Syllabus PG(History)


                The officer on special duty (Judicial)

                                Governor’s Secretary


Subject – Regarding implementation & revised syllabus & history under choice based credit system (CBCS) in the universities & Bihar.

Reference – Letter No. B.S.U (Regulation) 20/2018 . 2015/ (gs) (1), dated 30.07.2018


                With reference to the subject noted above, the proposed syllabus for the post graduate classes (M.A. in History) under choice based credit system (CBCS) was discussed, revised and finalized in the meeting of the expert’s committee held in the Raj Bhawan at 11 A.M on 06.08.18. the name is being forwarded for the kind purposal and necessary approval.

                                                                                                                                                Thanking you,

                                                                                                                                                Your faithfully                                                                                                                                                                                    P.K. Poddar

                                                                                                                                                (Governor)                                                                                                                                                                                         Head, Dept & History                                                                                                                                                                     Patna University.


                      M.A. HISTORY


                      UNDER CBCS


                 THE UNIVERSITIES

                        OF BIHAR                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Prepared By :

the Review Committee comprising of

 (1) Dr. P.K. Poddar

Dept. of History, Patna University

. Patna (Convener)

(2) Dr. Ratneshwar Mishra (Retd.)

Dept. of History, L.N.M.U. Darbhanga

 (3) Dr. Amarnath Singh (Retd.)

Head, Dept. of History, Patna University, Patna

 (4) Dr. Maya Shankar

Dept. of History, Patna University, Patna

(5) Dr. Daisy Banerjee

Dept. of History, Patna University, Patna                             

          CBCS Scheme of Examination and Courses of Study for the M.A.      Examination  in History                                                                                           

The History syllabus comprises 14 Core courses (CC). two Elective courses (EC) are Generic Elective (GE)

or Discipline Specific Elective Course (DSE), one Ability Enhancement Course (AEC) and two ability

 Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC) in two years. The students will be evaluated through end-

 semester examination/project evaluation and the teaching will be structured accordingly.

Structure of the 2 Yrs (Four Semester) Post Graduate Degree course under CBCS:


No. of Course/Papers

Credit Per Course/ Paper

Total Credit

Minimum No. of Learning Hours#

No. of Core Course/ Paper

No. of Course/ Paper

Code of Nature of Elective Course/Paper








AECC – 1

                                                                               Semester Break








AEC - 1

                                                                                  Semester Break








AECC - 2

                                                                                   Semester Break








EC – 1

EC – 2

DSE – 1


GE - 1








Core Course (CC): A course which should compulsorily be studied by a candidate as a core requirement on the basis

of subject of MA studies and is termed as a Core course.

Elective Course (EC): Generally a course which can be chosen from a pool of courses (Basket) and which may be

very specific or specialized or advanced or supportive to the subject/discipline of study or which provides an

 extended scope or which enables an exposure to some other subject/discipline/domain or nurtures the candidate's

proficiency/skill is called an Elective Course.

Discipline Specific Elective Course (DSE): Elective courses may be offered by the main discipline/subject of study is referred to as Discipline Specific Elective. The University Institute may also offer discipline related Elective courses of interdisciplinary nature (to be offered by main discipline/subject of study).

Generic Elective (GE) Course: An elective course chosen generally from an unrelated discipline/subject, with an intention to seek exposure is called a Generic Elective.

P.S.: A core course offered in a discipline/subject may be treated as an elective by other discipline/subject and vice versa and such electives may also be referred to as Generic Elective.

Ability Enhancemer Courses (AEC): The Ability Enhancement Courses (AEC) / Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC). "AEC" courses are the courses based upon the content that leads to life skiIl enhancement.

Ability Enhancemut Compulsory Courses(AECC): University will run a number of Ability Enhancement Compulsory Courses (AECC) which is qualifying in nature and student from all faculties have to qualify in all courses.

Dissertation Project/ internship / industrial Training: An elective course designed to acquire special/advanced knowledge, such as supplement study/support study to a project work. and a candidate studies such a course on his own with an advisory support by a teacher / faculty member is called dissertation/project.

The distribution of the six elective papers shall be - two EC, one DSE or one GE, two AECC, one AEC. Students may opt for any elective course out of a list of elective papers (Basket) offered by the parent department or any other department/a as per his/her choice with the prior permission of the parent department.

The final CGPA / class will be decided on the performance of the student in the 16 courses including the 14 Core Courses (CC) and two ECs.

The one DSE or one GE, two AECC, one AEC courses will be qualifying in nature and a student has to score at least 45% marks in these courses. Grades will be awarded separately for these courses, however, performance in these elective courses will not be considered for awarding the final CGPA/class.


