History Optional Previous Year Papers are invaluable resources for aspirants preparing for competitive exams, particularly the Civil Services Examination. These papers, drawn from previous years’ question papers, provide candidates with a deep insight into the exam’s pattern, the type of questions asked, and the level of difficulty. They serve as a practical tool for honing one’s historical knowledge, critical thinking, and time management skills. By practicing these papers, candidates can familiarize themselves with the nuances of history as a subject and gain the confidence needed to excel in the examination. Furthermore, analyzing and dissecting previous year papers helps aspirants identify relevant topics, prioritize their study material, and tailor their preparation to meet the specific requirements of the History Optional paper.
Question Paper Specific Instructions
- Please read each of the following instructions carefully before attempting questions :
- There are EIGHT questions divided in two SECTIONS and printed both in HINDI and in ENGLISH.
- Candidate has to attempt FIVE questions in all.
- Questions no. 1 and 5 are compulsory and out of the remaining, THREE are to be attempted choosing at least ONE from each section.
- The number of marks carried by a question / part is indicated against it.
- Answers must be written in the medium authorized in the Admission Certificate which must be stated clearly on the cover of this Question-cum-Answer (QCA) Booklet in the space provided. No marks will be given for answers written in a medium other than the authorized one.
- Word limit in questions, wherever specified, should be adhered to.
- Illustrate your answers with suitable sketches, maps and diagrams. These shall be drawn in the space provided for answering the question itself.
- Attempts of questions shall be counted in chronological order. Unless struck off, attempt of a question shall be counted even if attempted partly. Any page or portion of the page left blank in the answer book must be clearly struck off.
History Optional Question Paper-1 (2014)
1. Identify the following places marked on the map supplied to you and write a short note of about 30 words on each of them in your Question-cum Answer Booklet. Locational hints for each of the places marked on the map are given below seriatim :
(i) An ancient capital
(ii) A Palaeolithic site
(iii) A cultural centre
(iv) An ancient capital
(v) A Palaeolithic site
(vi) A historical site
(vii) A Harappan site
(viii) An ancient capital
(ix) A political and cultural centre
(x) A Megalithic site
(xi) A Mesolithic site
(xii) A Chalcolithic site
(xiii) A prehistoric site
(xiv) A political and cultural centre
(xv) An ancient
(xvi) A lost port
(xvii) Rock-cave art centre
(xviii) An ancient capital
(xix) A political and cultural centre
(xx) An ancient town
2. (a) “While using the accounts of foreign writers, historians must distinguish between statements based on hearsay and those grounded in perceptive observations.” Elaborate with examples.
(b) “The Upanishadic principles embody the epitome of the Vedic thought Discuss.
(c) Review critically the evolution of different schools of art in the Indian subcontinent between the second century.
3. (a) In what ways can the Megalithic culture be considered a foundational phase of the history of peninsular India ?
(b) Do you think the Harappan civilization had a diversity of subsistence base ?
(c) Discuss different interpretations of historians about the nature of Ashoka’s Dhamma’. Did his principle of ‘Dhamma-vijaya’ render the Mauryan Empire militaristically weak?
4. (a) Buddha’s teachings to a large extent could be helpful in understanding and resolving the problem of today’s society. Analyse critically.
(b) Discuss the provincial and district administrative units of the Gupta Empire with the designations and functions of the officers.
(c) What were the privileges granted to the donees in land – grant charters of early India? How far were these charters responsible for integration or disintegration of socio-political milieu?
SECTION – B
5.Answer the following question in about 150 words each :
(a) Critically analyse the agricultural economy from 750 to 1200 CE.
(b) Evaluate the contribution of Vaishnava saints to the growth of medieval Bhakti literature.
(c) Analyse the ordinances mentioned by Barani which Alauddin Khilji promulgated for market control.
(d) Give a brief account of resistance offered by Ahom State against the Mughal rule.
(e) How was Cartaz system used by the Portuguese to maintain their control overthe oceanic trade?
6. (a)Evaluating various theories regarding the Chola State, throw light on its village assemblies.
(b) Trace the technological and stylistic development in the architecture of the Sultanate period.
(c) Analyse the Mughal monetary system and examine their policy of minting of coins.
7. (a) Evaluate the ‘Kitab al-Hind’ of Alberuni as a source of history of India.
(b) Evaluating the theory of kingship of the Sultanate, discuss the deviations seen in the reigns of different Sultans.
(c) “The Battle of Plassey that decided the fate of Bengal was won by Clive through intrigues.” Explain.
8. (a) To what extent is ‘Segmentary State model relevant for defining the Vijayanagar State? Critically examine.
(b) How are Iqta system of the Sultans different from the Jagir system under the Mughals?
(c) “India had been for hundreds of years Lancashire of the Eastern world.” Critically examine this view.
History Optional Question Paper-2 (2014)
Q1 (a) “Plassey did not complete the British conquest of India. Had the English been convincingly defeated in any subsequent battle in India, then (the battle of) Plassey would have remained as a minor episode in the history of India.”
