History for Prelims and Mains is a very important topic. Almost 15-20 questions are asked in Prelims paper 1 on History every year. Add to that questions totaling about 60-90 marks in GS Mains paper and you get a good idea about the importance of History in IAS exam. But many IAS aspirants don’t know how to start, what to cover and how to cover the History syllabus.
To solve these queries I have prepared a useful flowchart detailing the entire History syllabus at a glance. You can download and print it for ready reference while preparing History topics. I’ve divided the History syllabus into three parts – Ancient, Medieval and Modern period. Below each is the chronological sequence of topics that should be covered.
Note: I have relied heavily on TMH GS Manual for listing the topics. You can read review of TMH GS Manual as well. Refer other books for Prelims here.
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