Sample Paper Class 10 Social Science 2023-24 (Paper -1)

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Sample Paper Class 10 Social Science Paper 1

Time Allowed: 3 Hours Ma. Marks: 80

General Instructions :

  1. The question paper comprises Six Sections, B, C, D, E and F. There are 37 questions in the question paper. All questions are compulsory.
  2. Section-A-From questions 1 to 20 are Multiple Choice Questions of 1 mark each.
  3. Section-B-Question no. 21 to 24 are Very Short Answer Type Questions, carrying 2 marks each. The answer to each question should not exceed 40 words.
  4. Section-C-Question no. 25 to 29 are Short Answer Type Questions, carrying 3 marks each. Answer to each question should not exceed 60 words.
  5. Section-D-Question no. 30 to 33 are Long Answer Type Questions, carrying 5 marks each. Answer to each question should not exceed 120 words.
  6. Section-E-Questions no. from 34 to 36 are Case Based Questions with three sub questions and are of 4 marks each.
  7. Section-F-Question no. 37 is Map Based Questions, carrying 5 marks with two parts, 37a from History (2 marks) and 37b from Geography (3 marks).
  8. There is no overall choice in the question paper. However, an internal choice has been provided in few questions. Only one of the choices in such questions have to be attempted.
  9. In addition to this, separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever necessary.


1. In Scandinavian countries such as Sweden, Norway and the participation of women in public life is very high.
(a) Finland                         
(b) Hungary                       
(c) Russia                           
(d) Latvia

2. In the question given below, there are two statements marked as Assertion (A) and Reason (R). Read the statements and choose the correct option.
Assertion (A): Serfdom and bonded labour were abolished in Habsburg dominion and Russia.
Reason (R): Monarchs had realised that revolution could be resisted only by granting concessions to the liberal nationalist rebels.

(a) Both A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of A.
(b) Both A and R are true, but R is not the correct explanation of A.
(c) A is true, but R is false.
(d) A is false, but R is true

3. Identify the appropriate reason for the formation of the Swaraj Party from the option given below.

(a) It wanted members of Congress to return to Council Politics.
(b) It wanted members of Congress to ask for Poorna Swaraj for Indians.
(c) It wanted members of Congress to oppose the Simon Commission.
(d) It wanted members of Congress to ask the Dominion State for India.

4. In the given image, the courier of Rhineland loses all that he has on his way home from Leipzig. Study the picture and answer the question that follows. Who is represented as a postman? Identify from the given options.

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(a) Napoleon Bonaparte
(b) Giuseppe Garibaldi
(c) Otto von Bismarck
(d) Giuseppe Mazzini

5. ____ are the subset of the _____ use has not been started. which can be put into use with the help of existing technical ‘know-how’, but their use has not been started.

(a) Reserves, developed resources                                         
(b) Stocks, reserves
(c) Developed resources, stock                                                
(d) Reserves, stock

6. On the basis of origin, resources can be classified as ______ and ______.

(a) Biotic and Abiotic                                                    (b) Renewable and Non-renewable

(c) Potential and Developed                                       (d) None of the above

7. Ritu has a dozen of bananas but she needs 1 kg apples and Sonia has 1 kg apples and needs 1 dozen bananas.

In case of absence of such coincidence of wants, they may not exchange their goods. Which one of the following would be the best option that describes the mutual exchange of goods and eliminate the exchange of goods?

(a) Double coincidence of want, Exchanging commodity for commodity

(b) Double coincidence of want, Credit on Commodity

(c) Double coincidence of want, Loan on Commodity

(d) Double coincidence of wants, Money

8. Which among the following statements is/are correct about plantations?

(i) The plantations have a large area and they are usually found in areas of low population density.

(ii) It is capital intensive.

(iii) The plantation farming has been an agricultural practice primarily in tropical and sub-tropical regions.

Select the correct codes from the options given below.

(a) Only (i)           (b) 0nly(ii)            (c) Both (ii) and (iii)          (d) All of these

9. Which one of the following is true regarding a coalition government?

(a) Only two parties form an alliance and contest elections.

(b) Several parties compete for power.

(c) The government is formed by two or more parties coming together.

(d) Several parties form an alliance and compete for power.

10. Identify the region/area of India with the help of the following information.

The Central Government has special powers in running these areas.

These areas are too small to become an independent state.

Select the appropriate option from the following.

(a) Towns                                                                         (b) Union Territories

(c) District                                                                       (d) City

11. Which of the following statements is not an advantage of Power Sharing?

(a) It helps to reduce the possibility of conflicts between social groups.

(b) It helps to ensure the stability of the political order.

