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Given the highly organised and concise content old NCERT books remains the first choice of UPSC toppers. Old NCERT books are highly recommended for civil services and other exams connducted by UPSC. UPSC directly asks many questions directly from these books in pre as well as in mains exam in last years. Aspirants given high priority to these books as high as polity by Laxmikant and economy by Ramesh singh.

CHAPTER 1 India and the World3
Growth of Feudalism4
The Arab World6
East and South-East Asia8
CHAPTER 2 Northern India: Age of the Three Empires11
(From the eighth to tenth century)11
The Struggle for Domination: The Palas11
The Pratiharas12
The Rashtrakutas14
Political Ideas and Organisation15
CHAPTER 3 The Chola Empire20
(From the ninth to twelfth century)20
The Rise of the Chola Empire20
Age of Rajaraja and Rajendra I20
Chola Government22
Cultural Life23
CHAPTER 4 : Economic and social life, Education and religious beliefs (800-1200)26
Trade and Commerce26
Condition of the People30
The Caste System31
Rise of the Rajputs32
Condition of Women32
Pattern of Living: Dress, Food, Amusement33
Education, Science and Learning34
Religious Movements and Beliefs36
CHAPTER 5: The Age of Conflict (circa 1000-1200)39
The Ghaznavids39
The Rajput States41
The Turkish Conquest of North India44
The Battle of Tarain45
Turkish Conquest of the Ganga Valley, Bihar and Bengal46
Causes of Defeat of the Rajputs49
CHAPTER 6: The Delhi Sultanat (circa 1200-1400)51
The Mameluk1 Sultan51
Struggle for the Establishment of a Strong Monarchy51
Iltutmish (1210-36)51
Era of Balban (124-87)53
The Mongols and the Problem of the North-West Frontier55
Internal Rebellions and the Struggle for the Territorial Consolidation of the Delhi Sultanat58
CHAPTER 7 The Delhi Sultanat-II (circa 1200-1400)62
The Khaljis and the Tughlaqs62
The Khaljis (1290-1320)62
The Tughlaqs (1320-1412)64
Expansion of the Delhi Sultanat64
Deccan and South India66
Internal Reforms and Experiments68
Market Control and Agrarian Policy of Alauddin68
Muhammad Tughlaq’s Experiments71
Decline and Disintegration of Delhi Sultanat: Firuz and his successor75
CHAPTER 8: Government, Economic and Social life under the Delhi Sultanat80
The Sultan80
Central Administration81
Local Administration83
Peasants and Rural Gentry84
Trade, Industry and the Merchants84
The Sultan and the Nobles86
Town Life: Slaves, Artisans and Others88
Caste, Social; Manners and Customs89
Nature of the State91
Religious Freedom under the Sultanat92
CHAPTER 9: The Age of Vijayanagara and the Bahmanids and the Coming of the Portuguese (Circa 1350-1565)94
The Vijayanagara Empire —Foundation and Conflict with the Bahmani Kingdom94
The Bahmani Kingdom: Its Expansion and Disintegration99
Mahmud Gawan100
Climax of the Vijayanagara Empire and its Disintegration101
The Advent of the Portuguese105
Portuguese Impact on the Indian Trade, Society and Politics109
CHAPTER 10: Struggle for Empire in North India-I (Circa 1400-1525)111
Eastern India — Bengal, Assam and Orissa111
Western India — Gujarat, Malwa and Mewar114
Mahmud Begarha115
Malwa and Mewar117
North-west and North India —The Sharqis, the Lodi Sultans and Kashmir119
CHAPTER 11: Cultural Development in India (From the thirteenth to the fifteenth century)124
Religious Ideas and Beliefs127
The Sufi Movement127

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