NIOS SYLLABUS HISTORY


NIOS
Subject Name:History
Subject Code No. 315
Introduction
History revolves round the story of Human civilization through the ages. It is not just the history of
kings or emperors but its subject matter is very vast ranging from political aspect to social, economic,
religious, cultural aspects of human civilization. Ancient influences have helped spawn variant
interpretations of the nature of history which have evolved over the centuries and continue to change
today. The modern study of history is wide-ranging, and includes the study of specific regions and
the study of certain topical or thematical elements of historical investigation. Often history is taught
as part of primary and secondary education, and the academic study of history is a major discipline in
university studies.
Rationale
History is the scientific study of human society at any given point of time and its evolution through theages. It occupies an important place in the school curriculum. It is taught as a general subject forming a part of Social Science both at the Middle and the Secondary Stages. At the Middle Stage the entire span of Indian History is covered, while at the Secondary Stage, the landmarks in the development of human society are taught.At the Senior Secondary Stage, the main thrust of History is to bridge the gap between the presence of change-oriented technologies of today and the continuity of our cultural traditions. This shall ensure
that the coming generation will represent the fine synthesis between change and continuity. It is,
therefore, deemed essential to take up the entire Indian History from the Ancient to the Modem
period for Senior Secondary Stage.
Objectives
After completing this course, the learner will be able to:
 trace the major stages in the evolution of Indian society through the ages;
 identify the historical forces responsible for the evolution of Indian society in the Ancient, Medieval and Modern times;
 develop an appreciation of the diverse cultural and social systems of the people living in different
parts of the country;
 analyze the legitimate pride in the achievements of Indian people in different ages and in different
parts of the country;
 describe the process of change which evolved as a result of interaction with other cultures;
 recognize that the Indian culture is a result of a synthesis of different cultures;
 sensitise younger generation to prejudices and complexes transmitted from the biased
interpretation of History, the social environment and the accident of birth;
 reconstruct the contribution of people in the making of the national heritage;
 identify the contemporary problems of India in historical perspective so as to develop an
enlightened citizenship for active participation in the establishment of a just social order; and
 develop the scientific temper and objectivity to the study of India’s past in order to relate it to the
present.
Scope and job opportunity
This field has a large number of opportunities for employment, some of these are:
Heritage manager: A heritage manager is responsible for the conservation and management of heritage sites like historic buildings, landscapes, museums, ancient monuments and other properties.Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer: A historic buildings inspector or conservation officer advises and promotes the conservation of the historic environment, particularly in the areas of longterm care, preservation and enhancement.Museum education officers: Museum education officers aim to deliver high quality and dynamic
programmes of learning and participation. They ensure that the collections in a museum act as a
learning resource for all ages. They can work both within galleries and museums and also in a
community context.

Museum or gallery curator: A museum or gallery curator manages collections of artifacts or works of art. This includes dealing with the acquisition, care and display of items with the aim of informing and educating the public.Museum/gallery exhibitions officer: A museum/gallery exhibitions officer is responsible for planning,developing, organising, marketing, administering, producing, buying/sourcing and maintaining individual permanent or travelling exhibitions.

Archaeologist: Archaeologist examines ancient sites and objects to learn about the past. The aim of
the role is to record, interpret and preserve archaeological remain for future generations.School teacher: Teachers support, observe and record the progress of their class. They also plan
lessons in line with national objectives, with the aim of ensuring a healthy culture of learning.

Eligibility condition
Age: 15 Years
Qualification: 10th pass

Medium of instruction: Hindi, English, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati and Odia mediums.

Duration of the course: 1 year

Weightage
Theory: 100 Marks
Tutor Mark Assignment (TMA): 20% Marks of the theory
Scheme of studies: Theory (240 hours), TMA (self paced)
Scheme of evaluation: Theory paper 100 marks (3 hours) , internal assessment (TMA) - 20% of
theory marks(self paced)
Pass criteria: 33% marks in theory

Course content

1.Module-I
Ancient India
1. Understanding Indian
History
2. The Geographical
settings of India and
Pre-historic cultures of
India
3. The Harappan
Civilization
4. The Vedic Age
5. From Janpadas to
Empire
6. Post Maurya
Developments
7. Guptas and their
Successors upto AD
750
8. India Between AD
750-1200

2.Module-II
Medieval India
9. Establishment and
expansion of the
Delhi Sultanate
10. Establishment of
Mughal Rule
11. Emergence of the
regional states
12. Administrative system
of Institutions
13. Economy of Medieval
India
14. Cultural
Developments in
Medieval India
15. Understanding the
18th Century

3.Module-III
Modern India
16. Establishment of
British rule in India till
1857
17. Economic changes
18. Social changes
19. Popular resistance to
company rule

4.Module-IV
India National movement
and Contemporary India
20. Nationalism
21. National Movement
and Indian
Democracy

5.Module-V
20th Century World
22. Legacy of 19th
century
23. World War I and the
Russian Revolution
24. The Inter War Period
and The Second
World War
25. Cold War and its
Effects
26. National Liberation
Movements
27. Social Transformation
in the Twentieth
Century
28. Changes in the
Twentieth Century

6.Module-VI A*
Evolution of state in
India Prerequisite
Knowledge
29.Towards the formation
of state
30. Early States
31. Medieval States
32. Colonial State

6.Module-VI B*
Culture in India
29. Contemporary
Cultural Situation
30. Cultural Production
31. Cultural
Communication

*Note: Learner has to choose one Module from VI A or VI B

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