This course is designed to cover the history of India from the perspective of all the competitive exams like UPSC, SSC, PCS, PCS (J) etc. This course will cover all the major incidents of the history of India. This Course covers history as well as Art & Culture of all that what have happened in the history of India including major art, culture, poetry, sculptures, monuments, coins, clothing, food, settlement, irrigation, religion, philosophy etc.


The Philomath believes that money should not become an obstacle for someone who is willing to learn, considering this there are no fees for this course. The only thing required is willingness to learn.


The sessions will be conducted on – Zoom Days- Every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

Recording of every lecture will also be shared through whatsapp group. The session will also be live on youtube for those who can not join the zoom. Questions can be asked through comments.

Language – Bilingual (i.e. English & Hindi)

Sources- NCERT 11th & 12th ,Nitin Singhania, Spectrum (Modern India).

Micro Topic Listing-


1. Prehistoric Cultures in India

⦁ Periodization of Indian pre history

⦁ Sources of prehistory

⦁ Stone age

⦁ Palaeolithic (2 million BC – 10,000 BC)

⦁ Mesolithic (10,000 BC – 8,000 BC)

⦁ Palaeolithic (8000 BC – 4000 BC)

⦁ Chalcolithic Age (4000 BC – 1500 BC)

⦁ Iron age (1500 BC-200 BC)

⦁ Impact of Iron

⦁ Pastoral and Farming Communities

⦁ Neolithic Phase

⦁ Chalcolithic Phase

⦁ Early Iron Phase

⦁ Geographical Distribution and Characteristics

⦁ Indus Valley Civilization

⦁ Major cities

⦁ Town Planning

⦁ Harappan Trade

⦁ Agriculture

⦁ Domestication of animals

⦁ Crafts

⦁ Religion

⦁ Harappan Pottery

⦁ Weights and Measures

⦁ Script and Language

⦁ Images

⦁ Decline of Harappan Culture

⦁ Vedic Society

⦁ Original Home of Aryans

⦁ Features of Aryan Culture

⦁ Vedic Texts

⦁ Sources for Reconstructing

⦁ Vedic Society and Culture

⦁ Geography of the Rig Vedic Period

⦁ Geography of the later Vedic Phases

⦁ Economic Conditions

⦁ Political Organization and Evolution of Monarchy

⦁ Social Organisation and Varna System

⦁ Religion and Thought

⦁ Pre Mauryan-Period

⦁ Formation of states

⦁ The Sixteen Mahajanapadas

⦁ Republics

⦁ Rise of urban centres

⦁ Haryanka dynasty

⦁ Shishunaga dynasty

⦁ Nanda dynasty

⦁ The Mauryan Empire

⦁ Chandragupta and Bindusara

⦁ Megasthenes

⦁ Asoka and His Successors

⦁ Asoka’s Inscriptions and Sites

⦁ Asoka’ a Dhamma

⦁ Mauryan. Administration, Economy, Society and Art

⦁ The Arthasastra

⦁ Post Mauryan India (BC-200-AD 300)

⦁ Society Evolution of Jatis

⦁ Sangam Texts-and Society

⦁ Satavahanas and Other Indigenous Dynasties

⦁ Foreign Dynasties

⦁ Commercial Contacts with the Outside World

⦁ Schools of Art

⦁ Growth of Jainism and Buddhism

⦁ Jainism

⦁ Buddhism

⦁ Imperial Guptas

⦁Sources of Gupta Rule

⦁ Political history of Guptas

⦁ Fahien

⦁ Gupta Administration

⦁ Gupta Culture

⦁ Urban centres in Gupta period

⦁ Economic Conditions

⦁ Harshavardhana

⦁ Sources for Harsha’s Period

⦁ Early life of Harsha

⦁ Harsha’s Administration

⦁ Important Officials of the empire

⦁ Economy under Harsha

⦁ Society

⦁ Religion

⦁ The Southern Dynasties

⦁ The Satavahanas (230 BC TO AD 225)

⦁ The Pallavas (AD 330–796)

⦁ The Chalukyas (AD 535–1190)

⦁ The Pandyas of Madurai (AD 590–1323)


1. Central Asian Politics and the Advance of Babur towards India

⦁ The Timurids

⦁ The Timurid-Uzbek and Uzbek-Iran Conflict and Babur

⦁ Babur’s Advance towards India

2. Struggle for Empire in North- India (Afghans, Rajputs and Mughals)

⦁ Struggle between Ibrahim Lodi and Babur

⦁ The Battle of Panipat

⦁ Babur’s problems after the Battle of Panipat

⦁ Struggle with Rana Sanga

⦁ Problems of the Eastern Areas and the Afghans

⦁ Babur’s Contribution and Significance of his Advent into India

⦁ Struggle for Empire in North India

⦁Humayun and the Afghans

⦁ Early Activities of Humayun, and the Tussle with Bahadur Shah

⦁ The Gujarat Campaign

⦁ The Bengal Campaign, and Struggle with Sher Khan

⦁ The Establishment of the North Indian Empire

⦁ The Surs

⦁ Sher Shah’s Early Life

⦁ Social and Political Background of Bihar and the Rise of Sher Shah to Power.

