CBSE Class 12 History Syllabus 2019-20

May 24, 2019 18:37 IST
CBSE Class 12 History Syllabus 2019-20

CBSE Class 12 History Syllabus 2019-20 is available here for download in PDF format. Link to download CBSE Class 12 History Syllabus is given at the end of this article. Here you will complete details about the course structure, project work and map work in CBSE Class 12 History. Important highlights of CBSE Class 12 History Syllabus 2019-20 is given below




Themes in Indian History Part - I (Units 1 – 4)



Unit 1: The Story of the First Cities: Harappan Archaeology


Unit 2: Political and Economic History: How Inscriptions tell a story


Unit 3: Social Histories: using the Mahabharata


Unit 4: A History of Buddhism: Sanchi Stupa


Themes in Indian History Part-II  (Units 5 – 9)



Unit 5: Medieval Society through Travellers’ Accounts


Unit 6: Religious Histories: The Bhakti-Sufi Tradition


Unit7: New Architecture: Hampi


Unit 8: Agrarian Relations: The Ain-i-Akbari


Unit 9: The Mughal Court: Reconstructing Histories through Chronicles


Themes in Indian History Part-III  (Units 10 – 15)



Unit 10: Colonialism and Rural Society: Evidence from Official Reports


Unit 11: Representations of 1857


Unit 12: Colonialism and Indian Towns: Town Plans and Municipal Reports


Unit 13: Mahatma Gandhi through Contemporary Eyes


Unit 14: Partition through Oral Sources


Unit 15: The Making of the Constitution


Map Work






Project work (Internal Assessment)








1.  The Story of the First Cities: Harappan Archaeology.

Broad overview: Early urban centres

Story of discovery: Harappan civilization

Excerpt: Archaeological report on a major site

Discussion: How it has been utilized by archaeologists/historians.

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2.  Political and Economic History:  How Inscriptions tell a story.

Broad overview: Political and economic history from the Mauryan to the Gupta period

Story of discovery: Inscriptions and the decipherment of the script. Shifts in the understanding of political and economic history.

Excerpt: Asokan inscription and Gupta period land grant

Discussion: Interpretation  of  inscriptions by historians.

3.  Social Histories: Using the Mahabharata

Broad overview: Issues in social history, including caste, class, kinship and gender

Story of discovery: Transmission and publications of the Mahabharata

Excerpt: from the Mahabharata, illustrating how it has been used by historians.

Discussion: Other sources for reconstructing social history.

4.  A History of Buddhism: Sanchi Stupa

Broad overview:

a. A brief review of religious histories of Vedic religion, Jainism, Vaishnavism, Shaivism (Puranic Hinduism).

b.  Focus on Buddhism.

Story of discovery: Sanchi stupa

Excerpt: Reproduction of sculptures from Sanchi.

Discussion: Ways in which sculpture has been interpreted by historians, other sources for reconstructing the history of Buddhism.


5.  Medieval   Society   through   Travellers' Accounts

Broad overview:

Outline of social and cultural life as they appear in travellers' accounts.

Story of their writings: A discussion of where they travelled, why they travelled, what they wrote, and for whom they wrote.

Excerpts: from AlBiruni, Ibn Battuta, Francois Bernier

Discussion: What these travel accounts can tell us and how they have been interpreted by historians.

6.  Religious Histories:  The Bhakti-Sufi Tradition

Broad overview:

a. Outline of religious developments during this period

b. Ideas and practices of the Bhakti-Sufi saints

Story of Transmission: How Bhakti-Sufi compositions have been preserved.

Excerpt: Extracts from selected Bhakti- Sufi works

Discussion: Ways in which these have been interpreted by historians.

7.  New Architecture: Hampi

Broad overview:

a. Outline of new buildings during Vijayanagar  period-temples, forts, irrigation facilities.

b. Relationship between architecture and the political system

Story of Discovery: Account of how Hampi was found.

Excerpt: Visuals of buildings at Hampi

Discussion: Ways in which historians have analyzed and interpreted these structures.

8.  Agrarian Relations: The Ain-i-Akbari

Broad overview:

a. Structure of agrarian relations in the 16th and 17th centuries. Patterns of change over the period

Story of Discovery: Account of the compilation and translation of Ain-i-Akbari

Excerpt: from the Ain-i-Akbari

Discussion:  Ways in which historians have used the text to reconstruct history.

9. The Mughal Court: Reconstructing Histories through Chronicles

Broad overview:

a. Outline of political history 15th - 17th centuries

b. Discussion of the Mughal court and politics

Story of Discovery: Account of the production of court chronicles, and their subsequent translation and transmission.

Excerpts: from the Akbarnama and Padshahnama

Discussion:  Ways in which historians have used the texts to reconstruct political histories.


10. Colonialism and Rural Society: Evidence from Official Reports

Broad overview:

a. Life of zamindars, peasants  and artisans in the late 18thcentury

b. East India Company, revenue settlements in various regions of India and surveys

c. Changes over the nineteenth century

Story of official records: An account of why official investigations into rural societies were undertaken and the types of records and reports produced.

Excerpts: From Fifth Report, Accounts of Frances Buchanan-Hamilton, and Deccan Riots Report.

