History Optional DAMP 3.0 (2022-23)

Daily Answer Writing & Mentorship Program 

Start Date: 5th December 2022
Delivery Mode: Online
Duration: 2 Months
Validity: Final date of the program + 15 days

Course Fee:
₹ 9,500 + GST
(New students)
₹ 7,500 + GST (All LevelUp IAS students)

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  • Comprehensive Thematic coverage of the entire syllabus in 2 months
  • 4 Questions Daily (2 Questions will be evaluated & discussion videos will be provided)
    (Other 2 are for self-practice)
  • Evaluation within 24 hours
  • Daily detailed thematic discussion video
  • 6 Tests (4 Sectional Tests & 2 Comprehensive Test)
  • Personalised handholding through regular zoom sessions

Structure of the Program:

  • Question will be released at 12.00 pm (Afternoon)
  • Answer can be uploaded till 12:00 pm (Next Day Afternoon)
  • Answer Discussion video will be released at 12:00 pm (Next Day Afternoon)
  • 5 Days a week

Why should you join this?

  • To hone answer writing skills
  • Guided revision of the complete optional in two months
  • Content enrichment through historiographical debates
  • To tune preparation to UPSC Mains requirement

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Schedule detailing: Complete Micro-Syllabus – Download

Micro Schedule

Week 1 – Ancient India
1 5 Dec Monday Archaeological sources: Exploration, excavation, epigraphy, numismatics, monuments, Literary sources: Indigenous: Primary and secondary; poetry, scientific; literature, literature, literature in regional; languages, religious literature foreign accounts: Greek, Chinese and Arab writers
2 6 Dec Tuesday Pre-history and Proto history: Geographical factors, Hunting and gathering (paleolithic and mesolithic), Beginning of agriculture (neolithic and chalcolithic), Indus Valley Civilization: Origin, date, extent, characteristics, decline, survival and significance, art and architecture
3 7 Dec Wednesday Indus Valley Civilization: Origin, date, extent, characteristics, decline, survival and significance, art and architecture Megalithic Cultures: Distribution of pastoral and farming cultures outside the Indus, Development of community life, Settlements, Development of agriculture, Crafts, Pottery, Iron industry
4 8 Dec Thursday Aryans and Vedic Period: Expansions of Aryans in India, Vedic Period: Religious and philosophic literature, Transformation from Rig Vedic period to the later Vedic period, Political, social, and economical life, Significance of the Vedic Age, Evolution of Monarchy and Varna system
5 9 Dec Friday Period of Mahajanapadas: Formation of States (Mahajanapada) : Republics and monarchies, Rise of urban centres, Trade routes, Economic growth, Introduction of coinage, Spread of Jainism and Buddhism, Rise of Magadha and Nanda, Iranian and Macedonian invasions and their impact
10 Dec Saturday
11 Dec Sunday
Week 2 – Ancient India
6 12 Dec Monday Mauryan Empire: Foundation of the Mauryan Empire, Chandragupta, Kautilya and Arthashastra, Ashoka, Concept of Dharma, Edicts, Polity, Administration, Economy, Art, Architecture and Sculpture, External contacts, Religion, Spread of religion, Literature, Disintegration of the empire, Sungas and Kanvas
7 13 Dec Tuesday Post – Mauryan Period (Indo-Greeks, Sakas, Kushanas, Western Kshatrapas): Contact with outside world, Growth of urban centres, economy, coinage, Development of religions, Mahayana, Social conditions, Art, architecture, culture, literature, and science

Early State and Society in Eastern India, Deccan, and South India: Kharavela, The Satavahanas, Tamil States of the Sangam Age, Sangam literature and culture

8 14 Dec Wednesday Early State and Society in Eastern India, Deccan, and South India: Administration, economy, land grants, coinage, trade guilds and urban centres; Buddhist centres, Art and architecture

Guptas, Vakatakas and Vardhanas: Polity and administration, Economic conditions, Coinage of the Guptas, Land grants, Decline of urban centres, Indian feudalism, Caste system, Position of women

9 15 Dec Thursday Guptas, Vakatakas and Vardhanas: Education and educational institutions; Nalanda, Vikramshilaa and Vallabhi, Literature, scientific literature, art, and architecture

Regional States during Gupta Era: The Kadambas, Pallavas, Chalukyas of Badami; Polity and Administration, Trade guilds, Literature; growth of Vaishnava and Saiva religions. Tamil Bhakit movement, Shankaracharya; Vedanta; Institutions of temple and temple architecture; Palas, Senas, Rashtrakutas, Paramaras, Polity and administration; Cultural aspects

10 16 Dec Friday Regional States during Gupta Era: Arab conquest of Sind; Alberuni, The Chaluky as of Kalyana, Cholas, Hoysalas, Pandyas; Polity and Administration; Local Government; Growth of art and architecture, religious sects, Institution of temple and Mathas, Agraharas, education and literature, economy, and society.

