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Sample paper of history class 12 cbse 2023-24 with PDF Download

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 PDF Download

1. In which of the following places, Kailashnatha temple is located?

(a) Maharashtra

(b) Gujarat

(c) Madhya Pradesh

(d) Odisha

2. The first person to decipher, the “Asokan Inscription” was

(a) James Prinsep

(b) Alexander Cunningham

(c) Colin Mackenzie

(d) REM Wheeler

3. Consider the following statements regarding ‘Gahapati’ and choose the correct option. 

I. A Gahapati was the owner or head of the household.

II. The term is often used in Prakrit texts to designate large landowners.

III. He was not the owner of resources such as land and minerals.

IV. ‘Gahapati’ was used as a marker of status for men belonging to the urban elite.


(a) Only (i) is correct

(b) Only (i) and (ii) are correct 

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

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

4. Fill in the blanks.

Panini Ashtadhyayi’s work on

(a) Sanskrit Poem

(c) Sanskrit Drama

(b) Sanskrit Mantras

(d) Sanskrit Grammar

5. Which of the following statements regarding Buddha’s followers are true? 

(a) Buddha’s followers were kings and Gajapatis only.

(b) Workers, slaves and craftspersons worked in Sanghas.

(c) Followers were regarded as equal in becoming Bhikkhus and Bhikkhunis.

(d) Buddha’s foster mother, Gotami, never adopted Buddhism.

6. Match the following.

List IList II
A. It means great wheel1. Vaishnavism
B. It means lesser wheel2. Hinayana
C. It is a religious town near Bhopal3. Mahayana
D. It is a form of Hinduism4. Sanchi


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

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

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

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

7. considered experience gained through travel as real knowledge.

(a) Ibn Battuta

(b) Al-Biruni

(c) Abu’l Fazl

(d) None of these

8. Identify the personality related to the Bhakti saint with the help of the given information.

I. He was one of the most prominent Vaishnavists.

II. He was the creator of the philosophy known as ‘Vishishtadvaita’. Options

(a) Shankaracharya

(c) Vallabhacharya

(b) Ramanuja

(d) Ramananda

9. Which king was also referred to as Piyadassi?

(a) Ashoka

(b) Chandragupta Maurya

(c) Krishnadevaraya

(d) Akbar

10. The December 1929 Lahore Congres for Purna Swaraj was the goal of the Congress. Wh Pur the President of the Congress at the Session?

(a) Mahatma Gandhi

(b) BR Ambedkar

(d) Jawaharlal Nehru

(e) Subhash Chandra Bose

11. Choose the correct option from the n-chowing statements concerning the Mahanavami Dibba.

(a) Mahanavami Dibba was part of “The King’s Palace of Complex’.

(b) Mahanavami Dibba was a ‘Counselling Hall

(c) Mahanavami Dibba was a ‘Discussion Hall’

(d) Mahanavami Dibba was a ‘Sacred Centre

12. Read the following statements carefully and identify the name of the movement from the information given below. 

I. It was the first Satyagraha Movement led by Mahatma Gandhi in 1917.

II. It was a peasant uprising that protested against forced labour for the cultivation of Indigo.

(a) Champaran Movement

(b) Kheda Movement

(c) Ahmedabad Movement

(d) Rowlatt Satyagraha

13. Identify the temple that was not built by the Chola rulers. 

(a) Gangaikonda

(b) Virupaksha

(c) Thanjavur

(d) Chidambaram

14. Who among the following made an aggressive plea that Hindi be used as the language of Constitution making? 

(a) Shankarrao Deo

(c) G Durgabai

(b) RV Dhulekar

(d) Somnath Lahiri

15. Below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other as Reason (R). 

Assertion (A) The British East India Company made its fifth report which contained a detailed report about the Zamindars, ryots, revenue returns and Judicial administration.

Reason (R) The Company had to submit its report to the British Parliament and this report became the basis of intense parliamentary debate in Britain.


(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

16. Identify the following image and write its name. 

(a) Mosque in Vijayanagara

(b) Temple in Vijayanagara

(c) Prison

(d) None of the above

17. Colin Mackenzie was appointed as the First Surveyor-General of India in held this post till his death and he

(a) 1815 CE, 1825 СЕ

(b) 1815 CE, 1821 СЕ

(c) 1817 CE, 1825 CE

(d) 1817 CE, 1821 СЕ

18. What was the main demand of Khilafat at Movement? Choose the correct option from the following. 

(a) Dominion Status for India

(b) Self-rule in India

(c) Restoration of the Caliphate of Turkey

(d) Revival of Orthodox culture of Islam

19. Identify the name of the person from the information given below. 

I. He was the most influential and revered of all the leaders who participated in the freedom struggle.

II. He had been invited on account of his work in South Africa rather than his status within India.

III. At the Second Round Table Conference, he opposed the demand for separate electorates for lower castes.

IV. He first forged the distinctive techniques of nonviolent protests known as Satyagraha. as

(a) Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

(b) Rajendra Prasad

(c) Mahatma Gandhi

(d) Jawaharlal Nehru

20. In which of the following years, the executive was made entirely responsible to the Provincial Legislature?

(a) 1909

(b) 1919

(c) 1935

(d) 1942

21. Abu’l Fazl was a court historian of which Mughal Emperor?

(a) Babur

(c) Akbar

(b) Humayun

(d) Jahangir

Section B consists of 6 questions of 3 mark

22. “Buddha laid stress on right conduct and values.” In the light of this message, explain his teachings of life.

