History For KPSC KAS- History Syllabus, Best Books

The KPSC KAS test is conducted in three stages, namely the Prelims Exam, Mains Exam, and the Interview/Personality Test. The Prelims Exam contains two papers, 1 and 2 of 200 marks each. These exams are objective-type exams. Candidates must clear all the stages for selection. History subject is there in both the Papers- 1 and 2 and includes Section A and B. The details regarding the same have been given below-

History Syllabus for KPSC KAS 2022

Paper I 

Section A: Indian History (Till 750 AD)

The Indus Civilization, its Origins including Extent, Major Cities and Characteristic features, survival, continuity, and reason of decline.

The Vedic Age, including Vedic Culture, the difference between Indus Civilization and Vedic Culture, Major Religious Ideas and Rituals.

Pre-Maurya Period such as Religious Movements such as Buddhism, Jainism, and other, Economic and social conditions, etc.

Mauryan Empire such as Rise extent and fall of the empire, Economic and social conditions, Ashoka’s policy and reforms.

Post Mauryan Period (200 BC – 300 AD) – Principal dynasties in Southern and Northern India, Sanskrit, Tamil, and Prakrit, Economy and Society, Religion (Rise of Theistic Cults and Mahayana), Art, etc.

The Gupta Age – Rise and fall of the empire, administration, economy, literature, art, and religion, society, etc.

Post Gupta Period (500 to 750 AD) – Pushyabhutis, the Mukharis, The Later Guptas, Harsh Vardhana and his times, Chalukyas of Badami, The Pallavas, Society administration and art.

Section B: Medieval India – India 750 AD to 1200 AD

Rajputs their political and economic conditions, social structure, land structure, etc.

Shankaracharya Art, Religion and Philosophy

Maritime Activities, contacts with Arabs, Cultural Impacts, etc.

Rashtrakutas, their role in History and contribution to art and culture, the Chola

Indian society at the time of Mohmud of Ghazni’s campaigns

Delhi Sultanate and its Foundations in Northern India and its impact on the society

Khilji Imperialism, administrative and economic regulations and their impact and administrative principle under Muhammad Bin Tughlaq, public works of Firoz Shah

The disintegration of Delhi Sultanate, causes and its effects on the Indian Society

Influence of Islam on Indian Culture, Role of Vaisnava revivalist movement, the social and religious significance of Chaitanya movement, the impact of Hindu Society on Muslim Social Life.

Vijaynagar Empire, origin and growth, contribution to art and culture, social and economic conditions, administration, etc.

Mughal Empire establishment in Northern India, Social and Political conditions at the time of Babur Invasion, Babur and Humayun, the establishment of Portuguese control in India, and its impact

Expansion of Mughal Empire under Akbar, the new concept of Monarchy, relation with non-Muslims, and Akbar’s religion-political outlook

Growth of regional languages and literature during this period

Development of Art and Culture

Nature of the Mughal State, Land Revenue Administration, the land structure and role of Zamindars, agrarian relations, the military organisation.

Aurangzeb’s expansion of the Mughal Empire and his religious policies, revolts against Aurangzeb

Growth of urban centers, foreign trade and commerce, the Mughals, and European trading companies.

Hindu-Muslim relations, composite culture 

Rise of Shivaji, conflict with Mughals, administration of Shivaji, expansion of Maratha power under the Peshwas, Maratha Political structure under the First three Peshwas, Chauth and Sardeshmukhi, Third Battle of Panipat, the emergence of Maratha confederacy and its structure and role. 

The disintegration of the Mughal Empire and the emergence of new regional states. 


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Section A Modern India- From 1757 to 1947

Historical forces and factors that led to the British invasion of India, with a focus on Bengal, Maharashtra, and Sind; Indian powers’ resistance and reasons for failure. The emergence of Hyder and Tipu, Mysore-Anglo Mysore and Mysore Nizam relations. Evolution of British Paramountcy over princely states, restoration of Odeyar rule at Mysore.

Economic Policies of the British and their impact such as Growth of Agriculture Labour, Rural Indebtedness, Destruction of handicraft industries, Commercialisation of Agriculture, Drain of wealth, activities of the Christian Missions, growth of modern industry and rise of a capitalist class.

Regeneration of Indian Society- Social, Religious, Political, and Economic ideas of the reformers of 19th century such as relating to caste movements in general with reference to South India and Maharashtra, Socio-Religious movements, tribal revolts, especially in Central and Eastern India. 

Revolt of 1857, Civil Rebellions and peasant revolts with special reference to Deccan riots, Indigo revolt, and Mappila Uprising.

