CBSE (UGC) NET June-December 2016 Syllabus for Indian Culture

CBSE (UGC) NET Indian Culture Syllabus 2012

Code No. 50

Subject: Indian Culture

Note:

  • There will be two question papers, CBSE (UGC) NET Indian Culture Paper II and Paper III.
  • Paper II will consist of 50 questions worth 2 mark each.
  • Paper III will consist of 75 questions worth 2 mark each.

CBSE (UGC) NET Indian Culture Paper II

  1. Sources: Archaeology, Literature, Foreign Accounts

  2. Early Human Settlements in India: Pre-and proto-historic cultures, Rise of India's main language families Indo-Aryans, Dravidians and others. Indus Civilization-general characteristics. Vedic culture: Veda and Vedangas, political institutions, social and economic conditions, religious practices and ideas.

  3. Age of Religious Movements and Mauryan Empire: Religious, social and economic conditions, political institutions, Mauryan culture, polity, economy, art and architecture, Asoka-his edicts and Dhamma. Sangam Age: Literature, society, economy.

  4. Sunga, Satavahana and Kushans: New trends in art, literature and religion, Stupa, rock-cut architecture, sculpture, economy, coinage, growth of urban centres, routes, trade and commerce, social life and thought; Literature, Dharmashastra, Natyashastra, Kamasutra, Ayurveda, Panchatantra; Religious Systems and Sects-Hindu, Buddhist and Jain.

  5. Age of Guptas, Vakatakas and Pallavas: Literature, education and sciences, religion, society, polity, economy, architecture, sculpture and painting; Cultural contacts with outside world.

  6. Early Medieval Period: Legacies of classical ideas and patterns and development of new trends in Indian society and thought; Temple styles-Nagara, Vesara and Dravida; Vedanta-Sankara, Ramanuja; Bhakti, Pauranic religion, Tantra, literature, society, polity, feudalism. Efflorescence of Indian cultural contacts; Islam in India; Alberuni on India.

  7. Sultanate Period: Indo-Islamic architecture, regional styles, religious and philosophic developments; Islamic influence on Indian society and culture; Muslim interest in Indian classics; Acharya traditions, Bhakti; Sufism in India; Literary developments-Sanskrit, Persian and regional languages; Cultural contributions of Vijayanagara empire.

  8. Mughal India: Social conditions; Akbar and his policies, Persian literature, Abul Fazl, Dara Shukoh, Growth of Vaishnava Bhakti, Sikhism; Mughal architecture and painting; Regional styles of painting; Classical Indian Music including pre-Mughal antecedents; Development of Hindi and Urdu literature; Sawai Jai Singh's astronomical contributions. Arrival and spread of Christianity, European studies of India-William Jones and Fort William College, Asiatic Society; Influence of Christian Missionaries.

  9. Impact of Western Ideas and Indian Responses: Indian education and press; Bengal Renaissance, Reform movements in Bengal and other regions-women, education and social evils, administrative measures for social reforms (1828 − 1857). Indian Nationalism-rise, salient features and its cultural expressions with special reference to literature, art and education, Gandhian ideas. Indian culture since Independence; Tradition and modernity.

  10. Indian Culture Studies: Indian Classics Objectivity and Bias; relationship with ancillary disciplines; Modern writings on Indian culture; Heritage of India and world's debt to Indian culture.

CBSE (UGC) NET Indian Culture Paper III-A (Core Group)

