How To Prepare History Optional For WBCS Main Exam; Check History Books Here

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Jan 2, 2021

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January 2, 2021: West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) conducts this West Bengal Civil Service (WBCS) Exams to recruit eligible candidates for the posts of Group A officers under the West Bengal Provincial Civil Services. Recently, WBPSC released a WBCS 2021 notification, stating that the online application will commence from December 24, onwards and the candidates can apply for the WBCS 2021 Exam till January 15, 2021. The WBCS 2021 exam will be conducted in 3 stages, i.e Prelims, Mains, and Personality tests.

Most of the examinees choose History as an optional subject in the WBCS Mains Exam. As far as WBCS is concerned, History is a very important subject as it gets covered in the WBCS Prelims as well as in the general studies papers of WBCS Mains. If you're planning to take the WBCS 2021 Exam, then you cannot get by without studying History. Go through the article below to know how to prepare for History (Optional) for WBCS Mains Exam.

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WBCS Mains Exam: Why is History Important? 

The General Studies I paper consists of the Indian History with the special emphasis on National Movement Geography of India concerning West Bengal and syllabi from World History, Art & Architecture, and Modern History. Historical information is required to analyze the political issues, social issues, and economical issues of our country. Moreover, 40% of the syllabus gets covered in the general studies papers. 

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WBCS Mains Exam: How to prepare for History Optional 

There's a vast syllabus in History and that's why we need to select appropriate books for reference and follow those books regularly. Go through the tips below to prepare for History Optional subject. 

  • Select a few good books and follow those religiously 
  • Use study resources such as supplementary materials to cover more syllabus and enhance your knowledge 
  • Make notes and revise them daily 
  • Make a timeline for historical dates, so that it will be easier to remember 
  • Revise previous years question papers for more information and gather more knowledge 
  • Enrich your answer writing skills by following these tips daily 

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WBCS Mains Exam: Logical Facts about History Optional 

The syllabus of the optional subjects that are included by WBCS is equally vast and comprehensive. Also, WBCS doesn't discriminate among other subjects. Optional subjects including History, Public Administration, Geography, Sociology, etc have a well-defined syllabus. Go through the logical facts given below for history optional. 

  • Analysis of the questions asked in the paper is more important 
  • Write answers that have good conceptual clarity, analytical capability, and developmental clarity 
  • Give relevant answers to the questions asked 
  • The marking scheme of the WBCS Mains exam is purely based on the performance of the examinee
  • Optional subjects don't determine the good marks of the candidate 

WBCS Mains Exam: Books for History Optional 

Ancient India Books  Medieval India Books  Modern India Books  World History Books 
Ancient India – An Introductory Outline -D.N. Jha  A History of South India -K.A. Nilkantha Sastri  Freedom Struggle -Pravin Kumar The social basis of Democracy & Dictatorship -B.J. Moore 
Ancient India (NCERT) -Prof. R.S. Sharma Ashoka & Decline of the Maurya -Romila Thapar Administrative History -Pravin Kumar Age of Capital -E.J. Hobsbawm 
Aspects of Political Ideas and Institutions in Ancient India  Medieval India (Macmillan) -Satish Chandra  Gandhi -B.R. Nanda  Europe Since Napoleon -David Thompson
History of India, Vol. -I Romila Thapar  Indian Feudalism -R.S. Sharma  India’s Struggle for Independence -Bipan Chandra  Contemporary World History (NCERT) -Arjun Dev 
The Wonder That was India -A.L. Basham Material culture & Social Formation in Ancient India -R.S. Sharma Freedom Struggle (NbT) -Bipan Chandra & others Europe Since 1815 -W.C. Craig

WBCS Mains Exam: Positive Aspects of History Optional 

  • A major positive aspect of History optional is marked by the absence of technicalities 
  • Unlike Geography, Public Administration, History doesn't have a lot of concept with full-fledged theories 
  • History is the only subject that has 90% content in GS (Mains + Prelims) 
  • So logically, if an examinee doesn't have History Optional about 90%, even then he has to study history optional 

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.