Social science question paper 2018 class 10 set (1)


  • Please check that this question paper contains 10 printed pages + 1 Map.
  • Code number given on the right hand side of the question paper should be written on
    the title page of the answer-book by the candidate.
  •  Please check that this question paper contains 26 questions.
  • Please write down the Serial Number of the question before attempting it.
  • 15 minute time has been allotted to read this question paper.  The students will read the
    question paper only and will not write any answer on the answer-book during this

General Instructions :
(i) The question paper has 26 questions in all. All questions are compulsory.
(ii) Marks are indicated against each question.
(iii) Questions from serial number 1 to 7 are Very Short Answer type Questions. Each
question carries one mark.
(iv) Questions from serial number 8 to 18 are 3 marks questions. Answers of these
questions should not exceed 80 words each.
(v) Questions from serial number 19 to 25 are 5 marks questions. Answers of these
questions should not exceed 100 words each.
(vi) Question number 26 is a map question. It has two parts 26(A) and 26(B). 26(A) of
2 marks from History and 26(B) of 3 marks from Geography. After completion
attach the map inside your answer book.
(vii) There is no overall choice. However, internal choice has been provided in some
questions. You have to attempt only one of the alternatives in all such-questions.

Time allowed : 3 hours   Maximum Marks : 80


1. Why were big European powers met in Berlin in 1885 ?
Why were merchants from towns in Europe began to move countryside in seventeenth
and eighteenth centuries ?
Why did Charles Booth, a Liverpool ship owner conduct the first social survey of low
skilled workers in the East End of London in 1887 ?

2.Why did the Roman Catholic Church impose control over publishers and booksellers ?
Why do novels use vernacular ?

3.Classify resources on the basis of origin.

4.‘A challenge is not just any problem but an opportunity for progress.’ Analyse the

5.State any two goals of development other than income.

6.When we produce goods by exploiting natural resources, in which category of economic
sector such activities come ?

7.Give any two examples of informal sector of credit.

8.Describe the impact of ‘Rinderpest’ on people’s livelihoods and local economy in
Africa in the 1890s.
Describe any three major problems faced by Indian cotton weavers in nineteenth
Describe any three steps taken to clean up London during nineteenth century.

9.“The ‘Print Revolution’ had transformed the lives of people changing their relationship
to information and knowledge.” Analyse the statement.
Distinguish between the themes of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Jane Eyre’ novels written
by Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte respectively.

10.How has the ever increasing number of industries in India made worse position by
exerting pressure on existing fresh water resources ? Explain.

11.“Dense and efficient network of transport is a pre-requisite for local and national
development.” Analyse the statement.

12.Describe any three provisions of amendment made in ‘Indian Constitution’ in 1992 for
making ‘Three-Tier’ government more effective and powerful.

13.Explain the three factors that are crucial in deciding the outcome of politics of social

14.“Secularism is not an ideology of some political parties or persons, but it is one of the
foundations of our country.” Examine the statement.

15.How is the issue of sustainability important for development ? Explain with examples.

16.Distinguish the service conditions of organized sector with that of unorganized sector.

17.Why is cheap and affordable credit important for the country’s development ? Explain
any three reasons.

18.How can consumer awareness be spread among consumers to avoid exploitation in the
market place ? Explain any three ways.

19.Describe the explosive conditions prevailed in Balkans after 1871 in Europe.
Describe the role of different religious groups in the development of anti-colonial
feelings in Vietnam.

20.How did Non-Cooperation movement start with participation of middle class people in
the cities ? Explain its impact on the economic front.
Why was Congress reluctant to allow women to hold any position of authority within
the organisation ? How did women participate in Civil Disobedience Movement ?

21.“The Government of India has introduced various institutional and technological
reforms to improve agriculture in the 1980s and 1990s.” Support this statement with
Compare ‘intensive subsistence farming’ with that of ‘commercial farming’ practiced in

22.Why is the economic strength of a country measured by the development of
manufacturing industries ? Explain with examples.

23.Describe any five major functions of political parties performed in a democracy.

24.“Democracy stands much superior to any other form of government in promoting
dignity and freedom of the individual.” Justify this statement.
“Democracies lead to peaceful and harmonious life among citizens.” Justify this

25.How has foreign trade been integrating markets of different countries ? Explain with
How do we feel the impact of globalization on our daily life ? Explain with examples.

26.(A) Two features a and b are marked on the given political outline map of India.
Identify these features with the help of the following information and write their
correct names on the lines marked near them :
(a) The place where the Indian National Congress Session was held.
(b) The place where Gandhiji organized ‘Satyagraha’ in favour of cotton mill
(B) Locate and label the following with appropriate symbols on the same given
outline political map of India.
(i) Raja Sansi – International Airport
(ii) Bhadravati – Iron and Steel Plant
(iii) Software Technology Park of West Bengal

Note: The following questions are for the Visually Impaired candidates only in lieu
of Q. No. 26 :
(i) Name the state where the Indigo planters organized Satyagraha.
(ii) Name the state where Gandhiji violated the Salt Law.
(iii) Name the state where Raja Sansi International Airport is located.
(iv) Name the state where Salem Iron and Steel Plant is located.
(v) Name the state where Narora Nuclear Power Plant is located.

Question no. for 26





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