IAS Main History Question Paper II -1997

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 II  of IAS Main Examination1997.

Created On: Aug 10, 2011 12:53 IST
Modified On: May 2, 2013 14:44 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 II 1997 is given as below:


Instructions: Same as in Paper-I

SECTION A (Modern India)

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

(a) The British conquered India “in a fit of absent mindedness”

(b) The Permanent Settlement was a “bold, brave and wise measure.”

(c) “Curzon’s partition of Bengal gave the unwitting initiative to events of magnitude and returned many years later to port with the cargo of freedom.”

(d) “India broke her British fetters with western hammers.”

2. The 19th centure Indian renaissance was both an acceptance and rejection of western values. Do you agree?

3. Tribal movements should be viewed as “History from below”. Discuss the objects and nature of the movements in 19th century India.

4. Account for the rise and growth of leftism in the Congress movement. What impact did it have on contemporary Indian politics?

SECTION B (World History)

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

(a) “The Peace of Westphalia ended the reign of theology over the European mind and left the road obstructed but passable for the tentative of reason.”

(b) “If monarchical misrule ignited the French revolution, lofty ideas both inspired and sustained it.”

(c) “The Bill of Rights (1688) set the seal on Parliamentary supremacy in England.”

(d) “The unification of Italy completed…the destruction of the European order.”

6. Isolation of France constituted the keystone of Bismarck’s foreign policy. Elucidate.

7. President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal “had the wit to start the political economy in a fresh, more promising direction.” Do you agree?

8. Trace the growth of militarism in Japan in the inter-war years. What international reaction did it provoke?

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