UPSC Books for History Optional Booklist for UPSC Mains
Books for History Optional: History is a popular choice of optional subject among UPSC hopefuls. It not only has a high scoring potential, but it is also a popular choice among UPSC CSE toppers, increasing the success rate of this optional subject.
Furthermore, for candidates who are strong at recalling states, history can be remembered as a chronological tale of occurrences. You do not need to bother about researching current events for this paper because it is a static subject. Additionally, there is a wealth of resource material in the form of books.
The sole disadvantage of choosing History as an option is that it has a large syllabus that must be covered comprehensively. If you read it during your graduation or post-graduation, or if you’re highly devoted and interested in this subject, you shouldn’t be concerned.
Booklist for UPSC History Optional
- NCERT (Class IX to XII)
- NIOS/IGNOU Notes
- India’s Ancient Past by R. S. Sharma.
- History of Medieval India: From 647 A.D. to the Mughal Conquest by Satish Chandra.
- History of Modern India by Bipan Chandra.
- India’s Struggle For Independence by Bipan Chandra.
- Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania.
- A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: From the Stone Age to the 12th Century by Upinder Singh
- From Plassey to Partition and After A History of Modern India by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay
- A Comprehensive History of Medieval India: From Twelfth to the Mid-Eighteenth Century by Farooqui Salma Ahmed
- Contemporary India: Economy, Society, Politics by Neera Chandhoke
- A History of Modern World by Jain and Mathur
- Mastering Modern World History by Norman Lowe