(Paper) IAS Mains Previous Year Paper History (2006)


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IAS Mains Previous Year Paper History (2006)


Q1. Mark any fifteen of the following places on the map supplied to
you and write short descriptive notes on places plotted by you on the map:
(i) Konark
(ii) Taxila
(iii) Talikota
(iv) Somnath
(v) Kalinjar
(vi) Mandu
(vii) Murshidabad
(viii) Nalanda
(ix) Tanjore
(x) Amber
(xi) Anegondi
(xii) Chanderi
(xiii) Arikmedu
(xiv) Kalibangan
(xv) Nagarjunakonda
(xvi) Eran
(xvii) Kausambi
(xviii) Pattadakal
(xix) Halebid
(xx) Dvarsamudra

Q2. Discuss the changing approaches to the study of early Indian

Q3. Describe the expansion of the Gupta Empire under Samudragupta.30

4. Discuss the major stages in the evolution of architecture during
the ancient period.60


5. Write short essays in not more than 200 words each on any three of
the following: 3×20=60
(a) The Khalji Revolution
(b) Sufism in North India
(c) Religious tolerance of Akabar
(d) Dara Shukoh

6. Bring out the main features of the administration system under
Delhi Saltanate during Turko-Afgan Period.60

7. Write a short Essay on the development of Literature during Mughal

8. Examine the factors which were responsible for opening and
development of European trade in India during the 16th and 17th centuries.60

2006-Paper II


Paper II

SECTION – A (Modern India)

Q1. Comment on any three of the following statements in about 200
words each: 3×20=60
(a) “Neither Alexender the Great nor Napoleon could have won the empire of India
by starting from Pondicherry as a base and contending with a power which held
Bengal and command of the Sea”.
(b) “A self-sufficient village, based on agriculture carried on with the
primitive plough and bullock-power, and handicraft by means of simple
instruments, was a basic feature of pre-British Indian economy.”
(c) “So Long as the millions live in hunger and ignorance , I hold every man a
traitor who having been educated at their expense, pay not the least need to
(d) “I felt that If we did not accept partition , India would be split into many
bits and would be ruined.”

Q2. Examine the circumstance which led to the third Mysore War. Could
Cornwallis have avoided it.60

Q3. What is the mean by commercialization of Indian Agriculture?
Discuss its result.60

4. Account for the emergence of the left-wing within the congress. How
far did it influence the programme and policy of the congress.60

SECTION – B (World History)

5. Comment on any three of the following statements in about 200 words
each. 3×20=60
(a) “No Taxation without representation”.
(b) “Colonies are like fruits which cling to the tree only till they ripen”.
(c) “Treaty of Versailles contained the seeds of future conflicts”.
(d) “A cleaver conquer will always impose his demands on the conquered by

6.“The Renaissance scholars laid the eggs which Luther; the father of
the reformation later on hatched “Discuss.60

7. Critically analysis the cause and the results of the Chinese
revolution of 1949.60

8. Give a brief account of the struggle against “Apartheid” in South


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