History as an optional subject for UPSC Civil Services (Main) Examination is hugely popular amongst its aspirants after clearing the hurdle of Prelims. In this book we have presented an in-depth view and analysis of the subject where each and every chapter has been planned and described meticulously. As there are several other publications of the same nature in the field, a necessity was felt of a book on ancient history of a more advanced type, which would not only serve the needs of general readers but may also be used as a preliminary handbook by more earnest students who require a thorough grasp of essential facts & features of the subject. While compiling this edition our expert authors have kept in view the requirements of growing number of candidates for competitive examinations in which Ancient Indian History is subject. Its reading would also be a great help in the Prelims.
The objective of this book is to free the aspirants from dependence on coaching classes and make them self confident to undertake self study of major events of Ancient Indian History and enable them to answer the questions in a comprehensive way so as to attain the best scores. History syllabus for the Mains examination has two papers. Paper I start from early ancient history and goes up to Eighteenth century. Paper II begins from the Europeans arrival in India. This publication is a study on Ancient Indian History, delineating various facets, both political & cultural and incorporating fruits of the latest researches. As most of the books on the subject in the market do not satisfy curiosity of students, we have made the narrative as interesting as possible by interweaving essentials details while reconstructing the history.
Our package is comprehensive coverage of the Sources of ancient Indian history, Pre-history & Proto-history, Indus Valley Civilization, Megalithic Cultures, Aryans & Vedic Period, Mauryan Empire, Guptas, Vakatakas & Vardhanas, Regional States during Gupta Era, Early Indian Cultural History, Early Medieval India, Society, 13th & 14th Centuries with Culture & Economy, 15th, 16th & 17th Centuries with its Political Development, Economy, Society & Culture; Culture of Mughal Empire including conquests by Akbar, consolidation & decline of the empire in the 18th Century; and with elaborate description of Buddhism, Sangam Era, Jainism, Brahmin Religion, Bhagwat religion & other religions with total objectivity, besides other topics so as to cover the entire syllabus of the exam.
We want to ensure our trusted readers that as they go through the given matter they become highly passionate about the subject and develop the zeal to delve deep into shaping of the events of the ancient history of India. History has a good chemistry as a whole with the concept of Civil Service exams both in the Prelims and the Mains. History also helps in essay paper as the trend suggests that at least one socio-cultural issue is one of the essay topics. How can a brilliant student tackle the essay paper without possessing a historic vision? This concern has been factored in while compiling the text.