IAS Mains History Papers 2004

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IAS Mains History 2004

Paper I

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 × 15 = 60

    1. Achichhatra

    2. Amaravati

    3. Bhimbaitka

    4. Champa

    5. Kalibangan

    6. Kanauj

    7. Kapilvastu

    8. Karle

    9. Mahabalipuram

    10. Mathura

    11. Mehrgarh

    12. Paithan

    13. Pataliputra

    14. Samath

    15. Siddapura

    16. Somnath

    17. Tamralipti

    18. Taxila

    19. Tripuri

    20. Udaigit

  2. Describe the social life of the later Vedic people. How was it different from the

  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.

Section B

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

    1. The ‘Corps of Forty’ and its relations with the Sultans.

    2. The Token Currency System introduced by Muhammad Tughlaq.

    3. Was Din-i-Ilahi ‘a monument of Akbar's folly’

    4. The system of the collection of Chauth and Sardesh-mukhi by the Maratha

  2. 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

  3. Discuss the growth of the Niguna School of Bhakti Movement emphasising the contribution of Kabir and Nanak to it.

  4. 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

Section A

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

    1. ‘The Treaty of Salbai (1782) was neither honourable to the English nor advantageous to their interests.’ was imperfect. Results that were not anticipated. ‘entirely separate sovereign States.’ of Plassey. 60

    2. The object of the Act (Regulating) was good, butsystem that it established

    3. Permanent Settlement disappointed manyexpectations and introduced there

    4. 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

  2. Discuss the causes that led to the ‘economic drain’ in Bengal following the Battle

  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

    1. Rousseau's political philosophy contains the seeds of Socialism, Absolutism

    2. Napoleon was the child of the Revolution, but inmany ways he reversed the aims and principles of the movement from which he sprang

    3. To Bismarck the conclusion of the Treaty of May 20, 1882, was the culmination of this system.

    4. The most important single factor. In the yearsfollowing 1919 was the

    French demand for security.

Section B

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

  2. Review the background of the Chartist Movement. Despite its failure how had their demands been met in the succeeding years?

  3. What were the weaknesses and difficulties of the Weimer Republic? How did Hitler succeed in establishing his dictatorship?

  4. Analyse the factors for the collapse of Soviet Communism and Soviet Union during 1985 − 1991.

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