History Syllabus - PPSC Exam

Updated on: Mar 5, 2013
Section A - (History of India from Earliest Times to 1757 AD)

1. The Indus Civilization : Origin, Extentm Features, Society and Economy, Technology, Vedic Civilization, Theories of the origin of the Aryas, Social Institutions, Political institution, Religion, Economy and Culture.
2. Jainism and Buddhism : Teachings of Gautam Budha and Mahavira, spread and Legacy.
3. The Age of the Mauryas : Chandergupta Maurya and the foundation of Magadh Empire, Ashoka’s Dhamma, Inscriptions, Administration and the nature of the Mauryan State.
4. The Guptas : Foundation and the extent of the Empire, Religion, Art, Architecture,and Literature, Society & Economy.
5. South Indian Dynasties : Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas and Cholas, Development of Art, Architecture and Literature.
6. The Rajputas : Origin, Polity, Feudal order, Administration, Society and Cultural Life.
7. The Delhi Sultanate : Establishment and Consolidation under Qutab-ud-Din Aibak, IItutmish, Balban, Ala-ud-Din Khalji and his agrarian and market reforms and Aadministrative measures,Extent of the Empire, Administrative Reforms and public works of Feroze Tughlaq, Evolution of the medieval Indian Polity.
8. The Vijaynagar Kingdom : Establishment and Expansion, Administration, Economy, Art and Architecture.
9. The Mughal Afghan Struggle ( 1526-1556) : Babur, Humayan and Sher Shah Suri.
10. Consolidation of the Mughal Empire : Rajput policy of Akbar, Religious policy of Akbar and Aurangzeb, Mansabdari and Jagirdari System, Land Revenue Policy, Trade and Commerce, Central and Provincial Administration, Art and Architure.
11. Rise of the Marathas : Shivaji’s Administration, Conflict with the Mughals and the rise of the Peshwas.
12. Decline of the Mughal Empire and the Emergence of successor states : Bengal, Mysore, Hyderabad, Rise of the Sikhs as a political power in the Punjab.

Section B - (History of India 1757-1964)

13. Foundation, Expansion and Consolidation of the British Empire in India(1757-1857) : Robert Clive and Warren Hastings, Wellesley, Lord Hastings, Bentinck and Dalhousie ; Administrative, Judicial and social reform.
14. The Uprising of 1857 : Causes, Nnature and the impact.
15. British Economic Policies : Land Revenue system, Zamindari, Ryotwari and Mahalwari, Decline of indigenous industries, Commercialization of agriculture, rural indebtedness, Growth of Modern Industries, New Banking system, The Drain Theory.
16. Growth and deveopment of new Education and Press : Orientalist - Anglicist debate, Evolution of British Education policy, spread of new education, Development of English and Vernacular Press, Emergence of the New Middle Class.
17. Socio-religious Reforms Movements : Brahmo - Samaj, Ramakrishna Mission, the Aligarh Movementl, Depressed classes Movements.
18. Emergence of Indian Nationalism : Presidency Associations and the foundation of the Indian National Congress, Programmes and the policies of the Moderates and the Extremists, rise of Revolutionary Movements.
19. The Gandhian Mass Movements : Early experiments, Rowllat Satyagraha, Non Cooperation, Civil Disobedience, and the Quit India.
20. The Communist Movement and the rise of left wing within the Congress and its impact. Subash Bose and the INA.
21. Rise and growth of Separatist Politics : Foundation of the Muslim League, League and the Congress politics, Communial riots of the 1920s, parting of ways in 1929, Lahore Resolution and the Demand for Pakistan.
22. Towards Partition and Independence : The Cripps Mission Shimla Conference, Cabinet Mission, Partition and independence.
23. Post Independent India : Rehabilitation, integration of princely states, Making of the Constitution.
24. The Nehru Era : Agrarian reforms, Five-years plans, Foreign Policy.

Section C - (The History of Punjab)

25. The Bhakti Movement
26. Guru Nanak and his times : His teachings and impact.
27. Evolution and the transformation of the Sikh Panth : From Guru Angad to Hargobind.
28. Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadhur, Guru Gobind Singh and the creation of the Khalsa and Its significance.
29. 18th century Sikh Polity.
30. Maharaja Ranjit Singh : Rise to power, expansion and consolidation of the Kingdom of Lahore, Civil and military administration, Anglo-Sikh relations.
31. Successors of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, and the annexation of the Punjab by the British.
32. Punjab under the British : New administration, education and public works.
33. Social and religious Reforms Movements : Namdhari, Nirankari, Singh Sabha, Arya Samaj, Ahmadiya.
34. Gurdwara Reforms and the Emergence of the Akali Movement.
35. Peasant and Revolutionary Movements : The Agrarian unrest of 1907, the Ghadr, Naujawan Bharat Sabha and the HSRA, Kirti Kisan and Kisan Sabhas.
36. Partition of Punjab, Rehabilitation, re-organization on Linguistics basis, Green Revolution and the Punjab.

Section D - (Modern World)

38. Emergence of Modern Age : Renaissance and Enlightenment, Scientific inventions and Discoveries.
39. Emergence of Modern Politics : The American Revolution and its significance, The French Revolution, (1789-1815) and its impact, Napoleon’s contribution to Civil Society.
40. Industrialization : Industrial Revolution in England and Europe, USA, and Japan.
41. Rise of Nationalism and Liberalism in Europe : Unifications of Germony and Italy, Movements for Social and Political Reforms.
42. New Imperialism, Scramble for Africa, Colonial Rivalries, Berlin Congress.
43. Legacy of 19th Century : Alliance Diplomacy, First World War-causes and consequences.
44. World between two wars : Rise of Totalitarianism : Nazism in Germany, Fascism in Itlay, Economic Depression.
45. Rise and Growth of Communism : Russian Revolution of 1917, Chinese Revolutions of 1949.
46. World War-II and New Political Order : World War-II-its causes and impact, U.N.O,its origin, role and Relevance.
47. Ideological and Political Basis of the Cold War : Pacts and Treaties,Non-Aligned Movement and the Third world.
48. Decolonization : Rise of Nationalism in South East and West Asia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey, Creation of Israel and Problem of Palestine.
49. Collapse of U.S.S.R : Factors and consequences.
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