WBPSC WBCS History Optional Books: List of Important Books for Mains Exam

By Avijit Dey|Updated : May 24th, 2022

WBPSC WBCS History Optional Books: In this article, we will discuss the important books and preparation tips WBCS History Optional. Understanding the books for WBCS History Optional is very necessary to clear the WBPSC WBCS Exam.  All the aspirants who are preparing for the WBCS exam must be aware of all the important books that will help them in qualifying the exam. To help you crack the exam, we present the most important books for WBCS History optional aspirants. We will help you score better if these books are covered for each section.

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WBCS Exam is conducted by WBPSC every year. There are twelve units in Paper 1 and sixteen units in Paper 2 in WBCS History optional Syllabus. Each unit has equal weightage in the examination. Most Important Topics in  WBCS History Optional Books are - Harappan Civilization, Mauryan-Kushan-Gupta Period, Major political Movements during 13th to 15th centuries, European penetration and rise of British period in India, Growth of Nationalism, Gandhian Era, History of Indian Condition, World History.

Why Are These Books Suitable For The Preparation Of The WBCS History Optional 

The candidates can check the points given below to acknowledge the reason why and how the books mentioned above can help them in their preparation for the WBCS Exam.

  • These books contain concepts and details in a very effective learning method, so students will understand them completely and deeply.
  • The information in these books is genuine and reliable.
  • The topic presentation is very detailed and comprehensive

List Of Ancient Indian History Books For WBCS

  • A.L.Basham-The Wonder that was India

Ancient India (NCERT) -Prof. R.S. Sharma

  • Ancient Indian History-V.D.Mahajan
  • প্রাচীন ভারতের ইতিহাস-দিলিপ কুমার গাঙ্গুলি(বাংলা মাধ্যম) 

 Read More : WBCS History Optional Preparation Tips

List Of Medieval Indian History Books For WBCS 

  • Medieval Indian History-V.D.Mahajan
  • মধ্যযুগের ভারতের ইতিহাস-অনিরুদ্ধ রায়(বাংলা মাধ্যম)

Medieval India (Macmillan) -Satish Chandra

Medieval India (NCERT) -Satish Chandra

List Of Modern Indian History Books For WBCS

Modern India (Macmillan) -Sumit Sarkar

  • Modern Indian History-Sekhar Bandyopadhyay

Modern India (NCERT) -Bipan Chandra

  • আধুনিক ভারতের ইতিহাস-সমর কুমার মল্লিক (বাংলা মাধ্যম)
  • Contemporary World History(NCERT Arjun Dev
  • World History-Norman Lowe(English Version),

Preparation Tips for Upcoming WBCS History Optional Mains Exam

  • Check the full syllabus and examination pattern of WBCS Exam thoroughly
  • Start preparing for the exam with a time schedule
  • Practice with the previous year’s question papers and their solution
  • Keep revision of all topics from the topics on a daily basis
  • Check your progress with mock tests
  • Study carefully and maintain your health.

These are the books followed by the students who attempted the WBCS History optional books. it's high time to give your preparation  that it needs by revising from the course books of History. This article is specially prepared for the aspirants who are going to appear for the WBPSC WBCS Exam.

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  • History is one of the popular subject of WBCS Optional. As aspirants have to cover History in Preliminary and  Compulsory Main  paper, it is easy to cover. And success ratio is also high in this subject.

  • In this blog we discussed already .Check it.

  • Your Hons. subject will be the best for you if you have enough confidence on it. Else History, Psychology, Anthropology, Geography etc. are mostly opted subjects for WBCS.

  • Yes. History is important part of WBCS Preliminary and WBCS Main Compulsory paper.

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