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How to study Indian culture for UPSC Civil Services Exam?

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How to study Indian culture for UPSC Civil Services Exam?

Indian culture and heritage is a hot topic for UPSC Civil Services Prelims as well as Mains. Once you get a basic idea regarding what to study and what not to study in Indian culture, this topic would be very easy. In this post, we not only provide guidance regarding priority areas of Indian culture, but also books/free study materials helpful for the preparation of Indian culture.

How to study Indian culture for UPSC Civil Services Exam?

Indian Art – Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Literary Arts

Art can be further classified into three –

  1. Performing Arts
  2. Visual Arts
  3. Literary Arts
Arts Details

Performing Arts – Dance, Music, Theater and Puppets

1. Dances of India – Classical, Regional

Classical Dances –

  1. Bharatnatyam
  2. Kathakali
  3. Kathak
  4. Manipuri
  5. Odissi
  6. Kuchipudi
  7. Sattriya
  • Also, learn the Regional Dances of India.

2. Music of India – Hindustani, Carnatic, and Regional Music

  1. Hindustani Classical Music
  2. Carnatic Classical Music
  3. Regional Music

Musical Instruments

  • The Tata Vadya or Chordophones – Stringed instruments
  • The Sushira Vadya or Aerophones – Wind instruments
  • The Avanaddha Vadya or Membranophones – Percussion instruments
  • The Ghana Vadya or Idiophones – Solid instruments which do not require tuning.
Also read:  Officers of the Mauryan Empire: Easy to Learn Compilation

3. Theatre Forms of India

  1. Traditional
  2. Modern

Also, learn the Puppet Forms of India – String Puppets, Shadow Puppets, Rod Puppets and Glove Puppets.

Visual Arts – Architecture, Sculpture, and Painting

 1. Indian Architecture

  • Pre-historic
  • Indus Civilization
  • Buddhist Architecture
  • Temple Architecture
  • Indo-Islamic Architecture
  • Modern Architecture

2. Indian Sculpture

  • Pre-historic
  • Indus Civilization
  • Buddhist Sculpture
  • Gupta Sculpture
  • Medieval School of Sculpture
  • Modern Indian Sculpture

3. Indian Painting

  • Wall Paintings of India
  • Miniature Painting
  • Modern Indian Painting

Literary Arts

  • Ancient Indian Literature
  • The Purana
  • Classical Sanskrit Literature
  • Literature in Pali and Prakrit
  • Early Dravidian Literature
  • Medieval Literature
  • Women Poets of Bhakti
  • Other Trends in Medieval Literature
  • Modern Indian Literature
  • The Emergence of Nationalism
  • The Literature of Nationalism, Reformism, and Revivalism
  • Indian Romanticism
  • The Advent of Mahatma Gandhi
  • Progressive Literature
  • Making of Modern Theatre
  • Search for Modernity
  • The Indian Literary Scene After Independence
  • Dalit Literature
  • Use of Mythology
  • Contemporary Literature

How do I tackle ‘Art and Culture’ section in IAS?

Art and Culture is a vast topic and one can never complete the subject as its boundaries are undefined.

Nevertheless this is how I prepared for it

  • Ancient and Medieval India (Old NCERT) should form the base. In 2014 the questions on Harappan
  • Civilisation and Sufi / Bhakti movement could easily be answered from them.
  • Art & Heritage book – NCERT is a very well written and attractive book. Although it does not cover the entire syllabus.
  • Notes by Nitin Singhania are very good. He has covered all the topics.
  • For visual arts i.e dance, drama, music etc I referred to videos and documentaries on You Tube

UPSC Topper -Bhavesh Mishra, Officer Trainee at Indian Administrative Service (2015-present)

Certain topics that should be covered under Art and Culture preparation (that are not studied along with Indian History) are as follows –

  1. Literature and Language
  2. Religions/Religious Reforms/Saints
  3. Paintings/Dance Forms/Drams/Music/Festivals
  4. Famous Individuals related to Art and Culture (Contemporary Included)
  5. Food Practices

I’ll recommend a few resources –

  • Class 11th NCERT (Old)- Textbook on fine arts-Specific book on Art and Culture
  • New NCERT-Class 12th
  • CCRT Website
  • NIOS material
  • The Hindu (Specific Articles on Art and Culture)

There are various sources to prepare Art & Culture for UPSC exams. Below listed are most commonly referred sources.

  • CCRT website.
  • Unacademy Videos by Roman Saini sir.
  • SPectrum Publication’s Art and Culture Compilation.
  • IGNOU material.
  • NIOS text on Indian Art and Culture.
  • Art NCERT of class 11
  • Ancient India NCERT old syllabus by R.S. Sharma
  • Medieval India NCERT by Satish Chandra

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