sample paper of history class 12 cbse 2023-24 with solutions

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sample paper of history class 12 cbse

Years2024 (Based on the latest Syllabus)
Class 12th
Provides Mcqs, Verry shorts, Shorts, Long answer and map works
SectionsA, B, C, D, E
Max. Marks80
Times3 hrs
PapersCBSE Sample paper

Section A consists of 21 questions of 1 mark

sample paper of history class 12 cbse 2023-24 with solutions

1. Who among the following travelled through Rajmahal Hills in the 19th century? 

(a) Buchanan

(b) William

(c) Cleveland

(d) Ricardo

2. Which of the following statements regarding ancient Brahmanical ideas of Chaturvarna is incorrect?

(a) Ancient Brahmanical ideas were not universally followed.

(b) Nomadic pastoralists did not follow these ideas.

(c) The Nishads followed these ideas.

(d) Subsistence hunters and gatherers did not follow these ideas.

3. Which of the following land is cultivated annually for each crop in succession?

(a) Banjar

(b) Parauti

(c) Uncle

(d) Polaj

4. Fill in the blanks.

Ahmad Shah Abdali defeats the Marathas in the Third Battle of Panipat in______

(a) 1756

(b) 1761

(c) 1765

(d) 1739

5. Identify which of the following aspects is not common to both the Bhakti Movement and the Sufi Movement.

(a) Personal love for God

(b) Worship of idols

(c) Mysticism

(d) Visit to holy shrines

6. Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other labelled as Reason (R).

(1) Assertion (A) The Harappans consume a wide range of plant and animal products, including fish.

Reason (R) Animal bones found at Harappan sites included those, of cattle, sheep, goats, buffalo and pigs.


(a) Both A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of A

(b) Both A and R are true, but R is not the correct explanation of A

(c) A is true but, R is false

(d) A is false but, R is true

7. Consider the following statements regarding the Vijayanagara Empire and choose the correct option. 

1. It was founded by two brothers, Harihara and Bukka in 1336 CE.

II. It was successively ruled by the four dynasties.

III. This empire came to an end after the Battle of Talikota in 1565 CE.

IV. The empire was located on the banks of the Godavari River.


(a) Only (i) is correct

(b) Only (i) and (ii) are correct

(c) Only (ii) and (iii) are correct

(d) Only (iii) and (iv) are correct

8. Match the following

List 1List 2
A.Mahapadma Nanda1. Kushana dynasty
B. Kanishka2. Magadha dynasty
C. Samudragupta3. Maurya dynasty
D. Asoka4. Gupta dynasty


(a) A-1, B-2, C-3, D-4

(b) A-3, B-1, C-2, D-4

(c) A-4, B-3, C-1, D-2

(d) A-2, B-1, C-4, D-3

9. Read the following statements carefully and identify the place where this temple is located from the given options. 

1. The Kailashnatha temple is the largest of the rock-cut Hindu temple.

II. The entire structure of the temple is carved out of a single piece of rock.

(a) Ellora

(b) Hampi

(c) Kedarnath

(d) Mahabalipuram

10. Choose the correct option from the following statements regarding Francois Bernier. 

(a) He was a doctor, political philosopher and historian who visited Mughal India.

(b) He was a French jeweller who visited India six times for trading purposes.

(c) He served as an assistant to the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

(d) He wrote a fascinating account of India in his book ‘Fables of the East’.

11. Identify the type of marriage with the help of the given information. 

It is the practice of a woman having several husbands.

This type of marriage was followed by Draupadi.


(a) Exogamy

(b) Polygamy

(c) Polyandry

(d) Endogamy

12. Identify the social category of people from the information given below. 

I. Their task was to handle corpses and dead animals.

II. They were placed at the very bottom of the hierarchy.

III. They had to live outside the village, use discarded utensils and wear clothes of the dead and ornaments of iron.

IV. They could not walk about in villages and cities at night.

(a) Chandals

(b) Shudras

(c) Vasyas

(d) Avarnas

13. Who among the following was not a member of a moderate group of national movement? 

(a) Bipin Chandra Pal

(b) Gopal Krishna Gokhale

(c) Satyendra Nath Banerjee

(d) Pherozeshah Mehta

14. Under the Indian Constitution who can frame laws on subjects of the Concurrent List?

(a) Centre only

(c) Both the Centre and State

(b) State only

(d) President of India

15. Who believed that on death the devotee would be united with Shiva and would not return to this world? 

(a) Lingayats

(c) Shaivas

(b) Brahmanas

(d) None of these

16. Identify the following image and write its name. 

(a) King Kaniksha and a deity

(b) Coins of Vijayanagara

(c) Indo-greco coins

(d) None of the above

17. Sheikh Nizamuddin Auliya belonged to which of the following traditions of Sufism?

(a) Chisti

(c) Firdausi

(b) Qadri

(d) Qalandari

18. Zamindars were responsible for

(a) extraction of minerals from the hills.

(b) cotton trade with the British.

(c) maintaining external accounts for the British.

(d) paying revenue to the British.

