OPSC Pre Exam Syllabus : History

Updated on: Apr 18, 2013

1. Prehistoric Cultures: Old Stone Age, New Stone Age.
2. Indus Civilization. Origins. The Mature Phase: Extent, Society, Economy And Culture. Contacts With Other Cultures, Decline.
3. Vedic Society. The Vedic Texts; Change From Rig Vedic To Later Vedic Phases. Religion; Upanishadic Thought. Political And Social Organisation; Evolutions Of Monarchy And Varna System.
4. State Formation And Urbanization, From The Mahajanapadas To The Nandas. Jainism And Buddhism. Factors For The Spread Of Buddhism.
5. The Mauryan Empire: Chandragupta; Megasthenes’ Account Asoka And His Inscriptions; His Dhamma, Administration, Culture And Art. The Arthasastra.
6. Post-Mauryan India, Bc 200- Ad 300: Society: Evolution Of Jatis; The Satavahanas And State Formation In Peninsula. Sangam Texts And Society. Indo-Greeks, Sakas, Kushanas; Kanishka. Contacts With The Outside World. Religion : Saivism, Bhagavatism, Hinayana And Mahayana Buddhism; Swetambar & Digambar Jainism, Culture; And Art.
7. The Guptas And Their Successors (To C. 750 Ad): Changes In Political Organisation Of Empire. Economy And Society. Literature, Science And Arts.
8. Orissa (C-3rd Centry B.C. - 700 A.D.): Kaling War, Kharavela - Achievements; Cave Architecture - Khandagiri & Udayagiri, Sailod Bhavas.


9. Early Medieval India. Major Dynasties; The Chola Empire. Agrarian And Political Structures. The Rajaputs. Postition Of Women. Invasions Of The Arabs And Ghaznavides.
10. Cultural Trends, (750-1200) : Religious Conditions : Importance Of Temples And Monastic Institutions; Sankaracharya; Islam; Sufism. Literature And Science. Alberuni’s "India". Art And Architecture.
11. Thirteenth And Fourteenth Centuries: Ghorian Invasions Causes And Consequences. Delhi Sultanate Under The "Slave" Rulers. Alauddin Khalji : Conquests; Administrative, Agrarian And Economic Measures. Muhammad Tughluq's Innovations. Firuz Tughluq And The Decline Of The Delhi Sultanate. Growth Of Commerce And Urbanization.
12. The Fifteenth And Early 16th Century : Provinicial Dynasties: Vijayanagara Empire. The Lodis, First Phase Of The Mughal Empire: Babur, Humayun. The Sur Empire And Administration.
Bhakti Movement: Kabir, Nanak, Chaitanya.
13. The Mughal Empire , 1556-1707. Akbar: Conquests, Administrative Measures, Jagir A N D Mansab Systems; Policy Of Sulh-I-Kul. Jahangir, Shahjahan And Aurangzeb : Expansion In The Deccan; Religious Policies. Shivaji.
14. Culture: Art & Architecture, Painting. Society & Economy: Conditions Of Peasants And Artisans, Growth In Trade; Commerce With Europe. Social Stratification And Status Of Women.
15. Decline Of Mughal Empire, (1707-1761): Causes Of Decline. Maratha Power Under The Peshwas. Sawai Jai Singh, (Astronomer).
16. Medieval Orissa : The Imperial Gangas And Suryavamsi Gajapatis ;Cult Of Jagannath; Sarala Das And Panchasakha In Oriya Literature, Temples Of Orissa : Lingaraj, Jagannath And Konarka .


17. British Expansion : The Carnatic Wars, Conquest Of Bengal. Mysore And Its Resistance To British Expansion: The Three Anglo-Maratha Wars. Early Structure Of British Raj: Regulating And Pitt's India Acts.
18. Economic Impact Of The British Raj : Drain Of Wealth Land Revenue Settlements (Zamindari, Ryotwari, Mahalwari); Deindustrialisation; Railways And Commercialisation Of Agriculture; Growth Of Landless Labour.
19. Cultural Encounter And Social Changes: Introduction Of Western Education And Modern Ideas. Indian Renaissance, Social And Religious Reform Movements; Growth Of Indian Middle Class; The Press And Its Impact: Social Reforms Measures Before 1857. Resistance To British Rule : The 1857 Revolt- Causes, Nature, Course And Consequences.
20. Indian Freedom Struggle-The First Phase: Growth Of National Consciousness; Formation Of Associations; Establishment Of The Indian National Congress And Its Moderate Phase;- Economic Nationalism; Swadeshi Movement; The Growth Of "Extremism" And The 1907 Split In Congress; The Act Of 1909 - The Policy Of Divide And Rule; Congress-League Pact Of 1916.
21. Gandhi And His Thought; Gandhian Techniques Of Mass Mobilisation-Khilafat And Non Cooperation Movement, Civil Disobedience And Quit India Movement; Other Strands In The National Movement-Revolutionaries, The Left, Subhas Chandra Bose And The Indian National Army.
22. Growth Of Communalism: The Muslim League And The Hindu Mahasabha; The Post -1945 Developments; Partition And Independence.
23. India; Independence To 1964. A Parliamentary, Secular, Democratic Republic (The 1950 Constitution). Planning And State-Controlled Industrialization. Agrarian Reforms. Policy Of Non-Alignment.
24. Orissa Under Colonial Rule And After : British Conquest Of Orissa- Khurda Rebellion (1817)- Kandha Rebellions Under Dora Bisoyee And Chakra Bisoyee - Resistance Movement Under Surendra Sai- Oriya Movement- Nationalist Movement -Merger Of States.

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