History Optional Coaching

by Vajiram & Ravi

Date of Commencement

20th June 2024




24 weeks


Rs. 54,000 (Incl. GST) | Rs. 50,000 (Incl. GST)

Course Time

5:30 PM to 08:00 PM

History Optional Coaching

About History Optional

History is "His" story. It helps people comprehend not just the past but also how it influences the present and what may happen in the future. It is, in a nutshell, "The Key for Understanding Today." History is a popular optional subject for the UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination, offering aspirants a comprehensive exploration of human civilizations, societies, and events throughout time.

As an optional subject, History provides aspirants with an opportunity to delve deep into various epochs, from ancient civilizations to modern times, and understand the intricate dynamics that have shaped human societies. The subject is divided into two papers, each offering a diverse range of topics for study.

  • Paper I includes archaeological sources, fascinating pre- and proto-historical documentaries, early state and social studies, and cultural traditions up to the eighteenth century, which can be remembered as a chronicle of events that happened in a chronological order.
  • Also, the concepts from Paper II's readings about the Industrial Revolution and the Post-World War II world will aid in the understanding of ideas from the fields of economics, political science, and international affairs as well. Each Mains answer on a General Studies Paper gains more significance when it is given a historical context.

Studying history offers a comprehensive perspective on societal and political issues, enriching aspirants' understanding and enhancing their ability to tackle the compulsory essay paper and perform well in the UPSC Interview

Our History Optional Classes conducted by Mr.Chandrabhan , Mr.Mohd. Tarique, Mr.Rohan Srivastav and Mr.Praveen Dixit follow a comprehensive approach, aiming to provide students with a deep understanding of historical concepts and perspectives. From foundational principles to advanced topics, the course covers every dimension of history, including Map based learning, ensuring accessibility for all students, regardless of their prior background in the subject. Each topic is taught from scratch, assuming no prior knowledge, thus fostering a thorough understanding for every student.

Understanding History Optional Syllabus

History is primarily a static optional subject of UPSC.

Paper 1 encompasses Ancient and Medieval Indian History. 

Paper 1 of the UPSC History optional covers a wide range of topics from ancient to medieval India, providing a comprehensive understanding of India's rich historical past. It begins with an exploration of historical sources, including archaeological findings and literary texts from both indigenous and foreign sources. The syllabus then delves into pre-history and proto-history, discussing the transition from hunting-gathering societies to agrarian civilizations, with a focus on the Indus Valley Civilization and megalithic cultures. The Aryan migration and the Vedic period are examined, followed by the emergence of Mahajanapadas and the Mauryan Empire. The post-Mauryan period is explored, along with the rise of regional states and the Gupta and post-Gupta eras. Themes in early Indian cultural history, including language, art, and philosophy, are also covered.

History Optional Paper 2 encompasses Modern Indian History and World History

Paper 2 delves into the colonial and modern periods of Indian history, focusing on the impact of European colonization and the rise of nationalism and independence movements. It begins with European penetration into India, discussing the early settlements and the subsequent expansion of British rule. The administrative and economic structures of the British Raj are examined, along with its social and cultural impacts. The syllabus also covers social and religious reform movements, peasant uprisings, and the Indian response to British rule, including the rise of nationalism and the freedom struggle. Additionally, it explores the consolidation of India as a nation, the partition, and the challenges of post-colonial nation-building, including economic development, social reforms, and foreign policy. The paper concludes with a study of global historical trends, including the Enlightenment, industrialization, imperialism, revolutions, world wars, and decolonization.


Together, these papers provide aspirants with a comprehensive understanding of historical events, processes, and ideologies, enabling them to analyze and interpret the complexities of human history for their UPSC Civil Services journey.

Overall, History as an optional subject for UPSC provides a platform to deepen understanding of human history, develop critical analysis skills, and interpret historical events in the context of broader socio-political and economic frameworks. It offers a rewarding learning experience for aspirants aiming to excel in the UPSC Civil Services Examination.

Why Choose History as an Optional?

Benefits of Choosing History as an Optional:

  • Its inclusion in the syllabus for both the Prelims and Mains exams makes it a strategic choice, covering significant portions of the GS syllabus.
  • One of the key advantages of choosing History as an optional subject is its accessibility. 
  • It is non-technical in nature, making it suitable for students from various academic backgrounds. Moreover, abundant study material is available in both print and online formats, facilitating thorough preparation.
  • Around 20 questions in GS Prelims and 10 questions in Mains come from History.
  • Studying History aids in personal development and is beneficial for the Personality Test.


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