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CBSE Question Paper 2016 Class 12 History

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CBSE Question Paper 2016 class 12 History conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi in the month of March 2016. CBSE previous year question papers with the solution are available in the myCBSEguide mobile app and website. The Best CBSE App for students and teachers is myCBSEguide which provides complete study material and practice papers to CBSE schools in India and abroad.

CBSE Question Paper 2016 class 12 History

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CBSE Question Paper 2016 Class 12 History

Class 12 History list of chapters

History Part I

  • Bricks, Beads, And Bones
  • Kings, Farmers, And Towns
  • Kinship, Caste, And Class
  • Thinkers, Beliefs, And Buildings

History Part II

  • Through The Eyes Of Travellers
  • Bhakti –Sufi Traditions
  • An Imperial Capital Vijayanagara
  • Peasants, Zamindars And The State
  • Kings And Chronicles

History Part III

  • Colonialism And The Countryside
  • Rebels And The Raj
  • Colonial Cities
  • Mahatma Gandhi And The Nationalist Movement
  • Understanding Partition
  • Framing The Constitution

CBSE Question Paper 2016 class 12 History

Time allowed: 3 hours

Maximum Marks: 80

General Instructions:
(1) Answer all the questions. Some questions have internal choice. Marks are indicated against each question.
(2) Answer to question nos. 1 to 3 carrying 2 marks should not exceed 30 words each.
(3) Answer to question nos. 4 to 9 carrying 4 marks should not exceed 100 words. Students should attempt only 5 questions in this section.
(4) Question 10 (for 4 marks) is a value based question and compulsory question.
(5) Answer to question nos. 11 to 13 carrying 8 marks should not exceed 350 words.
(6) Questions 14 16 are sources based questions and have no internal choice.
(7) Question 17 is a Map question includes ‘identification’ and ‘significant’ test items. Attach the map with the answer sheet.


Answer all the questions given below:

1. Who was John Marshall? How did he mark a change in the Indian Archeology?

2. Point out one similarity and one dissimilarity between Lingayats and Nayanars?

3. How did Indian hill stations become racial enclaves for the Europeans in the 19th century? Explain two reasons?


Answer any five of the following questions:

4. Mention any two changes that were observed after 1900 BCE in Harappan civilization. What could have brought these changes? Explain.

5. “The mid first millennium BCE is often regarded as a major turning point in world history.” Justify.

6. Highlight any four aspects observed by the Portuguese Traveller Barbosa on the Urban Core of the Vijaynagara Empire.

7. State the inherent problems faced by Al-Biruni in the task of understanding Indian Social and Brahamanical practices. Mention any two sources that provided him the support.

8. “The battle between the hoe and the plough was a long one”. Substantiate the statement with reference to the Santhals and Paharis of Raj Mahal Hills during 18th century.

9. Examine how Lord Dalhousie’s policy of annexation created dissatisfaction amongst the people of Awadh. 

Value-Based Question (Compulsory)

10. Read the following passage and answer the question that follows:
Every citizen in a free state should be treated in a manner that satisfied not only his material wants but also his spiritual sense of the self-respect and the majority community has an obligation to try and understand the problems of the minorities and empathize with their aspiration.
How could a citizen of a free nation express his imbibed values of equality and social justice while dealing with the members of the minority community? Explain.

Long Answer Questions

11. “There was more to rural India than the sedentary agriculture”. Explain the statement in the context of the Mughal Period. 
“Inspite of the limitations, the Ain-i-Akbari remains an extraordinary document of its time”. Explain the statement.

12. Analyse the distinctive aspects of the oral testimonies to understand the history of the partition of British India.


Examine various events that led to the partition of British India.

13. Explain the system of land grants and trade from C. 600 BCE to 600 CE.

Explain any four sources to reconstruct the history of Mauryas. Examine the system of Mauryan administration.

(Source Based Question)

14. Read the following excerpt carefully and answer the questions that follow: 

(14.2) How was this story a unique example of exogamy?

(14.3) How did Hidimba and Yudhisthira interpret dharma in their context?

15. Read the following excerpt carefully and answer the questions that follow: 
(15.1) Who were Jesuits? How did they establish their network in India?

(15.2) How did Monserrate accord his experience about the Akbar? 

(15.3) How had Akbar’s courtesy brought affability for his subjects? Explain.

16. Read the following excerpt carefully and answer the questions that follow:

The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (CWMG), Vol. 49
(16.1) Why was salt monopoly introduced by the British considered as a curse by the Indians? 

(16.2) How did Gandhiji illustrate his tactical wisdom with regard to salt monopoly?

(16.3) Explain the significance of Gandhiji’s challenge of salt protest.


CBSE Question Paper 2016 class 12 History

Note: The following questions are for visually impaired candidates only in lieu of Q. No. 17.
(17.1) Name anyone mature Harappa Site.
(17.2) Name any one capital city of Mughal Empire.
(17.3) Name any three important centres related with Indian National Movement.






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