Discussion: What the official records tell and do not tell, and how they have been used by historians.

11. Representations of 1857

Broad overview:

a. The events of 1857-58

b. Vision of Unity

c. How these events were recorded and narrated.

Focus: Lucknow

Excerpts: Pictures of 1857. Extracts from contemporary accounts

Discussion:  How the pictures of 1857 shaped British opinion of what had happened.

12. Colonialism and Indian Towns: Town Plans and Municipal Reports

Broad overview: History of towns in India, colonization and cities, hill stations, town planning of Madras, Calcutta and Bombay.

Excerpts: Photographs and paintings. Plans of cities. Extract from town plan reports.

Focus on Calcutta town planning

Discussion: How the above sources can be  used  to  reconstruct  the  history  of towns. What these sources do not reveal.

13. Mahatma Gandhi through Contemporary Eyes

Broad overview:

a. The Nationalist Movement 1918 -48.

b. The nature of Gandhian politics and leadership.

Focus: Mahatma Gandhi and the three movements and his last days as “finest hours”

Excerpts:  Reports from English and Indian language newspapers and other contemporary writings.

Discussion: How newspapers can be a source of history.

14. Partition through Oral Sources

Broad over view:

a. The history of the 1940s

b. Nationalism, Communalism and Partition.

Focus: Punjab and Bengal

Excerpts: Oral testimonies of those who experienced partition.

Discussion: Ways in which these have been analyzed to reconstruct the history of the event.

15. The Making of the Constitution

Broad overview:

a. Independence and the new nation state.

b. The making of the Constitution

Focus: The Constitutional Assembly debates

Excerpts: from the debates

Discussion: What such debates reveal and how they can be analyzed.

Map Work on Units 1-15

List of Maps in CBSE Class 12 History

Book 1


Page 2

Mature Harappan sites:

•  Harappa, Banawali, Kalibangan, Balakot, Rakhigarhi, Dholavira, Nageshwar, Lothal, Mohenjodaro, Chanhudaro, KotDiji.


Page 30

Mahajanapada and cities:

•  Vajji,  Magadha,  Kosala,  Kuru,  Panchala,  Gandhara,  Avanti, Rajgir, Ujjain, Taxila, Varanasi.


Page 33

Distribution of Ashokan inscriptions:

•   Kushanas, Shakas, Satavahanas, Vakatakas,Guptas

•   Cities/towns: Mathura, Kannauj, Braghukachchha

•   Pillar inscriptions -Sanchi, Topra, Meerut Pillar and Kaushambi.

•   Kingdom of Cholas, Cheras and Pandyas.


Page 43

Important kingdoms and towns:

• Kushanas, Shakas, Satavahanas, Vakatakas,Guptas

• Cities/towns: Mathura, Kanauj, Puhar, Rajgir, Vaishali, Varanasi,Vidisha


Page 95

Major  Buddhist  Sites:Nagarjunakonda,  Sanchi,  Amaravati,  Lumbini, Nasik, Bharhut, BodhGaya, Ajanta.

Book 2


Page 174

Bidar,  Golconda,   Bijapur,  Vijayanagar,   Chandragiri,   Kanchipuram, Mysore, Thanjavur, Kolar


Page 214

Territories under Babur, Akbar and Aurangzeb:

• Delhi, Agra, Panipat, Amber, Ajmer, Lahore, Goa.

Book 3


Page 297

Territories/cities under British Control in1857:

• Punjab, Sindh, Bombay, Madras Fort St. David, Masulipatam, Berar, Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Avadh, Surat, Calcutta, Daccan, Chitagong, Patna, Benaras, Allahabad and Lucknow.


Page 305

Main centres of the Revolt of 1857:

• Delhi, Meerut, Jhansi, Lucknow, Kanpur, Azamgarh, Calcutta, Benaras, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Agra,Avadh.



Important centres of the National Movement:

• Champaran, Kheda, Ahmedabad, Benaras, Amritsar, ChauriChaura, Lahore, Bardoli, Dandi, Bombay (Quit India Resolution), Karachi.

Details of Project Work in CBSE Class 12 History




Project Synopsis


2 Marks




Timeline/explanation and interpretation

/Map work


5 Marks




Visual/overall presentation


4 Marks




Analysis/ Data/Statistical analysis


4 Marks






1 Mark






4 Marks




20 Marks

Few Suggestive Topics for Projects

1. The mysteries behind the mound of dead –Mohenjo-Daro

2. An In-depth study to understand Spiritual Archaeology in the Sub-Continent

3. Buddha’s Path to Enlightenment

4. Insight and Reflection of Bernier’s notions of The Mughal Empire

5. An exploratory study to know the women who created history

6. “Mahatma Gandhi” – A legendary soul

7. To reconstruct the History of Vijayanagar through the Archaeology of Hampi

8. The emerald city of Colonial Era –BOMBAY

9. Vision of unity behind the first war of Independence

10. Divine Apostle of Guru Nanak Dev

11. Help, Humanity and Sacrifices during Partition

12. Glimpses inside Mughals Imperials Household

13. The process behind the framing of the Indian Constitution

14. The ‘BrahmNirupam’ of Kabir – A journey to Ultimate Reality

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