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CBSE History 2016 Exam Questions

Short Answer Type


Read the following passage and answer the question that follows :

Every citizen in a free state should be treated in a manner that satisfied not only his material wants but also his spiritual sense of the self respect and the majority community has an obligation to try and understand the problems of the minorities and empathise with their aspiration.

How could a citizen of a free nation express his imbibed values of equality and social justice while dealing with the members of the minority community ? Explain.

i. Abolishing social dogmas

ii. Respecting rights of the minority community.

iii. Granting them privileges, Equality, Social justice.

iv. Integration into mainstream and creating opportunities for them.


“The battle between the hoe and the plough was a long one”. Substantiate the statement with reference to the Santhals and Paharis of Raj Mahal Hills during 18th century.

The battle between the hoe and the plough was a long one:

i. The British wanted to bring more land under cultivation for increasing agricultural produce and revenue.They failed to convince the Paharias to practice settled

ii. Hill folk in the Rajmahal hills were known as Paharias. They depended on forest produce and shifting cultivation or their living and grew a variety of pulses and millets for consumption.

iii. The British gave land to Santhals (Damin-i-koh) to settle in cultivate. The Santhals cleared land and converted it into cultivable land.

iv. Santhals displaced the Paharias. They practiced plough agriculture and ploughed land to grow rice and cotton.



Who was John Marshall ? How did he mark a change in the Indian Archeology ? 

John Marshall was an archaeologist

He announced the discovery of a new civilization i.e. Indus Valley Civilization/ Harappa culture


Highlight any four aspects observed by the Portuguese Traveller Barbosa on the Urban Core of the Vijayanagara Empire.

Barbosa has described that the houses of ordinary people are thatched:

i. Houses are well built and strong

ii. Houses were arranged according to occupations in long streets with many open places

iii. Entire area had many shrines and small temples which indicates the prevalence of variety of cults

iv. Rainwater tanks and temple tanks served as sources of water for the people.


“The mid first millennium BCE is often regarded as a major turning point in world history.” Justify.

The reasons: 

i. Emergence of various thinkers like Socrates, Buddha etc in different parts of the world

ii. Development of kingdoms and cities

iii. Changes in social and economic life

iv. Emergence of Upanishads in India and compilation of Rig Veda.


Examine how Lord Dalhousie’s policy of annexation created dissatisfaction amongst the people of Awadh. 

Lord Dalhousie’s policy of annexation:

i. Imposition of Subsidiary Alliance reduced the powers of the Nawab. Soon after the Nawab was dethroned by the British and exiled on the basis of misgovernment. Many people followed the Nawab when he left Lucknow

ii. Dissolution of the court and its culture led many people to lost their livelihood. There was widespread sense of grief and loss

iii. The sepoys of the British army who came from Awadh carried over their grievances to the sepoy lines

iv. The new land revenue system introduced by the British imposed high taxes and was unpopular. The dissatisfaction resulted in a popular revolt. 


State the inherent problems faced by Al-Biruni in the task of understanding Indian Social and Brahmanical practices. Mention any two sources that provided him the support.

Problems faced by Al-Biruni in understanding India:

i. He could not understand Sanskrit language and found it difficult to translate Sanskrit into Arabic and Persian.

ii. Could not understand the difference in religious beliefs and practices and self-absorption of Brahmanas local population

He depended on Brahmanical works like

i. Vedas and Puranas

ii. Bhagavadgita and Manusmriti/Dharmasastras


Point out one similarity and one dissimilarity between Lingayats and Nayanars.

Similarity between lingayats and Nayanars –

i. Both opposed the caste system

ii. Both worshipped lord Shiva

Dissimilarity –

i. Nayanars were not confined to any particular region while the lingayats were popular in Karnataka

ii. Nayanars worshipped Shiva in both an idol and linga form whereas Lingayats worshipped only the linga form


Mention any two changes that were observed after 1900 BCE in Harappan civilisation. What could have brought these changes ? Explain.

Changes observed after 1900 BCE in Harappan Civilization:

i. There is a decline in the material culture and disappearance of distinctive artefacts.

ii. Long distance trade disappeared along with craft specialisation.

Reasons for changes:

i. Climatic change and deforestation.

ii. Excessive floods and overuse of the landscape.


How did Indian hill stations become racial enclaves for the Europeans in the 19th century ? Explain two reasons.

i. Europeans recreated settlements reminiscent of their homes.

ii. Churches and educational institutions were set up by the British.

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