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CBSE Sample Papers for Class 12 History Paper 6

Board CBSE
Class XII
Subject History
Sample Paper Set Paper 6
Category CBSE Sample Papers

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Time: 3 Hours
Maximum Marks: 80

General Instructions

(i) Answer all the questions. Some questions have internal choice. Marks are indicated against each question.
(ii) Answer to question nos l to 3 carrying 2 marks should not exceed 30 words each.
(iii) Answer to question nos. 4 to 9 carrying 4 marks should not exceed 100 words. Students should attempt only 5 questions in this section.
(iv) Question 10 (for 4 marks) is a value based question and compulsory question.
(v) Answer to question nos 11to 13 carrying 8 marks should not exceed 350 words.
(vi) Questions 14 -16 are source based questions and have no internal choice.
(vii) Question 17 is a map question includes ‘identification’ and significant’ test items.


Answer all the questions given below:

Question 1:
Who wrote Harshacharita? What is it about?

Question 2:
Who was Basavanna? Which Bhakti movement did he lead?

Question 3:
What was the significance of the Congress annual session at Lahore in Dec. 1929?


Answer any five of the following questions:

Question 4:
What were found in burials at the Harappan sites? Discuss.

Question 5:
In what way the begums of Bhopal helped in preserving the Stupa at Sanchi?

Question 6:
Discuss the major teachings of Guru Nanak Dev.

Question 7:
Discuss the distinctive features of the Vitthala Temple.

Question 8:
Explain the religious causes for the mutiny of 1857.

Question 9:
“India is a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic” How? Explain.


Value Based Question

Question 10:
Read the following passage and answer the question that follow:

The Constituent Assembly finally recommended that untouchability be abolished. Hindu temples be thrown open to all castes, and seats in legislature and jobs in government offices be reserved for the lowest castes.
Untouchability was a social evil which was abolished by the Constituent Assembly. Which values were to be expected to develop among the people of the different caste groups?


Answer all the questions given below:

Question 11:
What is vama system? Explain the ideal occupations for each vama.
Discuss the causes for the development of a new belief of Mahayana in Buddhism.

Question 12:
Discuss the unique system of communication in India which amazed Ibn Battuta with special reference to the postal system.
What were the collective features of the Mughal nobility?

Question 13:
Discuss the impacts of American civil war of 1861 on Indian peasants.
Examine the conditions of women in the social changes that took place in the cities during the 19th century.


Source Based Question

Question 14:
Read the following excerpt carefully and answer the questions that follow:

The Malabar Coast

Here is an excerpt from Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, composed by an anonymous Greek sailor (c. first century CE): They (i.e. traders from abroad) send large ships to these market – towns on account of the great quantity and bulk of pepper and malabathrum (possibly cinnamon, produced in these regions). These are imported here, in the first place, a great quantity of coin; topaz …antimony (a mineral used as a colouring substance), coral, crude glass, copper, tin, lead… There is exported pepper, which is produced in quantity in only one region near these markets … Besides this there are exported great quantities of fine pearls, ivory, silk cloth,… transparent stones of all kinds, diamonds and sapphires, and tortoise shell. Archaeological evidence of a bead-making industry, using precious and semi-precious stones, has been found in Kodumanal (Tamil Nadu). It is likely that local traders brought the stones mentioned in the Periplus from sites such as these to the coastal ports.

  1. How did the exchange of goods take place?
  2.  Mention the working of the bead making industry.
  3.  Write the importance of the Malabar coast.

Question 15:
Read the following excerpt carefully and answer the questions that follow:

Cash or Kind?

The Ain on land revenue collection: Let him (the amil – guzar) not make it a practice of taking only in cash but also in kind. The latter is effected in several ways. First, kankut: in the Hindi language kan signifies grain, and kut, estimates … If any doubts arise, the crops should be cut and estimated in three lots, the good, the middling, and the inferior, and the hesitation removed. Often, too, the land taken by appraisement, gives a sufficiently accurate return. Secondly, batai, also called bhaoli, the crops are reaped and stacked and divided by agreement in the presence of the parties. But in this case several intelligent inspectors are required; otherwise, the evil- minded and false are given to deception. Thirdly, khet-batai, when they divide the fields after they are sown. Fourthly, lang batai, after cutting the grain, they form it in heaps and divide it among themselves, and each takes his share home and turns it to profit.

