(Download) CBSE Class-12 2016-17 Sample Paper And Marking
Time: 3 Hours
1. There are 25 questions in all.
2. All questions are compulsory.
3. Questions No. 1-14 are very short answer type questions carrying 2 marks
each. Answer to each question should not exceed 30 words.
4. Questions No. 15-21 are short answer type questions carrying 4 marks each.
Answer to each question should not exceed 80 words.
5. Questions No. 22-25 are of long answer type questions carrying 6 marks each.
Answer to each question should not exceed 200 words each. Questions no 25 is to
be answered with the help of the passage given.
Q1. There are two reasons why there are more females than
males in most countries. However, in South Korea and India, the sex ratio has
been declining. What are these two reasons? Why is the trend different for
India, China and South Korea? 2
Q2. State reasons for women’s reform movement being often
termed as middle class reform
Q3. “In Indian nationalism, the dominant trend was marked by
an inclusive and democratic vision.” What do you understand by the words
inclusive and democratic in the given statement? 2
Q4. Name any two distinct modes of protest that social
movements have developed. 2
Q5. Describe the model of the South Asian colonial City. 2
Q6. There were certain expectations from the nation building
process that the first generation leaders embarked upon. Name them. 2
Q7. “There is a vital difference between the empire building
of pre-capitalist times and that of capitalist times”. Which was applicable in
case of India and why? Give one reason. 2
Q8. Name the features of New Farmer’s Movements. 2
Q9. Explain the meaning of De-skilled workers using an
Q10. Can we apply the distinction between old and new social
movements in the Indian context? Substantiate your answer with reasons. 2
Q11. Analyse the relation between rituals and secular goals.
Q12. “Constitution has the capacity to help people because it
is based on basic norms of social 2 justice.” How? Explain using an example.
Q13. How were capitalism and colonialism linked? 2
Q14. Point out one way in which caste has weakened in one
sphere and remained strong in another. 2
Q15. “Aggregate statistics offer a concrete and strong
argument for the existence of social phenomena.” Elaborate on the meaning on
aggregate statistics and explain the statement using an example.
Q16. “Forced incorporation of tribal communities into
mainstream processes has had its impact on tribal culture and society as much as
its economy.” Elaborate. 4
Q17. State and describe the features of social
Q18. Describe the working and division of labour in the
brickyards of South Gujarat. 4
Do industrialisation and the shift to services and
knowledge-based work like IT lead to greater skills or de-skilling? Elaborate.
Q19. “What marked these 19th century social reform attempts
was the modern context and mix of ideas.” Interpret the given statement. 4
Marginalised caste groups may have gained some pride and
self-confidence but otherwise remain excluded and discriminated. Elaborate.
Q20.Would it be appropriate to say that democratic values and
institutions are purely western? Comment in the context of the values of Indian
Q21. “Encouraging or at least allowing cultural diversity is
good policy from both the practical and the principled point of view.” Justify
the statement using India’s case as a ‘state-nation’. 4
Q22. Do you think that with the growth of TV and internet in
India, the print media has been 6 sidelined? Give your comments.
The beginning of the printing press led to the growth of the
idea of a ‘Nation’ as an ‘imagined community’. Comment as suggested by Benedict
Q23. “The change in the nature of relationship between
landlords and agricultural workers was described by the sociologist Jan Breman
as a shift from patronage to exploitation.” Explain the given statement in the
context of Footloose Labour. 6
Q24. Explain the stages of Indian economic history. 6
Q25. Most of us make our money from thin air: we produce
nothing that can be weighed, touched or easily measured. Our output is not
stockpiled at harbours, stored in warehouses or shipped in railway car. Most of
us earn our livings providing service, judgement, information, analysis, whether
in a telephone call centre, a lawyer’s office, a government department or a
scientific laboratory. We are all in the thin-air business.
Source: Charles Leadbeater 1999 Living on Thin Air: The
New Economy (London: Viking)
a) Define Weightless Economy.
b) What in your opinion is the “thin-air business”?