Social Basis of Indian Nationalism, Rise, and growth of Indian National Movement, policies and programs of the early nationalist and militant nationalists, militant revolutionary group terrorists, Emergence of Gandhiji in Indian politics and his techniques of mass mobilisation, rise and growth of communalism, Non-Cooperation, Civil Disobedience and Quit India Movement, Trade Union and Peasants Movement, Rise and growth of Left-wing within the Congress- The Congress socialists, and Communists. British official response to the National Movement.The partition of India and Achievement of freedom. 

The Diwans of Mysore, Independence movement in Mysore and Mysore Congress, Quit India, State reorganisation Commission, Literary movement in Karnataka, Backward Class Movement, Havanur Report and its implications.

Section B World History- From 1500 to Present

Foundations of the Modern World, the legacy of classical antiquity and the middle ages, commercial revolution, failure of Spanish Empire, Westphalia as a turning point

The Age of Absolutism, the breakup of the feudal system, Louis XIV and Colbertism, the Ideal of Grand Monarchy, Failure of absolutism in England, Absolutism in Parssoa Austria, Commercial and Colonial rivalries and the European Wars, the war of the Spanish succession, the diplomatic revolution and the seven-year war, Partition of Poland, Absolutism in Eastern Europe, Peter the Great and Catherine-II.

The New Society, Mercantilism and Laissez-faire, the rise of the middle class, new trends in literature and arts, the scientific revolution, Newton, Descartes, Political thought of Hobbes and Lock, the widening horizon of Western Civilisation, contacts with the African, Asiatic and American Worlds.

The French Philosophers, the academies, and journals and the dissemination of knowledge, the character of enlightenment. 

The American and French Revolutions, their significance and message, the Vienna settlement and the age of reaction, Romantic revival, Hegel and German Idealism, The Victorian era in England, Bourgeois liberalism. 

The Industrial Revolution, Growth of factory system, revolutions of 1830/32 and 1848 Utopian-socialism, Karl Marx’s scientific socialism, working-class movements, and social legislations, Nationalism in Europe, Unification of Italy and Germany, Civil war in America, Colonialism in Afro-Asian countries, cases of China and Japan. The Ottoman empire.

Neo-Imperialism in Europe, the Eastern question, Partition of Africa, the formation of the Triple Alliance, the welding of Entente Europe in two camps.

The First World War, Paris peace conference, League of Nations, New trends in cultural fields, Darwin, Einstein and Froud, Philosophical Reflections of the theories of evolution, relativity and quantum mechanics, new trends in literature. 

The Russian Revolution, Socialism in one country, Fascism in Italy, Nazism in Germany, the Great Depression, milestones to the Second World War.

UNO Cold war, Afro-Asian resurgence, Detente, the Contemporary scene, Star Wars, Collapse of USSR and process of Globalisation.

Best Books for KPSC KAS exam

Those wishing to pass the KAS exam should be aware of the best books for preparation. Candidates can use the top KPSC KAS books to complete the curriculum in a timely manner. The test questions will be prepared using standard Karnataka Administrative Services texts such as Sparda Spoorthi and others. As a result, you should consult the toppers’ recommended list of finest KAS books for prelims and mains. Aspirants are advised to study the best literature in order to prepare thoroughly for the KAS exam.

Recommended History books for exam

  • NCERT Books of class (XI and XII )
  • History – Bipin Chandra for Indian History or any NCERT Books of class XI and XII, Samagra Bharatha by K. Sadashiv, and Karnataka History Handbook by Suryanath Kamath.
  • Indian Polity – PS Gangadhar, D.D. Basu.
  • Samagra Bharatha by K. Sadashiv
  • Karnataka History Handbook by Suryanath Kamath
  • Spectrum publication or Bipin Chandra (Indian)

Indian History syllabus – Summarised

  • Broad understanding of Cultural, Social, Political, and Economic aspects 
  • Special Emphasis on Karnataka State. 
  • Download NCERT Notes on Modern Indian History.
  • Focus on the Indian National Movement.

For the history syllabus, candidates can cover the general topics:

  • Notes on Ancient History
  • Notes on Medieval History
  • Notes on Art, Literature, Architecture, and Culture


This article provides information regarding the History syllabus for KPSC KAS 2022, including Indian and World History. For any queries, reach out to us at Oliveboard. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How many sections are there in the History Syllabus?

The History Syllabus contains Section A and B in both the Papers, i.e., Paper 1 and 2.

How many papers are there in the KPSC KAS exam?

There are a total of 9 papers in the KPSC KAS exam.

What is the procedure for checking the KPSC KAS syllabus?

You may find the syllabus for the KPSC KAS exam on the official website.

Is there a change in the Karnataka PSC KAS syllabus every year?

The KPSC KAS syllabus hasn’t changed in a long time, and it’s likely to stay the same with only minor alterations.