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First Order and Most Essential Books

ANCIENT INDIA

  1. Ancient India (NCERT) - Prof. R.S. Sharma
  2. The Advanced History of India - Majumdar, Raychaudhuri & K. Datta
  3. The wonder that was India   – Vol.I A. L Basham
  4. Ancient India - An Introductory Outline -    D.N. Jha
  5. Ancient India - V.D.Mahajan
  6. Mauryan: Asoka and the decline of Mauryan Empir e - Romila Thapar
  7. Krishna Reddy –Guide.
  8. SYNERGY IAS’S Hand book on History by O.P.Siddharth
  9. SYNERGY IAS’S Class Notes

MEDIEVAL INDIA

  1. Medieval India .NCERT
  2. Advanced study in the History of Medieval India - Volume I. J.L. Mehta
  3. Medieval India - Volume - II Satish Chandra
  4. Medieval India –V.D.Mahajan
  5. SYNERGY IAS’S Hand book on History by O.P.Siddharth

MODERN INDIA

  1. Modern India - NCERT
  2. Modern Indian History - Grover & Grover.
  3. India’s struggle for Independence - Bipin Chandra
  4. Modern India  - Sumit Sarkar
  5. Modern India –V.D.Mahajan
  6. The Advanced History of India - Majumdar, Raychaudhuri &K.Datta
  7. SYNERGY IAS’S Hand book on History by O.P.Siddharth
  8. India after Independence. Bipin Chandra
  9. IGNOU material (especially on freedom struggle)
  10. SYNERGY IAS’S Hand book on History  by O.P.Siddharth
  11. SYNERGY IAS’S Question Bank on Modern India by O.P.Siddharth

Second Order Books

ANCIENT INDIA

  1. The Advanced History of India - Majumdar, Raychaudhuri & Datta
  2. History of India, Vol. I  -  Romila Thapar
  3. A History of South India -   K.A. Nilakanda Sastri
  4. Archaeological perspective. -Alchin

MEDIEVAL INDIA

  1. Advanced study in the History of Medieval India - Volume  II, III J.L. Mehta
  2. Medieval India - Volume I- Satish Chandra
  3. Wonder that was India – Rizvi
  4. The Advanced History of India - Majumdar, Raychaudhuri & Datta
  5. Gazetteer of India

MODERN INDIA

  1. The Advanced History of India - Majumdar, Raychaudhuri & Datta
  2. Spectrum .Modern India  hand book
  3. IGNOU –Materials
  4. Gazetteer of India

Third Order and Final Reference Books for All Topics

  1. SYNERGY Hand book on History - O.P.Siddharth
  2. Agnihotri guide
  3. IGNOU Materials
  4. Wonder that was India - Rizvi
  5. Wizard work book
  6. UPSC- Previous Years Questions
  7. NCERT books- All books from Std VI to XII
  8. The Agrarian System of Mughal India 1556-1707 -   Irfan Habib
  9. The Wonder That was India (Vol.2)    S.A.A. Rizvi
  10. Aspects of Political Ideas and Institutions in Ancient India R.S. Sharma (only Conclusion)
  11. Alberuni’s India - English Version by Chachu
  12. Indian Feudalism    R.S. Sharma

WORLD HISTORY (MAIN EXAMINATION)

  1. The Story of Civilization, Vol. 2 (NCERT) Arjun Dev
  2. Contemporary World History (NCERT) Arjun Dev & others
  3. Europe since Napoleon David Thompson
  4. Europe since 1815 W.C. Craig
  5. Europe since 1870  James Joll.
  6. IGNOU   World History
  7. World History K.L.Mukherjee(Two Books)
  8. Modern World History by Norman Lowe
  9. SYNERGYIAS’S Hand Book on World History by O.P.Siddharth

World History:

  1. European History - L. Mukherjee
  2. Europe since Napoleon - David Thompson.
  3. World Civilisation - Vol. II, and starting part of Vol. Ill of Burns and Burns
  4. What is History    E.H. Carr
  5. Historian's Craft    Marc Block
  6. The Past and the present     Lawrence Stone

Having read these books, you can confidently move for Interview.

Ancient India

  1. Ancient India (NCERT) Prof. R.S. Sharma
  2. The Wonder That was India A.L. Basham
  3. Ancient India - An Introductory Outline D.N. Jha
  4. History of India, Vol. I Romila Thapar
  5. Aspects of Political Ideas and Institutions in Ancient India R.S. Sharma (only Conclusion)
  6. Material culture & Social Formation in Ancient India R.S. Sharma
  7. Indian Feudalism R.S. Sharma
  8. Ashoka & Decline of the Maurya Romila Thapar
  9. A History of South India K.A. Nilakanda Sastri
  10. Ancient India and Indian Archaeology Archaeological Survey of India

Medieval India

  1. Medieval India (NCERT) Satish Chandra
  2. Medieval India (Macmillan) Satish Chandra
  3. The Wonder That was India (Vol.2) S.A.A. Rizvi
  4. The Agrarian System of Mughal India 1556-1707    Irfan Habib
  5. The Mughal Empire J.F. Richards
  6. Urban Dynamics H.C. Verma
  7. The Marathas Gordon

Modern India

  1. Modern India (NCERT) Bipan Chandra
  2. Modern India (Macmillan) Sumit Sarkar
  3. Anatomy of the Raj (PPH) Suhash Chakravarty
  4. The Raj Syndrome (Penguins) Suhash Chakravarty
  5. VAID's Fundamentals of History Series
  6. a.Administrative History Pravin Kumar
  7. b.Constitutional HistoryPravin Kumar
  8. c.Social History Pravin Kumar
  9. d.Freedom Struggle Pravin Kumar
  10. Peasant Movements in India D.N. Dhanagare
  11. India's Struggle for Independence Bipan Chandra and others
  12. Gandhi  B.R. Nanda
  13. Gandhi Judith Brown
  14. Freedom Struggle (NBT)Bipan Chandra & others

World History

  1. The story of Civilization, Vol. 2 (NCERT) Arjun Dev
  2. Contemporary World History (NCERT) Arjun Dev & others
  3. The Mainstream of Civilization Strayer, Gatzke & Harbison
  4. Western Civilizations Burns & others
  5. Industry & Empire E.J. Hobsbawm
  6. Age of Revolution E.J. Hobsbawm
  7. Age of Capital E.J. Hobsbawm
  8. Age of Empires E.J. Hobsbawm
  9. Social basis of Democracy & Dictatorship    B.J. Moore
  10. Europe Since Napoleon David Thompson
  11. Europe Since 1815 W.C. Craig
  12. Europe Since 1870 James Joll.

 
   
 
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