CBSE Sample Papers for Pre-Mid Term Exam Class 9 Social Science – Paper 1

Periodic Assessment 1

Suggested Syllabus

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

Three themes in the first sub-unit and one from the second sub-unit could be studied.
Sub-unit 1.1 : Events and processes : (All the three themes are compulsory)
In this unit the focus is on three events and processes that have in major ways shaped the identity of the modern world. Each represents a different form of politics, and a specific combination of forces. One event is linked to the growth of liberalism and democracy, one with socialism, and one with a negation of both democracy and socialism.

  1. The French Revolution :
    (a)The Ancient Regime and its crises.
    (b) The social forces that led to the revolution.
    (c) The different revolutionary groups and ideas of the time.
    (d) The legacy. (Chapter 1)
  1. Socialism ip Europe and the Russian Revolution :
    (a) The crises of Tzarism
    (b) The nature of social movements between 1905 and 1917.
    (c) The First World War and foundation of Soviet state.
    (d) The legacy. (Chapter 2)

Map work
Based on Theme 1/2


Chapter 1 : The French Revolution
Outline map of France (For locating and labelling/ldentification)

  • Bordeaux
  • Nantes
  • Paris
  • Marseilles

Chapter 2 : Socialism in Europe and the Russian Revolution
Outline map of World (For locating and labelling/ldentification)

  • Major countries of First World War
    (Central Power and Allied Powers)
  • Central Powers – Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey (Ottoman Empire)
  • Allied Powers – France, England, (Russia), America

Unit 2 : Contemporary India – I (20 Marks)


1.India : Size and Location
2.Physical Features of India : Relief, structure, major physiographic unit.

Map Work

Chapter 1: India
– States with Capitals, Tropic of Cancer, Standard Meridian, Southern most, northern
most, eastern most and western most points of India (Location and Labelling)
Chapter 2: Physical Features of India
Mountain Ranges : The Karakoram, The Zasker, The Shivalik, The Aravali,
The Vindhya, The Satpura, Western & Eastern Ghats
Mountain Peaks – K2, Kanchanjunga, Anai Mudi,
Plateau – Deccan Plateau, Chhotanagpur Plateau, Malwa Plateau
Coastal Plains – Konkan, Malabar, Coromandel & Northern Circars (Location and Labelling)

Unit 3 : Democratic Politics – I (20 Marks)


2. What is Democracy? Why Democracy?
What are the different ways of defining democracy? Why has democracy become the most prevalent form of government in our times? What are the alternatives to democracy? Is democracy superior to its available alternatives? Must every democracy have the same institutions and values? (Chapter 2)

Unit 4 : Economics (20 Marks)


1. The Story of Village Palampur : Economic transactions of Palampur and its interaction with the rest of the world through which the concept of production (including three factors of production (land, labour and capital) can be introduced. (Chapter 1)
2. People as Resource : Introduction of how people become resource / asset; economic activities done by men and women; unpaid work done by women; quality of human resource; role of health and education; unemployment as a form of non-utilisation of human resource; socio-political implications in simple form. (Chapter 2)

Sample Paper 1

Strictly based on the Latest Scheme Of Assessement, 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. Who comprised the Third Estate in France? [1]

2. When did the October Revolution occur? [1]

3. Which island countries are our southern neighbours? [1]

4. Name the group of islands lying in the Arabian Sea. [1]

5. Which is the highest peak in the Eastern Ghats? [1]

6. Who led a military coup in Pakistan in 1999? [1]

7. What is the main production activity in Palampur village? [1]

8. What was the subsistence crisis? Why did it occur in France during the Old Regime? [3]

9. Why did the Tsarist autocracy collapse in 1917? [3]

10. Why is India called a subcontinent? Write any three points. [3]

11. What is a latitude? What is the latitudinal extent of India? [3]

12. Why are the Himalayas called young fold mountains? [3]

13. Explain any three features of democracy. [3]

14. “Democracy allows people to correct their own mistakes.”Support the statement with three points.       [3]

15. ‘Democracy is based on consultation and discussion.’ Explain. [3]

16. What are the various farming and non-farming activities in village Palampur? [3]

17. State any three advantages of multiple cropping. [3]

18. Why is human resource important for development? [3]

19. Discuss the various causes of the French Revolution. [5]

20. Examine the role of Lenin in the Russian Revolution. [5]

21. Describe the location and size of India. [5]

22. Describe the arguments given against democracy. Mention five points. [5]

23. Why is a democratic government a better government? Mention four reasons. [5]

24. State four steps of optimal utilisation of land. [5]

25. Describe the role of human resource in economic development.       [5]

26. Locate and label the following items on the given outline map of France.     [ ½ + ½ = 1]
(i) Nantes                                                       (ii) Paris

27. Locate and label the following on the given outline map of the world. [ ½ + ½ = 1]
(A) Germany (Central Power during First World War)
(B)France (Allied Power during First World War)

28. Locate and label the following on the given outline political map of India.                           [3]
(i)     Chennai
(ii)   Tropic of Cancer
(iii) Standard Meridian

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

(28.1) Name a major Central Power during First World War.

(28.2) Name a major Allied Power during First World War.

(28.3) Name the capital of Tamil Nadu.

(28.4) Which major latitude passes through India?

(28.5) What is the Standard Meridian of India?

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