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HISTORY 
 
Unit I: The Story of the First Cities  Harappan Archaeology 
Broad overview: Early urban centres. 
Story of discovery: Harappan civilization. 
Excerpt: Archaeological report on a major site. Discussion: how it has been utilized by archaeologists/ 
historians. 
 
      Unit II: Political and Economic History: How Inscriptions tell a story 
Broad overview: Political and economic history from the Mauryan to the Gupta period. 
Story of discovery: Inscriptions and the decipherment of the script. Shifts in the understanding of political and 
economic history. 
Excerpt: Asokan inscription and Gupta period land grant. 
                       Discussion: Interpretation of inscriptions by historians. 
                        Unit III: Social Histories using the Mahabharata 
Broad overview: Issues in social history, including caste, class, kinship and gender. 
Story of discovery: Transmission and publications of the  Mahabharata. 
Excerpt: From the Mahabharata, illustrating how it has  been used by historians. 
Unit IV: A History of Buddhism: Sanchi Stupa 
Broad overview: 
(a) A brief review of religious histories of Vedic                religion, Jainism, Vaisnavism, Saivism. 
(b) Focus on Buddhism. 
Story of discovery: Sanchi stupa. 
Excerpt: Reproduction of sculptures from Sanchi. Discussion: Ways in which sculpture has been interpreted  by  
historians, other sources for reconstructing the history of Buddhism. 
Unit V: Medieval society through Travellers’ Accounts 
                   Broad Overview: Outline of social and cultural life as they appear in travellers’ accounts. 
Story of their writings: A discussion of where they travelled, why they travelled, what they wrote, and  
For  whom they wrote. 
Excerpts: from Alberuni, Ibn Batuta, Bernier.  
Discussion: What these travel accounts can tell us and  how they have been interpreted by historians. 
 
                 Unit VI:   Religious Histories: The Bhakti-Sufi Tradition 
                  Broad Overview: 
(a) Outline of religious developments during this                    period. 
(b) Ideas and practices of the Bhakti-Sufi saints. 
Story of Transmission: How Bhakti-Sufi compositions   have been preserved. 
Excerpt: Extracts from selected Bhakti Sufi works.  
Discussion: Ways in which these have been interpreted  by historians. 
Note:  
There will be one Question Paper which will have 50 questions out of which 40 questions need to be 
attempted. 
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HISTORY 
 
Unit I: The Story of the First Cities  Harappan Archaeology 
Broad overview: Early urban centres. 
Story of discovery: Harappan civilization. 
Excerpt: Archaeological report on a major site. Discussion: how it has been utilized by archaeologists/ 
historians. 
 
      Unit II: Political and Economic History: How Inscriptions tell a story 
Broad overview: Political and economic history from the Mauryan to the Gupta period. 
Story of discovery: Inscriptions and the decipherment of the script. Shifts in the understanding of political and 
economic history. 
Excerpt: Asokan inscription and Gupta period land grant. 
                       Discussion: Interpretation of inscriptions by historians. 
                        Unit III: Social Histories using the Mahabharata 
Broad overview: Issues in social history, including caste, class, kinship and gender. 
Story of discovery: Transmission and publications of the  Mahabharata. 
Excerpt: From the Mahabharata, illustrating how it has  been used by historians. 
Unit IV: A History of Buddhism: Sanchi Stupa 
Broad overview: 
(a) A brief review of religious histories of Vedic                religion, Jainism, Vaisnavism, Saivism. 
(b) Focus on Buddhism. 
Story of discovery: Sanchi stupa. 
Excerpt: Reproduction of sculptures from Sanchi. Discussion: Ways in which sculpture has been interpreted  by  
historians, other sources for reconstructing the history of Buddhism. 
Unit V: Medieval society through Travellers’ Accounts 
                   Broad Overview: Outline of social and cultural life as they appear in travellers’ accounts. 
Story of their writings: A discussion of where they travelled, why they travelled, what they wrote, and  
For  whom they wrote. 
Excerpts: from Alberuni, Ibn Batuta, Bernier.  
Discussion: What these travel accounts can tell us and  how they have been interpreted by historians. 
 
                 Unit VI:   Religious Histories: The Bhakti-Sufi Tradition 
                  Broad Overview: 
(a) Outline of religious developments during this                    period. 
(b) Ideas and practices of the Bhakti-Sufi saints. 
Story of Transmission: How Bhakti-Sufi compositions   have been preserved. 
Excerpt: Extracts from selected Bhakti Sufi works.  
Discussion: Ways in which these have been interpreted  by historians. 
Note:  
There will be one Question Paper which will have 50 questions out of which 40 questions need to be 
attempted. 
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Unit VII:   New Architecture: Hampi 
Broad Overview: 
(a) Outline of new buildings during Vijayanagar  period — temples, forts, irrigation facilities. 
(b) Relationship between architecture and the political               system. 
Story of Discovery: Account of how Hampi was found. 
Excerpt: Visuals of buildings at Hampi. 
    Discussion: Ways in which historians have analysed and    interpreted these structures. 
 
