CBSE Social Science Sample Paper 2020| Class 10th

Time Allowed: 3 Hrs
Maximum Marks: 80 Marks

General Instructions:
i. The question paper has 35 questions in all.
ii. Marks are indicated against each question.
iii. Questions from serial number 1 to 20 are objective type questions. Each question carries one mark. Answer them as instructed.
iv. Questions from serial number 21 to 28 are3 marks questions. Answer of these questions should not exceed 80 words each.
v. Questions from serial number 29 to 34 are 5 marks questions. Answer of these questions should not exceed 120 words each.
vi. Question number 35 is a map question of 6 marks with two parts - 35 a. from History (2marks) and 35b. from Geography (4 marks).

Section – A Very Short Answer Questions

1. Match the following items given in column A with those in column B. Choose the correct answer from the options given below:

Column A Column B
A. Rashsundari Debi 1. Chhote Aur Bade Ka Sawal
B. Sudarshan Chakr 2. Kesari
C. Kashibaba 3. Amar Jiban
D. Bal Gangadhar Tilak  4. Sacchi Kavitayen

2. Identify the appropriate reason for the formation of the Swaraj party from the options given below:
A. Wanted members of Congress to return to Council Politics
B. Wanted members of Congress to ask for Poorna Swaraj for Indians
C. Wanted members of Congress to ask Dominion State for India
D. Wanted members of Congress to oppose Simon Commission

3. Study the picture and answer the question that follows:

Which of the following aspect best signifies this image of ‘Germania’?
A. Heroism and Justice
B. Folk and Cultural Tradition
C. Austerity and Asceticism
D. Revenge and Vengeance

Note: This question is in lieu of Q3 for Visually Impaired Candidates only
3. What does the crown on allegory of ‘Germania’ signify?

4. Who was called as the architect of Germany’s unification?

5. Which one of the following is an example of Cultivable Wasteland?
A. Gross cropped Area
B. Uncultivable Land
C. Barren Wasteland
D. Current fallow Land

6. Complete the following table with correct information with regard to cultivation of Rice:

Rice  Annual rain fall Cropping required  Cropping season  Temperature required for its growth (in degrees)
100 cm(A)- ?(B) - ?

7. Being a tropical country, India has enormous possibilities of tapping solar energy. Suggest any one way to popularize its maximum use.
A concerted effort has to be made for sustainable development.Suggest any one step in conserving our mineral resources for the future.

8. Correct the following statement and rewrite:
In Srilanka, an Act was passed in 1956 to recognise Tamil as the only official language, disregarding Sinhala.
Correct the following statement and rewrite:
Belgium is a small country in Europe and share borders with France, Italy, Germany and Luxembourg.

Which one of the following option best signifies this cartoon?
A. Demand for separate state from Democratic Government
B. Democratic Government is facing territorial issues with the bordering states
C. Democratic Government is coping with multiple pressures through accommodation
D. Democratic Government accepts demands based on separate state

Note: This question is in lieu of Q9 for visually impaired candidates
9. Give any one example of Social Democracy.

10. The representation of women in Indian Parliament is still low as compared to European countries because __________________.
The Constitution of India provides to all individuals and communities freedom to profess, practice and propagate any religion because ___________________________________.

11. Who presides over the meeting of the Municipal Corporation?
Which government has the power to legislate on ‘Residuary’ subjects in India?

12. Mention the formula to calculate the BMI (Body Mass Index).

13. Which of the following statement defines Sustainable Development?
A. Sustainable use of natural resources without considering the need of the future generation.
B. Present generation fulfils its needs while considering the needs of the future generation as well.
C. It means utilization of natural resources by the past, present and forthcoming future generation.
D. To meets the needs of the future generations even if the needs of the present generation go unmet.

14. One of the best ways to reduce over usage of ground water is ____________________________. 

15 Which of the following profession belongs to the Tertiary Sector of economy?
A. Fisherman
B. Farmer
C. Factory worker
D. Teacher

16. The number of deaths of children less than one year of age per 1000 live births is referred as ______________.
The total number of children of age group 14 and 15 years attending school as a percentage of
total number of children in the same age group is referred as __________________________.
17. Find the Incorrect option
A. Demand deposit share the essential features of money
B. With demand deposit payments can be made without cash
C. Demand deposits are safe way of money transformation
D. Demand deposit facility is like cheque
18. Arrange the following in the correct sequence –
i. Transporting cloth to the workshops
ii. Sale in shops and showrooms
iii. Spinning the yarn
iv. Weaving of the fabric
Options –
A. i--iv--iii--ii
B. iii –iv—i--ii
C. iv—i--ii--iii
D. iii—iv--ii--i

19. In the question given below, there are two statements marked as Assertion (A) and Reason (R). Read the statements and chose the correct option:
Assertion (A): Not every good or service that is produced and sold needs to be counted to know the total production in each sector.
Reason (R): The value of final goods already includes the value of all the intermediate goods.
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 correct but R is wrong.
d. A is wrong but R is correct.
20. Rita has taken a loan of Rs. 7 lakhs from the bank to purchase a car. The annual interest rate on
the loan is 14.5 per cent and the loan is to be repaid in 3 years in monthly instalments. The bank retained the papers of the new car as collateral, which will be returned to Rita only when she repays the entire loan with interest. 
Analyse the loan information given above, considering one of the following correct option.
a. Mode of re-payment
b. Terms of credit
c. Interest on loan
d. Deposit criteria

Section - B Short Answer Questions

21 Describe the incidence of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre.
Describe the role of Alluri Sitaram Raju in Andhra Pradesh during 1920s.

