WBPSC WBCS History Optional Preparation Tips and Strategy

By Sumit Mazumder|Updated : May 12th, 2022

WBPSC WBCS History Optional Preparation Tips and Strategy: In this article, we will discuss the strategy, syllabus, strategy, important books, study plan vigorously to crack WBCS History optional 2022 exam in detail.

The article covers the area to focus on Ancient India, Medieval India, and Modern India as well as on how to create history timelines for the WBPSC WBCS mains exam preparation.

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Key Points for WBCS History Optional

The first thing to do to crack WBCS History Optional in History is to keep the WBCS History Optional Syllabus with you. Read the syllabus again and again till every word of it is internalized.

  • Second, identify the are areas that are scoring and from which PSC is asking questions again and again.
  • Identify your strength and weaknesses in History. For example- Modern India is a very scoring part of History. Therefore, do not miss any questions from here.
  • Work on your weak areas. For example- candidates find Ancient India difficult. Therefore, more time should be spent here.
  • Avoid reading guide WBCS History books available in the market. 
  • Read the books that you read in your graduation and post-graduation.
  • Revise these books again and again. Attempt mock tests. 

Read More: WBCS History Optional Important Books

How Prepare WBCS History Optional For WBCS Mains Exam

1. Previous Year Paper Analysis for WBCS History Optional

One of the most indispensable parts for preparing WBCS History Optional is to get a proper sense of perception about the type of previous year questions in which you will be able to know the pattern of questions and also it helps you to know the various number patterns.

2. Strategy for WBCS History Optional

Best strategy should be based on thoroughly reading textbooks; otherwise you won’t be able     fix the chronology of History. Simultaneously it is very much important to develop your writing practice day by day. As the WBCS Optional exam generally conducted through subjective pattern therefore you have to thrive your writing skill by completing an answer within 10-15 mins. 

3. Important Books for WBCS History Optional

Ancient History

  • Ancient Indian History-A.L.Basham-The Wonder that was India(English Version)
  • Ancient Indian History-V.D.Mahajan(English Version)
  • প্রাচীন ভারতের ইতিহাস-দিলিপ কুমার গাঙ্গুলি(বাংলা মাধ্যম)   

Medieval History

  • Medieval Indian History-V.D.Mahajan(English Version)
  • Satish Chandra(Medieval India)
  • মধ্যযুগের ভারতের ইতিহাস-অনিরুদ্ধ রায়(বাংলা মাধ্যম)তেসলিম চৌধুরি(বাংলা মাধ্যম)

Read More: Gupta Era : Ancient History of India

Modern History

  • Modern Indian History-Sekhar Bandyopadhyay(English Version),
  • Bipan Chandra(English Version)
  • আধুনিক ভারতের ইতিহাস-সমর কুমার মল্লিক (বাংলা মাধ্যম)
  • World History-Norman Lowe(English Version)
  • Contemporary World History(NCERT Arjun Dev)
  • প্রভাতাংশু মাইতি(বাংলা মাধ্যম),অলোক কুমার ঘোষ(সমসাময়িক বিশ্ব)

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NOTE - PSC picks questions directly from these above-given books. Therefore, candidates need to read and revise these books thoroughly if they want to clear WBPSC WBCS exam                

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  • History is generally considered one of the best optional subject for WBCS. Because except the part of World History rest of the Optional syllabus covers the syllabus of Prelims and Mains. Simultaneously if you properly address the question and present your answer with your own perception that will bring a very good score in this ascertained Optional subject.

  • History is no doubtly one of the best subject for WBCS Optional.Because in comparison with other optional subject  History is a very well known subject for all the aspirants because they have to face History in Prelims and also mains.As the 70% of the syllabus gets covered in the general studies papers ,it is very intrinsic for all the aspirants that automatically they became aware about the part of Indian History(including Ancient,Medieval,Modern Indian History) which is also a integral part of Optional History Syllabus.

    • If you go through the Previous year question you will find maximum questions of Part-1 correspond with the Ancient Indian History.As an example the very first chapter of Ancient History starts with name of Sources of Ancient Indian History.Every year the History  Optional question paper starts with one or other question from the given chapter.So Ancient History is very important for WBCS Optional.

  • There are so many book for Modern History.If you prepare yourself in English version then you can go for Plassey to Partition (Sekhar Banerjee,India’s Struggle for Independence(Bipan Chandra),Modern India(Sumit Sarkar).Just pick any one of them  and thoroughly go through it because a well versed concept need to be build up especially for Modern Indian part.But if you want to prepare in Bengali version there is also a very good collection of Bengali version Modern Indian books.As an example you can collect any of them-আধুনিক ভারতের ১৫০ বছর (প্রথম খণ্ড),রাজ থেকে স্বরাজ( দ্বিতীয় খণ্ড)- সমর মল্লিক ,ভারতবর্ষের ইতিহাস-সিদ্ধার্থ গুহ রায় ও সুরঞ্জন চটত্তপাধ্যায়,আধুনিক ভারতের ইতিহাস-বিপান চন্দ্র(বাংলা অনুবাদ)

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