             Unit VIII: Agrarian Relations :The Ain-i- Akbari 
         
                       Broad overview: 
(a) Structure of agrarian relations in the 16th and 17
th
  centuries. 
(b) Patterns of change over the period. 
                          Story of Discovery: Account of the compilation and  translation of Ain-i-Akbari. 
                          Excerpt: From the Ain-i-Akbari  
                          Discussion: Ways in which historians have used the text  to reconstruct history. 
                     
                   Unit IX: The Mughal Court: Reconstructing Histories through Chronicles 
                  Broad Overview: 
(a) Outline of political history c. 15th-17th centuries. 
(b) Discussion of the Mughal court and politics. 
     Story of Discovery: Account of the production of court chronicles, and their subsequent translation and transmission. 
            Excerpts: from the Akbarnama and Padshahnama.  
           Discussion: Ways in which historians have used the texts  to reconstruct political histories. 
Unit X: Colonialism and Rural Society: Evidence from Official Reports 
Broad overview: 
(a) Life of zamindars, peasants and artisans in the late 18
th
 century. 
(b) East India Company, revenue settlements and              surveys. 
(c) Changes over the nineteenth century. 
Story of official records: An account of why official investigations into rural societies were undertaken and the  
types of records and reports produced. 
Excerpts: From Firminger’s Fifth Report, Accounts of   Francis Buchanan-Hamilton, and Deccan Riots Report. 
Discussion: What the official records tell and do not tell, and how they have been used by historians. 
             Unit XI: Representations of 1857 
Broad Overview: 
(a) The events of 1857-58. 
(b) How these events were recorded and narrated. 
                    Focus: Lucknow. 
                Excerpts: Pictures of 1857. Extracts from contemporary accounts. 
                 Discussion: How the pictures of 1857 shaped British               opinion of what had happened.
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HISTORY 
 
Unit I: The Story of the First Cities  Harappan Archaeology 
Broad overview: Early urban centres. 
Story of discovery: Harappan civilization. 
Excerpt: Archaeological report on a major site. Discussion: how it has been utilized by archaeologists/ 
historians. 
 
      Unit II: Political and Economic History: How Inscriptions tell a story 
Broad overview: Political and economic history from the Mauryan to the Gupta period. 
Story of discovery: Inscriptions and the decipherment of the script. Shifts in the understanding of political and 
economic history. 
Excerpt: Asokan inscription and Gupta period land grant. 
                       Discussion: Interpretation of inscriptions by historians. 
                        Unit III: Social Histories using the Mahabharata 
Broad overview: Issues in social history, including caste, class, kinship and gender. 
Story of discovery: Transmission and publications of the  Mahabharata. 
Excerpt: From the Mahabharata, illustrating how it has  been used by historians. 
Unit IV: A History of Buddhism: Sanchi Stupa 
Broad overview: 
(a) A brief review of religious histories of Vedic                religion, Jainism, Vaisnavism, Saivism. 
(b) Focus on Buddhism. 
Story of discovery: Sanchi stupa. 
Excerpt: Reproduction of sculptures from Sanchi. Discussion: Ways in which sculpture has been interpreted  by  
historians, other sources for reconstructing the history of Buddhism. 
Unit V: Medieval society through Travellers’ Accounts 
                   Broad Overview: Outline of social and cultural life as they appear in travellers’ accounts. 
Story of their writings: A discussion of where they travelled, why they travelled, what they wrote, and  
For  whom they wrote. 
Excerpts: from Alberuni, Ibn Batuta, Bernier.  
Discussion: What these travel accounts can tell us and  how they have been interpreted by historians. 
 
                 Unit VI:   Religious Histories: The Bhakti-Sufi Tradition 
                  Broad Overview: 
(a) Outline of religious developments during this                    period. 
(b) Ideas and practices of the Bhakti-Sufi saints. 
Story of Transmission: How Bhakti-Sufi compositions   have been preserved. 
Excerpt: Extracts from selected Bhakti Sufi works.  
Discussion: Ways in which these have been interpreted  by historians. 
Note:  
There will be one Question Paper which will have 50 questions out of which 40 questions need to be 
attempted. 
HISTORY-314 
3 
 
Unit VII:   New Architecture: Hampi 
Broad Overview: 
(a) Outline of new buildings during Vijayanagar  period — temples, forts, irrigation facilities. 
(b) Relationship between architecture and the political               system. 
Story of Discovery: Account of how Hampi was found. 
Excerpt: Visuals of buildings at Hampi. 
    Discussion: Ways in which historians have analysed and    interpreted these structures. 
 
