The syllabus consists of eight themes on The Modern World - A Period of Transition, The Growth of Nationalism, India in the 18th Century, Traders to Rulers, British Policies and Impacts, The Great Uprising of 1857, Socio-Religious Reforms, and India’s Struggle for Freedom.
The period of transition - basic understanding.
Sources - Primary and Secondary.
Transition from Medieval to Modern Age (a brief mention of Renaissance, Reformation, Voyages, discoveries).
The Industrial Revolution - meaning and reasons why it began in England, major inventions, Impacts of Industrial Revolution.
Imperialism - Its meaning, caused and impacts with special reference to South Asian Countries.
The French Revolution - causes, the outbreak, impact, the post-revolution period, Napoleon Bonaparte (brief study of the revolution).
The American War of Independence - colonies, causes, beginning, birth of the United States of America.
American Civil War - background, causes, beginnings, role of Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address.
Decline of the Mughal Empire - Major factors / causes.
Rise of independent / regional kingdoms - Hyderabad, Awadh, Bengal, Rajputs, Sikhs, Mysore, Marathas (brief).
Advent of English East India Company - a brief mention
Conquest of BengalBattle of Plassey, Buxar - causes and results.
Dual Government - Drawbacks of Dual government.
Policy of British Expansion (meaning and examples) - Doctrine of lapse, Subsidiary Alliance, Annexation of Awadh (pretext).
Land Revenue system (Permanent Settlement, Mahalwari, Ryotwari), highlight Permanent Settlement only.
Exploitation of artisans and weavers.
Drain of wealth.
Introduction of Modern Education.
Wood’s Despatch (What was Wood’s despatch and its effects).
Reasons - political, socio-religious, economic, military.
Leaders and Spread of the uprising.
Nature of uprising.
Contribution of Social Reformers in brief: Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Ishwar Chand Vidyasagar, Dayanand Saraswati, Swami Vivekanand, JyotibaPhule, Annie Beasant, Veerasalingam, Kandukuri, Sree Narayana Guru, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and Singh Sabhas
Rise of nationalism - factors - economic exploitation, spread of western education, role of the Press, repressive policy of Lord Lytton (to be covered briefly)
Early political associations - The Indian National Congress (formation and objectives), The Moderates - leaders, methods, demands
Partition of Bengal - only the Anti Partition Movement - Swadeshi and Boycott to be covered briefly, Surat split - a brief understanding.
Home Rule Movement- leaders and objectives
Lucknow Pact (1916) - as Unity Pact (a brief understanding).
Gandhian Era (1917 – 1947).
Early campaigns - Kheda, Champaran, Ahmedabad (a brief description).
Mass Movements - Noncooperation (causes, withdrawal, impact), Rowlatt Act, Jallianwala, Khilafat (Chauri Chaura).
Civil Disobedience Movement (causes)
Simon Commission, Lahore Session Quit India-Forward Bloc and INA (objectives only)
Independence and partition - Cabinet Mission Plan, Mountbatten plan, Indian Independence Act (only clauses).