⦁ The Sur Empire (1540-56)

⦁ Contributions of Sher Shah

⦁ Consolidation and Expansion of the Empire – Akbar

⦁ Conflict with the Afghans – Hemu

⦁ Struggle with the Nobility: Bairam Khan’s

⦁ Regency; Revolt of Uzbek Nobles

⦁ Early Expansion of the Empire (1560-76) – Malwa, Garh-Katanga, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Eastern India

⦁ Relations with the Rajputs – Growth of a Composite Ruling Class

⦁ Rebellions, and Further Expansion of the Empire in the North West

⦁ State and Government under Akbar

⦁ Akbar’s Concept of Suzerainty

⦁ Structure of Government, Central and Provincial – the Vikalat, Central Ministries, Provincial Government,

⦁ District and Local Government

⦁ The Working of Government – the Ruler, Land-Revenue System, the Dahsala System.

o The Mansabdari System and the Army

⦁ Akbar’s Religious Views

⦁ Relations with the Ulama and Social Reforms

⦁ The Early Phase (1556-73)

⦁ The Second Phase (1573-80) – the Ibadat Khana

⦁ Debates – the Mahzar – Breach with Orthodox

⦁ Ulama – Re-organisation of Madad-i-Maash Grants

⦁ Third or Final Phase – Din-i-Ilahi

⦁ State Policies and religious toleration

⦁ The Deccan and the Mughals (upto 1657)

⦁ The Deccani States upto 1595

⦁ Mughal Advance towards the Deccan

⦁ Mughal Conquest of Berar, Khandesh and parts of Ahmadnagar

⦁ Rise of Malik Ambar, and Frustration of Mughal Attempt at Consolidation (1601-27)

⦁ Extinction of Ahmadnagar, Acceptance of Mughal

⦁ Suzerainty by Bijapur and Golconda

⦁ Shah Jahan and the Deccan (1636-57)

⦁ Cultural Contribution of the Deccani States

⦁ Foreign Policy of the Mughals

⦁ Akbar and the Uzbeks

⦁ The Question of Qandahar and Relations with Iran

⦁ Shah Jahan’s Balkh Campaign

⦁ Mughal – Persian Relations – the Last Phase

⦁ India in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century

⦁ Jahangir’s Accession – his Early Difficulties

⦁ Territorial Consolidation and Expansion of the Empire – Mewar, East India and Kangra

⦁ Nur Jahan, and the Nur Jahan ‘Junta’

⦁ The Rebellions of Shah Jahan, and the coup de main of Mahabat Khan

⦁ Jahangir as a Ruler

⦁ State and Religion in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century

⦁ Shah Jahan – Consolidation and Expansion of the Empire

⦁ Evolution of the Mughal Ruling Class and the Mansabdari System

⦁ Aurangzeb – Religious Policies, North India and the Rajputs

⦁ War of Succession

⦁ Religious Policy: First Phase (1658-79)

⦁ Reforms and Puritanical Measures, Hindu

⦁ Temples, Jizyah; Second Phase (1679-1707)

⦁ Territorial Consolidation and

⦁ Expansion of Empire – North India

⦁ Popular Revolts – Jats, Satnamis, Afghans and Sikhs

⦁ Breach with Marwar and Mewar

⦁Climax and Crisis of the Mughal Empire the Marathas and the Deccan

⦁Rise of the Marathas – Early Career of Shivaji

⦁ Treaty of Purandar – the Agra Visit

⦁ Shivaji’s Swaraj – Administration and Achievements

⦁ Aurangzeb and the Deccani States (1658-87)

⦁ Marathas and the Deccan (1687-1707)

⦁ Assessment of Aurangzeb and the Jagirdari Crisis

⦁Society-Structure and Growth

⦁ Rural Society

⦁ Towns and Town Life

⦁ Artisans and Master-Craftsmen

⦁ Women

⦁ Servants and Slaves

⦁ Standard of Living

⦁ The Ruling Classes – Nobility, Rural Gentry

⦁ The Middle Strata

⦁ The Commercial Classes

⦁Economic Life-Patterns and Prospects

⦁ Inland Trade

⦁ Overseas Trade – Role of Foreign Trading companies – Position of Indian merchant’s over-land Trade

⦁ The Mughal State and Commerce

⦁ Trend of India’s Economy and Prospects during the First Half of the Eighteenth Century

⦁Religion, Fine Arts, Science and Technology

⦁ Religion- Hindu Religion, Sikh Religion, Islam

⦁ Fine Arts – Architecture, Painting, Language and Literature, Music

⦁ Science and Technology

⦁Northern India in the First Half of the Eighteenth Century

⦁ Bahadur Shah I, and the Beginning of the Struggle

⦁ For Wizarat – Rajput Affairs – Marathas

⦁ Deccan – Accentuation of the Party Struggle

⦁ Struggle for ‘New’ Wizarat: Zulfiqar Khan and Jahandar Shah (1712-13)

