NCERT Notes: History Of Ancient India Notes For UPSC 2020

History is one of the most important subjects for the IAS Exam. Indian History for UPSC is a very vast subject covering the following areas:

  • Ancient Indian History
  • Medieval Indian History
  • Modern Indian History

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The UPSC Syllabus covers history in both Prelims and Mains. The History topics are closely related to Heritage and Culture, particularly when studying History for IAS. The following are the important topics to study from Ancient Indian History:

  • Prehistoric India
  • Historic India
  • Indus Valley Civilization
  • Vedic India
  • Mahajanapadas
  • Buddhism and Related Topics
  • Mauryan Empire, Administrative Structure, Rulers and Legacy
  • Gupta Empire, Rulers and Legacy
  • Invasions from Central Asia
  • Kingdoms, States and Dynasties of South India, Their Rulers and Legacy

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Ancient Indian History Notes

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The most important sources of History are NCERT Books. Aspirants should read History from NCERT Books for UPSC to prepare for the IAS Exam. Taking notes is an efficient way to organise your study material for revision. Though taking notes is advisable, UPSC Candidates often find it difficult to find the right topics to focus on or may not have the time or resources at hand to take efficient notes. With this in mind, we at BYJU’S have developed a compilation of NCERT Notes for UPSC. This page compiles most of the important NCERT Notes for Ancient Indian History for UPSC for ease of use by IAS aspirants.

These IAS History study materials cover most of the major History Topics from the Ancient Indian Historical era until the dawn of the middle ages. Candidates should use these notes in conjunction with the NCERT Books to cover the complete UPSC Syllabus for Ancient Indian History.

Studying Indian History requires a thorough understanding of the chronology of events in Indian History. Based on this foundation, aspirants should build up knowledge on various aspects of history such as economic history, administrative history and cultural impact of historical events apart from political history.

While reading these topics, aspirants can practise past year History questions from UPSC Mains GS 1 from 2013 to 2019. Answer-writing practise can help you form a clarity on important topics of history.

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  1. Actually am a fresh candidate for this exam can u pls guide me how to start preparing for exams

    1. Hi Vaishnavi
      For IAS preparation 2020 you can go through the linked article.

  2. I want study material for upsc pls help me

    1. Hi Prashant
      You can refer to our pages UPSC Notes PDF & Free IAS Prep to get study material relevant for UPSC preparation.

  3. Hi this is my first and last chance foe MPSC 2021. How to go for it.

    1. Hi Aditi
      Please go through MPSC Preparation page to get the strategy for MPSC 2021.


    1. Hi Prakhar
      You can go with new Tamil Nadu State Board history books (Class 11th & 12th) for ancient history preparation. Check other NCERT Notes for IAS preparation in the linked article.

  5. Hi
    Is there available full pledged study material for upsc apart from NCERT books

    1. Hi Chandrasekhar
      You can check our UPSC Notes PDF page to complement NCERT notes.

  6. Hello Sir,
    What are the imortant topics to be covered in “Indian history” from NCERT books?

    1. Hi,

      It is better to read the entire NCERT content and the Tamil Nadu Board Class XI Textbook for History. Also, History in UPSC comprises – Modern, Medieval (only Prelims), Ancient, Art and Culture. You can know more here – How To Study History For IAS?

      Few Important Topics of Modern History to be studied from other reference books include:
      1. Advent of Europeans (Prelims)
      2. Socio-Religious Reform Movements 18-19 century (Prelims and Mains)
      3. Indian War of Independence (Prelims and Mains)
      4. Important Leaders of Freedom Struggle (Prelims and Mains)
      5. British Policies and Acts such as Land Revenue System etc(Prelims and Mains)
      6. INC Sessions (Prelims)

  7. Hi I want to start preparation for MPSC exam 2021 from where do I start

    1. Hi Ruchika
      To start with MPSC Exam preparation, you can first check the MPSC Syllabus. Then you can take a look on our MPSC Preparation page for your reference.

  8. Respected sir /madam
    I thought to prepare for civil services now I need full information regarding what books should I read and I’m persuing my post graduation IN Psychiatric Nursing can I take optional subject in mains psychology bcz I had a psychology subject in Bsc Nursing.

    1. Hi Yogesh
      It is a good decision to follow your interests. To prepare for UPSC civil services examination, you need to know a few things beforehand; mentioned below:
      1. UPSC Syllabus 2020
      2. Overview of the IAS Exam
      3. NCERT Notes PDF
      Also, you can take Psychology subject as your Mains Optional given you know the Psychology Optional syllabus.

  9. Hi Sir,

    I’m preparing for UPSE 2021
    I’m all confused with the books some sorices says 6th to 12th NCERT, few sources says tamil nadu 11 and 12th Few says Nithin Singa, RS sharma, Satish Charndra Specturm.

    Please guide me with the books that I need to study, I wanted to have limited books and read that neatly.

    1. Hi
      You can refer to our page UPSC Books to get a fair idea.

  10. Lakshya chaudhary

    Sir, history ncerts like our past 1,2,3 are enough or one should should read ancient history books of classes 6 7 8th respectively.

    1. Class 11 and 12 NCERTs for History will be sufficient. You can check history notes from the linked articles below:
      1. Ancient History NCERT Notes
      2. Medieval History NCERT Notes
      3. Modern History NCERT Notes

  11. please give me a UPSC notes

    1. Hi Siddhika
      You can refer to UPSC Notes page for some important topics.

  12. I’m a full time worker and I’m thinking of preparing for the IAS next year. But I’m not confident whether the time given by me for study would be sufficient. Anyways I would be having Saturdays and Sundays off. So can you guide me on how can I manage my preparation along with my job and how much time must be given.

    1. Hi
      We suggest you refer to the strategy for working professionals to crack UPSC in the linked article.

  13. Sir how can i start preparation of upsc 2021 what part of syllabus i complete first

  14. Please give me a notes UPSC

    1. Refer to UPSC Notes linked article.

  15. Sir I want to know which subjects are required for upsc exam bcoz I have done my BA from art side

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