Sample paper of history class 12 cbse 2023-24 with solutions pdf

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Sample paper of history class 12 cbse 2023-24

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 pdf

1. In which of the following states, the Rajmahal hills habitat of Paharia tribes is situated? 

(a) Jharkhand

(b) Bihar

(c) West Bengal

(d) Orissa

2. Archaeologists have found five Chinese in some areas of the Vijayanagara Empire.

(a) Silk

(b) Sichuan cloth

(c) Ironware

(d) Porcelain

3. Who among the following was the leader of the Santhal rebellion? 

(a) Tilka Manjhi

(c) Sidhu Manjhi

(b) Birsa Munda

(d) Shah Mal

4. A common descendent of Vedic seers is known as Gotra. Vamsha is related to which of the following in the same pattern?

(a) Vasya

(b) Vanik

(c) Lineage

(d) Merchants

5. Consider the following statements regarding the motif of Shalabhanjika and choose the correct option. 

I. This was regarded as an auspicious symbol.

II. This was a woman whose touch cured the trees to flower.

III. It was a symbol of strength and wisdom.

IV. It was a symbol of renunciation.


(a) Only (i) is correct

(b) Only (1) and (ii) are correct

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

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

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

Assertion (A) The practice of endogamy meant that marrying daughters into families outside the kin was considered desirable. Reason (R) Daughters had no claims to the resources of the households.


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

(b) Both A and Rare 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. Identify the place related to the Mahajanapada period with the help of the given information.

1. It was the most powerful among the sixteen Mahajanapada.

II. Agriculture was especially the most productive in the region. Options


(b) Vajji

(c) Vatsa

(d) Magadha

8. Read the following statements carefully and identify the character of Mahabharata from the information given below. 

I. A favourite student of Dronacharya.

II. Blessed by Dronacharya to the unrivalled among his pupils.

(a) Arjuna 

(b) Yudhisthira

(c) Eklavya

(d) Duryodhana

9. Match the following

List IList II
A.Gajapati Ruler1. Karnataka
B. Sultans2. Tamil Nadu
C. Chola3. Orissa
D. Hoysalas4. Deccan


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

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

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

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

10. Choose the correct option from the following statements about Alexander Cunningham. 

(a) The first Governor-General of the East India Company in India. 

(b) A famous British antiquarian who travelled extensively in India. 

(c) The first Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India.

(d) A British Civil Engineer who was posted in Sindh Province in the late 1900s.

11. Identify the name of the preceptor or Guru of the Sikh community from the information given below. 

I. He laid the foundation of the Khalsa Panth.

II. He bestowed the Sikhs with five district symbols.

III. He consolidated the community as a socio-religious and military force.

IV. He compiled the compositions of the ninth guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur in Guru Granth Sahib.

(a) Guru Arjan Dev

(b) Guru Manak Dev

(c) Guru Gobind Singh

(d) Guru Har Krishan Singh

12. Which of the following categories of society of ancient Persia was not recognised by the Al-Biruni? 

(a) Knights and princes

(b) Monks and fire-priests

(c) Peasants and artisans

(d) Children and women

13. Who among the following advised ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ to spend a year travelling around British India to better understand the country and its people?

(a) Gopal Krishna Gokhale

(b) SN Banerjee

(c) Bal Gangadhar Tilak

(d) Lala Lajpat Rai

14. Which among the following British officers was killed by the rebels at Lucknow in the Revolt of 1857?

(a) Thomas Jones Barker

(b) Felico Beato

(c) Joseph Noel Paton

(d) Henry Lawrence

15. was the most famous ruler of Vijayanagara, composed statecraft in Telugu known as a work on

(a) Krishnadevaraya, Amuktamalyada

(b) Rama Raya, Amuktamalyada

(c) Krishnadevaraya, Ratnavali

(d) Harihara, Amuktamalyada

16. Who among the following Gurus of Sikhs compiled Shree Guru Adi Granth Sahib?

(a) Guru Teg Bahadur

(b) Guru Arjan Dev

(c) Guru Nanak Dev

(d) Guru Gobind Singh

17. Which of the following lands is annually cultivated for each crop in succession? 

(a) Banjar

(b) Parauti

(c) Polaj

(d) Uncle

18. When Portuguese arrive in India? Choose the correct option from the following.

(a) Portuguese arrived in India in about 1400 СЕ.

(b) Portuguese arrived in India in about 1500 СЕ.

(c) Portuguese arrived in India in about 1600 СЕ. 

(d) Portuguese arrived in India in about 1800 CE.

19. Which of the following statements is incorrect regarding the making of the Constituent Assembly?

(a) The members were elected through direct election.

(b) Muslim league choose to boycott the Constituent Assembly.

(c) The assembly also had representatives of the Princely States.

(d) None of the above

20. In 1856, the Kingdom which was formally annexed to the British Empire was …….

(a) Awadh

(b) Satara

(c) Mysore

(d) Jhansi

21. Identify the person with Mahatma Gandhi in the following image.

(a) Lord Mountbatten

(b) Stafford Cripps

(c) Sir Radcliffe

(d) John Simon

Section B consists of 6 questions of 3 marks each

22. Why it is difficult for historians to understand a text as complex as the Mahabharata? 

23. Write a note on the philosophy of Lingayats. 

24. Explain why certain members of the Constituent Assembly were opposing Hindustani as a national language. 

25. Who was Megasthenes? What does Megasthenes tell about the administration of the Mauryan Empire? 

Or How do historians reconstruct the lives of ordinary people? 