  • Unit-I: Meaning and process of culture; Sources-Acrhaeology, Literature, Foreign accounts.
  • Unit-II: Early human settlements in India-pre-and proto-historic cultures, Indus Civilization-Origin, extent, date, art, architecture, religion, society, economy; Vedic culture-Religion, society, polity, economy; Changes in the later Vedic period.
  • Unit-III: Religious movements in the sixth and fifth centuries BC with special reference to Buddhism and Jainism; Social and economic changes; Impact of Persian and Greek invasions; Role of Mauryan empire in Indian cultural unification; Asoka-his edicts and Dhamma; Mauryan art, polity and economy; Sangam age-Society and economy.
  • Unit-IV: Cultural configurations during the Sunga-Satavahana-Kushana era-New trends in art, literature and religion; Stupa and rock-cut architecture, sculpture; Dharmashastra, Natyashastra, Kamasutra, Panchatantra, Ayurveda; Religious sects and schools-Hindu, Buddhist and Jain.
  • Unit-V: Developments during the Gupta-Vakataka-Pallava age-Literature, education, science, religion, society, polity, economy, architecture, sculpture, painting; Cultural contacts with outside world.
  • Unit-VI: Legacies of classical ideas and patterns and development of new trends in Indian society and thought during the early medieval times; Vedanta-Sankara, Ramanjua; Bhakti, Tantra, Alavars, Nayanars; Temple styles Nagara, Vesara, Dravida; Literature, society, polity feudalism; Effloresence of Indian cultural contacts; Islam in India; Alberuni on India.
  • Unit-VII: Indo-Islamic architecture during the Sultanate period; regional styles; Religious and philosophical developments-Bhakti and acharya traditions; Sufism in India; Islamic influences on Indian society and culture; Muslim interest in Indian classics; Literary developments, Sanskrit, Persian and regional languages; Cultural contributions of Vijayanagara empire.
  • Unit-VIII: New cultural trends in Mughal India; Religious liberalism-Akbar, Abul Fazl, Dara Shikoh; Growth of Vaishnava Bhakti; Foundation of Sikhism to the institution of Khalsa; Mughal architecture and painting, regional styles; Classical Indian music including pre-Mughal antecedents; Development of Hindi and Urdu literature; Sawai Jai Singh's astronomical contributions; Arrival and spread of Christianity; European studies of India-William Jones and Fort William College, Asiatic Society of Bengal, influence of Christian Missionaries.
  • Unit-IX: Influx of Western ideas and Indian response; English education and press; Bengal renaissance; Reform movements in Bengal and other regions, Administrative Measures for Social Reforms (1828 − 1857), Indian reformers-Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Keshav Chandra Sen, Mahagovinda Ranade, Jyotiba Phule, Dayanand Saraswati, Vivekananda, Syed. Ahmad Khan; Indian nationalism-Rise, salient features and its cultural expressions in literature, art and education, Gandhian ideas-tradition and modernity.
  • Unit-X: Indian Classics, Indian culture studies, Objectivity and bias; Relationship with ancillary disciplines; Scope of research; Primary and Secondary sources; Heritage of India; World's debt to Indian culture.

CBSE (UGC) NET Indian Culture Paper III-B (Elective or Optional)

  • Elective-I: Vedic Religion-Early and later-mythology, religious practices, ethical and philosophical ideas; Evolution of Pauranic Hinduism and Hindu Religious systems-Vaishnavism, Saivism, Saktism with principal sects; Alvar and Nayanar traditions of South India; Bhagvad Gita, Yoga and Vedanta-Sankara and Ramanuja; Buddhism, Jainism, Tantra; Bhakti movement; Religious reform movements-Brahma Samaj, Arya Samaj, Ram Krishna Mission.
  • Elective-II: Indus Valley architecture, town planning and sculpture; Mauryan architecture and sculpture; Origin and evolution of Stupa architecture; Development of rock-cut architecture-Cave, Chaitya, Vihara, Temple; Origin and evolution of Hindu temple-Gupta, Chalukya, Pallava, Rashtrakuta, Khajuraho, Orissan, Chola and later developments in the South India; Sunga-Satavahana sculptures-Bharhut, Bodh Gaya, Sanchi and Amaravati; Gandhar, Mathura and Sarnath schools of sculpture; Post-Gupta regional styles of sculpture; Cave paintings of Ajanta and Bagh; Iconography of Vishnu, Shiva. Kartikeya, Ganesha, Surya, Sakti, Tirthankara, Buddha, Bodhisattva, Tara.
  • Elective-III: Social thought and evolution of Indian society; Varnasrama Dharma; Caste system, Asramas, Purushartas, Samsakaras, family, education, position of women, Parda system, Sati, slavery, untouchability, Festivals and pastimes; Legal Institutions sources of Hindu Law, Proprietory rights, succession, judicial procedure, attempts at social reforms in medieval and modern times. Indian polity-nature of State, kingship, republics, local self-government, inter State relations; taxation; Economic life-argiculture, trade, commerce, industries, guilds, urbanisation, towns and cities.
  • Elective-IV: Origin and development of Bhakti, Alvar and Nayanar traditions of South India; Bhakti movement; Islam in India; Sufism, Sikhism; Indo-Islamic architecture-Sultanate and Mughal period; Mughal painting and regional styles; Medieval Indian society, nobility, peasantry and slavery; Economic life-agriculture, trade, commerce, industries, urbanisation, towns and cities.
  • Elective-V: Indian renaissance; Social-religious reform movements of the 19th and 20th centuries-Brahma Samaj, Prarthana Samaj, Arya Samaj, Ramkrishna Mission, Wahabi Movement. Dalit Movement; Spread of modern education; Challenges from the west; Nationalism and culture-Bengali literature, Bankim Chandra Chatterji, Ravindra Nath Tagore, Qazi Nazrul Islam; Hindi and Urdu-Prem Chand and Iqbal, other regional languages and literature; British impact on Indian economy; Rise of Indian nationalism-Tilak, Gandhi, Modern art-painting, architecture, dance, music; Indian culture since independence; Tradition and modernity.