23. The rulers of Vijayanagara innovated and developed new traditions in the Virupaksha temple. Elaborate. 

24. What were the ideas expressed in the Objective Resolution Constituent Assembly? 

25. How did different groups define the term minority? 

26. Explain with examples what historians meant by the integration of cults.


Describe any three characteristics of the bricks used in the Harappan settlements. 

27. Describe any three views on the decline of the Harappan Civilisation. 

Section C consists of 3 questions with 8 marks

28. “After introducing the Permanent Settlement in Bengal, the zamindars regularly failed to pay the land revenue demand.” Evaluate the cause and consequence of it. and 


Examine the land revenue system that was introduced in Bombay Deccan. How did the peasants fall into the debt trap of the moneylenders? Explain.

29. Describe the sources to reconstruct the history of the Gupta period. List some of the problems faced by epigraphists.

Or Explain how the growth and development of crafts and commerce promoted the prosperity of towns during the Maurya and Gupta periods.

30. Write a brief note on Al-Biruni’s description of the caste system in India. 

Or Give a brief description of the experience of Ibn-Battuta in Indian cities. 

Section D consists of 3 Source based question

31. Read the following source and answer the questions given below.

The One Lord Here is a composition attributed to Kabir. Tell me, brother, how can there be no one lord of the world but two? Who led you so astray? God is called by many names. Name like Allah, Ram, Karim, Keshav, Hari and Hazrat. 

Gold may be shaped into rings and bangles. Isn’t it god all the same? Distinctions are only in words that we invent. Kabir says they are both mistaken. Neither can find the only Ram. One kills the goat, the other cows. They waste their lives in disputation.

(i) From which bhakti tradition did Kabir belong? 

(ii) ‘They waste their lives in disputation’. What does Kabir signify from this statement? 

(iii) Explain the arguments given by Kabir to show that there is only one single god.

32. Read the following source and answer the questions given below.

The Most Ancient System yet Discovered

About the drains, Mackay noted: “It is certainly the most complete ancient system as yet discovered.” Every house was connected to the street drains. The main channels were made of bricks set in mortar and were covered with loose bricks that could be removed for cleaning.

 In some cases, limestone was used for the covers. House drains first emptied into a sump or cesspit into which solid matter settled while wastewater flowed out into the street drains.

Very long drainage channels were provided at intervals with sumps for cleaning. It is a wonder of archaeology that “little heaps of material, mostly sand, have frequently been found lying alongside drainage channels, which shows … that the debris was not always carted away when the drain was cleared.”

Drainage systems were not unique to the larger cities but were found in smaller settlements as well. At Lothal for example, while houses were built of mud bricks, drains were made of burnt bricks.

(i) Who was Mackay and what he is describing in this passage? 

(ii) What does the little heaps of sand near

Do the drains suggest?

(iii) Write two features about the Harappan civilisation as described in the passage. 

33. Read the following source and answer the questions given below.

Mahatma Gandhi was profoundly critical of

the modern age in which machines enslaved humans and displaced labour. He saw the charkha as a symbol of a human society that would not glorify machines and technology. 

The spinning wheel, moreover, could

provide the poor with supplementary income and make them self-reliant. What I object to, is the craze for machinery as such. The craze is for what they call labour-saving machinery. Men go on ‘saving labour’, till thousands are without work and thrown on the open streets to die of starvation. I want to save time and labour, not for a fraction of mankind, but for all; I want the

concentration of wealth, not in the hands of few, but in the hands of all. Khaddar does not seek to destroy all machinery but it does regulate its use and check its weedy growth. It uses machinery for the service of the poorest in their cottages. The wheel is itself an exquisite piece of machinery. 

Young India, 17th March, 1927

(i) Explain the reason why Mahatma Gandhi criticised machines.

(ii) How would a spinning wheel help the poor?

(iii) What do you understand about the ‘craze for machinery’? Do you think it is relevant for the current age also?

Section E consists of Map based questions of 5 marks

1. A. Locate and label the following.

(i) A Buddhist site in Bihar.

(ii) Main centre of Revolt of 1857.

(iii) Harappan site of Chanhudaro 

(iv) Rakhigarhi


B. On the given political map of India, two places associated with the Freedom Movement have been marked from 1 and 2. Write their names. 


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