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CBSE Class 10 Social Science Sample Question Paper Released

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has finally published the Social Science sample paper based on the changed paper pattern. Below are the changes made in the Class 10 Social Science exam paper pattern:

  • 35 questions in the question paper (Earlier: 26 questions)
  • 20 questions of 1 mark each (Earlier: 7 questions)
  • 8 questions of 3 marks each (Earlier: 11 questions)
  • 6 questions of 5 marks each (Earlier: 7 questions)
  • The Map Section now carries questions of 6 marks (Earlier: 5 marks)

Difficulty Level of the Question Paper

The sample question paper released by the Board contains questions which test the understanding and analytical skills of students. It is because questions carrying 1 mark in Section A are objective type questions consisting of MCQs, fill in the blanks, match the following, picture observation, correcting the incorrect statement, sequencing of events and questions based on assertion and reasoning.

These questions are mostly analytical based and just memorisation of events will not help students in securing good marks. For example, let us look at a 1 mark question in the sample paper introduced by the Board.

Question: Picture Observation


Which one of the following options 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

The above question can be answered correctly by students who have understood all the key features of democracy.

Another new feature in the question paper is the introduction of source-based questions. In the board paper, one question each in Sections B and C are source based. These source-based questions test not only knowledge but also understanding and analytical skills of students.

The map-based questions are of 6 marks as against 5 marks in the previous year. While choice has been given in the Geography map-marking section, all questions in the History map-marking section are compulsory.

On the whole we can say that the Social Science sample question paper for Class 10 which has been published by CBSE is of a difficult level. However, the paper can easily be answered by students who do not believe in rote memorisation but focus on understanding and analysing concepts in Social Science. Another important point is that students also need to perfect the art of writing answers in Social Science to secure a perfect score in the exam.

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