  1.  What was Kankut?
  2.  Which of the four methods of revenue collection was best suited for the farmer?
  3.  Name the four methods of assessing the land revenue.

Question 16:
Read the following excerpt carefully and answer the questions that follow:

I believe sparate electorates will be suicidal to minorities

During the debate on 27 August 1947, Govind Ballabh Pant said: I believe separate electorates will be suicidal to the minorities and will do them tremendous harm. If they are isolated for ever, they can never convert themselves into a majority and the feeling of frustration will cripple them even from the very beginning. What is it that you desire and what is our ultimate objective? Do the minorities always want to remain as minorities or do they ever expect to form an integral part of a great nation and as such to guide and control its destinies? If they do, can they ever achieve that aspiration and that ideal if they are isolated from the rest of the community? I think it would be extremely dangerous for them if they were segregated from the rest of the community and kept aloof in an air-tight compartment where they would have to rely on others even for the air they breathe… The minorities if they are returned by separate electorates can never have any effective voice.

  1. What are separate electorates?
  2. Why were some Muslims like Begum Aizaz Rasul against it?
  3. Why did G.B Pant felt separate electorates would be suicidal for the minorities? When did he say so?

Question 17:
(17.1) On the given outline map of India locate and label the following with appropriate symbols:
(a) Surat: (city under British control 1857)
(b) Jhansi: (centre of the revolt)

(17.2). On the same outline map of India, three centres related to mature Harappan sites have been marked as A, B, and C. Identify them and write their correct names on the lines drawn after them.


Answer 1:
(i) Banabhatta wrote Harshacharita.
(ii) Harshacharita is a biography of Harshvardhana, who was the ruler of Kannauj Banabhatta composed it in Sanskrit.

Answer 2:
(i) Basavanna was a brahmana. He was initially a jaina and minister in the court of Chalukya king.
(ii) His followers were known as Virashaivas, the heros of Shiva.

Answer 3:
(i) The election of Jawaharlal Nehru as President.
(ii) The proclamation of commitment to ‘Puma Swaraj’.

Answer 4:
(i) Jewellery has been traced in burials of both men and women. There are several instances where dead were buried with copper mirrors.
(ii) Some graves at Harappa had pottery and ornaments. These objects indicated a belief that these could be used in the after life.
(iii) Throughout the length and breadth of the Harappan settlement the archaeologists have found querns, pottery, needles, flesh, rubbers etc.
(iv) In the excavations at the cemetery in Harappan an ornament consisting of three shell rings, a jasper bead and hundreds of micro beads were found near the skull of a male.

Answer 5:
(i) Shahjahan Begum and her successor Sultan Jahan Begum of Bhopal were the rulers of Bhopal. They made generous grants to the preservation of the Stupa of Sanchi.
(ii) A museum was built nearby the stupa and it was built on the financial aid of Begum Sultan Jahan Begum.
(iii) Some support to preserve the stupa received from the Europeans.
(iv) French and British both took the plaster cast copies of the pillars of the stupas to be displayed in the museums at France and Britain. They contributed financially to preserve the stupa.

Answer 6:
(i) Guru Nanak Dev insisted that his followers should live in their houses and should try to attain salvation by giving them duty in a proper way.
(ii) He opposed the caste system prevalent in the society and gave the message that all caste based comparisons are baseless as we all are the same.
(iii) Guru Nanak Dev asked his followers to adopt productive and useful occupations and expected to contribute to the general funds of community welfare.
(iv) He opposed idol worship and gave the message that god is omnipresent. Worshipping him in the form of idol is baseless. Further he emphasised that the differences of caste, creed and gender are of no use to attain salvation.

Answer 7:
(i) The Vitthala Temple is in Hampi, constructed by Krishnadeva Raya in 1513. Construction work was started by Krishnadeva Raya, but it also continued after his death. It is dedicated to Vitthala or the Vishnu.
(ii) This temple is constructed in a compound measuring 152 x 94 meters and has three beautiful Gopurams.
(iii) There are 48 magnificent pillars in Kalyana Mandapa that have been carved out of rocks.
(iv) The artistic work on the pillar is very beautiful. A chariot built in the front of the temple add to the beauty of the temple.

