WBCS (Main)- 2006 History Paper- I Question Paper

                                                    WEST BENGAL CIVIL SERVICE

                                                     EXAMINATION (Main) - 2006

                                                               (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 do you account for the rise of Magadha as an imperial power in ancient India ?

 

2.  “Kaniska’s fame rests not so much On his conquests, as on his patronage of the religion of Sakyamuni”—Do you agree ?

 

3.  In what ways was Sher Shah a precursor of Akbar as a ruler ?

 

4.  Do you agree with the view that the region of Shah Jahan “marks the climax of the Mughal dynasty and empire’ ?

 

5.  Discuss the Orientalist-Anglicist controversy on education in the first-half of the 19th century and analyse the effects of the triumph of Anglicism.

 

6.  “Haider Ali was born to create an empire and Tipu to lose one”—Comment.

 

                                                                       Group-B

                                                            Answer any two questions.

 

7.  Give a critical account of the tripartite struggle among the Palas, Gurjara-Pratiharas and Rashtrakutas.

 

8.  Was Firuz Tughlak really “the Akbar of the Sultanate” ?

 

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