NCERT Class 12 History Book (PDF) Hindi and English: 2021-2022


The NCERT Book for Class 12 History (PDF) for the CBSE Academic Session 2021-22 is available here for download in PDF format.

The NCERT Book for Class 12 History (PDF) for the CBSE Academic Session 2021-22 is available here for download in PDF format. You can download PDF files by chapter of all chapters in the CBSE Class 12 history textbook. This is important for preparation. NCERT textbooks are recommended at all CBSE schools and the 2022 CBSE Class 12 History Board exam paper will be based on the NCERT textbook.

Also check:

CBSE Class 12 Syllabus 2021-22 (new) for history and other topics

NCERT Book for Class 12 History: Indian History Themes, Part I

NCERT Book for Class 12 History: Indian History Themes, Part II

NCERT Book for Class 12 History: Indian History Themes, Part III

Important Topics from the NCERT Class 12 History Book:

⇒ Harappan archeology: History of a discovery: Harappan civilization, first urban centers, archaeological report on a major site

⇒ Politics and economics: how do the inscriptions tell a story?

⇒ Political and economic history from the Mauryan period to the Gupta period. Inscriptions and decryption of writing.

⇒ Changes in understanding of political and economic history, Ashokan inscription and Gupta period land grant

Social stories: using the Mahabharata

⇒ Problems of social history, including caste, class, kinship and gender, Transmission and publications of the Mahabharata, Other sources for the reconstruction of social history.

⇒ A history of Buddhism: Sanchi Stupa, religious stories of the Vedic religion, Vaishnavism, Jainism, Shaivism (Puranic Hinduism), Focus on Buddhism, Story of discovery: Sanchi stupa, Reproduction of sculptures by Sanchi, Ways in which the sculpture was interpreted by historians, other sources to reconstruct the history of Buddhism.

⇒ Medieval society through the accounts of Large travelers: Ibn-Battuta, Al Biruni, François Bernier.

⇒ General overview of Hampi: overview of new buildings during the Vijayanagar period – temples, forts, irrigation facilities, relationship between architecture and political system

⇒ Agrarian relations: Ain-i-Akbari General overview:

⇒ Structure of agrarian relations in the 16th and 17th centuries. Patterns of change over the period.

⇒ Account of the compilation and translation of Ain I Akbari Extract: from Ain-i-Akbari.

The Mughal court: reconstructing the stories through the chronicles

⇒ Overview of 15th-17th century political history

Mughal and political court.

⇒ Account of the production of court chronicles, their subsequent translation and transmission.

Akbarnama and Badshahnama

Colonialism and rural society:

⇒ Life of zamindars, peasants and artisans at the end of the 18th century

⇒ East India Company, tax regulations in various regions of India and surveys Developments during the 19th century

⇒ History of official documents: an account of the reasons why official surveys of rural societies were undertaken and the types of documents and reports produced.

⇒ Extract from the fifth report, from the accounts of Frances Buchanan – Hamilton and from the report on the Deccan riots.

What official documents say and don’t say, and how they have been used by historians.

⇒ Representations of 1857

⇒ The events of 1857-58.

Vision of unity

How the images of 1857 shaped British opinion on what had happened.

⇒ Colonialism and Indian cities: urban plans and municipal reports

⇒ Cities in India, colonization & towns, hill stations, urban planning of Madras, Calcutta & Bombay.

Photographs and paintings. City maps. Extract from town planning reports. Focus on urban planning in Calcutta

How the above sources can be used to piece together the history of cities. What these sources do not reveal.

Mahatma Gandhi through

Overview of Contemporary Eyes:

⇒ The nationalist movement 1918-48.

The nature of Gandhian politics and leadership.

⇒ Focus: Mahatma Gandhi & the three movements and his last days as “beautiful hours”

⇒ English and Indian language newspaper reports and other contemporary writings.

How newspapers can be a source of history.

Oral partition

The story of the 1940s.

Communalism and partition.

⇒ Extracts from Punjab and Bengal: Oral testimonies of those who lived the score

⇒ Number of ways in which these were analyzed to reconstruct the history of the event

The manufacture of

⇒ Constitution an overview: Independence and before the new nation-state, The making of the Constitution

The debates of the Constituent Assembly


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