UPSC IAS Prelims Exam: Modern History of India Syllabus Explained

Modern History is one of the most scoring area in the IAS Prelims Exam. It helps in understanding the evolution of the Constitution and the Indian Society. The Detailed Syllabus is given here

History is the important component of the General Studies Papers for IAS Prelims and IAS Mains as well. Moreover the emphasis is laid on the Modern History in general and the Indian National Movement and Constitution Making in Particular.

We are still following British Legacy in majority of our Institutions and even our Political System is adopted for the Government of India Act 1935. There are lots of similarities and the detailed study of the British Administration helps the candidates to understand the reason behind the adoption of the existing system.

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The IAS Prelims Syllabus does not mention the detailed syllabus of History. It only mentions History of India and Indian National Movement. This is a very small description of the vast syllabus of History. History of India includes the History since the Ancient times. To provide a contour for the Preparation of the Modern History and Indian National Movement, we are giving some important topics for the candidates to study for the IAS Prelims Exam.

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Important Topics for the IAS Prelims Exam Modern History Syllabus

British victory in India

Administrative reforms and constitutional development

Economic policies of British government

Social and Religious reform movements

Various revolts like tribal revolts, peasant revolts and 1857 Revolt

Indian National Movement: In this section Congress led movements, revolutionary movements and contributions of great leaders along with other events of national importance should be covered.

Communal politics and partition of India

Making of Indian Constitution

Integration of Indian states

This is not a comprehensive list but an these topics when covered in their entirety will help in the overall preparation.

How to prepare Modern History for IAS Prelims Exam

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