Themes in Early Indian Cultural History: Languages and texts, Major stages in the evolution of art and architecture, Major philosophical thinkers and schools, Ideas in Science and Mathematics

17Dec Saturday
18Dec Sunday Sectional Test 1: Ancient India
Week 3 – Medieval India
11 19 Dec Monday 13. Early Medieval India, 750-1200: Polity: Major political developments in Northern India and the peninsula, origin and the rise of Rajputs. The Cholas: administration, village economy and society

“Indian Feudalism”: Agrarian economy and urban settlements. Trade and commerce. Society: the status of the Brahman and the new social order. Condition of women. Indian science and technology.

12 20 Dec Tuesday 14. Cultural Traditions in India, 750-1200:

Philosophy: Skankaracharya and Vedanta, Ramanuja and Vishishtadvaita, Madhva and Brahma-Mimansa. Religion: Forms and features of religion, Tamil devotional cult, growth of Bhakti, Islam and its arrival in India, Sufism. Literature: Literature in Sanskrit, growth of Tamil literature, literature in the newly developing languages, Kalhan’s Rajtarangini, Alberuni’s India. Art and Architecture: Temple architecture, sculpture, painting.

13 21 Dec Wednesday 15. The Thirteenth Century:

Establishment of the Delhi Sultanate: The Ghurian invasions – factors behind Ghurian success. Economic, Social and cultural consequences. Foundation of Delhi Sultanate and early Turkish Sultans. Consolidation: The rule of Iltutmish and Balban.

16. The Fourteenth Century:

“The Khalji Revolution”. Alauddin Khalji: Conquests and territorial expansion, agrarian and economic measure.

14 22 Dec Thursday 16. The Fourteenth Century:

Muhammad Tughluq: Major projects, agrarian measures, bureaucracy of Muhammad Tughluq. Firuz Tugluq: Agrarian measures, achievements in civil engineering and public works, decline of the Sultanate, foreign contacts, and Ibn Battuta’s account.

17. Society, Culture and Economy in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries:

Society: composition of rural society, ruling classes, town dwellers, women, religious classes, caste and slavery under the Sultanate, Bhakti movement, Sufi movement. Culture: Persian literature, literature in the regional languages of North India, literaute in the languages of South India, Sultanate architecture and new structural forms, painting, evolution of a composite culture. Economy: Agricultural Production, rise of urban economy and non-agricultural production, trade, and commerce.

15 23 Dec Friday 18.The Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Century-Political Developments and Economy: Rise of Provincial Dynasties: Bengal, Kashmir (Zainul Abedin), Gujarat. Malwa, Bahmanids. The Vijayanagara Empire. Lodis. Mughal Empire, first phase: Babur, Humayun. The Sur Empire: Sher Shah’s administration. Portuguese colonial enterprise, Bhakti and Sufi Movements.
24Dec Saturday
25Dec Sunday
Week 4 – Medieval India
16 26 Dec Monday The Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Century- Society and culture:

Regional cultures specificities. Literary traditions. Provincial architectural. Society, culture, literature, and the arts in Vijayanagara Empire.

Akbar: Conquests and consolidation of empire. Establishment of jagir and mansab systems. Rajput policy.

17 27 Dec Tuesday Akbar: Evolution of religious and social outlook. Theory of Sulh-i-kul and religious policy. Court patronage of art and technology.

Mughal Empire in the Seventeenth Century: Major administrative policies of Jahangir, Shahjahan, and Aurangzeb. The Empire and the Zamindars. Religious policies of Jahangir, Shahjahan, and Aurangzeb.

18 28 Dec Wednesday Mughal Empire in the Seventeenth Century:

Nature of the Mughal State. Late Seventeenth Century crisis and the revolts. The Ahom kingdom. Shivaji and the early Maratha Kingdom

Economy and society, in the 16th and 17th Centuries:  Population Agricultural and craft production. Towns, commerce with Europe through Dutch, English and French companies: a trade revolution.

