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.



                                                            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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