22 Why did Europeans flee to America in nineteenth century? Explain.
Why did merchants moved to the countryside Europe during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries? Explain.

23. Read the sources given below and answer the questions that follows-

Source A - Religious Debates and the Fear of Print
Print created the possibility of wide circulation of ideas, and introduced a new world of debate and discussion. Even those who disagreed with established authorities could now print and circulate their ideas. Through the printed message, they could persuade people to think differently, and move them to action. This had significance in different spheres of life.

Source B - The Reading Mania
The ideas of scientists and philosophers now became more accessible to the common people. Ancient and medieval scientific texts were compiled and published, and maps and scientific diagrams were widely printed. When scientists like Isaac Newton began to publish their discoveries, they could influence a much wider circle of scientifically minded readers. The writings of thinkers such as Thomas Paine, Voltaire and Jean Jacques Rousseau were also widely printed and read. Thus their ideas about science, reason and rationality found their way into popular literature.

Source C - Print Culture and the French Revolution
Print popularised the ideas of the Enlightenment thinkers. Collectively, their writings provided a critical commentary on tradition, superstition and despotism. They argued for the rule of reason rather than custom, and demanded that everything be judged through the application of reason and rationality. They attacked the sacred authority of the Church and the despotic power of the state, thus eroding the legitimacy of a social order based on tradition. The writings of Voltaire and Rousseau were read widely; and those who read these books saw the world through new eyes, eyes that were questioning, critical and rational.

Source A-Religious Debates and the Fear of Print
23.1. Evaluate the effectiveness of Print in the transmission of ideas and cultures.

Source B-The Reading Mania
23.2. To what extent do you agree that scientific ideas were circulated through Print.? Give only one aspect.

Source C - Print Culture and the French Revolution
23.3. To what extent did print culture create conditions for French Revolution ?. Cite any one
evidence to support your answer. 

24. “Energy saved is energy produced”. Support the statement with suitable examples.
“India has fairly rich and varied mineral resources across different regions”. Support the statement with examples.

25. Describe any three features of Indian Federalism.

26. Describe the role of Political Parties in India.

27. Why do we need to expand formal sources of credit in India? Explain.
Why do banks and cooperative societies need to lend more? Explain.

28. Underemployment continues to be rampant in the rural areas. Suggest any three ways through
which employment for rural people can be generated.

Section - C Long Answer Questions

29 Highlight the reasons for the growth of nationalist tensions in the Balkan region before the First World War.
Why was the period of 1848 considered as phase of the revolution of the Liberals in Europe? Explain.

30. Read the extract and answer the questions that follows:

Today, the world has been converted into a large village with the help of efficient and fast moving transport. Transport has been able to achieve this with the help of equally developed communication system. Therefore, transport, communication and trade are complementary to each other.
Today, India is well-linked with the rest of the world despite its vast size, diversity and linguistic and socio-cultural plurality. Railways, airways, waterways, newspapers, radio, television, cinema and internet, etc. have been contributing to its socio-economic progress in many ways.
The trades from local to international levels have added to the vitality of its economy. It has enriched our life and added substantially to growing amenities and facilities for the comforts of life. It is thus, evident that a dense and efficient network of transport and communication is a prerequisite for local, national and global trade of today.

30.1.Why is there a need to interlink with the world?
30.2. Infer the importance of means of transportation and communication for socio-economic progress?
30.3. How does trade strengthen the economy of a country?

31. ‘The challenge of sustainable development requires control over industrial pollution.’ Substantiate the statement with examples.

32. Explain with examples the accommodative experience of Belgium for peace and harmony.

33. ‘Democracy is based on the idea of deliberation and negotiation’.Examine the statement.
‘Respect and equal treatment of women are necessary ingredients of a democratic society’. Examine the statement.

34. Describe the role of technology in promoting globalisation process. 5

Map Skill Based Question

35. (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 Indian National Congress session was held in December 1920
B) The place where Salt Law was broken by Mahatma Gandhi
b) On the same outline map of India locate and label any four of the following with suitable Symbols.
i. Paradwip- Major Sea Port
ii. Noida- Software Technology Park
iii. Salem- Iron and Steel industry
iv. Kalpakkam- Nuclear Power Plant
v. Bhakra Nangal– Dam
vi. Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport

Note: The following questions are for the Visually Impaired candidates only in lieuof Q. No. 35. ANY SIX to be attempted:
i. Name the state where Indigo planters organized Satyagraha.
ii. Name the place where Non- Cooperation Movement ended abruptly due to violence.
iii. Name the state where Jallianwala Bagh incidence took place.
iv. Name the state where Chhatrapati ShivajiAirport is located.
v. Name the state where Salem Iron and Steel Plant is located.
vi. Name the state where Kalpakkam Nuclear Power Plant is located.
vii. Name the Software Technology Park located in Uttar Pradesh.
viii. Name the state where Haldia Seaport is located.

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