IAS Main History Question Paper I- 1995

History is an optional subject available for the Main exam of the UPSC Civil Services Exam. You can find the Question Papers of different years’ UPSC Civil Services Main exams at jagranjosh.com. This is the question paper of History Paper I of IAS Main Examination 1995.

Created On: Aug 11, 2011 09:56 IST
Modified On: May 2, 2013 15:29 IST

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) holds the Civil Services Examination every year in two parts, i.e. Preliminary Test and Main Examination; the Main Examination comprises a written Test and a Personality Test. The Question paper of the IAS Main History Paper I - 1995 is given as below:



Time Allowed: Three Hourse

Maximum Marks: 300

Candidate should attempt Q. 1 and 5 which are compulsory and any three of the remaining question, selecting at least ONE question from each Section. All question carry equal marks.


1. Write short essays on any three of the following in about 200 words each:

(a) Vedic literature

(b) Essence of Early Jainism

(c) Inscriptions of Asoka

(d) Historical significance of the advent of the Arabs in India.

2. Describe the distinguishing feature of important archaeological culture of the Indian subcontinent datable between c. 2000 B.C. and c. 500 B.C.

3. “The centuries between c.200 B.C and c. A.D. 300 constitute a landmark in the socio-religious history of India.” Analyse the proposition.

4. How far is it true to say that the strength and vigour of Indian history during C.A.D.500-750 lay in the south of the Vindhyas?


5. Mark any 15 of the following places on the map supplied to you and write shorts notes(about fifty words each) on the answer book on only the places marked on the map:

(i) Ahmadnagar       

(ii) Anhilawara

(iii)    Badgara                   

(iv) Balasore

(v)  Bayana                        

(vi) Bidar

(vii) Chinsura                    

(viii) Chittor

(ix) Dama           

(x) Dharmat

(xi) Dipalpur           

(xii) Gangaikon-dacholapuram

(xiii) Gaur           

(xiv) Ghargaon

(xv) Kamatapura       

(xvi) Katehar

(xvii) Kishangarh       

(xviii) Lakhnawati

(xix) Madurai           

(xx) Mandu

(xxi) Navsari           

(xxii) Orchha

(xxiii) Pandharpur       

(xxiv) Panipat


(xxvi) Qamarnager

(xxvii) Raichur       

(xxviii) Sirohi

(xxix) Somnath       

(xxx) Tirhut

6.Comment on any three of the following in about 200 words each:

(a) Land charters of north India(c. A-D.750-1200)

(b) Balban’s theory of kingship

(c) Growth of regional languages and literature during the medieval period

(d) Changes in the composition of nobility from Akbar to Aurangzeb

7. Make a comparative review of the agrarian reforms of Alauud-Din Khalji and Sher Shah Suri.

8. Do you agree with the view that the advent of the Turks and the Mughals in India heralded many changes in the means of production? Give reason in support of your answer.

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