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Ancient India
Indus Valley Civilisation: Archeology of India - D.P. Aggarwal.
Vedic Age: Political and Social Institutions of Ancient India - R. S.Sharma.
Religion and Culture: Wonder that was India - A.L. Basam.
Pre Maurya: Material, Culture and Social formation in Ancient India -R..S. Sharma.
Mauryas: Ashoka and Decline of the Maurya - Romila Thapar.
Guptas: S.R Goyal.
South Indian history: K Nilkantha Sastri or M.A. History of Annamalai University--correspondence notes.
Guptas and Harsha: Harsha, a Political Study - Devahuti
IGNOU Booklets on Ancient India

* Medieval India

For Delhi Sultanate: (.Comprehensive History of the Sultanate - K.A.Nizami
Mughals: Foundation of Muslim Rule in India - A. B. M. Habibulah
Art, Culture and Religion: Wonder that was India, Vol II - S. A. A. Rizvi.
Social life and Cultural life of both Delhi Sultanate and Mughal India:An Advanced Study of Medieval India. Vol III - J.L. Mehta
Sources of History: Gazetteer of India, Vol. II and Rau's Study Material.
Shivaji: Gazetteer of India- Vol II. + Medieval India - Satish Chandra
Feudal period: Feudalism in India - R.S. Sharma.
Some aspects of Medieval History - U. N. Dey
IGNOU Booklets on Medieval India

* Modern India
A New look into the Modern Indian History - Grover and Grover.
Economic History of British India: Gazetteer of India, Vol. II. + Economic History of India - Sardesai
Freedom Struggle - Bipan Chandra and others.
Tribal Movement, Peasant Movement, Swadeshi Movement: Modern India: 1885-1947 - Sumit Sarkar
. IGNOU Booklets on Modren India

* World History:
European History - L. Mukherjee
Europe since Napolean - David Thompson.
World Civilisation - Vol. II, and starting part of Vol. Ill of Burns and Burns

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Compulsory reading

1. What is History    E.H. Carr
2. Historian's Craft    Marc Block
3. The Past and the present     Lawrence Stone
    Having read these books, you can confidently move for Interview.

Additional reading

Ancient India
1. Ancient India (NCERT)     Prof. R.S. Sharma
2. The Wonder That was India     A.L. Basham
3. Ancient India - An Introductory Outline     D.N. Jha
4. History of India, Vol. I    Romila Thapar
5. Aspects of Political Ideas and Institutions in Ancient India
    R.S. Sharma (only Conclusion)
6. Material culture & Social Formation in Ancient India     R.S. Sharma
7. Indian Feudalism    R.S. Sharma
8. Ashoka & Decline of the Maurya    Romila Thapar
9. A History of South India    K.A. Nilkantha Sastri
10Ancient India and Indian Archaeology    Archaeological Survey of India
Medieval India
1. Medieval India (NCERT)    Satish Chandra
2. Medieval India (Macmillan)    Satish Chandra
3.The Wonder That was India (Vol.2)    S.A.A. Rizvi
4.The Agrarian System of Mughal India 1556-1707    Irfan Habib   
5.The Mughal Empire    J.F. Richards
6.Urban Dynamics    H.C. Verma
7.The Marathas    Gordon
Modern India
1.Modern India (NCERT)    Bipan Chandra
2.Modern India (Macmillan)    Sumit Sarkar
3.Anatomy of the Raj (PPH)    Suhash Chakravarty
4.The Raj Syndrome (Penguins)    Suhash Chakravarty
5.VAID's Fundamentals of History Series
    a.Administrative History     Pravin Kumar
    b.Constitutional History     Pravin Kumar
    c.Social History    Pravin Kumar
    d.Freedom Struggle    Pravin Kumar
6.Peasant Movements in India    D.N. Dhanagare
7.India's Struggle for Independence    Bipan Chandra and others
8.Gandhi    B.R. Nanda
9.Gandhi    Judith Brown
10. Freedom Struggle (NbT)    Bipan Chandra & others
World History
1.The story of Civilization, Vol. 2 (NCERT)    Arjun Dev
2.Contemporary World History (NCERT)    Arjun Dev & others
3.The Mainstream of Civilization    Strayer, Gatzke & Harbison
4.Western Civilizations    Burns & others
5.Industry & Empire    E.J. Hobsbawm
6.Age of Revolution    E.J. Hobsbawm
7.Age of Capital    E.J. Hobsbawm
8.Age of Empires    E.J. Hobsbawm
9.Social basis of Democracy & Dictatorship    B.J. Moore
10.Europe Since Napoleon    David Thompson
11.Europe Since 1815    W.C. Craig
12.Europe Since 1870    James Joll.

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