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 ?



                                                  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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