• IASbaba
  • August 30, 2015
  • 30
TLP Mains 2015
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It is a matter of great joy for all the History Optional aspirants that one of our followers, ABHI SHAKAR has come forward to support TLP of IASbaba for HISTORY OPTIONAL. He has promised to formulate 100 Days Plan along with per day questions. 🙂

IASbaba’s View: We would encourage/advice all History people to come forward and support ABHI SHANKAR. Let this become a community driven exercise for the best of aspirants. You should not be a mute spectator in such brave service since the he is also preparing along with you. But what differentiates him is the thought to serve even before being into services. This is something every aspirant should learn and get inspiration from.

NOTE- We request aspirants having other optional to come forward and form a community like this. We can give a platform to support you guys. Additionally the moment we find resources/experts/qualified civil servants from among us, we will join you for the support. Right now there is resource constraint and the amount of work we are doing is draining our whole energy, personally and professionally both 🙂 Hope you understand our feelings!

Here is the plan and its outline

A full 100 day plan is well in place. But for now only first week plan. Please participate and review to keep this initiative going. The plan is to do daily map practice; finish ancient and world first and then move to medieval and modern.

The questions will be mostly based on thorough analysis from previous year paper. You can easily expect most of the questions coming directly from previous year paper itself in subject as static as history, this should be the best idea.

Note: The map questions will be on old pattern (site name given and you locate it and upload image) as that pattern is easier to begin practicing.

31 Aug Map: NCERT prehistoric


Archaeological sources: Exploration, excavation, epigraphy numismatics, monuments.

Literary sources:

Indigenous: Primary and secondary; poetry, scientific literature, literature in regional languages, religious literature.

Foreign accounts: Greek, Chinese and Arab writers.1 SepMap: NCERT prehistoric

Enlightenment and Modern ideas:

(i) Major ideas of Enlightenment: Kant, Rousseau.

(ii) Spread of Enlightenment in the colonies.

(iii) Rise of socialist ideas (up to Marx); spread of Marxian Socialism.2 SepMap: NCERT prehistoric
Pre-history and Proto-history: Geographical factors; hunting and gathering (paleolithic and mesolithic) ; Beginning of agriculture (neolithic and chalcolithic).
Indus Valley Civilization: Origin, date, extent, characteristics, decline, survival and significance, art and architecture.3 SepMap: Old NCERT prehistoric – RS Sharma

Origins of Modern Politics:

(i) European States System.

(iii) French revolution and aftermath, 1789-1815.

(iv) American Civil War with reference to Abraham Lincoln and the abolition of slavery.

(v) British Democratic Politics, 1815 – 1850; Parliamentary Reformers, Free Traders, Chartists.4 SepMap: RS Sharma

Indus Valley Civilization: Origin, date, extent, characteristics, decline, survival and significance, art and architecture.
Megalithic Cultures: Distribution of pastoral and farming cultures outside the Indus, Development of community life, Settlements, Development of agriculture, Crafts, Pottery, and Iron industry.

Aryans and Vedic Period: Expansions of Aryans in India.

Vedic Period: Religious and philosophic literature; Transformation from Rig Vedic period to the later Vedic period; Political, social and economical life; Significance of the Vedic Age; Evolution of Monarchy and Varna system.5 Sep(ii) American Revolution and the Constitution.

18. Industrialization:

(i) English Industrial Revolution : Causes and Impact on Society

(ii) Industrialization in other countries: USA, Germany, Russia, Japan

(iii) Industrialization and Globalization.

6 Sep30 map sites Revision






RS Sharma old NCERT

RomilaThaparEarly history of India


Upinder Singh: Ancient and early medieval India



Satish Chandra: from Sultanat to Mughal part 1 and 2

IGNOU medieval module



Bipan Chandra et al: India’s struggle to independence

Bipan Chandra old NCERT

Sumit Sarkar: 1885-1947


ShekharBandopadhyaya: From plassey to partition

Bipan Chandra et al: India after independence


Guh: India after Gandhi


L Mukharjee: Modern Europe and the world 2 parts (yellow and pink book)

Norman Lowe: for topics not covered in L Mukharjee

Old NCERT story of civilization Arjun Dev

New NCERT class 12 polity: Contemporary world politics.



P. S- Questions of Day-1 will be posted tonight at 11 PM

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