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

  1. NCERT (Class IX to XII)
  2. NIOS/IGNOU Notes
  3. India’s Ancient Past by R. S. Sharma.
  4. History of Medieval India: From 647 A.D. to the Mughal Conquest by Satish Chandra.
  5. History of Modern India by Bipan Chandra.
  6. India’s Struggle For Independence by Bipan Chandra.
  7. Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania.
  8. A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: From the Stone Age to the 12th Century by Upinder Singh
  9. From Plassey to Partition and After A History of Modern India by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay
  10. A Comprehensive History of Medieval India: From Twelfth to the Mid-Eighteenth Century by Farooqui Salma Ahmed
  11. Contemporary India: Economy, Society, Politics by Neera Chandhoke
  12. A History of Modern World by Jain and Mathur
  13. Mastering Modern World History by Norman Lowe