ICSE Class 10 History & Civics 2020 Question Paper

History and Civics is Paper - 1 of HCG. The duration is two hours. Attempt all questions from Part I (Compulsory). A total of five questions are to be attempted from Part II, two out of three questions from Section A and three out of five questions from Section B.

Part I (30 Marks)

Question 1

(a) Name the two Houses of the Indian Parliament. [1]

(b) What is meant by the term 'Session'? [1]

(c) How is the Speaker of the Lok Sabha elected? [1]

(d) What is the term of office of a Rajya Sabha member? [1]

(e) Who is the Supreme Commander of the Armed forces of India? [1]

(f) What is the normal term of office of the Vice President of India? [1]

(g) Who appoints the Prime Minister of India? [1]

(h) State the body that decides the major policies of the Government. [1]

(i) Name the Courts that are empowered to issue Writs for the enforcement of Fundamental Rights. [1]

(j) Mention any one advantage of the Lok Adalat. [1]

Question 2

(a) Mention any two contributions of Bipin Chandra Pal in promoting Nationalism. [2]

(b) State any two methods adopted by the Early Nationalists in the National Movement. [2]

(c) Why is October 16, 1905 regarded as an important day in the history of the Indian National Movement? [2]

(d) Name any two leaders of the Khilafat Movement. [2]

(e) State any two causes for the Non-Cooperation Movement. [2]

(f) Mention any two objectives of the Forward Bloc. [2]

(g) What was meant by the term ‘Imperialism’, as a cause for World War I? [2]

(h) Give any two reasons for the rise of Fascism. [2]

(i) Name the two International Organisations that were formed, one as a consequence of World War I and the other after World War II. [2]

(j) Give the full form of UNICEF and WHO. [2]

Part II (50 Marks)

Section A

Question 3

With reference to the Union Legislature, answer the following questions:

(a) Explain any three Legislative powers of the Union Parliament. [3]

(b) State any three exclusive powers of the Lok Sabha that is not enjoyed by the other House. [3]

(c) List any four functions of the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. [4]

Question 4

The Executive Power of the Indian Union is vested in the President.

In this context, answer the following:

(a) How is the President of India elected? State the composition of the Electoral College that elects him. [3]

(b) Explain any three Discretionary Powers of the President. [3]

(c) Mention any four Executive Powers of the President. [4]

Question 5

With reference to the Supreme Court as the Apex Court in our Indian Judiciary, explain the following:

(a) Any three cases that come under the Original Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. [3]

(b) Power of Judicial Review. [3]

(c) Supreme Court as a Court of Record. [4]

Section B

Question 6

By 1857, conditions were ripe for a mass uprising in the form of the Great Revolt of 1857. In this context, explain the following:

(a) Any three Economic causes for the revolt of 1857. [3]

(b) Any three Military causes. [3]

(c) Any three Political causes of the revolt. [4]

Question 7

With reference to the Mass Phase of the National Movement under the leadership of Gandhi, answer the following:

(a) Briefly explain the Dandi March of 1930. [3]

(b) State any three reasons for the launching of the Quit India Movement. [3]

(c) Explain any four significant effects of the Quit India Movement. [4]

Question 8

With reference to the Partition Plan, answer the following:

(a) (i) Name the last Viceroy of India. (ii) State any two reasons for him to come to India. [3]

(b) Mention any three proposals under his plan. [3]

(c) State any four reasons for the Congress to finally accept the Plan. [4]

Question 9

(a) Name the organization associated with the above Emblem. Mention any two of its objectives. [3]

(b) Mention any three functions of WHO, as its agency. [3]

(c) Name the Principal Judicial Organ of this organization and explain its composition. [4]

Question 10

With reference to the Second World War and the Non-Aligned Movement, answer the following:

(a) Explain briefly three reasons for the Dissatisfaction with the Treaty of Versailles. [3]

(b) State any three consequences of the Second World War. [3]

(c) Mention any four chief architects of the Non-Aligned Movement. [4]