HCS Optional Paper: HCS Mains Indian History 2014 Frontier IAS
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HCS Optional Paper: HCS Mains Indian History 2014 Frontier IAS

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HCS Optional Paper

HCS Mains Indian History Optional Paper 2014

Time : 3 Hours                                                                                                                            M.M.: 150
Note i) Attempt five questions in all. All questions carry equal marks. Question number 1 is compulsory. Answer any two questions from part I and two questions from part II. The Parts of the same questions must be answered together and must not be interposed between answers to other questions. 
ii) In case of any discrepancy in the English and Hindi versions. English version will be taken as final.

Q1. Write notes on any four of the following:                                                     (4x7.5=30)
(a) Ashoka's Policy of Dhamma.      
(b) Gandhara and Mathura Schools of Art.
(c) Growth of Feudalism in North India (750 AD to 1200 AD)
(d) Market reforms of Alauddin Khilji and its impact.  
(e) Dual Administration in Bengal (1765-1772) and its impact.
(f) Nature and Limitations of Indian Renaissance of 19th century


Q2. Critically analyse the achievements of the Cholas in the fields of economy, administration, military, and culture.  (30)

Q3. Discuss the contribution of the Bhakti and Sufi movements of the Medieval India to the process of cultural synthesis?   (30)

Q4. Critically analyse the expansion of Maratha power under Peshwa Baji Rao I. Do you think that the Maratha political structure under the Peshwas in the 18th century was semi-feudal? Give reasons for your answer.  (30)                                                                                                                                              

                                                                     Part - II

Q5. What were the causes of 'De-industrialization' under the British Rule in India? To what extent was there a policy to deliberately 'deindustrialize' India on behalf of the Government? (30)                
Q6. Discuss the causes, spread, and participation of various social groups in the Swadeshi Movement (1905 to 1917) of Bengal.   (30)                                                                            

Q7. Discuss the contribution of Sir Sayyid Ahmed Khan to the Muslim Reform Movement in the 19th Century. Do you think that he laid the foundation of Muslim Communal politics of the Twentieth century? Give reasons.  (30)