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Question Paper 2019 Set - 1 (Social Science)
Question Paper 2019 Set - 3 (Social Science)
Question Paper 2019 Set - 2 (Social Science)
Question Paper 2017 Set - 1 (Social Science) FA-2
Question Paper 2016 Set - 1 (Social Science) SA-I
Question Paper 2017 Set - 2 (Social Science) SA-I
Question Paper 2017 Set - 1 (Social Science) SA-I
Question Paper 2016 Set - 1 (Science Social) SA-1
Question Paper 2016 Set - 1 (Social Science) FA-I
Question Paper 2016 Set - 1 (Social Science) SA-I
Question Paper 2015 Set - 1 (Social Science) SA-II
Question Paper 2015 Set - 2 (Social Science) SA-II
Question Paper 2012 Set - 1 (Social Science) SA-II
Question Paper 2012 Set - 1 (Science Social) SA-II

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CBSE Previous Year Question Papers Class 8 Social Science

CBSE Previous Year Question Papers Class 8 Social Science

CBSE Social Science questions papers

CBSE last year papers for class 8 Social Science and Last Year Question Paper & Solutions of 8 Social Science are made available by CBSE every year just after the annual exams are over. CBSE marking scheme and blue print is provided along with the previous year question paper. This helps students find answer the most frequently asked question, How to prepare for CBSE annual exams. The best way to prepare for annual exams is to understand the questions pattern and practice them as given in previous year question papers.

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Question papers of class 8 Social Science

CBSE class 8 Question Paper for Social science for the year 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 with solutions in PDF format for free download. The previous year question papers last 10 year for all – NCERT books and based on CBSE latest syllabus must be downloaded and practiced by students. These old 5 to 10 year question papers are the best source to understand question paper pattern and chapter wise weightage in class 8th Social Science question paper.

Chapter-wise Marks distribution for class 8 Social Science

Where, When, How
(a) An overview of the period.
(b) Introduction to the new geographical categories.
(c) An outline of the time frame.
(d) An introduction to the sources.

The Establishment of Company Power
(a) Mercantilism and trade-wars.
(b) Struggle for territory, wars with Indian rulers.
(c) The growth of colonial army and civilian administration.
Regional focus: Tamil Nadu.

Rural Life and Society
(a) Colonial agrarian policies; their effect on peasants and landlords.
(b) Growth of commercial crops.
(c) Peasant revolts: focus on indigo rebellions. Regional focus: Bengal and Bihar. Some comparison with later developments in Punjab.

Colonialism and Tribal Societies
(a) Changes within tribal economies and societies in the nineteenth century.
(b) Tribal revolts: focus on Birsa Munda.
Regional focus: Chotanagpur and North-East.

Crafts and Industries
(a) Decline of handicrafts in the nineteenth century.
(b) Brief reference to growth of industries in the twentieth century.
Case-studies: textiles.

The Revolt of 1857-58
(a) The rebellion in the army and the spread of the movement.
(b) The nature of elite and peasant participation. Regional focus: Awadh.

Education and British rule
(a) The new education system – schools, syllabi, colleges, universities, technical training.
(b) Changes in the indigenous systems.
(c) Growth of ‘National education’. Case-studies: Baroda, Aligarh.

Women and reform
(a) Debates around sati, widow remarriage, child marriage and age of consent.
(b) Ideas of different reformers on the position of women and women’s education. Regional focus: Maharashtra and Bengal.

Challenging the Caste System
(a) Arguments for caste reform. The ideas of Phule, Veerasalingam, Sri Narayana Guru, Periyar, Gandhi, Ambedkar.
(b) Consequences and implications of the activities of the reformers.
Region: Maharashtra, Andhra.

Colonialism and Urban Change
(a) De-urbanisation and emergence of new towns.
(b) Implications of colonial policies and institutions – municipalities, public works, planning, railway links, police.
Case-study: Delhi.

Changes in the Arts: Painting, Literature, architecture
(a) Impact of new technologies and institutions: art schools, printing press.
(b) Western academic style and nationalist art.
(c) Changes in performing arts – music and dance enter the public arena.
(d) New forms of writing.
(e) New architecture. Case-studies: Mumbai, Chennai.

The Nationalist Movement
(a) Overview of the nationalist movement from the 1870s to the 1940s.
(b) Diverse trends within the movement and different social groups involved.
(c) Links with constitutional changes.
Case study: Khilafat to Non Cooperation.

India after Independence
(a) National and regional developments since 1947.
(b) Relations with other countries.
(c) Looking to the future.
Resources: resources and their types – natural and human.
Natural resources: their distribution, utilisation and conservation, land and soil, water, natural vegetation, wildlife, mineral and power resources (world patterns with special reference to India).
Agriculture: types of farming, major crops, food crops, fibres, beverages, agricultural development – two case studies – one from India and the other from a developed country/a farm in the US/ Netherlands/ Australia
Industries: classification of industries based on size, raw material, ownership; major industries and distribution; infrastructure and development. Iron and Steel (a comparative study of Jamshedpur and a centre in USA e.g., Detroit). Textile Industry (Ahmedabad and Osaka). Information Technology (Bangalore and Silicon Valley).
Human Resources – composition, population change, distribution and density.

Project/ Activity

  • Observe and report about local agricultural practices, crops grown/manufacturing industries.
  • Collect information regarding some endangered plants and animal species of India.
  • Visit to an industry/local agricultural farm.
  • Prepare a chart showing difference between life style of farmers in the developed countries and India on basis of pictures collected from magazines, newspapers and the internet.