⦁ The Sayyid Brothers’ Struggle for ‘New’ Wizarat

⦁ The Saiyid ‘New’ Wizarat

⦁ The Wizarat of M. Amin Khan and Nizam-ul-Mulk

⦁ Rise of Regional States, Beginning of Foreign Invasions of India (1725-48)

⦁The Maratha Bid for Supremacy

⦁ The Marathas and their Policy of Expansion

⦁ The Marathas and Nizam-ul-Mulk

⦁ The Maratha Advance into Gujarat and Malwa

⦁ The Maratha Advance into Doab and Punjab

⦁ First Phase (1741-52); Second Phase (1752-61);

⦁ Third Battle of Panipat


1. Scenario before 1857

⦁ Later Mughals

⦁ Regional powers in 18th Century

⦁ The British conquest of India

⦁ The wars during British conquest of India

⦁ British Administration before 1857

⦁Revolt of 1857

⦁ Indian National Movement (1858-1905)

⦁ Early Nationalists and Swadeshi Movement

⦁ Government of India Act 1909

⦁ Home rule league movement

⦁The struggle for Swaraj

⦁ Montague’s statement – Aug 1917

⦁ Emergence of Gandhi – as a mass leader

⦁ Khilafat & non-Cooperation Movement (NCM)

⦁ Swaraj party

⦁ Revolutionary Terrorism phase II (1920’s)

⦁ Simon Commission and Nehru report

⦁Intimation of freedom

⦁ Civil Disobedience Movement

⦁ Round table conference

⦁ Poona pact

⦁ Government of India Act 1935

⦁ Tripuri session – 1939

⦁ August offer

⦁ Individual Satyagraha 1940-41

⦁Towards achievement of freedom

⦁ Popular struggles in the princely states

⦁ 2nd World War and Nationalist response

⦁Partition of India

⦁ Rise of Communalism

⦁ Wavell plan

⦁ Cabinet Mission Plan

⦁ Mountbatten plan

⦁During the freedom struggle

⦁ Indian renaissance/socio-religious movement

⦁ Civil Rebellions during British

⦁ Tribal movements during British period

⦁ Peasant’s movement during British period

⦁ Working class Movement (1850-1900)

⦁ Growth of communalism

⦁ Left and communist trends in National Movement

⦁ Press and education during British period

⦁ Role of women in Freedom Struggle

⦁ Governor generals of India

⦁ Viceroys of India

⦁ Important persons

⦁ Important newspaper/journals

⦁ Congress sessions


1. Reorganisation of states

⦁ Constitutional provisions related to State formation

⦁ Factors that led to merger

⦁ Accession of the princely states

⦁ Accession of States under France and Portuguese

⦁ Accession of Sikkim

⦁ Rehabilitation of the Refugees

⦁ Federal crisis

⦁ Regional aspirations, insurgencies and areas of tension

⦁ Accommodation and national integration

⦁Linguistic Regionalism in India

⦁ Constitutional position and language policy

⦁ Language and regionalism

⦁ Recent controversy due to rise of Hindi

⦁Tribal Issue and Policy Consolidation

⦁ Issues & Present Status

⦁ Policy consolidation

⦁Issue of Women and Evolution of Women Movement

⦁ Issues & challenges

⦁ Women movements

⦁ Government policy response and legislation

⦁ Governmental schemes

⦁Problem of Caste and Social consolidation

⦁ Caste practices in India

⦁ Ambedkar Movement

⦁ Constitutional provisions

⦁ Recent government initiatives for emancipation of Scheduled Castes

⦁ Issues of Manual Scavenging

⦁Communalism & Social Consolidation

⦁ Secularism

⦁ Causes of Communalism in India

⦁ Consequences of the communalism and social consolidation

⦁Issue of Linguistic Minorities

⦁ Operational Inefficiency

⦁ Government initiatives

⦁Overview of Economic Development since Independence

⦁Planning in India


⦁ Industry

⦁ Service sector

⦁ Current challenges facing the Indian economy

⦁ Agriculture

⦁ Journey through Five Year Plans

⦁ Land Reforms

⦁ Post Green Revolution Agricultural Issues

⦁ Agrarian Movements

⦁ Achievements in Agriculture Since Independence

⦁ Recent Challenges


⦁ Industrial development since independence

⦁ Public sector since independence

⦁ Sectoral Development

⦁ Private Sector since Independence

⦁ Industrial Policy since Independence

⦁ Make in India

⦁New Economic Policy

⦁Impact of New Economic Policy

⦁Post-Independence Policy of Science and Technology

⦁ India’s Policy in the Field of the Science and Technology

⦁ Institutional Framework for Science and Technology Development

⦁ Science and Technology in Pre- Reform Period

⦁ Impact of Economic Reform on the

⦁ Science and Technology in India:

⦁ New Policy Initiatives in the S&T

⦁ Agenda of the Skill Training


All the session will be taken by Mr.Trivickram Jee, Founder, The Philomath. Previously, he has taugh 1000+ students subjects like Constitution of India & Indian Penal Code. He is well liked among the students because of his lucid way of explaining topics.


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