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How to study medieval/ancient india and related culture for prelims ?

edited July 2014 in SSC
I have ncert ancient and medieval india. But most of it are facts which would be more useful for optional guys (i guess so). And it wont even be useful for mains.

So please guide me how to approach medieval and ancient india part for prelims and the related culture part too.

Thanks in advance.


  • edited July 2014
    Focus on the socio-cultural and economic (limited) life of the Indus Valley Civilization, the Vedic Period, the Mahajanapadas, the Mauryans, and the different empires both in the North and South. Gupta period is important, so are the Satvahanas, the Cholas (Sangam and Imperial) and rise of Rajputs. Brief history of Delhi Sultanate- only the art, architecture, literature and other socio-cultural influences. The Sufi and Bhakti movements- both in North and South- should be done sincerely, so should the art, architecture, literature and cultural policies of the Moghuls.

    @Hercules - fancy name, mate. :)
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