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Recommended History Books for IAS Mains

history-books-ias-examHistory is one of the most popular optional subjects in IAS exam partly because we all have studied History in our school and/or college days. Also it is fun and interesting to read with all the historic tales, battles, and cultures to study. This post lists the recommended books for History optional of Mains exam. The books are categorized as per the syllabus: Ancient, Medieval, Modern History, and World History.

Books for Ancient History (Paper 1):

Books for Medieval History (Paper 1):

Books for Modern History (Paper 2):

Books for World History (Paper 2):

In addition to these books you may want to refer Hemant Jha’s notes and also some selective IGNOU notes for preparing History. These books are as per the revised History syllabus for IAS mains and will be useful in your preparation of History optional. Further, read this post to know about History books for IAS prelims.

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