Freedom struggle स्वतंत्रता संग्राम

Weighage in CSAT-2014: Paper-1
Weighage Mains-2013: GS-1

  1. [Answerkey Prelims] 2014: Freedom struggle questions in CSAT 2014, how to prepare for CSAT-2015?
  2. [Answerkey Mains] 2013: Freedom Struggle Qs: Dalhousie, Women, Foreigners & Studyplan, Booklist for UPSC Mains-2014
  3. [Freedom Fighter] Tatya Tope: 200th Birth Anniversary; Bhagat Singh Bogus FIR; Ghadar Party
  4. [Freedom Struggle] Suhrawardy-Sarat Bose agreement, Bengal Pact, Features, Consequences
  5. [Women in History] Hazrat Mahal, Laxmibai, Ahlyabai Holkar, Jijabai, Rani Rudramma & more
  6. [Social Reformers] Ambedkar, AiyaanKali, Chinnaswami
  7. [Religion] Shuddhi Sabha, Tanzim Bodies, Tablighi Jamat, Deobandh, Love Jihad
  8. [Entry of Europeans] Thuggee in British India, Whistleblower Maharaja Nandakumar, Tipu Sultan

Indian Culture भारतीय संस्कृति

Weighage in CSAT-2014: Paper-1
Weighage Mains-2013: GS-1

  1. [Mains-2013 Answerkey] Culture Questions Sangam, Chola, Tandav & Studyplan, Booklist for UPSC Mains-2014
  2. [Buddhism] Buddhist Rock cut caves, Satvahan Architecture, Sarnath Sculptures
  3. [Medieval sites] Arab Serai-Restoration by ASI, Rani-Ki-Vaav Patan gets UNESCO heritage, Bara Imambara Shrine
  4. [Ancient] Rakhigarhi-Biggest Harappan Site, Muziris Ports, Pratihar Mint, Menhir sites
  5. [South Indian Temples] Hoysala Architecture, Padmanabhaswamy treasure, Australian Nataraja
  6. [South Indian Festivals] JalliKattu Supreme Court Ban, Anayottam Race, Anavaal Pidi
  7. [IGNOU-Note] Festivals of India: Characteristics, Features & Importance

Old NCERTs Ancient India

  1. [OldNCERT] Ancient India: Geographical Background of Ancient Indian History and Civilization
  2. [OldNCERT] Ancient India: Modern Historians of Ancient India: Utilitarian School, Marxist School, Nationalist School
  3. [OldNCERT] Ancient India: Sources of History, Paleography, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Archeology
  4. Left the article series, because Tamilnadu Class11 Textbooks have parallel coverage on ancient India similar to Old NCERT. You can download them for free via

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Spectrum History

For Freedom struggle topic in UPSC prelims & Mains, use this.

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उसी अंग्रेजी किताब का हिंदी संस्करण. UPSC-प्रारंभिक एवं मुख्य परीक्षा के लिए उपयुक्त.

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Lucent GK English
Lucent’s| GK

For non-UPSC exams like SSC Tier1, ACIO etc. this book is sufficient

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Lucent GK Hindi
ल्युसंट| सामान्य ज्ञान

उसी अंग्रेजी किताब का हिंदी संस्करण. यूपीएसी के सिवाय की परीक्षाओ के लिए काफी है.

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[World History] Mrunal’s “Jack Sparrow” series

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  • Timeline World History
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  1. Gandhi in South Africa, Transvaal March, Zulu War, Boer War, civil rights movement
  2. Imperialism and Colonialism: Meaning, Factors responsible
  3. Imperialism & Colonization: China, Japan, Asia, Boxer Rebellion, Open Door policy, Sphere of influence
  4. Imperialism & Colonization: Africa, Scramble for colonies, Paper Partitions, Slave Trade, Boer War
  5. I’ve been unable to finish remaining ‘episodes’ of this series due to time and man power constrains.

[World History] Old (पुरानी) NCERTS

World History: Mock Q&A

Bipan After Independence
Bipan Chandra
Post Independence

Sufficient for UPSC Mains General studies paper1 Topic “Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.”

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Post-Independence India

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