Kerala PSC HSST (Junior) History Examination Detailed Syllabus 2018

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The detailed syllabus for the Kerala PSC HSST (Junior) History Examination is given below.

Kerala PSC HSST (Junior) History Examination Syllabus

Category No. : 337/2017

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.

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.

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.

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 phase.
  • 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.

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.

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 Satyagraha.
  • 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 Movements.
  • ‘Kerala Model’ Development – Panchayat Raj and Peoples planning.
  • Literature and culture – Origin and Development of Malayalam Language. Art forms of Kerala.

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 III

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 Authorities.
  • Centre-State Relations – Legislative – Administrative and Financial.
  • Services under the Union and the States.
  • Emergency Provisions.
  • Amendment Provisions of the Constitution.

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 IV

General Knowledge and Current Affairs& Renaissance in Kerala


Introduction to English education – various missionary organisations and their functioning founding of educational institutions, factories.printing press etc.


(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. Krishnan, 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 Varghese  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.

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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