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Tuesday, May 6, 2014


(CATEGORY NO. 582/2012)

Part I : Historiography & Research Methodoloty 
History-Defenition-Nature & Scope
Historical Sources-Kind of Sources-Source Analysis-Source Criticism
Techniques of exposition (Foot Notes-Bibliography Index etc)
Greco – Roman Historiography.
Church and Arab Historiography.
Renaissance, Enlightenment, Romanticist, Positivist and Marxist approaches in Historiography.
Annales and Post structuralist approaches – History from below – New History.
Historical consciousness in Ancient India – Itihasa – Purana tradition – Jain Budhist traditions.
Sultanate and Mughal historiography.
Modern Indian Historiography – Imperialist – Orientalist/Indologist-Nationalist-Marxist and
subaltern – Recent Trends in Indian Historiography.
Part II : World History 
Early civilizations – Mesopotamian – Egyptian and Chinese - legacy of Greece and Rome.
Medieval State and Society – Feudalism – church in Europe – Arab civilization.
Transition to Modern Age – Renaissance, Reformation, Geographical discoveries.
Modern Revolutions – Scientific-industrial – Agrarian- French, Russian, Chinese-American
Revolution - English Revolution of 1688
Struggle for colonies and First World War.
Nazism, Fascism and Second World War.
World Organisations – League of Nations and U.N.O.
Cold War – West Asian Crisis – Non Aligned Movement.
Emergence of New World Order- Disintegration of Soviet Union – Globalization.

Part III : Pre-Modern India 
Early Indian Culture – Harappan – Vedic and post vedic cultures – Megalithic culture in South
India – Ancient Tamilakam.
Dissent/Protestant Movements to Brahmanism – Jainism and Budhism.
State in Early India – Pre Mauryan and Mauryan – Gupta Age.
Feudalism Debate.
Advent of Islam – Sultanate period – State and administration.
The Mughal period – Revenue and Military administration.
Medieval South India – Satavahana – Chalukyas
Pallavas – Vijayanagara – Cholas and Pandyas.

Part IV : Modern India 
Advent of Europeans – Modes of conquest – early resistance to colonialism
Revolt of 1857 – Nature of the Revolt.
Colonial State – Revenue settlements – Western Education and colonial knowledge
Economic Impact of colonialism – Drain Theory
Indian Renaissance – Social and Religious reform movements. Rise of Indian Nationalism – Formation of Indian National Congress – Moderate and Extremist
Gandhian Era – From Non-cooperation to Quit India.
Revolutionary Nationalism – Leftist Movements – Peasant movements.
Towards Freedom – Two Nation Theory and Muslim League - INA – Transfer of power.
Nehruvian Era – Making of the constitution – Economic planning – International Relations –
Integration of Native State – Linguistic reorganisation – science and education
Post Nehru Age – Indira Gandhi and Emergency – Economic liberalisation and its impact.
Caste and communalism in Modern India – Coalition politics.

Part V : Pre-Modern Kerala 
Sources – Archaeology/Epigraphy/Literacy/Numismatic and other sources
Historiography – Recent trends
Prehistoric cultures – Megalithic culture – concept of Tinai.
Transmarine contacts of Kerala and its impact.
Belief systems – Jainism, Budhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Agrarian expansion of Kerala – Aryanisation.
Temple and Brahmin land control
Age of Perumals – Nature of State – Trading Corporations
Emergence of Naduvazhi Swaroopams
Advent of Europeans.

Part VI : Modern Kerala 
The colonial intervention – British land revenue administration in Malabar – Tenurial reforms of
Travancore and Cochin – English education and printing press, Martandavarma and Modern
Travancore – Saktan Tampuran.
Mysorian Intervention and its impact.
Political Revolts and Protests. The Pazhassi Revolt.
Revolts of Velu Thampi and Paliath Achan.
Kerala Renaissance – Narayana Guru and other reformers.
Anti-caste movement – Reform movements in Kerala.
Caste organisations – Temple entry movements.
Nationalist movements in Kerala – Malabar Rebellion of 1921 – Nature of the Revolt – Salt
Travancore State Congress and the struggle for Responsible Government.
Cochi Rajya Praja Mandalam.
Left movements – Karshaka Sangham in Malabar - Punnapra vayalar.
Aikya Kerala Movement – First Communist Ministry Historic Legislations – Liberation
'Kerala Model' Development – Panchayat Raj and Peoples planning.
Literature and culture – Origin and Development of Malayalam Language. Art forms of Kerala.

Part VII 
Recent developments in historical studies

 Part VIII Research Methodology/Teaching Aptitude 


• Teaching: Nature, objectives, characteristics and basic requirements;
• Learner's characteristics;
• Factors affecting teaching;
• Methods of teaching;
• Teaching aids;
• Evaluation systems.


