(Download) CBSE Class-12 Sample Paper And Marking Scheme 2015-16 : History

(Download) CBSE Class-12 Sample Paper And Marking Scheme 2015-16 : History


SAMPLE   PAPER     2015- 2016


TIME: 3 HRS     MM-80


1.   Answer  all  the  questions.  Some  questions  have  choice.  Marks  are  indicated  against  each question.

2.   Answer to questions no.  1 to 3  carrying 2 marks should not exceed 30 words  each

3.   Answer to questions no.  4 to 9  carrying 4 marks should not exceed 100 words. Students should attempt only five questions in this section

4.   Question 10 ( for 4 marks) is a value based question and compulsory question

5.   Answer to questions 11 to 13 carrying 8 marks should not exceed 350 words.

6.   Questions 14-16 are source based questions and have no internal choice

7.         Questions 17 is a   Map question includes identification and significant test items. Attach  the map with the answer sheet.



Answer all the questions given below:    (2X3=6)

1.  Why did Akbar show high respect towards the inter-faith debates? Give two reasons    2

2.  How did Kushanas of first century BCE exemplify themselves with high status? State any two significant ways     2

3.  Compare the racial divide of ‘Black Town’ and ‘White Town’ in  colonial India . 2


Answer any five of the following questions:    (4X5=20)

4.  ‘Epigraphy alone does not provide a full understanding of political and economic history.’Justify the statement with its  four limitations     4

5.  How have archaeologists used evidence from material remains to piece together parts of a fascinating Harappa history?  Explain     4

6.  Why  were  agricultural  tracts  incorporated  within  the  fortified  area  of  the Vijayanagara Empire? Give reasons     4

7.  Abu’l Fazl had shaped and articulated the ideas associated with the reign of Akbar‘. Substantiate the statement in the context Mughal court.     4

8.  What was the Limitation Law of 1859? State its impacts on the ryots.     4

9.  Critically evaluate  Governor  General  Lord  Dalhousie’s  policy towards  Awadh during 1850s    .4


VALUE BASED QUESTION (Compulsory)     (4x1=4)

Read the following lines and answer the question that follows:

A poem by Karaikkal Ammaiyar in which she describes herself: 

The female Pey (demoness) with . . . bulging veins, protruding eyes, white teeth and shrunken stomach, red haired and jutting teeth, lengthy shins extending till the ankles, shouts and wails while wandering in the forest.

10     Karaikkal Ammaiyar’s poetry dismantles the paradigm of human order and duty rooted in the household not by focusing on gender roles, but by extolling devotion. Highlight  the  values  that  provide  the  potential  space  for  women  in  this  emerging tradition 4


LONG QUESTIONS     (8x3=24)

Answer all the questions given below:
11. How did Siddhartha come to be known as the Buddha? Explain his philosophy mentioned in the Sutta-Pitaka .     4+4= 8
Describe the sculptural aspects of Sanchi  Stupa .State the reasons for the survival of this Stupa

12. Analyze the condition of forest dwellers in the Mughal agrarian society.

Examine the role of the village Panchayats in the Mughal period 8

13. ‘Non cooperation became the epoch in the life of India and of Gandhiji‘. Justify this statement with examples
Buried  under  the  debris  of  the  violence  and  pain  of  Indian  partition  is  an enormous history of help, humanity & harmony’. Explain 8



14. Read the following excerpt carefully and answer the questions that follow:

.     Proper social roles
Here is a story from the Adi Parvan of the Mahabharata:
Once Drona, a Brahmana who taught archery to the Kuru princes, was approached by Ekalavya, a forest dwelling  nishada (a hunting community). When Drona, who knew the dharma, refused to have him as his pupil, Ekalavya returned to the forest, prepared an image of Drona out of clay, and treating it as his teacher, began to practise on his own. In due course, he acquired great skill in archery. One day, the Kuru princes went
hunting and their dog, wandering in the woods, came upon Ekalavya. When the dog smelt the dark nishada wrapped in black deer skin, his body caked with dirt, it began to bark. Annoyed, Ekalavya shot seven arrows into its mouth. When the dog returned to the Pandavas, they were amazed at this superb display of archery. They tracked down Ekalavya, who introduced himself as a pupil of Drona. Drona had once told his favourite student Arjuna, that he would be unrivalled amongst his pupils. Arjuna now reminded Drona about this. Drona approached Ekalavya, who  immediately acknowledged and honoured  him  as  his  teacher. When  Drona  demanded  his  right  thumb  as  his  fee, Ekalavya unhesitatingly cut it off and offered it. But thereafter, when he shot  with  his remaining fingers, he was no longer as fast as he had been before. Thus, Drona kept his word: no one was better than Arjuna.

14.1    Why did  Drona refuse to have Eklavya as his pupil?    2

14.2    What did Drona demand from Eklavya?  How did Eklavya react on it?  3

14.3    Why  did Drona ask for such type of gurudakshina? Give reasons. 2

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