History Class 12 Syllabus

The syllabus consists of 12 units divided into three parts. Theory paper is of 80 marks and 3 hours duration.

Course Structure

Unit  Topic / Chapter Marks 
  Themes in Indian History Part - I 25
1 Bricks, Beads and Bones  
2 Kings, Farmers and Towns  
3 Kinship, Caste and Class  
4 Thinkers, Beliefs and Buildings  
  Themes in Indian History Part - II 25
5 Through the Eyes of Travellers  
6 Bhakti-Sufi Traditions  
7 An Imperial Capital: Vijayanagar  
8 Peasants, Zamindars and the State  
  Themes in Indian History Part - III 25
10 Colonialism and The Countryside  
11 Rebels and the Raj  
13 Mahatma Gandhi and the Nationalist Movement  
15 Framing the Constitution  
  Map Work 5
  Total 80

Themes in Indian History Part - I

1. Bricks, Beads and Bones

The Harappan Civilization

  • Early urban centres

2. Kings, Farmers and Towns

Early States and Economies (600 BCE - 600 CE)

  • Political and economic history from the Mauryan to the Gupta period

3. Kinship, Caste and Class

Early Society Societies (600 BCE - 600 CE)

  • Social Histories: Using the Mahabharata
  • Issues in social history, including caste, class, kinship and gender

4. Thinkers, Beliefs and Buildings

Cultural Developments (600 BCE - 600 CE)

A History of Buddhism: Sanchi Stupa

  • A brief review of religious histories of Vedic religion, Jainism, Vaisnavism, Saivism (Puranic Hinduism)
  • Focus on Buddhism

Themes in Indian History Part - II

5. Through the Eyes of Travellers

Perceptions of Society (tenth to seventeenth century)

  • Outlines of social and cultural life as they appear in traveller's account

6. Bhakti-Sufi Traditions

Changes in Religious Beliefs and Devotional Texts (eighth to eighteenth centuries)

  • Outline of religious developments during this period saints
  • Ideas and practices of the Bhakti-Sufi

7. An Imperial Capital: Vijayanagar

(fourteenth to sixteenth centuries)

  • Outline of new buildings during Vijayanagar period-temples, forts, irrigation facilities
  • Relationship between architecture and the political system

8. Peasants, Zamindars and the State

Agrarian Society and the Mughal Empire (sixteenth-seventeenth centuries)

The Aini-Akbari 

  • Structure of agrarian relations in the 16th and 17th centuries
  • Patterns of change over the period

Themes in Indian History Part - III

10. Colonialism and The Countryside

Evidence from Official Reports

  • Life of zamindars, peasants and artisans in the late 18th century
  • Permanent Settlement, Santhals and Paharias

11. Rebels and the Raj

1857 Revolt and its Representations

  • The events of 1857-58
  • Vision of Unity
  • How these events were recorded and narrated

13. Mahatma Gandhi and the Nationalist Movement

Civil Disobedience and Beyond

  • The Nationalist Movement 1918-48
  • The nature of Gandhian politics and leadership

15.  Framing the Constitution

The Beginning of a New Era; The Making of the Constitution

  • Independence and the new nation state
  • The making of the Constitution