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

Periodic Assessment 1

Suggested Syllabus

Unit 1 : India and the Contemporary World – II (History) 20 Marks

In sub-unit 1.1 students are required to choose any two themes. In that sub-unit, theme 3 is compulsory and for second theme students are required to choose any one from the first two themes.
Sub-unit 1.1 : Events and processes : Any two of the following themes:

  1. The Rise of Nationalism in Europe :
    (a) The growth of nationalism in Europe after the 1830s.
    (b) The ideas of Giuseppe Mazzini, etc. .
    (c) General characteristics of the movements in Poland, Hungary, Italy, Germany and Greece. (Chapter 1).
  1. The Nationalist Movement in Indo-China: Factors leading to Growth of Nationalism in Indo-China.
    (a) French colonialism in Indo-China.
    (b) Phases -of struggle against the French,
    (c) The ideas of Phan Chu Trinh, Phan Boi Chau, Ho Chi Minh.
    (d) The Second World War and the liberation struggle,
    (e) America and the Vietnam war. (Chapter 2)
  1. Nationalism in India:
    (a) Impact of First World War, Khilafat, Non-Cooperation and Differing Strands within the Movement,
    (b) Salt Satyagraha.
    (c) Movements of peasants, workers, tribals.
    (d) Limits of Civil Disobedience,
    (e) The Sense of Collective Belonging. (Chapter 3)

Map Work

A. History – Outline Political Map of India.
Lesson-3 Nationalism in India – (1918 – 1930) For locating and labelling / Identification.

  1. Indian National Congress Sessions:
    Calcutta (September, 1920)                                     Madras (1927)
    Nagpur (December, 1920)                                         Lahore (1929)
  1. Important Centres of Indian National Movement:
    (Non-cooperation and Civil Disobedience Movement)
    (i) Champaran (Bihar) – Movement of Indigo Planters
    (ii) Kheda (Gujarat) – Peasant Satyagraha
    (iii) Ahmedabad (Gujarat) – Cotton Mill Workers Satyagraha
    (iv) Amritsar (Punjab) – Jallianwala Bagh Incident
    (v) Chauri Chaura (U.P.) – Calling off the Non-Cooperation Movement
    (vi) Dandi (Gujarat) – Civil Disobedience Movement

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


  1. Resources and Development : Types – natural and human; need for resource planning, natural resources, land as a resource, soil types and distribution; changing land-use pattern; land degradation and conservation measures. (Chapter 1)
  2. Water Resources: Sources, distribution, utilisation, multi-purpose projects, water scarcity, need for conservation and management, rainwater harvesting. (One case study to be introduced). (Chapter 3)

Map Work

B. Geography – Outline Political Map of India
Chapter 1: Resources and Development
Identification only: Major soil types.

Chapter 3: Water Resources
Locating and labelling

Dams :
(1) Salal
(2) Bhakra Nangal
(3) Tehri
(4) Rana Pratap Sagar
(5) Sardar Sarovar
(6) Hirakud
(7) Nagarjuna Sagar
(8) Tungabhadra (Along with rivers)

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

1 & 2. Power Sharing & Federalism:

Why and how is power shared in democracies? How has federal division of power in India helped national unity? To what extent has decentralization achieved this objective? How does democracy accommodate different social groups? (Chapter 1 & 2)

Unit 4 : Understanding Economic Development (Economics) 20 Marks

  1. Development: The traditional notion of development: national income and per-capita income. Growth of national income – critical appraisal of existing development indicators (PCI, IMR, SR and other income and health indicators). The need for health and educational development: Human Development Indicators (in simple and brief) as a holistic measure of development.

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 Name two secret societies founded by Giuseppe Mazzini.   [1]
1.B Who was the founder of Hoa Hao movement in Vietnam?

2. When did Gandhi-Irwin pact take place? [1]

3. What are two types of resources on the basis   of origin?   [1]

4. Which soil is ideal for growing cotton? [1]

5. Water covers about what percent of the earth’s surface?               [1]

6. In which country majoritarianism led to civil   war?                   [1]

7. What does HDI stand for? [1]

8. A How was Italy unified? Explain. [3]


8.B Explain any three steps taken by the French to achieve their aim to exploit the natural resources of Vietnam.

9. What was the objective of the Simon Commission? Why was it opposed in India? [3]

10. Explain any three steps that can be taken to solve the problem of land degradation. [3]

11. Explain the role of human in resource development. [3]

12. Describe three traditional methods of rainwater harvesting practised in India. [3]

13. Give three reasons for civil war in Sri Lanka. [3]

14. Describe horizontal and vertical power sharing in modem democracies. [3]

15. Describe any three features of federalism. [3]

16. Explain any three social indicators of development. [3]

17. What do you mean by Human Development Index? What are its three components? [3]

18. Mention any three characteristics of development. [3]

19. A How was the formation of the nation-state the result of a long-drawn-out process in Britain? Explain.     [5]


19.B How did the battle against French colonialism become a part of the battle for independence of Vietnam? Explain.

20. How did the sense of collective belonging and nationalism develop in India? Explain. [5]

21. Why did Jawaharlal Nehru proudly proclaim the dams as the temples of modem India? [5]

22. Describe the different forms of power sharing in modem democracies. Give an example of each type.               [5]

23. Describe any four features of federalism? [5]

24. Differentiate between national income and per capita income. Critically examine existing development indicators.             [5]

25. How are economic development and human development related to each other? Explain. [5]

26. Locate and label the following items on the given outline political map of India. [ ½ + ½ = 1]
(i) Dandi (ii) Kheda

27. Two features A and B qre 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) The place where Congress session was held in 1929.
(B) The place where Jallianwala Bagh massacre took place.
CBSE Sample Papers for Pre-Mid Term Exam Class 10 Social Science - Paper 1-27

28. Locate and label the following on the given map of India.
(i) Salal Dam
(ii) Tehri Dam
(iii) River Mahanadi
CBSE Sample Papers for Pre-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 the place where Mahatma Gandhi broke the Salt Law.

(28.2) Name the place of Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha in 1917.

(28.3) On which river is Hirakud Dam located?

(28.4) Name an area of Red Soil.

(28.5) In which state is Tehri Dam located?

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