Note: Any similar activities may be taken up

Section-wise Marks distribution for class 8 Social Science

UNIT 1: The Constitution
This unit focuses on the Constitution through first highlighting why there is a need for laws and then showing how the Constitution is the framework that determines the making of laws in this country. Aspects of secularism as well as economic justice are highlighted with respect to the Constitution.

Section 1

  • The Role of the Constitution and the Need for Laws
  • On need for laws discussed through an example like dowry,
  • Role of Constitution in determining the authority/ legitimacy of the law,
  • Laws and Dissent: Salt Satyagraha and a post-1947 example such as anti-liquor agitation. Section 2
  • Vision set forth in the Indian Constitution with a focus on secularism.
  • On how an ideal of the Constitution translates into a law
  • On how ideals of secularism got translated into fundamental rights.
  • On Fundamental rights as human rights.
  • On Fundamental Duties.
  • On whether the fact that a law exists to secure certain rights mean that in effect these rights have been realised for all. This will be discussed wit examples from current efforts of various marginalised communities to realise their rights.

UNIT 2: Parliamentary Government
In this unit the functioning of parliamentary government and the roles and responsibilities of the various individuals involved in explained in context. In addition the workings of the central government are explained through the steps involved in passing a new law that arose out of people’s struggles.

Section 1

  • Reasons why parliamentary form chosen in India.
  • Main features of composition of parliament and its role in debating a bill.
  • Accountability of the government to the parliament.
  • Role of President, PM and the Council of Ministers. Case Study: Debate between Nehru and Rajendra Prasad on the real powers of the President.

Section 2
Understand central government through issue of minimum wages or other struggles keeping following in mind:
- Translation of felt need into law and the critical features of the legislation.
- Implication of law.

UNIT 3: The Judiciary
This unit focuses on understanding the judiciary through tracing a case from the lower to the higher courts. It also examines the difference between civil and criminal cases and the difference between the police and the courts as well as provides information on an FIR.

Section 1

  • The structure and process followed by the judiciary: Trace a case from lower to higher courts.
  • Distinguish between civil and criminal cases.
  • Indicate the rationale of the process

Section 2
Difference between the roles of the police and that of the courts.

  • Role of the Public Prosecutor.
  • On an FIR: filing one, on the illegality of the police not accepting an FIR and the Supreme Court’s directive on this.

CBSE 10 Year Papers class 8 Social Science

Old question papers of last 10 years for class 8 Social Science download as PDF from myCBSEguide, the best app for CBSE students. CBSE class 8 annual papers of last 5 years solved for Social Science 8 annual exams download free. CBSE annual question papers for class 8th Social Science with answers 2018 and 2019 are conducted by central annual of secondary education, New Delhi in the month of March and April. Plus Two CBSE Social Science Question Papers of CBSE annual exams with latest marking scheme and revised blue print is something each and every child should go through and practice regularly for better results in annual exams.

CBSE previous year question papers class 8 solved

CBSE annual exam question papers class 8 with answers and complete solution for the year 2005 to 2018 are available for free download.

Year Question Paper Download as PDF
2005 Social Science Question Paper Download
2006 Social Science annual Paper Download
2007 CBSE Social Science Paper Download
2008 8 Social Science Paper Download
2009 Social Science class 8 question Download
2010 Social Science Paper 2010 Download
2011 Question Paper for Social Science Download
2012 2012 Social Science Question Paper Download
2013 CBSE Social Science 2013 Paper Download
2014 Question paper 2014 of Social Science Download
2015 Social Science annual Paper Download
2016 8 Social Science Question Paper Download
2017 Social Science solved question paper Download
2018 Annual exam paper 2018 Download
2019 Social Science question paper 2019 Download
2020 Question paper Social Science Download

Class 8 Social Science Question Papers and syllabus

CBSE class 8 Social Science have following chapters. Questions are asked from these chapters. CBSE schools are advised to follow NCERT text books. Here is the list of chapters in class 8th Social Science.

Class 8 Social Science List of Chapters NCERT Book


  • 01 The Indian Constitution
  • 02 Understanding Secularism
  • 03 Why Do We Need a Parliament
  • 04 Understanding Laws
  • 05 Judiciary
  • 06 Understanding Our Criminal Justice System
  • 07 Understanding Marginalisation
  • 08 Confronting Marginalisation
  • 09 Public Facilities
  • 10 Law and Social Justice


  • 01 Resources and Development
  • 02 Land Soil Water Natural Vegetation
  • 03 Minerals and Power Resources
  • 04 Agriculture
  • 05 Industries
  • 06 Human Resources


  • 01 How When and Where
  • 02 From Trade to Territory
  • 03 Ruling the Countryside
  • 04 Tribals Dikus and Vision of Golden Age
  • 05 When People Rebel
  • 06 Colonialism and the City
  • 07 Weavers Iron Smelters
  • 08 Civilising the Native Educating the Nation
  • 09 Women Caste and Reform
  • 10 The Changing World of Visual Arts
  • 11 The Making of National Movement
  • 12 India After Independence

CBSE Social Science Question Paper General Instructions

Time allowed: 2 hours
Maximum Marks: 50 marks

General Instructions:

  • Questions 1 to 10 carry 1 mark each. Answer in 1 or 2 sentence.
  • Questions 11 to 20 carry 2 mark each. Answer in 3 or 4 sentence.
  • Questions 21 to 25 carry 3 mark each. Answer in 5 or 6 sentence.
  • Question 26 carries 5 marks.

CBSE Question Papers for Class 8

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