(Download) UPSC Mains 2013 : History Paper - I
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There are EIGHT questions divided in Two Sections and printed both in HINDI and
Candidate has to attempt FIVE questions in all.
Question no. 1 and 5 are compulsory and out of the remaining, THREE are to be
attempted choosing at least ONE from each section.
The number of marks carried by a question/part is indicated against it.
Answers must be written in the medium authorized in the Admission certificate
which must be stated clearly on the cover of this Question-cum-Answer (QCA)
booklet in the space provided. No marks will be given for answers written in
medium other than the authorized one.
Word limit in questions, wherever specified, should be adhered to.
Attempts of questions shall be counted in chronological order. Unless struck
off, attempt of a question shall be counted even if attempted partly.
Any page or portion of the page left blank in the answer book must be clearly
Time Allowed: Three
Maximum Marks: 250
Q.1 Identify the following places marked on the map into question cum answer
booklet supplied to you and right about short notes of 30 words on each of them
in the space provided in the booklet. Locational hints for each of the places
marked on the map are given below seriatim:
i. A Paleolithic and Mesolithic site
ii. A Mesolithic site
iii. An important halting place
iv. A Pre-Harappan site
v. An important Harappan site
vi. Site of important fossils
vii. A Sea-port
viii. A Paleolithic site
ix. A Neolithic, Megalithic and Chalcolithic site
x. A Harappan site
xi. A Palaeolithic site
xii. A Neolithic site
xiii. A Chalcolithic site
xiv. A Chalcolithic site
xv. A site of Buddhist Monastery
xvi. Painted Grey Ware site
xvii. Site related to a famous Indian Philosopher
xviii. Historical Rock-cut Caves
xix. Famous Fort
xx. Capital of famous Kingdom
Q.2 (a) Evaluate various
views regarding human settlements as gleaned from the Vedic sources.
Q.2 (b) Discuss the water
management and its conservation planning in the Harappan (Indus-Saraswati)
Q.2 (c) In the absence of a
written script Chalcolithic pottery gives us a fascinating insight into the
culture and life styles of the people of those times. Comment critically.
Q.3 (a) On the basis of
contemporary sources assess the nature of banking and usuary in ancient India.
Q.3 (b) Social norms for
women in the Dharmasastra and Arthasastra tradition were framed in accordance
with the Varnashrama tradition. Evaluate critically.
Q.3 (c) “The varna concept may always have been largely a theoretical model and
never an actual description of society." Comment in the context of Ancient
Q.4 (a) Evaluate the
contribution of the Puranas in disseminating secular knowledge among the masses
in ancient India.
Q.4 (b) Evaluate the ownership of land in ancient India on the basis of literary
and epigraphic sources.
Q.4 (c) Explain as to how
the early Buddhist Stupa art, while using folk motifs and narratives and common
cultural symbols, succeeded in transforming these themes for expounding the
Q .5 Write short notes in not more than 150 words on each of the following:-
Q.5 (a) Evaluate the
Malfuzat texts sources of medieval history.
Q.5 (b) Discuss the state of
society and economy of the Bahmani kingdom as gleaned from historical sources.
Q.5 (c) Give a sketch of
Indian trade with Europe during the Mughal period.
Q.5 (d) Analyze the steps
taken by Razia Sultan to strengthen her position as an independent ruler despite
Q.5 (e) Bhakti
and mysticism of Lal Ded emerged as a social force in Kashmir. Comment.
Q.6 (a) Evaluate the conditions of industries in India from 1200 to 1500 CE.
Q.6 (b) On the basis of
contemporary sources evaluate the system of agriculture and irrigation of the
Q.6 (c) Critically evaluate the educational development during Sultanate period.
Q.7 (a) On the basis of the accounts of Europeans being out the agrarian crisis
of the 17th century CE India.
Q.7 (b) Evaluate critically
the conditions of labour from 1200 - 1500 CE on the basis of historical sources.
Q.7 (c) Discuss and evaluate
critically various trends in the historiography of bhakti.
Q.8 (a) Analyze how the
political processes of state formation of Mewar, from 10th-15th century CE was
challenged in the 16th century CE by the imperialist policy of Akbar.
Q.8 (b) Assess the
Lekhapaddhati as an important source for evaluating the society and economy of
the thirteenth century CE with special reference to Gujarat.
Q.8 (c) Assess the
development of Science and Technology in the Mughal period.
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