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

Periodic Assessment 3

Suggested Syllabus

Unit 1 : India and the Contemporary World – II (History) 20 Marks
Sub-unit 1.3: Everyday Life, Culture and Politics.
Any one of the following themes:

  1. Print Culture and the Modern World:
    (a) The History of print in Europe,
    (b) The growth of press in the nineteenth century India,
    (c) Relationship between print culture, public debate and politics. (Chapter 7)
  1. Novels, Society and History:
    (a) Emergence of the novel as a genre in the west,
    (b) The relationship between the novel and changer; in modern society,
    (c) Early novels in nineteenth century India,
    (d) A study of two or three major writers. (Chapter 8)

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

  1. Manufacturing Industries: Types, spatial distribution (Note : on map only), contribution of industries to the national economy, industrial pollution and degradation of environment, measures to control degradation. [Note : Content mentioned on page no. 74-75 of NCERT, Geography Textbook i.e. Aluminium Smelting, Chemical Industries, Fertiliser Industry, Cement Industry is not required to be delivered in classroom during instruction.]
  2. Life Lines of National Economy: Importance of means of Communication and transportation, Trade & Tourism (Chapter 7)

Map Work
Chapter 6: Manufacturing Industries:
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Chapter 7: Lifelines of National Economy:
Identification Only:
Golden Quadrilateral, North-South Corridor, East-West Corridor
National Highways:
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International Airports:
Amritsar (Raja Sansi)
Delhi (Indira Gandhi International)
Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji)
Thiruvananthapuram (Nedimbacherry)
Chennai (Meenambakkam)
Kolkata (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose)
Hyderabad (Rajiv Gandhi)                                                                                                                                                                                                                       .
(Note : Item of Locating and Labelling may also be given for Identification.)

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

  1. Political Parties: What role do political parties play in competition and contestation? Which are the major national and regional parties in India? (Chapter 6)
  2. Outcomes of Democracy: Can or should democracy be judged by its outcomes? What outcomes can one reasonably expect of democracies? Does democracy in India meet these expectations? Has democracy led to development, security and dignity for the people? What sustains democracy in India? (Chapter 7)
  3. Challenges to Democracy: Is the idea of democracy shrinking? What are the major challenges to democracy in India? How can democracy be reformed and deepened? What role can an ordinary citizen play in deepening democracy? (Chapter 8)

Unit 4 : Understanding Economic Development (Economics) 20 Marks

4. Globalisation and the Indian Economy: Production across countries, Foreign trade and Interaction of Markets, what is Globalization? Factors, WTO, Impact, Fair Globalization (Chapter 4)

5. Consumer Rights: ***How consumer is exploited (one or two simple case studies), factors causing exploitation of consumers; rise of consumer awareness; how a consumer should be in a market; role of government in consumer protection. (Chapter 5)


1.A Name the person who started the Protestant Reformation? [1]


1.B Who wrote the novel ‘Hard Times’?

2. Where was the first jute mill in India set up?     [1]

3. When was TISCO established? [1]

4. Which is the longest highway of India? [1]

5. Give an example of tidal port in India? [1]

6. Name the three types of party system. [1]

7. Name any two multinational companies. [1]

8.A Explain any three features of the first printed Bible.   [3]


8.B Why did novels become popular among women? Write three points.

9.A State any three points of importance of penny chapbooks. [3]


9.B Describe any three features of Bengali novels of the 19th

10.A “The print culture created the conditions within which the French Revolution occurred.”Support the statement with three arguments.       [3]


10.B What led Chandu Menon to write ‘Indulekha’?

11. Describe any three main features of the chemical industry. [3]

12. Explain any four major problems faced by Indian railways. [3]

13. “The elimination of flaws of political parties seem difficult but not impossible.”Justify. [3]

14. Describe three main features of federalism in India. [3]

15. Describe any three major challenges to democracy in India. [3]

16. Enumerate any three features of multinational corporations. [3]

17. “The impact of globalisation has not been uniform.”Explain. [3]

18. Highlight any three duties of consumers. [3]

19.A How did Hindu religious texts benefit from printing?     [5]


19.B “Premchand’s novels are filled with all kinds of powerful characters drawn from all strata of society.”
Support the statement by giving suitable examples.

20.A How did print culture affect women in the 19th century India? Explain. [5]


20.B Describe the popular themes on which women writers in England wrote in the 19th century.

21. Why are the means of transportation and communication called the lifelines of a nation?                             [5]

22. Explain how political parties are still in the grip of some serious challenges. [5]

23. “Democracy is a better form of government.”Support the statement with three                         [5]

24. Explain the relative importance of tertiary sector in India. [5]

25. Explain the factors which gave birth to the consumer movement in India. [5]

26. On the given outline political map of India, locate and label the following textile centres. [ ½ + ½= 1]
(i) Madurai (ii) Ahmedabad

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]
(A) A software technology park of Rajasthan
(B) A software technology park of Punjab
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28. Locate and label the following features on the given outline political map of India.
(i) Kandla port
(ii) Paradip port
(iii) Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee (Raja Sansi) International Airport
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Note : The following questions are for the blind candidates only in lieu of question numbers 26, 27 and 28. [5]

(28.1) Name a cotton textile centre of Tamil Nadu.

(28.2) Name a software technology park of Rajasthan.

(28.3) Name a tidal port in Gujarat.

(28.4) In which state is Paradip Port located?

(28.5) Where is Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee (Raja Sansi) International Airport located?

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