(c) It creates problems for the majority class of the population.

(d) It increases the participation among citizens in the formation of government.

12. Consider the following statements about the Holding-Together Federation.

(i) A large country divides its power between constituent states and the national government.

(ii) The Central government tends to be more powerful vis-a-vis the states.

(iii) The Central government and the state always seem to have equal powers.

(iv) Constituent states have unequal powers.

Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

(a) (i) and (ii)                                     (b) (ii) and (iii)

(c) (i), (ii) and (iv)                             (d) Only (iv)

13. Fill in the blanks :

SubjectList IList II
DefenseUnion List
Hospitals and Dispensaries________________________________
(a) Union List                                                   (b) State list
(c) Concurrent list                                          (d) None of the above

14. Identify the administrative body of Indian Federal system with the help of the following information.

  • It is a forum to discuss local governance and development.
  • All the decisions are taken through this and no decision is official and valid without the consent of this body at the village level.

Select the appropriate option from the following.

(a) Block Samiti                                               (b) Gram Sabha

(c) Zila Parishad                                              (d) Municipality

15. According to the Human Development Report of UNDP, 2018, the HDI ranking of countries are mentioned below :

Sri Lanka76

Why does Sri Lanka have a better rank than India in the Human Development Report for 2018?

Choose the correct option from the following

(a) The per capita income of Sri Lanka is higher than in India.

(b) Sri Lanka has a low population as compared to India.

(c) The literacy ratio i.e. enrolment ratio in all levels of schools in Sri Lanka is comparatively better than India.

(d) Both (a) and (c)

16. Consider the following statements about the ethnic composition of Sri Lanka:

A. Major social groups are the Sinhala- speaking (74%) and Tamil-speaking (18%).

B. Among the Tamils, there are two sub-groups, Sri Lankan Tamils and Indian Tamils.

C. There are about 7% Christians, who are both Tamil and Sinhala.

Which of the above statements are correct?

(a) A, B, C                                          (b) A, B

(c) B, C                                               (d) None of the above

17. Ravi started a new business. He approached a bank to get a loan. What are the things he should submit?

A. Personal details, including name, address, phone number, date of birth, and Social Security number

B. Loan details, including desired loan amount, loan purpose, and repayment term

C. Proof of employment and income

D. Information about current debts,

E. Educational qualification

Choose the correct option(s) from the above statements.

(a) A.B.C.D                         (b) B,C,D,E

(c) C,D                                 (d) A,B,C,D,E

18. “Nationalism’, which emerged as a force in the late 19th century, means

(a) strong devotion for one’s own country and its history and culture.

(b) strong devotion for one’s own country without appreciation for other nations.

(c) strong love for one’s own country and hatred for others.

(d) equally strong devotion for all the countries of the world.

19. Match the term with the statements given below:

A “Utopian Society is

(i) a society under a benevolent monarchy

(ii) a society that is unlikely to ever exist

(iii) a society under the control of a chosen few wise men

(iv) a society under Parliamentary Democracy

(a) (i) and (ii)                                                    (b) (ii) and (iii)

(c) (i) only                                                         (d) (iii) only

20. Merchants and students in the University towns bought cheaper printed copies of books in Europe. What kind of books were bought by the aristocrats? Select the correct answer.


21. Look at the following picture and answer the questions

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(i) What does the cartoon represent?

(ii) identify the two main leaders shown here?

22. Explain any two consequences of the majoritarian policies adopted by the Sri Lankan government.

23. In India, states like Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan receive less rainfall, but farmers are still able to grow rice with good yields. Mention the reasons responsible for this.

24. Though globalisation helps in integration and interaction among people, companies, and governments worldwide, it also has a negative impact. State any two negative effects.


There have been negative impacts of globalisation, such as increased global inequality, corruption, environmental degradation, etc. But it also improves the quality of life in many countries. State two positive impacts of globalisation.


25. SEZ is an area in which the business and trade laws are different from the rest of the country. List some facilities developed by the central and state governments to increase foreign investment.


The effects of globalisation on employment stability are felt by the workforce. Analyze.

26. Mention the main contents of Indian National Congress in December 1929 held under the leadership of Jawaharlal Nehru.

27. Evaluate how caste inequalities are still prevailing in India

28. The destruction of biodiversity is highly correlated with the loss of cultural diversity “Give facts to support this statement.

29. From the above table, the per capita income of Haryana is more than that of Kerala but the infantmortality rate is better in Kerala. Analyze and give reasons.

StateInfant Mortality Rate per 1,000 live births (2018)Literacy Rate%Net Attendance Ratio (per 100 persons) secondary stage (age 14 and 15 years) 2017-18


30. Evaluate and explain the peasant movement in Awadh and tribal movements in the Gudem Hills region.


Analyse the role of poor peasantry, merchants and industrialist in the Civil Disobedience Movement.