26. Discuss about the sacred centre briefly concerning legends and other temples. 

27. “The initiatives in Champaran, Ahmedabad and Kheda marked Gandhiji out as a nationalist with a deep sympathy for the poor”. Substantiate the statement. 

Describe any three consequences of the Non-Cooperation Movement. 

Section C consists of 3 questions of 8 marks each

28. Examine the role played by Colin Mackenzie in the reconstruction of the history of the Vijayanagara Empire. How did the writing of foreign travellers aid in reimagining the capital of this empire? 


Describe the relation between kings of Vijayanagara Empire neighbours? and their

29. In what way did Mahatma Gandhi transform the nature of the national movement?

section D consists of 3 Source based question

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

A Prayer to Agni

Here are two verses from the Rigveda invoking Agni, the God of fire, often identified with the sacrificial fire, into which offerings were made to reach the other deities. Bring, O strong one, this sacrifice of ours to the Gods, O wise one, as a liberal giver. Bestow on us, O priest, abundant food. Agni, obtain by sacrificing, mighty wealth for us.

Procure, O Agni, forever to him who prays to you (the gift of) nourishment, the wonderful cow. May a son be ours, offspring that continues our line Verses such as these were composed in a special kind of Sanskrit, known as Vedic Sanskrit. They were taught orally to men belonging to priestly families.

(i) Why were offerings made to Agni? Give one reason. 

(ii) Mention the language in which prayers were made. How it was taught?

(iii) What do you understand by sacrificial fire? What offerings were made in it?

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

Declining a Royal Gift

This excerpt from a Sufi text describes the proceedings at Shaikh Nizamuddin Auliya’s hospice in 1313.

I (the author, Amir Hasan Sijzi) had the good fortune of kissing his (Shaikh Nizamuddin Auliya’s) feet. At this time a local ruler had sent him the deed of ownership to two gardens and much land, along with the provisions and tools for their maintenance. 

The ruler had also made it clear that he was relinquishing all his rights to both the gardens and land. The master had not accepted that gift. Instead, he lamented: “What have I to do with gardens and fields and lands? None of our spiritual masters had engaged in such activity.” 

Then he told an appropriate story: “Sultan Ghiyasuddin, who at that time was still known as Ulugh Khan, came to visit Shaikh Fariduddin (and) offered some money and ownership deeds for four villages to the Shaikh, the money being for the benefit of the dervishes (Sufis) and the land for this use. Smiling, Shaikh al Islam (Fariduddin) said: ‘Give me the money. I will dispense it to the dervishes. but as for those land deeds, keep them. There are many who long for them. Give them away to such persons.

(i) Who had the good fortune of kissing Shaikh Nizamuddin Auliya’s feet? 

(ii) To whom did the local ruler relinquish all his rights on land and gardens?

(iii) Who was known as Ulugh Khan? Why he offered money to Shaikh Fariduddin? 

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

The Rebel of 1857: Shah Mal

Shah Mal lived in a large village in Pargana, Baraut in Uttar Pradesh. He belonged to a clan of Jat cultivators whose kinship ties extended over Chaurasee des (84 villages).

The lands in the region were irrigated and fertile with rich dark loam soil.

Many of the villagers were prosperous and saw the British land revenue system as oppressive: the revenue demand was high and its collection inflexible. Consequently, cultivators were losing land to outsiders, traders and moneylenders who were coming into the area.

Shah Mal mobilised the headmen and cultivators of Chaurasia des, moving at night from village to village, urging people to rebel against the British. As in many other places, the revolt against the British turned into a general rebellion against all signs of oppression and injustice. 

Cultivators left their fields and plundered the houses of moneylenders and traders. Displaced proprietors took possession of the lands they had lost. Shah Mal’s men attacked government buildings, destroyed the bridge over the river and dug up metalled roads. 

partly to prevent government forces from coming into the area and partly because bridges and roads were seen as symbols of British rule.

They sent supplies to the sepoy who had mutinied in Delhi and stopped all official communication between British headquarters and Meerut.

 Locally acknowledged as the Raja, Shah Mal took over the bungalow of an English officer, and turned it into a ‘hall of justice’, settling disputes and dispensing judgements. He also set up an amazingly effective network of intelligence. For a period, the people of the area felt that the firangi raj was over and their raj had come. Shah Mal was killed in battle in July 1857.

(i) Why the cultivators were losing land to outsiders? 

(ii) Who was Shah Mal? How did he urge people to rebel against the British? 

(iii) Mention any two steps taken by Shah Mal to support the cause of the Revolt of 1857. 

Section E consists of Map based question

34. A. Locate and label the following places. 

(i) Kanchipuram

(ii) Thanjavur

(iii) Balakot

(iv) Principal centre of the 1857 Revolt.


B. On the given political outline map of India, two important places related to Buddha’s life have been marked as 1 and 2. Identify and write their names on the given lines.


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