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PM IAS ACADEMY

ANCIENT INDIAN HISTORY NOTES

INDEPTH COVERAGE OF ANCIENT INDIA FOR UPSC | TNPSC
  1. Paleolithic- lower, middle and upper
  2. Paleolithic period
  3. Mesolithic period
  4. Neolithic period
  5. Chalcolithic period
  1. Indus Valley
  2. Civilization (IVC)
  3. Time period
  4. Important sites
  5. Phases of IVC- Early, mature and late
  6. Town planning
  7. Script and language
  1. Art and crafts, seals, pottery etc
  2. Decline
  3. Lifestyle of people during IVC
  4. Social and political
  5. Agriculture
  6. Trade and commerce
  7. Religions
  8. Cultural activities
  1. Advent of Aryans in India
  2. Economic and social life of Aryans
  3. Literature during Vedic time- Vedas,
    Upanishads, Puranas and six systems of
    philosophy etc.
  4. Important Gods worshipped and their significance to Vedic people
  1. Early Vedic and later Vedic Age- quick
    comparison
  2. Society- family, marriage, status of women,
    social delusion etc.
  3. Economic conditions- agriculture, trade and
    commerce etc.
  4. Political conditions
  5. Culture and religion

Mahajanapadas

  1. Mahajanapadas
  2. Mahajanapadas and their capital
  3. Political system
  4. Rise and growth of Magadha empire
  5. Foreign invasion and their impact
  1. Gautam Buddha and Buddhism
  2. Buddhist literature
  3. Councils
  4. Teachings of Buddha
  5. Hinayana and Mahayana
  6. Bodhisattvas
  7. Causes of decline
  8. Buddhist architecture
  1. Jain Tirthankaras
  2. Mahavira and Jainism
  3. Literature
  4. Spread of Jainism
  5. Councils
  6. Teachings
  7. Split in Jainism- Swetambaras and
    digambaras
  8. Doctrine of Jainism
  9. Decline
  10. Jain architecture
  1. Rise and expansion
  2. Important rulers
  3. Kautilya and arthashastra
  4. Decline of empire Ashoka
  5. Rise to power
  6. Ashoka and Buddhism
  7. Ashoka’s Dhamma
  8. Ashoka inscriptions- pillar edicts, major
    rock edicts and minor rock edicts
  1. Mauryan administration
  2. Social life
  3. Economic conditions
  4. Art and architecture
  5. Religious life
  1. Native successor
  2. Sunga dynasty
  3. Kanva dynasty
  4. Satavahanas
  5. Chedi dynasty of Kalinga Foreign successors
    of Mauryas
  6. Indo Greeks
  7. Sakas
  8. Parthians
  9. Kushans- kanishka (main ruler)

ADMINISTRATION

  1. Impact of
    Foreign successors
  2. Military
  3. Trade and agriculture
  4. Polity
  5. Society
  6. Religious development
  7. Gandhara and Mathura school of art
 
  1. Gupta Period
  2. Rise and expansion
  3. Important rulers and titles adopted by Gupta kings
  4. Foreign visitors
  5. Urban centers in Gupta period
  6. Fall of the empire
  1. System of administration
  2. Trade and agriculture
  3. List of taxes levied
  4. Social life
  5. Religion
  6. Art and architecture
  7. Literature
  8. Science and technology
  1. Sangam Age
  2. Time period and three sangams
  3. Sangam literature
  4. Cheras
  5. Cholas- mainly found on local government
  6. Pandyas
  1. Life under Sangam Age
  2. Polity and administration
  3. Society
  4. Position of women
  5. Religion
  6. Economy
  7. End of sangam age
  1. Harshavardhana Era
  2. Harsha Kingdom
  3. Hiuen Tsang account
  4. Administration
  5. Buddhism and Nalanda
  6. Economy
  7. Society
  8. Miscellaneous
  9. Other kingdoms and their contributions
  10. Chalukyas
  11. Pallavas
  12. Vakataka empire
  13. Other regional kingdoms
  1. Early Vedic and later Vedic Age- quick
    comparison
  2. Society- family, marriage, status of women,
    social delusion etc.
  3. Economic conditions- agriculture, trade and
    commerce etc.
  4. Political conditions
  5. Culture and religion

Inter-state relation

  1. Importance/Aims
  2. Inter State Water Disputes
  3. Inter State Council-Composition, functions
  4. Interstate trade and commerce
  5. Zonal Councils- Composition, function
  6. Articles related to Inter-state relations

Centre-State Relations

  1. Legislative relations
  2. Administrative relations
  3. Financial relation
  4. Effects of emergencies

Committees/Commission related to Centre state relations

  1. Rajamannar Committee
  2. West Bengal Memorandum
  3. Sarkaria commission
  4. Punchhi commission
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