             Unit VIII: Agrarian Relations :The Ain-i- Akbari 
         
                       Broad overview: 
(a) Structure of agrarian relations in the 16th and 17
th
  centuries. 
(b) Patterns of change over the period. 
                          Story of Discovery: Account of the compilation and  translation of Ain-i-Akbari. 
                          Excerpt: From the Ain-i-Akbari  
                          Discussion: Ways in which historians have used the text  to reconstruct history. 
                     
                   Unit IX: The Mughal Court: Reconstructing Histories through Chronicles 
                  Broad Overview: 
(a) Outline of political history c. 15th-17th centuries. 
(b) Discussion of the Mughal court and politics. 
     Story of Discovery: Account of the production of court chronicles, and their subsequent translation and transmission. 
            Excerpts: from the Akbarnama and Padshahnama.  
           Discussion: Ways in which historians have used the texts  to reconstruct political histories. 
Unit X: Colonialism and Rural Society: Evidence from Official Reports 
Broad overview: 
(a) Life of zamindars, peasants and artisans in the late 18
th
 century. 
(b) East India Company, revenue settlements and              surveys. 
(c) Changes over the nineteenth century. 
Story of official records: An account of why official investigations into rural societies were undertaken and the  
types of records and reports produced. 
Excerpts: From Firminger’s Fifth Report, Accounts of   Francis Buchanan-Hamilton, and Deccan Riots Report. 
Discussion: What the official records tell and do not tell, and how they have been used by historians. 
             Unit XI: Representations of 1857 
Broad Overview: 
(a) The events of 1857-58. 
(b) How these events were recorded and narrated. 
                    Focus: Lucknow. 
                Excerpts: Pictures of 1857. Extracts from contemporary accounts. 
                 Discussion: How the pictures of 1857 shaped British               opinion of what had happened.
 
 
    Unit XII: Colonialism and Indian Towns: Town Plans and Municipal Reports 
Broad Overview: The growth of Mumbai, Chennai, hill stations and cantonments in the 18
th 
and 19
th 
century.  
Excerpts: Photographs and paintings. Plans of cities. Extract form town plan reports. Focus on Kolkata town planning. 
Discussion: How the above sources can be used to reconstruct the history of towns. What these sources do not reveal. 
 
               Unit XIII: Mahatma Gandhi through Contemporary Eyes 
Broad Overview: 
(a) The nationalist movement 1918-48, 
(b) The nature of Gandhian politics and leadership. 
Focus: Mahatma Gandhi in 1931. 
Excerpts: Reports from English and Indian language   newspapers and other contemporary writings. 
Discussion: How newspapers can be a source of history. 
 
Unit XIV: Partition through Oral Sources 
Broad Overview: 
(a) The history of the 1940s; 
(b) Nationalism, Communalism and Partition. 
Focus: Punjab and Bengal. 
Excerpts: Oral testimonies of those who experienced            partition. 
Discussion: Ways in which these have been analysed to reconstruct the history of the event. 
 
Unit XV: The Making of the Constitution 
Broad Overview: 
(a) Independence and the new nation state. 
(b) The making of the Constitution. 
Focus: The Constitutional Assembly debates. 
Excerpts: From the debates. 
                     Discussion: What such debates reveal and how they can be analyzed. 
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FAQs on CUET Exam Syllabus for History - Commerce

1. What is the syllabus for the CUET History exam?
Ans. The syllabus for the CUET History exam includes topics such as ancient civilizations, medieval history, modern history, world wars, Indian independence movement, colonialism, and post-independence developments. It also covers topics like political, social, and economic history, cultural and intellectual history, and historical geography.
2. What are the important topics to focus on for the CUET History exam?
Ans. Some important topics to focus on for the CUET History exam are ancient civilizations like the Indus Valley Civilization and Mesopotamia, medieval history including the Delhi Sultanate and Mughal Empire, modern history with a focus on Indian Nationalism and the freedom struggle, and post-independence developments in India. It is also important to have a good understanding of world wars, colonialism, and major historical events.
3. How can I prepare for the CUET History exam effectively?
Ans. To prepare effectively for the CUET History exam, it is important to start by thoroughly studying the prescribed syllabus. Make a study plan and allocate time for each topic. Regularly revise the topics and practice answering previous years' question papers. It is also helpful to read recommended history textbooks and reference books to gain a deeper understanding of the subject.
4. Are there any specific resources or books recommended for the CUET History exam?
Ans. Yes, there are some recommended resources and books for the CUET History exam. Some popular ones include "India's Struggle for Independence" by Bipin Chandra, "A History of Medieval India" by Satish Chandra, "Modern India: 1885-1947" by Sumit Sarkar, and "World History" by Norman Lowe. It is also advisable to refer to NCERT history textbooks for a comprehensive understanding of the subject.
5. What is the exam pattern for the CUET History exam?
Ans. The exam pattern for the CUET History exam typically consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and/or descriptive questions. The duration of the exam, marking scheme, and the number of questions may vary. It is important to check the official notification or consult with the university to get accurate information on the exam pattern and marking scheme for the specific year.
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