UPSC SYLLABUS

History (Ancient History)

Subjects

  • Maths
  • History
  • Geography
  • Indian Society
  • Polity & Governance
  • International Relations
  • Economy
  • Science & Technology
  • Environment
  • Internal Security
  • Ethics
  • Pre Historic Times

    • Periodization of Indian Pre History
    • Sources of Pre History
    • Palaeolithic Or Old Stone
    • Mesolithic Or Middle Stone Age
    • Neolithic Age Or New Stone Age
    • Chalcolithic Age
    • Major Chalcolithic Cultures
    • Early Iron Age
    • Geographical Distribution and Characteristics

    Indus Valley Civilization

    • IVC Geography and Archaeological Findings
      • Major cities
      • Town Planning
    • IVC Society and Culture
      • Script and Language
      • Crafts
      • Religions
      • Seals and Images
    • IVC Economy
      • Harappan Trade
      • Agriculture
      • Domestication of animals
      • Weights and Measures
    • Decline of Harappan Culture

    Rig Vedic Period

    • Sources for Reconstructing Vedic Society and Culture
    • Geography of the Rig Vedic Period - Area of Settlement
    • Political Organisation and Evolution of Monarchy
    • Social Organization
    • Economy
    • Religious Practices and Culture

    Later Vedic Period

    • Geography of the later Vedic Phases - Area of Settlement
    • Political System
    • Social Organisation and Varna System
    • Economy
    • Religious Practices and Culture

    Jainism

    • Birth and Life of Mahavira (540- 468 B.C.)
    • Teachings of Mahavira
    • Organisation and Sects of Jainism
    • Literature of Jainism
    • Councils, Spread and Royal Patrons

    Buddhism

    • Birth and Life of Buddha (563-483 BC)
    • Teachings of Buddha
    • Organisation and Sects of Buddhism
    • Literature of Buddhism
    • Councils, Spread of and Royal Patronage
    • Causes for the Decline

    Mahajanapadas Period

    • Republics and Monarchies
    • 16 Mahajanapadas
    • Magadha
    • Key Dynasties
      • Haryanka dynasty
      • Shishunaga Dynasty
      • Nanda Dynasty
    • Persian Invasions
    • Alexander’s Invasion
    • Society and Rise of urban centres
    • Economy
    • System of Administration

    Mauryan Empire

    • Sources: Inscriptions and Sites and
      Literary Sources (
      The Arthasastra)
    • Rulers and Political History of the Mauryas
      • Chandragupta and Bindusara
      • Megasthenes
      • Asoka and His Successors
    • Asoka’s Inscriptions and Sites
    • Asokan Reign
    • Asoka and Buddhism
    • Asoka Policy of Dhamma
    • Mauryan Administration
    • Foreign Relations
    • Decline of the Mauryas

    Post-Mauryan India

    • Society: Evolution of Jatis
    • Satavahanas
    • Sungas and Kanvas
    • Sakas
    • Kushanas
    • Kanishka

    Gupta Period

    • Sources of Gupta Rule
    • Rulers and Political history of Guptas Chronology
    • Foreign Travellers Visit – Fahien’s Visit
    • Gupta Administration
    • Other Important Dynasties
    • Society Religion and Culture
    • Urban centres in Gupta period
    • Economy
    • Science and Technology
    • Literature
    • Later Guptas
    • Other Important Dynasties

    Harshavardhana Period

    • Harsha Military Conquests
    • Harsha and Buddhism
    • Administration
    • Society and Culture
    • Economy

    Sangam Period (South Indian Dynasties)

    • Sangam Literature
    • South Indian Dynasties
      • Cholas
      • Cheras
      • Pandyas
    • Sangam Polity, Society and Culture
    • Economy of Sangam Period
    • Foreign Dynasties                                   
    • Commercial Contacts with the Outside World
    • Schools of Art
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