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Sub Date: 10/8/2009

Time Allowed: Three Hours                                            Maximum Marks: 300
Candidates should attempt Questions 1 and 5 which are compulsory and any three of
the remaining questions selecting at ieast one question from each Section.
                                       SECTION A
1. Mark any fifteen of the following places on the map supplied to you and write
    short descriptive notes on the places plotted by you on the map:       4 x 15 = 60
    (i)      Achichhatra                             (xi) Mehrgarh
    (ii)     Amaravati                               (xii) Paithan
    (iii) Bhimbaitka                                 (xiii) Pataliputra
    (iv) Champa                                      (xiv) Samath
    (v)      Kalibangan                              (xv) Siddapura
    (vi) Kanauj                                      (xvi) Somnath
    (vii) Kapilvastu                                 (xvii) Tamralipti
    (viii) Karle                                     (xviii) Taxila
    (ix) Mahabalipuram                               (xix) Tripuri
    (x)      Mathura                                 (xx) Udaigit
2. Describe the social life of the later Vedic people. How was it different from the
    Rig-Vedic life?                                                                  60
3. Explain the social aspects of Buddhism and account for its decline in India.      60
4. Give an account of the rise of the Chalukyas of Vatapi and their struggle with
    other rulers. Write a note on their patronage of arts.                           60
                                       SECTION B
5. Write short essays in not more than 200 words each on any three of the following
    topics:                                                                20 x 3 = 60
    (a) The 'Corps of Forty' and its relations with the Sultans.                    60
    (b) The Token Currency System introduced by Muhammad Tughlaq.
    (c) Was Din-i-Ilahi 'a monument of Akbar's folly' ?
    (d) The system of the collection of Chauth and Sardesh-mukhi by the Maratha
6. The Cholas are said to have established a strong and well organised administration
    with an element of self-government at the local level. Do you agree? Give
    reasons.                                                                         60
7. Discuss the growth of the Niguna School of Bhakti Movement emphasising the
    contribution of Kabir and Nanak to it.                                           60
8. In what ways were Aurangzeb's Rajput and religious policies different from those
    of his predecessors? What were the consequences of the changes made by him?
                                       PAPER - II
Time Allowed: Three Hours                                            Maximum Marks: 300
Candidates should attempt Questions 1 and 5 which are compulsory and any three of
the remaining questions selecting at least one question from each Section.
                           SECTION A        (MODERN INDIA)
1. Comment on any THREE of the following statements in about 200 words each:
                                                                            20 x 3 = 60
    (a) 'The Treaty of Salbai (1782) was neither honourable to the English nor
        advantageous to their interests.'
    (b) 'The object of the Act (Regulating) was good, butsystem that it established
        was imperfect.'
    (c) 'Permanent Settlement disappointed manyexpectations and introduced there
        results that were not anticipated.'
    (d) 'We are therefore unable to advise the British Government that the power
        which at present resides in British hands should be handed over to two
        entirely separate sovereign States.'
2. Discuss the causes that led to the 'economic drain' in Bengal following the Battle
    of Plassey.                                                                      60
3. Examine the impact of British rule on Indian Society in the 19th Century.         60
4. Analyse Indian foreign policy of Non-alignment between 1947 and 1964.             60
                          SECTION B       (WORLD HISTORY)
5. Comment on any THREE of the following statements in about 200 words each:
                                                                            20 x 3 = 60
    (a) 'Rousseau's political philosophy contains the seedsof Socialism, Absolutism
        and Democracy.'
    (b) 'Napoleon was the child of the Revolution, but inmany ways he reversed the
        aims and principles of the movement from which he sprang'
    (c) 'To Bismarck the conclusion of the Treaty of May 20, 1882, was the
        culmination of this system.'
    (d) 'The most important single factor ....... in the yearsfollowing 1919 was the
        French demand for security.
6. Review the background of the Chartist Movement. Despite its failure how had
    their demands been met in the succeeding years?                                  60
7. What were the weaknesses and difficulties of the Weimer Republic? How did
    Hitler succeed in establishing his dictatorship?                                 60
8. Analyse the factors for the collapse of Soviet Communism and Soviet Union
    during 1985-1991.                                                                60

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