• Research: Meaning, Characteristics and types;
• Steps of research;
• Methods of research;
• Research Ethics;
• Paper, article, workshop, seminar, conference and symposium;
• Thesis writing: its characteristics and format.

Part IX(a) Salient Features of Indian Constitution 

Salient features of the Constitution - Preamble- Its significance and its place in the
interpretation of the Constitution.

Fundamental Rights - Directive Principles of State Policy - Relation between Fundamental
Rights and Directive Principles - Fundamental Duties.

Executive - Legislature - Judiciary - Both at Union and State Level. - Other Constitutional
Centre-State Relations - Legislative - Administrative and Financial.
Services under the Union and the States.
Emergency Provisions.
Amendment Provisions of the Constitution.

 Part IX(b) Social Welfare Legislations and Programmes 

Social Service Legislations like Right to Information Act, Prevention of atrocities against
Women & Children, Food Security Act, Environmental Acts etc. and Social Welfare
Programmes like Employment Guarantee Programme, Organ and Blood Donation etc.

Part X(a) Renaissance in Kerala
Introduction to English education - various missionary organisations and their functioning- founding
of educational institutions, factories.printing press etc. EFFORTS TO REFORM THE SOCIETY
(A) Socio-Religious reform Movements
SNDP Yogam, Nair Service Society, Yogakshema Sabha, Sadhu Jana Paripalana Sangham, Vaala
Samudaya Parishkarani Sabha, Samathwa Samajam, Islam Dharma Paripalana Sangham, Prathyaksha
Raksha Daiva Sabha, Sahodara Prasthanam etc.
(B) Struggles and Social Revolts
Upper cloth revolts.Channar agitation, Vaikom Sathyagraha, Guruvayoor Sathyagraha, Paliyam
Sathyagraha. Kuttamkulam Sathyagraha, Temple Entry Proclamation, Temple Entry Act .Malyalee
Memorial, Ezhava Memorial etc.
Malabar riots, Civil Disobedience Movement, Abstention ovement etc.
Malayalee, Swadeshabhimani, Vivekodayam, Mithavadi, Swaraj, Malayala Manorama, Bhashaposhini,
Mathnubhoomi, Kerala Kaumudi, Samadarsi, Kesari, AI-Ameen, Prabhatham, Yukthivadi, etc
Novel, Drama, Poetry, Purogamana Sahithya Prasthanam, Nataka Prashtanam, Library movement etc
Parvathi Nenmenimangalam, Arya Pallam, A V Kuttimalu Amma, Lalitha Prabhu.Akkamma
Cheriyan, Anna Chandi, Lalithambika Antharjanam and others
Thycaud Ayya Vaikundar, Sree Narayana Guru, Ayyan Kali.Chattampi Swamikal, Brahmananda
Sivayogi, Vagbhadananda, Poikayil Yohannan(Kumara Guru) Dr Palpu, Palakkunnath Abraham
Malpan, Mampuram Thangal, Sahodaran Ayyappan, Pandit K P Karuppan, Pampadi John Joseph,
Mannathu Padmanabhan, V T Bhattathirippad, Vakkom Abdul Khadar Maulavi, Makthi Thangal,
Blessed Elias Kuriakose Chaavra, Barrister G P Pillai, TK Madhavan, Moorkoth Kumaran, C.
K P Kesava Menon, Dr.Ayyathan Gopalan, C V Kunjuraman, Kuroor Neelakantan Namboothiripad,
Velukkutty Arayan,
K P Vellon, P K Chathan Master, K Kelappan, P. Krishna Pillai, A K Gopalan, T R Krishnaswami
Iyer, C Kesavan.
Swami Ananda Theerthan , M C Joseph, Kuttippuzha Krishnapillai and others
Kodungallur Kunhikkuttan Thampuran, KeralaVarma Valiyakoyi Thampuran, Kandathil Varghesc
Mappila. Kumaran Asan, Vallathol Narayana Menon, Ulloor S Parameswara Iyer, G Sankara Kurup,
Changampuzha Krishna Pillai, Chandu Menon, Vaikom Muhammad Basheer. Kesav Dev, Thakazhi
Sivasankara Pillai, Ponkunnam Varky, S K Pottakkad and others

Part X(b) General Knowledge and Current Affairs 
 General Knowledge and Current Affairs

NOTE: - It may be noted that apart from the topics detailed above, questions from
other topics prescribed for the educational qualification of the post may also
appear in the question paper. There is no undertaking that all the topics above
may be covered in the question paper.

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