Answer 8:
(i) People during the Company rule felt that their religious sentiments are systematically hurt by the government. For them it was an attack on their religious freedom, and an insult.
(ii) Immediate cause: The soldiers were given cartridge greased with cow and pig fat. This causes angry among the Muslims and Hindus alike.
(iii) Reforms by company: The company introduced many religious and social reforms. Many Indians began to believe that it was an attempt on the part the government deviate them from their own religions.
(iv) Activities of Christian Missionaries: Christian missionaries started their work in India. Many of them were involved in spread of education, local people looked upon them with suspicion.

Answer 9:
(i) The constitution of India lays down certain basic features which can not be changed or modified by legitimate authority of India.
(ii) The constitution declares India to be sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic. India is sovereign, as it is independent of any foreign control.
(iii) It is socialist as it aims at social and economic equality. It is secular as there is no state religion of India.
(iv) It is democratic as the government is elected by the people directly after every five years. It is a republic because the head of the state is also elected for fixed term of five years by the elected representatives.

Answer 10:
Expected values:

  1. Cooperation and coordination
  2. Fraternity and equality.
  3. Social Harmony
  4. Unity in diversity.

Answer 11:

  1. According to the vama system society was divided into four vamas. They were the Brahman, the Kshatriya, the Vaishya and the Shudra.
  2.  The place of the each vama was fixed in the society on the basis of the birth.
  3. Ideal occupation: The ideal occupation for each vama was prescribed in the Dharamasutras.
  4. The Brahamans occupied the highest rank in the society. They taught Vedas and performed sacrifices.
  5. The Kshatriyas were engaged in warfare and their main function was to protect their people.
  6. In the Vama system, the Vaishya were engaged in trade, agriculture and other activities.
  7. The fourth and last vama was Shudra. They served the three higher Vamas.
  8. The people of each vama in the society followed the set instructions and no one violated the social norms.


  1. By the first century CE, there is evidence of changes in Buddhist ideas and practices. Buddhist teachings had given great importance to self effort in achieving nibbna (nirvana).
  2. Buddha was regarded as human being who attained enlightenment or nibbna through his own efforts.
  3. The idea of a saviour emerged gradually. It was believed that he was one who could ensure salvation.
  4. The concept of Bodhisatva also developed who were perceived as deeply compassionate beings who accumulated merit through their efforts.
  5. These were not used to attain nibbana and thereby abandon the world, but to help others, (vz’) The worship of images of the Buddha and Bodhisatvas became an important part of their tradition.
  6. The new way of thinking was called Mahayana. It was literally known as ‘The Great Vehicle.’
  7. Followers of Mahayana regarded other Buddhist as Hinayana.

Answer 12:

  1. Due to the efficiency of the postal system Ibn Battuta was amazed, that allowed merchants to not only send information and remit credit across long distances but also to dispatch goods required at short notice.
  2. The postal system was so efficient that while it took fifty days to reach Delhi from Sind, the news reports of spies would reach Sultan through postal system in just five days,
  3.  According to Ibn Battuta, in India, postal system was of two types:
    (a) The horse post called Ulug it was run by royal horses stationed at a distance of every four miles.
    (b) The foot post has three stations per mile called ‘dawa’-one third of a mile.
  4. At every third of a mile there was a well populated village, outside which were three pavilions in which sat men with girded loins ready to start. Each of them carried a rod two cubit in length, with copper belt at the top.
  5. The courier get started from the city, holding the letter in one hand and the rod with its bells in the other, and he ran as fast as he could.
  6. On hearing the ringing of the bell the man at the other pavilion got ready and took the letter from his hands and ran at the top speed shaking the rod till he reached the next dawa.
  7. The process continued till the latter reached at the ultimate station destination.
  8.  This way the foot post was quicker than the horse post, and often it was used to transport the fruits of Khurasom which were much desired in India.


