IAS Exam Papers-Main -History (Paper - I) 2009

History - 2009 (Main) (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
i. Koldihwa
ii. Kuchai
iii. Utnar
iv. Patne
v. Semthan

vi. Bagasra
vii. Balatha
viii. Hallur
ix. Kandahar
x. Ter
xi. Uchh
xii. Gyaraspur
xiii. Uttaramerur
xiv. Lalkot
xv. Sittanavasal
xvi. Mansura
xvii. Jaunpur
xviii. Daojali Hading
xix. Machilipatnam
xx. Mahisadal

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

3. a). Evaluate the various approaches to the understanding ofvedic religion. 30

b). Give an account of the use of gold coins by commonersin the Gupta Period. 30

4. Bring out the regional variations in the early South IndianTemple’s architectural styles. 60


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

a). Applicability of the term ‘ Indian Feudalism’ to earlyMedieval Society.

b). Muhammad Tughluq as an agrarian innovator.

c). Implications of Akbar’s notion of Sulh-i-kul.

d). Estimates of population of Mughal India.

6. a). How far can the village assemblies or communitiesunder the Cholas be really called democratic. 30

b). Assess Kalhana’s views on History. 30

7. a). Identify the main factors that sustained the expansion ofurban economy in the Delhi Sultanate. 30

b). Give an estimate of Akbar as a promoter of technology.30
8. a). Give a critical assessment of the contributions of Amir Khusarau and Barani to Indo – Persian Literature. 30

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

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