history 2010 mains paper 1 & 2

Posted: November 5, 2010 in 2010_mains_papers

History 2010 mains paper 1


1.        mark the following places on the map supplied to you & write short descriptive notes on them. 3×20 = 60

a.        korkai

b.        eran

c.        birbhanpur

d.        rakhigarhi

e.        sannati

f.          isipattan

g.        dhanyakataka

h.        junnar

i.          edakkal

j.          paithan

k.        pandu rajar dhibi

l.          karle

m.       vatapi

n.        porkalam

o.        multan

p.        bairat

q.        chanhudaro

r.         rajim

s.        tripuri


2.a. to what extend archeological materials are useful in understanding the progress of Neolithic man in India? 30 mrks

b. examine the significance of the deities depicted on the coins of the kushans 30 mks


3.a. examine the view that the sacrifice was ritual & form of social exchange in vedic India . 30 mks

b. assess the role of guilds & trade organizations in the development of early Indian economy. 30 mks


4. what light do early inscriptions & literatures throw on the status of women in politico-socio-economic sphere? 60 mks


Section b


5. write short notes in not more than 200 words each on any 3 of the following. 20×3 = 60

a. provide comparative analysis of development of Arabic & Persian historiography.

b. discuss social dynamics in the vijayanagara empire

c. discuss different types of karkhanas in mughal India. how was the production organized  in the karkhanas?

d. critically evaluate various approaches to study of medieval Indian towns


6.a. examine the increasing importance of maritime trade of India during 13th to 15th centuries. 30 mks

b. to what extent “monetary anaemia” afflicted the erstwhile commercial economy during the early medieval period? 30 mks


7.a. comment on the turco-mongol theory of sovereignity. To what extent was it adopted by babur & humayun? 30 mks

b. how did shivaji organize his administration & finances to consolidate his power? 30 mks


8.a. what was Indian response to European technology? 30 mks

b. how far do you agree with the view that the temples in early medieval period were catalyst in spreading education? 30 mks


History 2010 mains paper 2

(modern India)

1.        critically evaluate the following statements in about 200 words each: 20×3 = 60

a.        the educated middle class in 19th century often found the domain of reason to be oppressive , as it implied the historical necessity of “civilizing colonial rule”.

b.        Railway development in india provides an interesting instance of private enterprise at public risk.

c.        The active participation of aruna asaf ali in 1942 movement symbolized the role of women in India’s freedom movement struggle.


2.a. in terms of administrative structure , the government of India act 1858,…meant more continuing tan change. Do you agree? Substantiate. 20 mks.

b. punjab’s fate after ranjith singh was foredoomed as the impulse of neo Victorian imperialism was bound to over whelm it. Elucidate. 20 mks

c. the developments during 1937-39 greatly undermined the ability of the Indian national congress to push through the agenda of national unity. Comment. 20 mks


3.a. what role did the economic ideas play in the early phase of british rule in the shaping of land tenure policy? 30 mks

b. discuss the extent to which the Indian renaissance movement contributed towards the rise of nationalist consciousness. 30 mks


4.a. to what extent did the process of commercialization  of agriculture affect the rural scene in India? 30 mks

b. discuss the factors that led to the growth of dalit consciousness & mention the major movements aimed at their empowerments. 30 mks


section b

(world history)

5. critically evaluate the following statements in about 200 words each: 20×3 = 60

a. …. He(Voltaire) was living in the age of enlightenment  …. The age itself was not enlightened.  E. kant.

b. all long marches begin eith small steps.

c. the essence of perestroika is for people to feel they are country’s master. Gorbachev.


6.a. how far it is correct to say that every feature of American constitution was ultimately of English origin? 20 mks

b. what do you understand by imperialism? State briefly its unique features in case of Africa. 20 mks

c. to what extent did napoleon’s economic war with England become his undoing? 20 mks


7.a. critically examine the dutch colonial policy in Indonesia. 30 mks

b. Europe faced peace in 1945 politically disorganized & economically crippled. Elaborate. 30 mks


8.a. the eastern question has always been an international question. Elucidate. 30 mks

b. explain the circumstances leading to the emergence of 3rd world & analyse its impact on world affairs. 30 mks


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