"First of all, I would say that IAS requires the right strategy. A blind un-calculated effort will not give you proportionate results".
- Akshat Jain, AIR 2 UPSC IAS 2018
Our team has mentored thousands of students in the last 3-years, including Anudeep Durishetty AIR 1 UPSC CSE 2017, and one thing that was common among all the toppers is the strategy that they had to prepare for the exam. So, keeping that in mind, we wish to provide you with relevant information as a UPSC Aspirant, helping you devise your strategy, which would save tons of your time and ensure that you get great marks in the exam.
History as a module in General Studies has the most weightage in UPSC ranging around 20 to 25% in prelims and 40% weightage in GS PAPER 1 in mains examination. It would help if you prepare this topic properly as such weightage gives a good chance for your selection in the exam.
History can be divided into 6 parts for both Prelims and Mains examination. Please refer to the table to know which topic is exclusive to Prelims and Mains, respectively
Note: In this EduRev document, you will learn about the first 4 parts of History(Ancient, Medieval, Modern, Art & Culture). Post- Independence and World History will be dealt in a separate document as they are exclusive to Mains examination.
EduRev Tip: Time management is important during the preparation and it is advisable to stick to minimal resources as far as possible.
Purpose of this EduRev document is to understand how to read History as a subject for both Preliminary and Mains phases of UPSC civil services examination. By the end of this EduRev document, you will have clarity on how to tackle General Studies History . We at EduRev believe in 3R – Read, Revise and Repeat and we strongly recommend this strategy should be used all along during your preparation.
How and where to start?
Before starting the History module, it is mandatory that you should go through the syllabus. We suggest you get familiar with the syllabus as having syllabus at your fingertips is 20% of the preparation done. For syllabus, click the link:
Once you are familiar with the syllabus. We suggest you go through the previous year’s questions and topics of which questions were asked. Understanding the language and topics covered in the exam and how the questions were framed will give you a heads up about what you will be going to deal with in the examination. For previous year questions:
What books to read and how to read them?
You can find all these Old & New NCERTs in this EduRev course Must Read (Old & New) NCERTs for IAS Preparation
How to read: You should read this topic in a story format to recollect things easily in the further phase of the preparation. No need to remember all the facts as only important points are meant to be remembered. Read both the books once and for next reading choose the book which is easy for you to read language wise as both has more or less the same information. To make your preparations easy, we have made the gist of these books.
ART & Culture:
History textbooks of Class VI and VII and XI and XII (NCERTs) cover ancient and medieval history that should be studied for building a strong foundation. Apart from that fine arts textbook of Class XI should be studied in detail for the art-forms specifically. All the NCERTs are available in these EduRev courses:
Class 11 & 12 NCERTs of Art & Culture
Class 6 to 12 NCERTs of History
Note: Any other queries/doubts that will arise during your preparation are dealt in a separate EduRev document: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): History They were introduced by the British Government in India to introduce self-governing institutions gradually to India. They formed the basis of the Government of India Act 1919.
Here are few previous year questions for your practice and start with UPSC preparation:
They were introduced by the British Government in India to introduce self-governing institutions gradually to India. They formed the basis of the Government of India Act 1919.