19 29 Dec Thursday Economy and society, in the 16th and 17th Centuries:

Indian mercantile classes. Banking, insurance, and credit systems. Conditions of peasants, Condition of Women. Evolution of the Sikh community and the Khalsa Panth.

Culture during Mughal Empire:

Persian histories and other literature. Hindi and religious literatures. Mughal architecture. Mughal painting. Provincial architecture and painting. Classical music. Science and technology.

20 30 Dec Friday The Eighteenth Century:

Factors for the decline of the Mughal Empire. The regional principalities: Nizam’s Deccan, Bengal, Awadh. Maratha ascendancy under the Peshwas. The Maratha fiscal and financial system. Emergence of Afghan power Battle of Panipat, 1761. State of, political, cultural, and economic, on eve of the British conquest.

31Dec Saturday
1 Jan Sunday Sectional Test 2: Medieval India
Week 5 – Modern India
21 2 Jan Monday European Penetration into India:

The Early European Settlements; The Portuguese and the Dutch; The English and the French East India Companies; Their struggle for supremacy; Carnatic Wars; Bengal-The conflict between the English and the Nawabs of Bengal; Siraj and the English; The Battle of Plassey; Significance of Plassey.

British Expansion in India:

Bengal-Mir Jafar and Mir Kasim; The Battle of Buxar; Mysore; The Marathas; The three Anglo-Maratha Wars; The Punjab.

22 3 Jan Tuesday Early Structure of the British Raj:

The Early administrative structure; From diarchy to direct contol; The Regulating Act (1773); The Pitt’s India Act (1784); The Charter Act (1833); The Voice of free trade and the changing character of British colonial rule; The English utilitarian and India.

Economic Impact of British Colonial Rule:

(a) Land revenue settlements in British India; The Permanent Settlement; Ryotwari Settlement; Mahalwari Settlement; Economic impact of the revenue arrangements; Commercialization of agriculture; Rise of landless agrarian labourers; Impoverishment of the rural society.

23 4 Jan Wednesday Economic Impact of British Colonial Rule:

(b) Dislocation of traditional trade and commerce; De-industrialisation; Decline of traditional crafts; Drain of wealth; Economic transformation of India; Railroad and communication network including telegraph and postal services; Famine and poverty in the rural interior; European business enterprise and its limitations.

Social and Cultural Developments:

The state of indigenous education, its dislocation; Orientalist-Anglicist controversy, The introduction of western education in India; The rise of press, literature, and public opinion; The rise of modern vernacular literature; Progress of Science; Christian missionary activities in India.

24 5 Jan Thursday Social and Religious Reform Movements in Bengal and Other Areas: Ram Mohan Roy, The Brahmo Movement; Devendranath Tagore; Iswarchandra Vidyasagar; The Young Bengal Movement; Dayanada Saraswati; The social reform movements in India including Sati, widow remarriage, child marriage etc.; The contribution of Indian renaissance to the growth of modern India; Islamic revivalism-the Feraizi and Wahabi Movements.

Indian Response to British Rule: Peasant movement and tribal uprisings in the 18th and 19th centuries including the Rangpur Dhing (1783), the Kol Rebellion (1832), the Mopla Rebellion in Malabar (1841-1920), the Santal Hul (1855), Indigo Rebellion (1859-60), Deccan Uprising (1875) and the Munda Ulgulan (1899-1900)

25 6 Jan Friday Indian Response to British Rule:

The Great Revolt of 1857 —Origin, character, casuses of failure, the consequences; The shift in the character of peasant uprisings in the post-1857 period; the peasant movements of the 1920s and 1930s.

Factors leading to the birth of Indian Nationalism; Politics of Association; The Foundation of the Indian National Congress; The Safety-valve thesis relating to the birth of the Congress; Programme and objectives of Early Congress; the social composition of early Congress leadership; the Moderates and Extremists; The Partition of Bengal (1905); The Swadeshi Movement in Bengal; the economic and political aspects of Swadeshi Movement; The beginning of revolutionary extremism in India.

7 Jan Saturday
8 Jan Sunday
Week 6 – Modern India
26 9 Jan Monday Rise of Gandhi; Character of Gandhian nationalism; Gandhi’s popular appeal; Rowlett Satyagraha; the Khilafat Movement; the Non-cooperation Movement; National politics from the end of the Non-cooperation movement to the beginning of the Civil Disobedience Movement; the two phases of the Civil Disobedience Movement; Simon Commission; The Nehru Report; the Round Table Conferences;
27 10 Jan Tuesday Nationalism and the Peasant Movements; Nationalism and Working-class movements; Women and Indian youth and students in Indian politics (1885-1947); the election of 1937 and the formation of ministries; Cripps Mission; the Quit India Movement; the Wavell Plan; The Cabinet Mission.

