This page History Optional Topper Strategy IAS Mains consists of History Optional Strategy by Gazal Bharadwaj, Rank – 40, CSE – 2015.
History Optional Topper Strategy IAS Mains
Most aspirants opt for history as an optional because its easy to start with and is one subject least dependent on coaching. Also, it has benefits in the general studies papers and in essay. However, approaching history as an optional requires a very technical and objective approach. All new ncerts and IGNOU BA and MA material is highly relevant.
My personal opinion is take history as an optional only if you are deeply interested in it and have zeal to go deeper. You’ll have to focus on understanding various perspectives on historiography, themes and archaeological and literary sources, rather than focussing on chronological details. You will be often told that it is not ‘scoring’, or it has ‘large syllabus’. So, take it based on interest.
- UPINDER SINGH- A history of ancient and early medieval India: The most important book, according to the current trend of questions being asked on socio-economic aspects of history
- IGNOU B.A notes- very crisply written
- IGNOU M.A NOTES – helpful in understanding various political, economic and socio- cultural aspects
- Romila thapar– Early India( only a very selective reading)
- NCERT Class 6, NCERT Class 11
- I solely relied on IGNOU MA and BA NOTES
- Satish Chandra is another important source to compliment IGNOU.
- NCERT CLASS 7, CLASS 11
- SHEKHAR BANDOPADHYAY- From Plassey to partition ( My favorite book
- SUMIT SARKAR- Modern India:
- BIPIN CHANDRA- FREEDOM STRUGGLE AND POST INDEPENDENCE
- IGNOU B.A and M.A
- NCERT CLASS 8, CLASS 12
- IGNOU BA and MA
- RANJAN CHAKRABARTY- A history of modern world
- NORMAN LOWE
- DAVID THOMSON (Selective reading)
- NCERT CLASS 9 and 10.