History for CDS & Defence Exams

By : Naveen Singh

Updated : Dec 4, 2020, 21:18

To excel in defence exams, you need to have a strong grasp of every subject. One of the most important subjects in defence exams is history. History questions are asked in all the defence exams such as NDA, CDS, CRPF, CAPF, SSB, and many other exams. History is a vast subject that is periodized into three categories: ancient, medieval, and modern history. Any defence job aspirant has to practice as many history test papers as possible since history is a vast subject covering innumerable dates and persons. So, you need to practice history quizzes so that you don't get confused while attempting a question. 

History questions are a part of the general knowledge and general awareness sections in defence exams and other competitive exams. A significant amount of questions are dedicated to this section in every exam. Hence, if you get a good grasp on history quiz questions, then it will increase your overall score and you can utilize your time to solve other tricky questions. To ease your preparation level, BYJU'S Exam Prep has collated all the topics for history quizzes for defense exams to build up your accuracy and get you acquainted with every period of history. Practice history questions for defence exams through BYJU'S Exam Prep's online test series, mock tests, and quizzes with answers.

Important History topics in Defence Exams



The Periodisation of Indian Prehistory

The Early Iron Age related concepts

Ancient Indian History

Indus Valley Civilisation, Vedic Texts, Religious movements, Mauryas and their administration, Sangam Texts, Gupta Empire, Hindu Samskaras

Medieval Indian History

Dynasties of North India and South India, Temple Administrations, Islam and its origin, Delhi Sultanate and following rulers, Invasion by Ghori, Lodhi Dynasty, Vijayanagara Empire, Mughals, Marathas

Modern Indian History-I

Carnatic Wars, Anglo-Maratha Wars, Anti-Sikh Riots, East India Company, Drain Theory, Agriculture and its commercialization, Western Education- introduction, and impacts


Reforms, Revolt of 1857, INC, Moderates and Extremists, Economic Nationalism, Home Rule Movement, Khilafat and Non-Cooperation, Civil Disobedience, Quit India and other movements and leaders

Partition and Post Independence

Rise of Muslim league, Partition, Indian Constituent Assembly, Nehruvian Vision, Agrarian Reforms and Industrialisation, Policies, UNO and its role

Tips to prepare History Questions for Defence Exams:

  1. It is important to write down the facts with the timeline to remember. Try creating memory cards and revise them regularly.
  2. History is a vast subject, and it also forms a very crucial part of the syllabus. It is advisable to devote small chunks of time everyday to different sets of topics for its preparation.
  3. Try to recollect the timeline while attempting questions. This way, you will have gone over the timeline multiple times in your head and will not go wrong.

Recommended Books for History for Defence Exams:

It is very important to follow a book which helps to memorize facts by stating them clearly and in a timeline. The table given below contains a list of recommended books that will help aspirants to spend less time collecting points and more time memorizing and visualizing.



UPSC Portal Indian History for Civil Services Preliminary Examinations

UPSC portal Publications

Indian History and Indian National Movement for Civil Services 2020

Sark Publications

Modern Indian History: Civil Services Examination

Next IAS Team

A New Look at Modern Indian History

S. Chand and Co Ltd.

Why prepare History from BYJU'S Exam Prep?

History is a very important portion of the syllabus of Defence exams. Many times, students waste a lot of time collecting notes from standard verified sources. BYJU'S Exam Prep provides History study materials collected from authoritative sources like NCERT textbooks, History Books, and previous years’ question papers. The history notes provided by BYJU'S Exam Prep are enormous and cover all the topics from the syllabus. The notes are also segregated according to the different topics and arranged in the order in which they took place in time. This makes it easier for students to go through them.

History Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What are the effective methods of revision?

Revision forms a very significant part of the strategy of covering the history syllabus on time. BYJU'S Exam Prep provides free revision videos on its Youtube channel for aspirants.

2. Where can I get help to develop a strategy to complete the history syllabus?

BYJU'S Exam Prep has a meticulously selected team of mentors to help aspirants in their preparation. The mentors provide tips to develop a strategy for covering the syllabus on time, with intervals of revisions.

3. What are the good sources of study material for history?

There is a plethora of study material available for History syllabus preparation. It is worthwhile to spend some time, speculating the selection of the study material. While the traditional sources include NCERT textbooks, History books, and previous years’ practice sets, BYJU'S Exam Prep has already created a standardized study material using the verified sources

4. How long will it take for me to cover the whole syllabus?

The syllabus of history is vast and should be prepared thoroughly. It is apt to say that it can take more than a year to complete the syllabus, but it is possible to cover the main topics with help from experienced mentors in 6 months.

5. Can online sources help me to study history or are conventional methods better?

The conventional methods of retaining information are the key. Writing down the facts is very important for one to remember them. But one should make maximum use of the available and new methods. Online sites like BYJU'S Exam Prep provide videos that can be watched while commuting, thus helping you make the most of your time.