(b) “Montague-Chelmsford reform proposals introduced ‘dyarchy’ but blurred the lines of responsibility.”
(c) “The military, feudal and traditional overtones of the Revolt of 1857 were overshadowed by its nationalist or proto-nationalist character.”
(d) “The ‘safely-valve thesis’ does not adequately explain the birth of the Indian National Congress in 1885.”
(e) “M.K. Gandhi made a gross mistake in championing the Khilafat cause an extra-territorial issue which cut at the very roots of Indian nationality.”
Q2 (a) “The Dual System of Government was a complete failure from the outset. In the first place, the abuse of the private trade reached a greater height than over. In the second place, the demands of the Company for the increase led to gross oppression of the peasantry.”
(b) “………instead of rejecting the plan (Cabinet Mission Plan), they (the Congress Leadership) resorted to a half-baked legalistic stratagem to reserve their position on its long-term arrangements and accepted its short-term provisions.” Critically examine.
(c) “Dalit Movements for empowerment in independent India have essentially been for carving out political space through electoral politics.” “discuss.
Q3 (a) “Politics remained for the bulk of the Moderates very much apart-time affair. The Congress was not a political party, but an annual three-day show………” Elucidate.
(b) “The Anti-Partition Agitation (1909) had an economic character in Bengal unlike the Extremist Agitation in Maharashtra which had a religious character.” Examine.
(c) “Sardar Patel accomplished a silent revolution by ensuring the absorption and assimilation of a multitude of principalities without shedding even a drop of blood.” Elucidate.
Q4 (a) “Though Sri Ramakrishna became the prophet of neo-Hinduism, he never claimed to have founded a new religion.” Elaborate.
(b) “Why did the British finally quit India on 15th August. 1947? The Imperialist answer is that independence was simply the fulfilment of Britain’s self-appointed mission to assist the Indian people to self-government.” Examine.
(c) To what extent did the Freedom Movement in India influence the Liberation Movement in Africa?
SECTION – B
Q5 (a) “Rousseau strove to reconcile the liberty of the individual and the institution of Government through a new vision of the Contract-Theory of Government.”
(b) “The commercial and industrial interests created a veritable hothouse atmosphere in Europe for the establishment of colonies.”
(c) “Enlightened despots (Europe) were not necessarily politically liberal.”
(d) “…………the passing of the ‘Reform Act’ marked the real beginning of modern party organization in England……… In a real sense, the present political system of England dates from 1832.”
(e) “The Russo-Japanese War helped in the rise of japan as great power.”
Q6 (a)“American Revolution seems to have come with remarkable suddenness. A roster of talented leaders emerged during 1763 to 1775 to make it happen.” Elucidate.
(b) “If we were to define our conception of the States, our answer would be that the State is the banker of the poor. The government would finance and supervise the purchase of productive equipments and the formation of social workshops.” In light of the above statements of Louis Blanc, throw light on the Pre-Marxist Socialist Thought in Europe.
(c) To what extent did the expansion of European Powers in the late 19th century help in the modernization of Africa?
Q7 (a) “The Declaration of Rights was the death-warrant of the system of privilege, and so of the ancient regime Yet in the history of ideas it belonged rather to the past than to the future.” Examine.
(b) Critical examine the socio-cultural and economic impact of migration in Europe and Asia in the 18th and 19th centuries.
(c) Discuss the circumstances leading the Suez, Crisis of 1956 and examine its repercussions on global politics.
Q8 (a)“Europe was eclipsed through European folly due to the two world wars.” Elucidate.
(b) “The language of narrow nationalism held at. Frankfurt destroyed the German Revolution; as the fatal idea of aggrandizement of the House of Savoy. Destroyed the Italian Revolution.” Discuss.
(c) Discuss the nature of American overseas expansion in Asia and explain the consequences.
FAQs on History Optional Previous Year Paper
Q: What is the significance of practicing History Optional Previous Year Papers for competitive exams like the Civil Services Examination?
A: Practicing History Optional Previous Year Papers is essential as it allows aspirants to understand the examination’s pattern, question types, and difficulty levels. It helps candidates fine-tune their historical knowledge and analytical skills, boosts confidence, and aids in time management. By solving these papers, candidates can identify their strengths and weaknesses, focus on relevant topics, and tailor their preparation effectively.
Q: How can one access History Optional Previous Year Papers for exam preparation?
A: History Optional Previous Year Papers are readily available in various formats, such as printed books, online PDFs, and study materials from coaching institutes. Aspirants can access these papers from official websites, specialized bookstores, or online platforms dedicated to competitive exam materials. Many educational websites also provide free downloads of these papers, making them easily accessible to candidates.
Q: Are History Optional Previous Year Papers sufficient for exam preparation, or should they be used in conjunction with other study materials?
A: While History Optional Previous Year Papers are crucial for exam preparation, they should not be the sole source of study material. Aspirants should use these papers in conjunction with comprehensive history textbooks, reference books, and study guides to ensure a thorough understanding of historical events and concepts. Combining previous year papers with other resources can help candidates develop a well-rounded knowledge base and better tackle the diverse questions that may appear in the examination.
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