19. introduced the ‘Objective Resolution’ in the Constituent Assembly.

Choose the correct answer from the given options. 

(a) Rajendra Prasad, 9th December, 1946

(b) Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, 11th December, 1946 (c) BR Ambedkar, 9th December, 1946

(d) Sardar Patel, 11th December, 1946

20. Why Awadh was regarded as an important market? 

(a) Awadh was good for producing rice and wheat.

(b) Awadh was good for producing indigo and cotton.

(c) The large majority of sepoys were recruited from the village of Awadh.

(d) The nawab of Awadh had been loyal to the British East India Company.

21. Which of the following was a part of the Non-Cooperation Movement?

(a) Salt Satyagraha

(c) Khilafat Movement

(b) Rowlatt Satyagraha

(d) Home Rule

Section B consists of 6 questions of 3 marks

22. Write in detail about the structure and function of Panchayats in a mixed-caste village during the Mughal period. 

23. Describe how the Buddha’s teachings have been reconstructed from the stories of Sutta Pitaka. 

24. What were the ideals expressed in the Objectives Resolution? 

25. Give a brief account of strategies employed by the kings from 600 BC to 600 CE for increasing agricultural production. 

26. The Revolt of 1857 was led by rulers from different states. How was the initial reluctance to participate in the revolt turned into acceptance by the rulers?


What are the reasons for the Revolt of 1857?

27. Discuss various sacrificial traditions as mentioned in Rigveda.


Discuss the basic tenets of Jainism.

Section C consists of 3 questions with 8 marks

28. Give a detailed account of the relationship between the Sufis and the State from the 12th to 18th century.


The teaching of Guru Nanak has considerable influence on the Bhakti and Sufi movements. Elaborate this statement by giving suitable examples. 

29. Explain the significance of the Lahore Session of Congress in December 1929. Write down Gandhiji’s prescription on the celebration of Independence Day on 26th January 1930. 

Gandhi’s success in broadening the basis of nationalism was based on careful organisation. Describe the strategies employed by him to incorporate every Indian element in the struggle for Independence. 

30. Examine the social implications of access to resources in the context of gender and Varna in ancient Indian society. 


 “The epic Mahabharata is analysed and classified at different levels by the historians based on its content”. Assess the statement by analysing the various aspects of the epic.

Section D consists of 3 Source based question

31. Read the following source carefully and answer the questions that follow.

The Plight of Harappa Although Harappa was the first site to be discovered, it was badly destroyed by brick robbers. 

As early as 1875, Alexander Cunningham, the first Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), often called the father of Indian Archaeology, noted that the amount of brick taken from the ancient site was enough to lay bricks for ‘about 100 miles’ of the railway line between Lahore and Multan.

Thus, many of the ancient structures at the site were damaged. In contrast, Mohenjo-daro was better preserved.

(i) Other than Alexander Cunningham, name any two British sarchaeologists who contributed significantly to the Harappan Civilisation excavationation. 

(ii) What was the observation of Alexander Cunningham about the site of Harappa? 

(iii) What is the importance of preserving ancient structures? Give two points. 

32. Read the following source carefully and answer the questions that follow.

A Sprawling City

This is an excerpt from Domingo Paes’s description of Vijayanagara.

The size of this city I do not write here, because it cannot all be seen from any spot, but I climbed a hill hence, I could see a great part of it, I could not see it all because it lies between several ranges of hills. 

What I saw from thence seemed to me as large as Rome and very beautiful to the sight, there are many groves of trees within it, in the garden of the houses and many conduits of water which flow into the midst of it and in places there are lakes and the king has close to his palace a palm-grove and other rich fruit-bearing trees.

(i) What is the theme of this passage? 

(ii) Why could Paes not describe the size of the city in the first instance?

(iii) Describe any two steps taken by the rulers of the Vijayanagara Empire to ensure the availability of water.

33. Read the following source carefully and answer the questions that follow.

What Taluqdars Thought?

Hanwant Singh, the Raja of Kalakankar near Rae Bareli, best expressed the attitude of the taluqdars. During the muting, Hanwant Singh had given Shelter to a British officer and conveyed him to safety. While taking leave of the officer, Hanwant Singh told him.

Sahib, your countrymen came into this country and drove out our king. You sent your officers around the districts to examine the titles to the estates. At one blow you took

from me lands which from time immemorial had been in my family. I submitted suddenly misfortune fell upon you. The people of the land rose against you. You came to me whom you had despoiled. I have saved you. But now-now I march at the head of my retainers to Lucknow to try and drive you from the country.

(i) What does this excerpt tell you about the grievances of the taluqdars? 

(ii) What did Hanwant Singh mean by the people of the land? 

(iii) Explain briefly about the role played by the taluqdars in the Revolt of 1857.

Section E consists of Map based questions of 5 marks

34. A. On a political outline map of India, locate and label the following with appropriate symbols. 

(i) Chandragiri 

(ii) Kanchipuram

(iii) Kolar

(iv) Tiruniveli


B. On the map two centres of National Movement have been marked as 1 and 2. Identify them and write their names on the line drawn near them.


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