CBSE Sample Papers for Mid Term Exam Class 10 Social Science – Paper 1

Periodic Assessment 2

Suggested Syllabus

Unit 1 : India and the Contemporary World – II (History) 20 Marks
Sub-unit 1.2: Livelihoods, Economies and Societies.
Any one of the following themes:

  1. The making of a Global World:
    (a) The Pre-modem world
    (b) The nineteenth century global economy, colonialism
    (c) The Inter-war economy (Great Depression)
    (d) Rebuilding the world economy.
  1. The Age of Industrialization:
    (a) Proto-industrialisation and pace of industrial change
    (b) Life of workers
    (c) Industrialization in the colonies
    (d) Early Entrepreneurs & workers
    (e) The peculiarities of industrial growth (f) Market for goods.
  1. Work, Life & Leisure:
    (a) Development of modern cities due to Industrialisation in London and Bombay
    (b) Housing and land reclamation
    (c) Social changes in the cities
    (d) Cities and the challenge of the environment

Unit 2 : Contemporary India – II (Geography) 20 Marks

  1. Agriculture : Types of farming, major crops, cropping pattern, technological and institutional reforms; their impact; contribution of agriculture to national economy-employment and output.
    Note : Content of pg no. 44-47 of NCERT Textbook is to be deleted. (Chapter 4)
  1. Minerals and Energy Resources: Types of minerals, distribution (Note : on map only) use and economic importance of minerals, conservation, types of power resources: conventional and non- conventional, distribution and utilisation, and conservation. (Chapter 5)

Map Work

Chapter 4: Agriculture:
Identification only
(a) Major areas of rice and wheat.
(b) Largest / Major producer states of sugarcane; tea; coffee; rubber; cotton and jute.

Chapter 5: Mineral and Energy Resources:

Minerals: (Identification only)


Unit 3 : Democratic Politics – II (Political Science) 20 Marks

3 & 4. Democracy and Diversity & Gender, Religion and Caste:

Are divisions inherent to the working of democracy? What has been the effect of caste on politics and of politics on caste? How has the gender division shaped politics? How do communal divisions affect democracy? (Chapter 3 & 4)

  1. Popular Struggles and Movements

(Note : Ch-5 is to be done as project work only and will not be evaluated in theory)

Unit 4 : Understanding Economic Development (Economics) 20 Marks

  1. Sectors of the Indian Economy: *Sectors of Economic Activities; Historical change in sectors; Rising importance of tertiary sector; Employment Generation; Division of Sectors – Organized and Unorganized; Protective measures for unorganized sector workers.
    (Chapter 2)
  2. Money and Credit : Role of money in an economy: Formal and Informal financial institutions for Savings and Credit – General Introduction; Select one formal institution such as a nationalized commercial bank and a few informal institutions; Local moneylenders, landlords, chit funds and private finance companies. (Chapter 3)

(Note : Ch-3 will also be evaluated in theory).

Sample Paper 1

Strictly based on the Remodelled Scheme of Assessment, the Latest Syllabus and Design of the Question Paper released by the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi effective from academic year 2017-18.

1.A Which precious metal discovered from mines of Peru and Mexico enhanced Europe’s wealth? [1]


1.B Who improved the steam engine produced by Newcomen and patented the new engine in 1781?


1.C Which cities were considered as Presidency cities during British India?

2. What is commercial farming?               [1]

3. Name the three cropping seasons in India.                 [1]

4. Define mineral.         [1]

5. Which is the largest bauxite producing state in India?                   [1]

6. Who was the leader of Civil Rights Movement?         [1]

7. In which sector are most of the people employed in India?             [1]

Explain the three types of flows within the international economic exchange during 1815 – 1914. [3]

8.B Why did the East India Company appoint gomasthas in India?


8.C Why were the underground railways referred to as the ‘Iron Monsters’?

9.A What is meant by the Bretton Woods system? Explain.                     [3]


9.B Explain the miserable conditions of Indian weavers during the East India Company’s regime in the 18th century.

9.C Why did the population of London expand from the middle of the 18th century?

10.A Give two examples from history to show the impact of technology on food availability. [3]


10.B Explain the impact of First World War on Indian industries.


10.C Highlight any three problems faced by people who migrated to Bombay (Mumbai).

11. Name one important beverage crop and specify the geographical conditions required for its growth. [3]

12. What are the uses of limestone? Mention any two states which are major producers of limestone. [3]

13. What are the different forms of power sharing? Explain. [3]

14. How does communalism create problems in politics? [3]

15. Which factors have led to the weakening of caste hierarchy in India? [3]

16. How are the activities in the economy classified on the basis of employment conditions?                             [3]

17. Explain how public sector contributes to the economic development of a nation. [3]

18. Why do we need to expand formal sources of credit in India?                                                                                                         [3]

19. A How   is culture a great agent of globalisation? Explain with example.     [5]


19.B Describe any four impacts of Manchester imports on the cotton weavers of India.


19.C Describe any four new types of entertainment that came up in the 19th century in England for the common people.

20.A What was the impact of First World War on the socio-economic conditions of the world? Describe any four points.       [5]


20.B Describe the main features of pre-colonial trade.


20.C “The city of London had a powerful migrant population.”Explain the reasons.

21. Distinguish between intensive subsistence farming and commercial farming. [5]

22. Is political expression of social division in democracy beneficial? Explain. [5]

23. How does communalism take various forms in politics? Explain. [5]

24. Why is the tertiary sector growing so rapidly in India? Explain it with four                                             [5]

25. Why is the issue of sustainability important for development? [5]

26. Locate and label the following on the given outline political map of India.
(i) Uran
(ii) Narora

27. Two features A and B are marked on the given outline political map of India. Identify these features with the help of given information and write their correct names on the lines marked in the map. [ ½ + ½= 1]
Iron ore mine.
(B) Mica producing area.

CBSE Sample Papers for Mid Term Exam Class 10 Social Science - Paper 1-27

28. Locate and label the following items on the given outline political map of India. [3]
(i) Namrup thermal power plant
(ii) Kaiga nuclear power plant
(iii) Kalpakkam
CBSE Sample Papers for Mid Term Exam Class 10 Social Science - Paper 1-28

Note : The following questions are for the blind candidates only in lieu of question numbers 26, 27 and 28.   [5]

(28.1) Name one major rice producing state.

(28.2) Name the largest producer state of rubber.

(28.3) Name an iron ore mine in Karnataka.

(28.4) Name one mica mine in Jharkhand.

(28.5) Where is Digboi oilfield located?

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