Constitutional Developments in the Colonial India between 1858 and 1935.

28 11 Jan Wednesday Other strands in the National Movement: The Revolutionaries: Bengal, the Punjab, Maharashtra, U.P. the Madras Presidency, Outside India. The Left; The Left within the Congress: Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose, the Congress Socialist Party; the Communist Party of India, other left parties.

Politics of Separatism; the Muslim League; the Hindu Mahasabha; Communalism and the politics of partition; Transfer of power; Independence.

29 12 Jan Thursday Consolidation as a Nation; Nehru’s Foreign Policy; India and her neighbours (1947-1964); The linguistic reorganisation of States (1935-1947); Regionalism and regional inequality; Integration of Princely States; Princes in electoral politics; the Question of National Language.

Caste and Ethnicity after 1947; Backward Castes and Tribes in post-colonial electoral politics; Dalit movements.

30 13 Jan Friday Economic development and political change; Land reforms; the politics of planning and rural reconstruction; Ecology and environmental policy in post-colonial India; Progress of Science.

Ecology and environmental policy in post-colonial India; Progress of Science.

14Jan Saturday
15Jan Sunday Sectional Test 3: Modern India
Week 7 – World History
31 16 Jan Monday Enlightenment and Modern ideas: (i) Major Ideas of Enlightenment: Kant, Rousseau. (ii) Spread of Enlightenment in the colonies. (iii) Rise of socialist ideas (up to Marx); spread of Marxian Socialism.
32 17 Jan Tuesday Origins of Modern Politics: (i) European States System. (ii) American Revolution and the Constitution. (iv) American Civil War with reference to Abraham Lincoln and the abolition of slavery. (iii) French Revolution and Aftermath, 1789-1815. (v) British Democratic politics, 1815-1850: Parliamentary Reformers, Free Traders, Chartists.
33 18 Jan Wednesday Industrialization: (i) English Industrial Revolution: Causes and Impact on Society. (ii) Industrialization in other countries: USA, Germany, Russia, Japan. (iii) Industrialization and Globalization.

Nation-State System: (i) Rise of Nationalism in 19th century.  (ii) Nationalism: State-building in Germany and Italy.  (iii) Disintegration of Empires in the face of the emergence of nationalities across the World.

34 19 Jan Thursday Imperialism and Colonialism: (i) South and South-East Asia. (ii) Latin America and South Africa. (iii) Australia.  (iv) Imperialism and free trade: Rise of neo-imperialism.
35 20 Jan Friday Revolution and Counter-Revolution: (i) 19th Century European revolutions. (ii) The Russian Revolution of 1917-1921. (iii) Fascist Counter-Revolution, Italy, and Germany. (iv) The Chinese Revolution of 1949.
21 Jan Saturday
22 Jan Sunday
Week 8 – World History
36 23 Jan Monday World Wars: (i) 1st and 2nd World Wars as Total Wars: Societal implications. (ii) World War I: Causes and Consequences. (iii) World War II: Causes and Consequences.
37 24 Jan Tuesday The World after World War II: (i) Emergence of Two power blocs. (ii) Emergence of Third World and non-alignment. (iii) UNO and the global disputes.
38 25 Jan Wednesday Liberation from Colonial Rule: (i) Latin America-Bolivar. (ii) Arab World-Egypt. (iii) Africa-Apartheid to Democracy. (iv) South-East Asia-Vietnam.
39 26 Jan Thursday Decolonization and Underdevelopment: (i) Factors constraining Development; Latin America, Africa.

Unification of Europe: (i) Post War Foundations; NATO and European Community. (ii) Consolidation and Expansion of European Community (iii) European Union.

40 27 Jan Friday Disintegration of Soviet Union and the Rise of the Unipolar World: (i) Factors leading to the collapse of Soviet Communism and Soviet Union, 1985-1991. (ii) Political Changes in East Europe 1989-2001. (iii) End of the Cold War and US Ascendancy in the World as the lone superpower.
28 Jan Saturday
29 Jan Sunday Sectional Test 4: World History


Comprehensive Tests (Exact dates to be announced later)

  • Paper I – Ancient and Medieval India
  • Paper II – Modern India and World History

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