WBCS (Main)- 2003 History Paper- I Question Paper

                                                    WEST BENGAL CIVIL SERVICE

                                                     EXAMINATION (Main) - 2003

                                                               (Optional Papers)

                                                                 History Paper I

 

Time Allowed-3 Hours                                                                                Full Marks-100

                                                

                                                     All questions carry equal marks

                                                                 Group - A

                                                        Answer any three questions

 

1.  How would you account, from available sauce materials, the influence of Mesopotamian civilization on the Indus Valley or Harappan culture ?

 

2.  Judging by its form and functioning would you ascribe the Delhi Sultanate a theocratic state ?

 

3.  To what extent was Akbar’s Rajput policy dictated by political expediency ?

 

4.  Write a note on the reforms of Lord William Bentinck. Did these reforms have any imprint of utilitarianism ?

 

5.  Was the partition of India in 1947 inevitable ?

 

                                                              Group-B

                                                  Answer any two questions.

 

6.  The traditional thinking of Gupta period as a golden age on Indian history has been discarded by a good number of scholars of the last century.  Do you subscribe to their views or those of the traditionalists ?      Give reasons for your answer.

 

7.  How would you characterize Sher Shah - as an innovator or a reformer ?

 

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