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History and Civics Class 9 ICSE CISCE Topics and Syllabus

Academic year:

Units and Topics

1 History -
2 Civics -
 Total -


1 History
1.1 The Harappan Civilisation


Great Bath,
bearded man,
dancing girl,
urban planning,
art & craft,
and its decline. 

1.2 The Vedic Period

Sources: Vedas and Epics (brief mention); Iron Artifacts and Pottery.
Brief comparative study of Early and Later Vedic society and economy.

1.3 Jainism and Buddhism

Sources: Angas, Tripitikas, and Jatakas (brief mention).
Causes for their rise in the 6th century B.C.; Doctrines.

1.4 The Mauryan Empire
1.5 The Sangam Age
1.6 The Age of the Guptas

Sources: Account of Fa-Hien; Allahabad Pillar Inscription.
Political history and administration (Samudragupta and Chandragupta Vikramaditya);
Contribution to the fields of Education (Nalanda University), Science (Aryabhatta), and Culture (works of Kalidasa, Deogarh temple).

1.7 Medieval India

(a) The Cholas
Sources: Inscriptions; Brihadishwara Temple.
Political history and administration (Rajaraja I, Rajendra I).

(b) The Delhi Sultanate
Sources: Inscriptions; Qutab Minar.
Political history and administration (Qutbuddin Aibak, Alauddin Khilji, and Muhammad Bin Tughlaq).

(c) The Mughal Empire
Sources: Ain-i-Akbari, Taj Mahal, Jama Masjid, and Red Fort.
Political history and administration (Babur, Akbar, and Aurangzeb).

(d) Composite Culture
Sources: Bijak, Guru Granth Sahib, Ajmer Sharief, St. Francis Assisi Church (Kochi).
Significance of Bhakti Movements and Sufism (Mirabai, Sant Jnaneswar and Hazrat
Nizamuddin). Influence of Christianity (St. Francis Xavier).

1.8 The Modern Age in Europe

(a) Renaissance

  • Definition,
  • causes (capture of Constantinople, decline of Feudalism, new trade routes, spirit
    of enquiry and invention of the printing press)

  • impact on art, literature, and science (Leonardo Da Vinci, William Shakespeare, and Copernicus).

(b) Reformation
Causes of reformation (dissatisfaction with the practices of the Catholic Church and new
learning); Martin Luther’s contribution, Counter-Reformation.

(c) Industrial Revolution
Definition of the term. Comparative study of
Socialism and Capitalism.

2 Civics
2.1 Our Constitution

Definition of Constitution -

  • date of adoption,
  • date of enforcement and its significance.
  • Features: Single Citizenship,
  • Universal Adult Franchise,
  • Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties,
  • Directive Principles of State Policy (meaning),
  • Welfare State.
2.2 Elections

Meaning; Composition of Election Commission (in brief); Direct and Indirect election; General
election; Mid-term election and By-election. 

2.3 Local Self Government

(i) Rural: Three-tier system of Panchayati Raj – Gram Panchayat, Panchayat Samiti, Zila Parishad – their meaning and functions.

(ii) Urban: Municipal Committees and Municipal Corporations – meaning and functions.

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