UGC NET History Syllabus 2016

Syllabus : History (For Paper-III)


From the Indus Valley Civilization to the Mahajanapadas
Age, extent and characteristics of the Indus Valley Civilization.
Vedic culture—Early and Late—Geography : Social and Political institutions, Economic conditions, Religious and Philosophical ideas.
Mahajanapadas, Republics, Economic growth —Emergence of Jainism and Buddhism—Rise of Magadha—Macedonian invasion and its effects.

History of India from 4th century BC to 3rd century AD
Foundation of the Mauryan Empire—Chandragupta, Asoka and his Dharma, Mauryan administration, Economy, Art and Architecture, Disintegration of the Mauryan empire.
Sangam Age
Sungas, Satavahanas and Kushanas. Administration religion society, economy, trade and commerce, culture—Art and Architecture, Literature.

Unit—IIIIndia from the 4th century AD to 12th century .
Gupta—Vakataka Age—Harsha-Pallavas—Early Chalukyas—Rashtrakutas-Cholas-Pratiharas-Palas—A brief survey of the history of the Paramaras, Kalachuris, Gahadavalas and Chauhans—Administration.
Feudalism, Society, Position of Women, Educational centres, Economy.
Religious trends, styles of temple architecture, art, Literature, An outline of scientific and technological developments.
India’s contacts with the outside world.

India from 1206 to 1526
Expansion and Consolidation—The Ghorids, The Turks, The Khaljis, The Tughlaqs, The Sayyids and the Lodis.
Vijayanagar and Bahamani Kingdoms.
State and Religion—Concept of sovereignty, Religious movements and Sufism.
Economic Aspects–Urban Centres, Industries, Trade and Commerce, Land Revenue and Prices.
Mongol problem and its impact.
Administrative structure
Art, Architecture and Literature.
Sources—Archaeological, Persian and non-Persian literature, Foreign travellers account.

Unit—VIndia from 1526 onwardSources of Mughal period.
Mughal Expansion and Consolidation—Babur’s establishment of Mughal rule in India; Humayun and Surs; Akbar, Jahangir, Shahjahan and Aurangzeb.
Mughal relations with the nobility and the Rajputs.
Jahangir—the period of stability and expansion 1611–1621; the period of crises 1622–1627—The Nurjahan Junta.
Decline of Mughal Empire : Political, administrative and economic causes.
The Maratha Movement, the foundation of Swarajya by Shivaji its expansion and administration, Maratha Confederacy and causes of decline.
Administration : Sher Shah’s administrative reforms, Mughal administration, land revenue and other sources of income, Mansabdari and Jagirdari.

Socio-economic and cultural life under the Mughals
Village society and economy Art, architecture and literature Trade and Commerce
Religious policy from Akbar to Aurangzeb Urban centres and Industries

Foundation of the British Rule
Rise of European Powers—Expansion and Consolidation of the British rule.
British relations with major Indian powers—Bengal, Oudh, Hyderabad, Mysore, Marathas and Sikhs.
Administration under the East India Company and Crown, Paramountacy, Civil Service, Judiciary, Police and Army.
Local Self-government, Constitutional Development from 1909 to 1935.

Unit—VIIIEconomic and Social Policies
Agrarian policy of the British, Land Revenue, Agriculture and Land Rights, Famine policy, Rural indebtedness.
Policy towards trade and industries, Condition of Labour, Trade Union Movements, Factory Legislation, Banking, Transport, Drain Theory.
Indian Society in transition, Christian missions, Socio-religious reform movements, Status of women.
New educational policy, English language, Modern sciences, Press, Indian languages and literature.

National Movement and Post-Independent IndiaRise of nationalism, Revolt of 1857, Tribal and Peasant Movements, Ideologies and Programmes of Indian National Congress, Swadeshi Movement, Indian Revolutionary Movement in India and Abroad.
Gandhian Mass Movements, Ideologies and Programmes of the Justice Party; Left wing politics, Movement of the depressed classes, Genesis of Pakistan, India towards Independence and Partition.
India after Independence, Rehabilitation after partition, Integration of Indian States, the Kashmir Question.
Making of the Indian Constitution, Structure of Bureaucracy and the police, Economic policies and the planning process, Linguistic reorganisation of the States, foreign policy initiatives.

Unit—X (A)
World History—Concepts, Ideas and Terms
Renaissance, Reformation; Enlightenment, Rights of Man; Apartheid; Imperialism; Socialism; Nazism; Parliamentary Democracy; Commonwealth; Efforts at World Peace, Cold War; Postmodernism.

Unit—X (B)
Research in History
Scope and Importance of History
Objectivity and Bias in History
Causation in History
History and its auxiliary sciences
Significance of Regional History
Recent trends of Indian History
Research Methodology
Area of Proposed Research
Sources—Primary/Secondary in the Proposed area of Research.
Recent Historical Writings in the Proposed area of research.


Ancient Indian HistoryStone-Age Cultures of India
Origin, date, extent and characteristics of the Indus Valley Civilization.
Evolution of social and political institutions in the Vedic period
Economic and religious developments in 6th century BC
Sources of Mauryan history—Megasthenes, Kautilya, Asokan edicts and Simhalese chronicles
Economy and trade during 2nd century BC—3rd century AD—Schools of art—Development of Stupa and Chaitya architecture
Assessment of the Gupta Age
Ancient Indian Republics—History of Local Self-government in India Indian feudalism
Indian contacts with the outside world in the ancient period
Contribution of Sankara and Ramanuja to religion and philosophy

Medieval Indian History

Sources on Medieval Indian History
North-West frontier and Deccan Policy of the Mughals
Society and Economy during Medieval period
Religion, Art, Architecture and Literature during Medieval period
Urban Economy, Trade and Commerce during Medieval period
Legacy of the Mughals
18th Century Debate
Significance of Regional History

Modern Indian History

The Establishment and Expansion of the British Dominion in India
Constitutional Development from 1858 to 1935
The British Agrarian Policies
The Relief Measures adopted by the British
Education and Social Reforms Under the British
Socio-Religious Reform Movements in the 19th century
Rise of Nationalism and the Indian National Congress
The Gandhian Era
Towards Independence and Partition
The Making of the Indian Constitution and its working.


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