Have you passed or appeared for the Board Exams of Class 12? Then you must be preparing for CUET 2024. This article of Shiksha brings the complete History syllabus for CUET along with the best books and preparation strategy.
CUET UG 2024 History Syllabus
National Testing Agency will release CUET UG 2024 application form tentatively in first week of February 2024. The last date to submit the application form will be notified. Before starting the preparation for the History courses, candidates must go through the CUET History syllabus 2024. CUET History syllabus includes the chapters and topics of Class 12, which is the Board exam syllabus. Hence, students preparing for the CUET 2024 exam should prepare thoroughly for the History syllabus, which is taught in Class 12 of their school. To gather more insights for the CUET UG exam, candidates should refer to the previous years’ question papers to know the chapter-wise weightage, topics, and question types.
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CUET UG offers 27 domain subjects. This page brings the complete syllabus for CUET History. The CUET 2024 History syllabus is expected to remain the same as last year. The subject-wise CUET UG syllabus will be announced along with the CUET 2024 information brochure.
Below is the entire CUET History syllabus, which consists of 15 units. Each unit carries one chapter with an overview. Take a look at the complete syllabus here.
Unit I: The Story of the First Cities Harappan Archaeology
Broad overview: Early urban centres.
Story of discovery: Harappan civilization.
Excerpt: Archaeological report on a major site. Discussion: how it has been utilized by archaeologists/historians
Unit II: Political and Economic History: How Inscriptions tell a story
Broad overview: Political and economic history from the Mauryan to the Gupta period.
Story of discovery: Inscriptions and the decipherment of the script. Shifts in the understanding of political and economic history.
Excerpt: Asokan inscription and Gupta period land grant.
Discussion: Interpretation of inscriptions by historians.
Unit III: Social Histories using the Mahabharata
Broad overview: Issues in social history, including caste,class, kinship and gender.
Story of discovery: Transmission and publications of the Mahabharata.
Excerpt: From the Mahabharata, illustrating how it has been used by historians.
Unit IV: A History of Buddhism: Sanchi Stupa
(a) A brief review of religious histories of Vedic religion, Jainism, Vaisnavism, Saivism.
(b) Focus on Buddhism.
Story of discovery: Sanchi stupa.
Excerpt: Reproduction of sculptures from Sanchi. Discussion: Ways in which sculpture has been interpreted by historians, other sources for reconstructing the history of Buddhism.
Unit V: Medieval society through Travellers’ Accounts
Broad Overview: Outline of social and cultural life as they appear in travellers’ accounts.
Story of their writings: A discussion of where they travelled, why they travelled, what they wrote, and For whom they wrote.
Excerpts: from Alberuni, Ibn Battuta, Bernier.
Discussion: What these travel accounts can tell us and how they have been interpreted by historians.
Unit VI: Religious Histories: The Bhakti-Sufi Tradition
(a) Outline of religious developments during this period.
(b) Ideas and practices of the Bhakti-Sufi saints.
Story of Transmission: How Bhakti-Sufi compositions have been preserved.
Excerpt: Extracts from selected Bhakti Sufi works.
Discussion: Ways in which these have been interpreted by historians.
Unit VII: New Architecture: Hampi
(a)Outline of new buildings during the Vijayanagar period — temples, forts, irrigation facilities.
(b)Relationship between architecture and the political system.
Story of Discovery: Account of how Hampi was found.
Excerpt: Visuals of buildings at Hampi.
Discussion: Ways in which historians have analysed and interpreted these structures.
Unit VIII: Agrarian Relations: The Ain-i-Akbari
(a) Structure of agrarian relations in the 16th and 17th centuries.
(b) Patterns of change over the period.
Story of Discovery: Account of the compilation and translation of Ain-i-Akbari.
Excerpt: From the Ain-i-Akbari
Discussion: Ways in which historians have used the text to reconstruct history.
Unit IX: The Mughal Court: Reconstructing Histories through Chronicles
(a) Outline of political history c. 15th-17th centuries.
(b) Discussion of the Mughal court and politics.
Story of Discovery: Account of the production of court chronicles, and their subsequent translation and transmission.
Excerpts: from the Akbarnama and Padshahnama.
Discussion: Ways in which historians have used the texts to reconstruct political histories.
Unit X: Colonialism and Rural Society: Evidence from Official Reports
(a) Life of zamindars, peasants and artisans in the late 18 century.
(b) East India Company, revenue settlements and surveys.
(c) Changes over the nineteenth century.
Story of official records: An account of why official investigations into rural societies were undertaken and the types of records and reports produced.
Excerpts: From Firminger’s Fifth Report, Accounts of Francis Buchanan-Hamilton, and Deccan Riots Report.
Discussion: What the official records tell and do not tell, and how they have been used by historians.
Unit XI: Representations of 1857
(a) The events of 1857-58.
(b) How these events were recorded and narrated.
Excerpts: Pictures of 1857. Extracts from contemporary accounts.
Discussion: How the pictures of 1857 shaped British opinion of what had happened.
Unit XII: Colonialism and Indian Towns: Town Plans and Municipal Reports
Broad Overview: The growth of Mumbai, Chennai, hill stations, and cantonments in the 18th and 19th century.
Excerpts: Photographs and paintings. Plans of cities. Extract from town plan reports. Focus on Kolkata town planning.
Discussion: How the above sources can be used to reconstruct the history of towns. What these sources do not reveal.
Unit XIII: Mahatma Gandhi through Contemporary Eyes
(a) The nationalist movement 1918-48,
(b) The nature of Gandhian politics and leadership.
Focus: Mahatma Gandhi in 1931.
Excerpts: Reports from English and Indian language newspapers and other contemporary writings.
Discussion: How newspapers can be a source of history.
Unit XIV: Partition through Oral Sources
(a) The history of the 1940s;
(b) Nationalism, Communalism and Partition.
Focus: Punjab and Bengal.
Excerpts: Oral testimonies of those who experienced partition.
Discussion: Ways in which these have been analysed to construct the history of the event.
Unit XV: The Making of the Constitution
Broad Overview: (a) Independence and the new nation-state. (b) The making of the Constitution.
Focus: The Constitutional Assembly debates.
Excerpts: From the debates.
Discussion: What such debates reveal and how they can be analysed.
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CUET 2024 Exam Pattern
According to NTA, section II or the domain-subject section carries 50 questions, out of which candidates will have to attempt 40 questions. The duration for this section is 45 minutes. In case a test taker attempts more than 40 questions, no marks would be awarded or deducted. The following table brings the complete structure of the CUET exam pattern.
Status of CUET History Syllabus
CUET Exam Conducting Body
National Testing Agency (NTA)
Medium of Exam
13 languages - English, Hindi, Urdu, Assamese, Bengali, Odia, Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam
Number of questions
40 out of 50 questions to be attempted
Type of questions
Multiple Choice Questions
+5 for each correct answer
-1 for each incorrect answer
CUET History Mapping for Courses
Top Books for CUET History
NTA has already suggested NCERT books for different subjects of the CUET 2024 examination. NCERT books ideally are used for the preparation of CUET 2024 because they are exclusive of all the possible topics that might be asked in the CUET 2024 examination. The list of appropriate books, including NCERT books as well as other types of books and/or materials has been given below:
- NCERT Themes in Indian History – I
- NCERT Themes in Indian History – II
- NCERT Themes in Indian History – III
The CUET 2024 exam will be conducted in computer-based mode over a window of 10 days, in two slots each day, from May 21 to May 31. The date and slot of the exam will be determined based on the programme or paper opted for by candidates.
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