Syllabus for History (Pass) -[WBSSC]

Syllabus for Assistant Teachers Recruitment examination of West Bengal School Service Commission History (Pass)



I. Feature of the Indus Valley Civilization –decline of the Indus Valley Civilization – the Vedic Civilization – Sodas’a mahajanapadas – Buddhism and Jainism - The rise and fall of the Maurya Empire : Asoka’s Dhamma – Imperial Guptas – Palas and Senas of Bengal.


II. The establishment of the Delhi Sultanate - The Slave dynasty – the Khilji and Tughluq Rulers – The administrative structure under the Sultanate – The Vijayanagar Empire.


III. Disintegration of the Sultanate – Babar – the importance of his invasion of India – Mughal – Afghan contest and Sher Shah Suri – Consolidation of the Mughal empire under Akbar – Territorial expansion under Akbar.


IV. An overview of the reigns of Jahangir and Shahjahan – Aurangzeb’s expansionist policies – conflict with the Marathas – Shivaji – Aurangzeb and the disintegration of the Mughal empire.


V. Battles of Palasi and Buxer and the establishment of the Company’s rule in Bengal – The Transfer of Diwani and its impact in Bengal – British expansion: Mysore and Maharastra – subsidiary alliance – the doctrine of lapse –annexation of the Punjab.


VI. Early resistance to the British rule-Wahabi and Farazi movements – Santal Rebellion – The Revolt of 1857; Western Education and social reform-Rammohan Ray, Young Bengal & Vidyasagar: Early stages of Indian nationalism – pre- Congress associations – foundation of the Congress – the nature of the early Congress.


VII. The rise of Extremism in Indian Politics – Anti partition and Swadeshi movement: Gandhi and Indian nationalism – Non- co – operation, Civil Disobedience, Quit India Movement: Muslim League and the demand for Pakistan – Partition and Independence.


VIII. The French Revolution of 1789 – the Reign of Terror: Robespierre – the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte – Napoleon’s internal reconstruction – Napoleon and Europe : Expansion and collapse of the Napoleonic empire.


IX. The Vienna Congress (1815) – The Metternich System – The Revolutions of 1830- 1848: the unification of Germany and Italy.


X. Colonialism and the Scramble for Africa – Germany’s Welt Politik – Triple alliance and Triple Entente – the origins of the First World War – Peace settlement of 1919.