31. How can the formal sector loans be made beneficial for poor farmers and workers? Suggest any five me


Small and marginal Farmers in India can be defined as those with less than two hectares of agricultural land. While applying for a loan, analyse why terms of credit become difficult for them.

32. How is democracy a better form of government in comparison with other forms of governments? Explain.


How is Belgium’s power-sharing path different from any other country?

33. Roadways still have an edge over railways in India. Analyse.


Analyse some of the improvements made by the Indian Railways.

SECTION-E (CASE BASED QUESTIONS)          (4 X 3 = 12)

34. Read the given extract and answer the following questions.

Ever since humans appeared on the earth, they have used different means of communication. But, the pace of change has been rapid in modern times. Long distance communication is far easier without physical movement of the communicater or receiver. Personal communication and mass communication including television, radio, press, films, etc. are the major means of communication in the country. The Indian postal network is the largest in the world. It handles parcels as well as personal written communications. Cards and envelopes are considered first-class mail and are airlifted between stations covering both land and air. The second-class mail includes book packets, registered newspapers and periodicals. They as carried by surface mail, covering land and water transport. To facilitate quick delivery of mail in large towns and cities, mail channels have been introduced recently. They are called Rajdhani Channel, Metro Channel, Green Channel, Business Channel, Bulk Mail Channel and Periodical Channel.

34.(1) Examine the role of the Indian postal network.

34.(2) Differentiate between mass communication and personal communication.

34.(3) Analyse the significance of communication for a nation.

35. Read the given extract and answer the following questions.

“To the altar of this revolution, we have brought our youth as incense”. Many nationalists thought that the struggle against the British could not be won through non-violence. In 1928, the Hindustan Socialist Republican Army (HSRA) was founded at a meeting in Feroz Shah Kotla ground in Delhi. Amongst its leaders were Bhagat Singh, Jatin Das, and Ajoy Ghosh. In a series of dramatic actions in different parts of India, the HSRA targeted some of the symbols of British power. In April 1929, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt threw a bomb at the Legislative Assembly. In the same year, there was an attempt to blow up the train that Lord Irwin was traveling in. Bhagat Singh was 23 when he was tried and executed by the colonial government. During his trial, Bhagat Singh stated that he did not wish to glorify the cult of the bomb and pistol” but wanted a revolution in society: ‘Revolution is the inalienable right of mankind. Freedom is the imprescriptible birthright of all. The labourer is the real sustainer of society. To the altar of this revolution we have brought our youth as incense, for no sacrifice is too great for so magnificent a cause. We are content. We await the advent of revolution. Inqilab Zindabad!”

35.(1) When was HSRA founded?

35.(2) Why was Bhagat Singh put on trial?

35.(3) Why was the Hindustan Socialist Republican Army (HSRA), founded?

36. Read the given extract and answer the following questions.

Many thought that given the disadvantages and rising resistance against the multi-purpose projects, a water harvesting system was a viable alternative, both socio-economically and environmentally. In ancient India, along with the sophisticated hydraulic structures, there existed an extraordinary tradition of water-harvesting systems. People had in-depth knowledge of rainfall regimes and soil types and developed wide-ranging techniques to harvest rainwater, groundwater, and river water. and floodwater in keeping with the local ecological conditions and their water needs. In hill and mountainous regions, people built diversion channels like the ‘guls” or “kuls’ of the Western Himalayas for agriculture, Rooftop rainwater harvesting’ was commonly practised to store drinking water, particularly in Rajasthan. In the flood plains of Bengal, people developed inundation channels to irrigate their fields. In arid and semi-arid regions, agricultural fields were converted into rain-fed storage structures that allowed the water to stand and moisten the soil like the ‘khadins” in Jaisalmer and “Johals” in other parts of Rajasthan.

36. (1) What were Guls or Kuls?

36. (2) What do you understand about rainwater harvesting?

36. (3) State any two benefits of rooftop rainwater harvesting.

SECTION-F (MAP BASED QUESTIONS)          (2 + 3 = 5)

37.(a) Two places A and B have been marked on the given outline map of India. Identify them and write their correct names on the lines drawn near them:

A. The place where the Indian National Congress Session was held in September 1920.

B. The place where the Jallianwala Bagh incident took place.

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(b) On the same outline map of India locate and label any THREE of the following with suitable Symbols.

I. A nuclear power plant in Uttar Pradesh

II. A major port in Andhra Pradesh

III. A nuclear power plant

IV. A software technology park

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