1. Write notes on: Philosophy on Shankaracharya. [2012]
  2. Write a critical essay on the contribution of Shankara to the religion and philosophy of India. What were his main weaknesses? [2002]
  3. Write a note on: Shankaracharya [1993]


  1. Write a note on: Architecture under the Cholas. [2012]
  2. Write an essay on Chola administration throwing light on the local self government. [2002]
  3. Describe the cultural achievements of the Cholas with the reference to their architecture. [2001]
  4. Discuss the role of the local assemblies involved in the governance of Chola Empire. [1995]
  5. Discuss the Chola system of administrative control. [1993]


  1. Describe the contribution of the Pallavas in the field of literature, art and architecture. [2009]
  2. Evaluate the main features of the Pallava art. [2002]
  3. Give an account of the political and cultural achievements of the Pallavas. [1997]
  4. Discuss the specific feature of the agrarian societies under the Pallavas. [1993]


  1. Discuss the main feature of the administration and culture in the Vijayanagara Empire. [2009]
  2. Describe critically the main features of polity of Vijayanagara Empire. [2002]
  3. Splendid, indeed, was the Vijayanagara Empire in medieval India. Discuss. [1999]


  1. Write notes on: Alberuni’s observation about India. [2012]
  2. How did Alberuni described the socio-economic and religious life of India? [2002]
  3. Write notes on: Alberuni’s viewpoint on Indian Society. [1993]


  1. Write an essay on Rajput polity and culture. [2009]
  2. Write short notes on: Origin of the Rajputs. [2007]
  3. Describe the Rajput Age. [2005]
  4. Discuss the nature and impact of feudalism during the Rajput Period. [2001]
  5. Write short notes on: Origin of Rajputs [1993]
  6. Critically discuss the origins of Rajputs and the evolution of Rajput policy. [1993]


  1. Write notes on: Public works of Firoz Shah Tughlaq. [2012]
  2. Evaluate Alauddin Khilji’s military and market reforms. [2012]
  3. Describe the contribution of Firoz Tughlaq to the progress of agriculture in India. [2007]
  4. Write notes on: Alauddin Khalji’s market control policy. [1993]
  5. Muhammad Bin Tughlaq was “a man with ideas far beyond his age”. Elucidate. [2009]
  6. Describe the achievement of the Delhi Sultanate. [2005]
  7. Discuss critically the economic regulations of Alauddin Khalji. Also give the causes of its failure. [2002]
  8. Evaluate the personality of Firuz Shah Tughluq in the light of his religious policy and public works. [2001]
  9. Write a critique of Alauddin Khalji’s administrative and economic regulations, highlighting their impact on the life of the people. [1999]
  10. What factors contributed to the expansion and consolidation of Delhi Sultanate upto 1286? [1997]
  11. Discuss the economic regulations of Alauddin Khalji and its impact on state and people. [1995]
  12. Write an essay on: Ziauddin Barani’s Tarikh-i Firoz Shahi [1995]
  13. Describe the social changes caused by the foundation of Delhi Sultanate. [1993]


  1. Examine the measures adopted by Sher Shah for the emergence and consolidation of the second Afghan Empire. [1997]
  2. Sher Shah was precursor of Akbar. Comment critically. [1993]


  1. Analyses the nature and consequences of the revolt against Aurangzeb. [2012]
  2. Critically review the Rajput policy of Akbar. [2012]
  3. Write a note on: Relation of the Mughals with European trading companies. [2012]
  4. Comparatively examine the religious policy of Akbar and Aurangzeb. [2009]
  5. Write short notes on: Mansabdari system. [2009]
  6. Describe the achievements of the Mughal Empire. [2005]
  7. Describe the relations between the Mughals and the European trading companies. [2005]
  8. Assess of the contribution of the Mughals to the development of art and architecture in India. [2007]
  9. How far was Aurangzeb responsible for the decline of the Mughal Empire. Discuss it in the light of various theories. [2007]
  10. Discuss the religious policies of Akbar. [2002]
  11. Give an account for the decline of the Mughal Empire. [2002]
  12. Give an account of the Jagirdari system of the Mughals. How was it responsible for the decline of the Mughal Empire. [2002]
  13. Discuss critically the role of European trading companies in the economy of Mughal Empire. [2002]
  14. Aurnagzeb policy and administration measures contributed to a large extent to the downfall of the Mughal Empire. Explain. [2001]
  15. Akbar’s religious policies was inspired by political considerations. Comment. [1999]
  16. Write a critical not on the Industrial economy in Mughal India tracing its development. [1999]
  17. How would you explain the crisis in the working of the Jagirdari system? To what extent did it influence the composition of the ruling class in the 2nd half of the 17th century? [1997]
  18. Write an essay on: Abul Fazl’s Akbnarnama [1995]
  19. Write an essay on: Fraincois Bernier’s travel in Mughal Empire [1995]
  20. Examine the evolution of Akbar’s religious ideas with the particular reference to Din-i-Ilahi. [1995]
  21. Critically assess the view that the decline of the Mughal Empire coincided with sharp downward trends in the Indian economy. [1995]
  22. Discuss the circumstances in which Shivaji rose in prominence. [1993]
  23. How far do you agree that the Mughal state was a centralized state? Discuss. [1993]
  24. Write notes on: Under Mughal period- Mansabdari and Jagirdari system [1993]
  25. Write notes on: Mughal and East India Company. [1993]
  26. Write notes on: Different views about the decline of Mughal Empire. [1993]


  1. Write a note on: Chauth and Sardekhmukhi. [2012]
  2. Review the causes and impact of the 3rd Battle of Panipat. [2012]
  3. Evaluate the achievement of Peshwa Baji Rao I. [2012]
  4. Give an estimate of Shivaji as a ruler, statesman and nation builder. [2009]
  5. Write short notes on: Mahadji Sindhia’s achievements. [2009]
  6. Describe the causes and consequences of the third battle of Panipat. [2005]
  7. Wrote a brief account of the Maratha administration under Shivaji with the special reference to the Chauth and Sardeshmukhi. [2002]
  8. What led to the emergence of the Maratha Confederacy? Also describe its structure and goals. [2002]
  9. Shivaji was a capable general, great organizer, able administrator and successful statesman. Discuss. [2001]
  10. Discuss the significance of the third battle of Panipat in the history of Marathas. [1999]


  1. Explain the nature of the Bhakti movement. What was its impact on medieval Indian life. [2009]
  2. Evaluate the chief features of Bhakti movement in medieval India. [2002]
  3. Probably no movement in India has ever produced so profound and influence on the life and thought of people as the medieval Bhakti movement. Do you agree with this view? [2001]
  4. Discuss the main social and religious ideas of the Bhakti saints. How far and in what respect did they influence the contemporary north Indian society? [1997]
  5. Critically examine the social and economic factors that gave rise to Bhakti movements in the 15th-16th centuries. [1993]


  1. Give an outline of the growth of regional languages and literature during the medieval period. [2001]
  2. Evaluate the accounts of the foreign travelers on the pattern of foreign trade of India in the 17th century. [1997]
  3. Write an essay on: Ibn Battutah’s Rehala [1995]
  4. Write an essay on: Kalhana’s Rajatarangini [1995]
  5. What were the circumstances that led to the Muslim rule in India during the 12th century A.D. Discuss. [2007]
  6. Write short notes on: European trade with India. [2007]
  7. Was the Arab conquest of Sindh a great event in Indian history? [1999]
  8. Discuss the origin and the salient features of the Indian Feudalism. [1993]
  9. Highlight the contribution of Rashtrakutas to art and culture. [1993]


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