Civil services examination (Mains)

General Studies Guidance Programme

G.S. Paper I: Module on History & Culture

By

Dr. Anshul Bajpai

(Ph.D. B.H.U, Author of 8 books of History, 10+ years of teaching experience in India and abroad)

Tentative Schedule

SL. NO. Topics No of Lectures
1 Indian Culture & Architecture 12
2 Medieval History 2
3 Modern India/ National Movement 14
4 Contemporary Indian History 2
5 World history 5
Total 35

Tentative lecture plan

Unit 1 : Indian culture and Architecture

SL. NO. Unit Content No of Classes
1 1.1
Culture :Introduction
• Modern Indian Historiography
• Concept of Culture and civilization
• Cultural Heritage
• Main features of culture
• Relevancy of culture
• Basic Features of Indian culture
• Cultural identity, religion , region and ethnicity
• Cultural influence
2 class
2 Medieval History 1. 2
• Indus valley civilization
• Vedic Culture
• Popular religious reforms
• Greek invasions and its impact on Indian culture
• Mauryan Culture
• Post Mauryan Culture
• Gupta Culture
• South Indian Culture
3 classes
3 1.3
Culture in Modern India
• Rise of West and impact on India
• Fine Arts(Painting, Sculpture, )
• Performing Arts (Dance, Music, Drama)
2 classes
4 1. 5
Science and technology in India
• Ancient Scientist and scholars
• Medieval Scholars
• Modern Scientist
1 class
5 1. 6
Spread of Indian Culture abroad
• Central Asia
• South East Asia
• Arab
1 class
6 Total 12 classes

Unit 2. Medieval History/ Culture

 

7 2
Culture in Medieval India
1. 2
• Life under Delhi Sultanate
• Rise of Islam and Sufism
• Rise of Bhakti Movement
• Painting
• Music
• New faith(Sikhs)
2 classes

Unit 3. National Movement/Freedom struggle

 

SL. NO. Unit Content No of Classes
8 3. 1
From 1757-1857
• Battle of Plassey,
• Battle of Buxar, Warren Hastings, Regulating Act, Pitts Act
• Lord Cornwallis, Richard Colley Wellesley, Subsidiary Alliance
• Lord Hastings & William Bentinck
• Lord Dalhousie 1848-1856
• Revolt of 1857
3 classes
9 4.2
India from 1965 to 2000
• Government of India Act, Indian Councils Act, Lord Lytton
• Lord Rippon, Lord Lansdowne, Lord Curzon & Partition of Bengal
• Rise of Congress and moderate nationalism
2 classes
10 3. 3
Indian national Movement from 1905-1920
• Indian National Movements (1905 – 1916) – Swadeshi Movement, Rise of Extremism & Minto- Morley Reforms
• Indian National Movements (1905 – 1916) – First World War, Home Rule League & Montague-Chelmsford Reforms
• Emergence of Gandhi in Africa
• Emergence of Gandhi in India – Champaran, Kheda, Non Cooperation Movement
4 classes
11 4.4
National Movement 1920-1935
• Swarajists and No Changers
• Revolutionary Terrorism During 1920s
• Anti Simon Commission Upsurge, Nehru Report & Demand for Purna Swaraj
• Civil Disobedience movement & Round Table Conferences
• Communal Award, Poona Pact & Government of India Act of 1935
3 classes
12 5.5
National Movement 1935-1947
• Second World War, August offer, Individual Satyagrahas & Cripps Mission
• Quit India Movement and Indian National Army
• Rajgopalachari Formula, Desai-Liaqat Pact & Wavell Plan
• Cabinet Mission, Plan Balkan, Mountbatten Plan & Indian Independence Act of 1947
2 classes
Totel 14 classes

Unit 4. Contemporary Indian History

 

SL. NO. Unit Content No of Classes
13 4.1
Post independent India up to 1965
• Neharu Era : Nehru’s industrial policy, India Chine relation,
• Sastri Era : India Pak relation, Tashkent Treaty
1 classes
14 4.2
India from 1965 to 2000
• Indira Era : India Pak relation, Bangladesh problem, Punjab problem, Emergency,
• Post Indira Era: New Economic Policies, Rise Non Congress parties. Vajpayee’s regime
1 classes
Totel 2 classes

Unit 5. World History

 

SL. NO. Unit Content No of Classes
15 5.1
Revolutions
• American Revolution
• French revolution
• Unification of Germany and Italy
• Industrial revolutions
3 classes
16 5. 2
World Wars
• First World War
• Second World war
• Nazi and fascism
2 classes
Totel 5 classes

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