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IAS History Books

We have compiled for you a list of IAS books for Indian History. These are the best reference books for handling the History portion in the IAS exam. Books on Indian History can be helpful as Optional subject also for General Studies paper in the Mains exam. It can also be referred for conceptual clarity in the Prelims exam. Our references on History books can also be helpful in the preparation for other services exam conducted by the UPSC. This list of History books are as follows:


Ancient India

  1. Ancient India (NCERT) Prof. R.S. Sharma Buy Now

  2. The Wonder That was India A.L. Basham Buy Now

  3. Ancient India - An Introductory Outline D.N. Jha Buy Now

  4. History of India, Vol. I Romila Thapar Buy Now

  5. Aspects of Political Ideas and Institutions in Ancient India R.S. Sharma (only Conclusion) Buy Now

  6. Material culture & Social Formation in Ancient India R.S. Sharma Buy Now

  7. Indian Feudalism- R.S. Sharma Buy Now

  8. Ashoka & Decline of the Maurya Romila Thapar Buy Now

  9. A History of South India K.A. Nilkantha Sastri Buy Now

  10. Ancient India and Indian Archaeology Archaeological Survey of India Buy Now

  11. Ancient India Social and Culture - Luniya

  12. An Advanced History of India - R.C. Majumda, H.C. Raychaudhurai, - Kalikinkar Datta

  13. Ancient India - L.Mukherjee Buy Now

  14. The rise of civilization of India and Pakistan - Bridget and Raymond Allchin Buy Now

  15. Mauryan : Ashoka and the decline of mouryan empire - Romila Thapar Buy Now

  16. Facets of Indian Culture - Spectrum Buy Now

  17. NCERT (11th)

  18. Indus Civilization - (a) IGNOU booklet no. 2


Medieval India

  1. Medieval India (NCERT) Satish Chandra Buy Now

  2. Medieval India (Macmillan) Satish Chandra Buy Now

  3. The Wonder That was India (Vol.2) S.A.A. Rizvi Buy Now

  4. The Agrarian System of Mughal India 1556-1707 Irfan Habib Buy Now

  5. The Mughal Empire J.F. Richards Buy Now

  6. Urban Dynamics H.C. Verma Buy Now

  7. The Marathas - Gordon Buy Now

  8. Advanced study in the History of Medival India - Volume I J.L. Mehta Buy Now

  9. Advanced study in the History of Medival India - Volume II J.L. Mehta Buy Now

  10. Advanced study in the History of Medival India - Volume III J.L. Mehta Buy Now

  11. Medival India - Volume I Satish Chandra Buy Now

  12. Medival India - Volume II Satish Chandra Buy Now

  13. History Of Medieval India – Satish ChandraBuy Now

  14. Medival India - L. Mukherjee

  15. The Advanced History of India - Majumdar, Raychaudhuri & Datta

  16. Social life and cultural life of both Delhi Sultanate and Mughal India - J.L. Mehta

  17. A history of South India - K. A. Nilakanta Shastri Buy Now

  18. IGNOU material (especially on agriculture and agrarian relations and culture)

  19. NCERT (11th)


Modern India

  1. Modern India (NCERT) Bipan Chandra Buy Now

  2. Modern India (Macmillan) Sumit Sarkar Buy Now

  3. Anatomy of the Raj (PPH) Suhash Chakravarty Buy Now

  4. India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra Buy Now

  5. The Raj Syndrome (Penguins) Suhash Chakravarty

  6. VAID's Fundamentals of History Series

    1. Administrative History Pravin Kumar

    2. Constitutional History Pravin Kumar

    3. Social History Pravin Kumar

    4. Freedom Struggle Pravin Kumar

  7. Peasant Movements in India D.N. Dhanagare Buy Now

  8. India's Struggle for Independence Bipan Chandra and others

  9. Gandhi -B.R. Nanda Buy Now

  10. Gandhi -Judith Brown Buy Now

  11. Freedom Struggle (NBT) - Bipan Chandra & others Buy Now

  12. Modern Indian History - Groover & Grooover.

  13. A struggle for Independence - Bipin Chandra Buy Now

  14. Freedom Struggle - Bipinchandra Buy Now

  15. Modern India - L. Mukherjee

  16. A new look into the modern Indian history - B.L Grover Buy Now

  17. Freedom struggle - Bipin Chandra, Varun Dey and Amlesh Tripathy (NBT)

  18. India's struggle for independence - Bipin Chandra Buy Now

  19. Modern India - Sumit Sarkar Buy Now

  20. IGNOU material (esspecially on freedom struggle)


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 Buy Now

  4. Western Civilizations Burns & others Buy Now

  5. Industry & Empire E.J. Hobsbawm Buy Now

  6. Age of Revolution E.J. Hobsbawm Buy Now

  7. Age of Capital E.J. Hobsbawm Buy Now

  8. Age of Empires E.J. Hobsbawm Buy Now

  9. Social basis of Democracy & Dictatorship B.J. Moore

  10. Europe Since Napoleon David Thompson Buy Now

  11. Europe Since 1815 W.C. Craig

  12. Europe Since 1870 James Joll. Buy Now


Others: For concepts and knowledge:

  1. What is History E.H. Carr Buy Now

  2. Historian's Craft Marc Block Buy Now

  3. The Past and the present Indian Historyrence Stone

  4. The Past as Present: Forging Contemporary Identities Through History by Romila Thapar Buy Now


NCERT BOOKS
VIII, IX, X,XI,XII History

HISTORY BOOKS GUIDE

  1. Indian History - Krishna Reddy

  2. Indian History - Agnihotri

  3. Competition Wizard Workbook.

  4. IGNOU Material

  5. Y.D.Mishra