Preparing history for civil services exam can be quite challenging specially for students from science background. But trust me it’s easy to tame history and culture once you understand the art of making notes and selective study. We have compiled some of the very important topics from ancient, medieval, modern history of India. We recommend you to refer these history study material and notes for civil services exam preparation be it UPSC, RPSC or other State PSC examinations.

Ancient Indian History

 Sr. No. Topic 
01. Important Poets in Ancient Indian History
02. Indus Valley Civilization
03. Vedic Civilization
04. The Sixteen Mahajanpadas
05. Pre Mauryan Dynasties
06. Mauryan Empire
07. The Mauryan Rulers
08. Ashoka’s Edicts and Inscriptions
09. Buddhism
10. Hinayana And Mahayana Buddhism
11. Jainism in Indian History
12. Post Mauryan India
13. Post Mauryan Society and Trade
14. Post Mauryan Developments in Culture
15. The Kushana Empire
16. Gupta Empire / Dynasty
17. Developments in Gupta Period
18. Sangam Age
19. Six Schools of Indian Philosophy
20. Harshavardhana’s Reign
21. Ancient Indian Literature
22. Early Medieval Period in India
23. Pallava Dynasty
24. Chalukya Dynasty
25. The Rashtrakuta Dynasty
26. The Chola Empire



 Medieval Indian History

 Sr. No. Topic 
01. Delhi Sultanate
02. Vijayanagar Empire
03. Mughal Empire
04. Maratha Empire
05. Europeans in India



Modern Indian History

 Sr. No. Topic 
01. Peasant Movements in India
02. East India Company Rule in India
03. Anglo Sikh Wars
04. Anglo Mysore Wars
05. Anglo Maratha Wars
06. Economic impact of British Rule in India
07. Land Revenue System of British in India



Indian Culture

 Sr. No. Topic 


Indian Classical Dances

Important Folk Dances of India


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