  1. The corps of officers was one of the most important pillars of the Mughal state. It was referred by historians collectivity as the nobility.
  2. The nobility was recruited from diverse ethnic and religious groups. It ensured that no factors were enough to make challenge the authority of the state.
  3. These corps of the Mughals were described as a bouquet of flowers held together by loyalty of the emperor. Turani and Iranian nobles were the earliest in Akbar’s imperial service. Many had accompanied Humayun and others migrated later to the Mughal’s court.
  4.  From 1560 onwards two ruling groups of Indian origin entered the imperial service-the Rajputs and Indian Muslims. Raj Balrmal Kachhwaha of Amber, was a Rajput chief who joined first as his daughter got married to Akbar.
  5. Iranians joined high offices under Jahangir as his politically influential Queen Nur Jahan was an Iranian.
  6. Aurangzeb appointed Rajputs to high positions and under him the Marathas accounted for a sizeable number within the body of officers.
  7.  All holders of the government offices hold rank or mansabs having designation ‘Zat’. It was the indication of position in the imperial hierarchy and the salary of the Mansabdar.
  8. The second one was of sawar, indicating the number of horsemen. He was required to maintain in service. The nobles participated in military campaign and also served as officers of the empire in provinces.

Answer 13:

  1.   American Civil War that began in 1860 had a huge impact on the ryots of Deccan region in India.
  2. Britain was the country where large cotton mills were operational. These cotton mills depended on cotton imported from North America.
  3. During the Civil War it was not possible to import cotton from there (America).
  4. The cotton mills were compelled to look forward towards alternative suppliers of cotton apart from the United State of America, India made a good option.
  5. The peasants in Deccan were encouraged to grow more cotton. Access to credit was an easy way. The sahukars would give credit of ₹100 for every acre of land under cotton cultivation.
  6. The farmers benefited out of this demand for cotton. The real beneficiary were the big farmers and traders.
  7. Things changed as normalcy returned to U.S.A. Now the demand for cotton in India declined. The easy availability of credit also declined.
  8. The ryots fell back to old days of penury and rose in rebellion in many places.


  1. Though the social changes did not happen with ease, but in cities new opportunities for women were offered.
  2. Middle class women sought to express themselves through the medium of journals, autobiographies and books.
  3. Many people resented the attempts to change traditional patriarchal norms.
  4. Conservatives feared that the education of women would turn the world upside down and threaten the basis of the entire social order.
  5. Reformers who supported women’s education saw women primarily as mothers and wives and made them to remain within the enclosed spaces of the household.
  6. Over time women became more visible in public, as they entered new professions in the city as domestic and factory workers, teachers and theatre and film actresses.
  7. But for a long time women who moved out of the household into public space remained the objects of social censure.

Answer 14:
(i) (a) Exchange of goods were facilitated by introduction of coinage. Coins were issued not only by rulers but symbols on punch-marked coin indicate it is likely merchants, bankers too issued them etc.
(b) Topaz, glass, copper, tin were probably imported and in demand. Spices, tortoise shell were exported in exchange.

(ii) (a) The bead making industry found at Kodumahal, used precious and semi-precious stones found in the region.
(b) The local traders bought the stones from the sites to the coastal ports for exchange
and trade with traders from abroad.

(iii) (a) Malabar coast was an important link in India’s trade imports and exports.
(b) From 6th century BCE the ports that dotted the west coast connected India overseas.
(c) The ports connected the sub continent across the Arabian sea in East and North Africa and West Asia.

Answer 15:
(i) (a) It was the land revenue system prevalent during Mughal period in India.
(b) It is made of two words ‘Kan’ and ‘Kut’, meaning, the grain and estimate respectively. It means the estimate of grain.

(ii) (a) The long batai system was the most fair because the crop was divided after cutting of the grain.
(b) The dues were computed there and then, to the advantage of both the state and the peasants. This system left no scope for either the state or peasants being in any doubt as in the case of Kankut or khet batai.
(c) The only essential requirement was an army of honest officials to be present at the time of division.

(iii) (a) Kankut
(b) Batai (bhaoli)
(c) Khet – batai
(d) Long batai

Answer 16:
(i) Separate electorates meant that in certain constituencies seats were reserved only for the members of a particular community or religion.

(ii) (a) Begum Aizaz Rasul felt that separate electorates were self destructive.
(b) They isolated the minorities from the majority.

(iii) (a) G.B. Pant felt separate electorates were suicidal because it would permanently isolate and segregate the minorities.
(b) They make them vulnerable and deprive them of an effective say within the government.
(c) He said this on 27 August 1947 during the debate.

Answer 17:
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