History Syllabus for UPSC Prelims
UPSC Syllabus UPSC Calendar 2023
Daily Video Analysis: The Hindu Daily PIB Summary & Analysis
UPSC Books In Hindi For Civil Services/IAS Exam NCERT Notes
Chronology of Ancient to Modern History of India


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