IAS Mains History 2009

Paper-I

Section A

  1. Marks any fifteen of the following places on the map supplied to you and write short descriptive notes on these places marked by you. 4 × 15 = 60

    1. Koldihwa

    2. Kuchai

    3. Utnar

    4. Patne

    5. Semthan

    6. Bagasra

    7. Balatha

    8. Hallur

    9. Kandahar

    10. Ter

    11. Uchh

    12. Gyaraspur

    13. Uttaramerur

    14. Lalkot

    15. Sittanavasal

    16. Mansura

    17. Jaunpur

    18. Daojali Hading

    19. Machilipatnam

    20. Mahisadal

  2. In what ways are the accounts of the Graeco Romans and the Chinese helpful in reconstructing the social history of India? How far is their information corroborated by other Contemporary sources. 60

  3. Answer the following

    1. Evaluate the various approaches to the understanding of vedic religion. 30

    2. Give an account of the use of gold coins by commoners in the Gupta Period. 30

  4. Bring out the regional variations in the early South Indian Temple's architectural styles. 60

Section B

  1. Write short essays in not more than 200 words each on any three of the following: 20 × 3 = 60

    1. Applicability of the term ‘Indian Feudalism’ to early Medieval Society.

    2. Muhammad Tughluq as an agrarian innovator.

    3. Implications of Akbar's notion of Sulh-i-kul.

    4. Estimates of population of Mughal India.

  2. Answer the questions below

    1. How far can the village assemblies or communities under the Cholas be really called democratic. 30

    2. Assess Kalhana's views on History. 30

  3. Answer the questions below

    1. Identify the main factors that sustained the expansion of urban economy in the Delhi Sultanate. 30

    2. Give an estimate of Akbar as a promoter of technology. 30

  4. Answer the questions below

    1. Give a critical assessment of the contributions of Amir Khusarau and Barani to Indo Persian Literature. 30

    2. The major cause of revolts against the Mughal Empire during the latter half of the 17th century were economic, rather than religious. Discuss. 30

Paper II

Each Question is printed both in Hindi and English Medium. Answer must be written in the medium specified in the Admission Certificate issued to you, which must be stated clearly on the cover of the answer book in the space provided for the purpose. No Marks will be given for the answers written in a medium other than that specific in the Admission Certificate. Candidates should attempt Question No. 1 and 5 which are compulsory and any three of the remaining questions selecting at least one question from each Section. The number of marks carried by each question is indicated at the end of the question. Answer should be precise and to the point.

Section A

  1. Comment on any three of the following statements in about 200 words each: 20 × 3 = 60

    1. Though the Permanent Settlement had serious defects, it gave tranquility to the countryside and stability to the government.

    2. The Arya Samaj may quite logically be pronounced as the outcomes of conditions imported into India by the west (Lala Lajpat Rai).

    3. Please remember, in granting separate electorates we are sowing the dragons's teeth and harvest will be bitter (Morley).

    4. The annexation of Awadh shook the loyalty of the

    Sepoy's, as it was for them an ultimate proof of untrustworthiness of the British.

  2. Answer the questions below

    1. Why was Mysore considered a threat by the British to their possessions and mercantile interests in the south? Do You think that Tipu Sultan's posturing became his undoing? 30

    2. How did the East India Company became the dejure power in

    India? 30

  3. Answer the questions below

    1. How did social legislation in the nineteenth century improve the condition of women in India? 30

    2. Analyze the social composition of the early Congress leadership. 30

  4. Answer the questions below

    1. Discuss as to why the congress accepted the partition of India in 1947.30

    2. Do you think that Quit India movement was a Spontaneous Revolution? 30

Section B:

  1. Comment on any three of the following statements in about 200 words each: 20 × 3 = 60

    1. The capitalism which gave the European empires their apparent solidarity and permanence also hastened their downfall.

    2. In all the long annals of Imperialism, the partition of Africa is a remarkable freak.

    3. Hitler did not really want a world War. His intention was only a short war with Poland (A. J. P. Taylar).

    4. Arab nationalism and oil these were the principal

    Factors in complicating the relations of middle eastern countries with the outside world.

  2. Answer the questions below

    1. Discuss the emergence of neo-imperialism in the late nineteenth century. 30

    2. What was the extent of industrilisation in western Europe by the end of the nineteenth century? 30

  3. Answer the questions below

    1. How did Nepoleon Bonapart fuse the old France with the new? 30

    2. Why did Vietnam go through thirty years of war after the second world war? 30

  4. Answer the questions below

    1. Account for the overthrow of the Tsarist regime in Russia 30

    2. Examine the peace keeping efforts of the United

Nations Organization. 30