Semester 1: CC - 1 to CC- 4 plus AECC-I

Semester 2: CC - 5 to CC- 9 plus AEC-I

Semester 3 : CC - 10 to CC-14 plus AECC-2

Semester 4: EC-l and EC - 2 plus DSE- I or GE-I

Evaluation of Performance Under Semester System

The performance of a student in each paper will be assessed on the basis of a Continuous Internal

Assessment (CIA) of 30 marks and the End of Semester Examination (ESE) consisting of 70 marks

The components of C.I.A. are follows :

(i) Two mid-semester written tests of one hour duration each = 15 Marks

(ii) Seminar/Quiz                                                                                 = 05 Marks

(iii) = Assignment                                                                                 = 05 Marks

(iv) Punctuality and conduct                                                              = 05 Marks

Total                                                                                                       = 30 Marks

The performance of a student in the: elective papers AEC and AECC in each semester addressing the issues of

i. Skill Development,

ii. Human Values and Professional Ethics and Gender Sensitization

iii. Environment and Sustainability and Swachchha Bharat Abhiyan Activities shall be assessed on the

basis of a continuous Internal Assessment (CIA) of 50 marks and the End Semester Examination (ESE)

consisting of 50 marks.

The components of C.IA. in these papers shall be as follows:

(i) One mid-semester written tests of one hour duration each = 10 Marks

(ii) Seminar/Quiz                                                                                 = 10 Marks

(iii) Assignment                                                                                    = 15 Marks

(iv) Discharge of Institutional Social Responsibility

/Community Services (report to be submitted)                            = 15 Marks

Total                                                                                                       = 50 Marks



The End of Semester Examination (ESE) shall be named as follows:

(a) M.A. Part (I) - Semester I Examination and Semester IJ Examination respectively :

(b) M.A. Part (II) - Semester [11 Examination and Semester IV Examination respectively ..

(c) Syllabus for each paper shall be divided into at least 5 units. Based on this, the question paper

pattern for the End Semester Examination shall be divided into three parts A, B,C comprising

of objective type questions with multiple choice, short answer type questions and long answer

type questions respectively as mentioned below :


Nature of questions

Number of questions to be asked

Number of questions to be answered

Marks of each question

Total marks

Part – A

Objective type questions with multiple choice





Part – B

Short answer type questions





Part – C

Long answer type questions





Total Marks



Ten objective type Questions - All questions to be answered (Questions shall be picked up from

the whole syllabus

Preferably two questions from each unit) 10 x 1=10 marks


Five short Answer Questions - Four questions to be answered (Questions shall be picked up

from the whole syllabus

preferably one question from each unit) 4x6 = 24 marks


Four long answer Questions -Three questions to be answered. (Questions shall be picked up

from the whole syllabus

preferably one question from each unit) 3 x12 = 36 marks

MA. History

Semester — 1

CC-1: Historiography |

CC-2: History of Early Civilizations and Medieval world.

CC-3: Early Medieval India

CC-4: Science & Technology in India

AECC — 1 : Environmental Sustainability (3 Credits) &

Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan Activities (2 Credits)

Semester - 2

CC-5: History of Ideas.

CC-6: History of Europe & Modern world.

CC-7: History of Bihar (from the Earliest time).

CC-8: Society and Economy in Indian History.

CC-9: Contemporary India - 1947 onwards

AEC 1: - IT Skill Development

Semester 3

CC-10: National Movement in India

CC-11: Indian Historians

CC-12: South Asia - 1950 onwards.

CC-13: USA-— 1860 - 1990

CC-14: Revolution and Revolutionary thought.

 DSE-2: Human Values & Professional Ethics (3 Credits) & Gender Sensitization (2 Credits)

Semester — 4

Elective Course (EC) - 1

a) Tribal Movements.

 b) Dalit Movements

c) Gender Movements

 d) Environmental Movements

Elective Course (EC) - 2

a) Indian Theatre

 b) Indian Cinema

 c) Media

d) Human Rights




                                                       DETAILED COURSE OF STUDY

                                                                 M.A. Semester 1

CC -I : Historiography (70 Marks) 5 credits

The students are required to attempt:

Q.1 :(Compulsory) Ten Multiple Choice Questions from each unit                           10 x 1= 10 Marks

Q.2 : (Compulsory) Any four short-answer questions with reference to the           4 x 6=24 Marks

context requiring critical analysis

Q.3 : (Compulsory) Any three Long-answer                                                                     3 x 12 = 36 Marks

                                                                CC -I: Historiography

Unit – I Definition & Meaning of History

Meaning & Nature of History

History as Narrative.

Sources, Use and Misuse of History

Objectivity and Subjectivity in History.

Unit – II Theories of History

Speculative and Critical Philosophy

Cyclical and Linear History

Orientalist, Nationalist

Marxist and Neo — Marxist

Unit – III Fundamentals of History


Oral History


Chance in History

Unit – IV Practice of History

History of Ideas



Historians Craft

Unit – V New Approaches


(Structuralism) & Post-Modernism


 Post colonialism