How to read NCERT History Books from class 6 to 12 for UPSC

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How to read NCERT History Books from class 6 to 12 for UPSC

You might be worrying how much should I read to cover history from NCERT Books? What to read? How to read? Well if these questions are popping up in your mind then you are in right place. Here we have compiled a list of all important chapters from NCERT books (History). There are a total of 9 chapters (excluding class 11 history NCERT) which you have to cover while preparing for Civil Services Examination. How to read NCERT History Books from class 6 to 12 for UPSC

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How to read NCERT History Books from class 6 to 12 for UPSC

Scroll down to see the list of chapters, after that, we have shared how to read them.

List of Chapters from NCERT History Books for UPSC


Class 6 Our Past I – Ancient Indian History

  • WHAT, WHERE, HOW AND WHEN?
  • ON THE TRAIL OF THE EARLIEST PEOPLE
  • FROM GATHERING TO GROWING FOOD
  • IN THE EARLIEST CITIES
  • WHAT BOOKS AND BURIALS TELL US
  • KINGDOMS, KINGS AND AN EARLY REPUBLIC
  • NEW QUESTIONS AND IDEAS
  • ASHOKA, THE EMPEROR WHO GAVE UP WAR
  • VITAL VILLAGES, THRIVING TOWNS
  • TRADERS, KINGS AND PILGRIMS
  • NEW EMPIRES AND KINGDOMS
  • BUILDINGS, PAINTINGS AND BOOKS

Class 7 Our Past II – Medieval Indian History

  • Tracing Changes Through A Thousand Years
  • New Kings and Kingdoms
  • The Delhi Sultans
  • The Mughal Empire
  • Rulers and Buildings
  • Towns, Traders and Craftspersons
  • Tribes, Nomads and Settled Communities
  • Devotional Paths to The Divine
  • The Making of Regional Cultures
  • Eighteenth-Century Political Formations

Class 8 Part 1- Our Pasts III – Part 1 – Modern Indian History

  • How, When and Where
  • From Trade to Territory – The Company Establishes Power
  • Ruling the Countryside
  • Tribals, Dikus and the Vision of a Golden Age
  • When People Rebel – 1857 and After
  • Colonialism and the City – The Story of an Imperial Capital

Class 8 Part 2 – Our Pasts III – Part 2 – Modern Indian History

  • Weavers, Iron Smelters and Factory Owners
  • Civilising the “Native”, Educating the Nation
  • Women, Caste and Reform
  • The Changing World of Visual Arts
  • The Making of the National Movement: 1870s—1947
  • India After Independence

Class 9 India and the Contemporary World – I

  • The French Revolution
  • Socialism in Europe and the Russian Revolution
  • Nazism and the Rise of Hitler
  • Forest Society and Colonialism
  • Pastoralists in the Modern World
  • Peasants and Farmers
  • History and Sport: The Story of Cricket
  • Clothing: A Social History

 Class 10 India and the Contemporary World – II

  • The Rise of Nationalism in Europe
  • The Nationalist Movement in Indo-China
  • Nationalism in India
  • The Making of a Global World
  • The Age of Industrialisation
  • Work, Life and Leisure
  • Print Culture and the Modern World
  • Novels, Society and History

Class 12 Part 1 – Ancient Indian History

  • BRICKS, BEADS AND BONES – The Harappan Civilisation
  • KINGS, FARMERS AND TOWNS – Early States and Economies
  • KINSHIP, CASTE AND CLASS – Early Societies (c. 600 BCE-600 CE)
  • THINKERS, BELIEFS AND BUILDINGS – Cultural Developments (c. 600 BCE-600 CE)

 Class 12 Part 2 – Medieval Indian History

  • THROUGH THE EYES OF TRAVELLERS Perceptions of Society (c. tenth to seventeenth centuries)
  • BHAKTI –SUFI TRADITIONS: Changes in Religious Beliefs and Devotional Texts (c. eighth to eighteenth centuries)
  • AN IMPERIAL CAPITAL: VIJAYANAGARA (c. fourteenth to sixteenth centuries)
  • PEASANTS, ZAMINDARS AND THE STATE: Agrarian Society and the Mughal Empire (c. sixteenth-seventeenth centuries)
  • Kings & Chronicles: The Mughal Courts (c. sixteenth-seventeenth centuries)

 Class 12 Part 3 – Modern Indian History 

  • COLONIALISM AND THE COUNTRYSIDE: Exploring Official Archives
  • REBELS AND THE RAJ: 1857 Revolt and its Representations
  • COLONIAL CITIES: Urbanisation, Planning and Architecture
  • MAHATMA GANDHI AND THE NATIONALIST MOVEMENT: Civil Disobedience and Beyond
  • UNDERSTANDING PARTITION: Politics, Memories, Experiences
  • FRAMING THE CONSTITUTION: The Beginning of a New Era

How to read it properly

While going through the list of chapters you will realise that the content is divided into three broad sections

  • Class 6 to 8 – Covering ancient, medieval and Modern Indian History
  • Class 9 to 10 – Indian and World History
  • Class 12 – Covering ancient, medieval and Modern Indian History

First of all go through the books of class 6 to 8, as the content is simple and will not take much time to cover. It will also help you to develop a broad idea about the Indian History. After that start reading class 12 books, here chapters will be longer with detailed explanations. It may take some time to cover up all three books but it will be worth reading.

Now at last start reading class 9th and 10th book, because the content in this section is mains oriented. So with this strategy, you can easily cover up the NCERT history books for UPSC Civil Services Examination. What do you think of this article let us know in the comment section?

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