CBSE Class 8 Social Science Sample Paper Set O

CBSE Class 8 Social Science Sample Paper Set O. It’s always recommended to practice as many sample papers as possible before the examinations. Students can download the sample papers and also question papers of previous years to practice and score better marks in examinations. Refer to other links too for more sample papers.



1. Separation of religion from the state is a feature of

(a) democracy (b) socialism (c) monarchy (d) secularism

2. Members of Parliament are representatives of the

(a) Central Government (b) Congress party (c) BJP (d) People

3. Under this system, the Zamindars were asked to collect rent from the peasants and pay revenue to the company. The system was

(a) Ryotwari (b) Mahawari (c) Permanent settlement (d) Nij cultivation

4. The 'Diwani' allowed the company to

(a) rule over Bengal

(b) expand its trade in India

(c) use the vast revenue resources of Bengal

(d) purchase cotton and silk textiles in India

5. A history of British India was written by

(a) James Gill (b) James Mill (c) Maulana Abu! Kalam Azad (d) James Wright

6. Doctrine of Lapse was introduced by

(a) Lord Wellesley (b) Lord Clive (c) Lord Dalhousie (d) Lord Hastings

7. The shortage of fossil fuels is due to its

(a) less availability (b) high cost (c) Increase in use (d) uneven distribution

8. Which one of the following is not a factor of soil formation ?

(a) Time (b) Soil texture (c) Organic matter (d) Parent rock

9. The percentage of available fresh water in the world is

(a) 97.3% (b) 50% (c) 2.7% (d) 3.7%

10. Which one of the following is not a characteristic of minerals ?

(a) They are created by natural processes·

(b) They have a definite chemical composition

(c) They are inexhaustible

(d) Their distribution is uneven

Section·A : History

1.Why do we divide history into periods ?(2)

2.Why were Indian sepoys unhappy with the British rule ? Give two reasons.(2)

3.Give two reasons for the defeat of Sirajuddaulah in the battle of Plassey.(2)

4.Explain briefly the policy of 'Paramountcy' initiated by Lord Hastings.(2)

S.How did British preserve their documents ?(2)

6.What did theBritish do to protect the interestsof thosewho converted toChrisitianity?(2)

7. The Indian rulers became puppets in the hands of British after signing 'subsidiary alliance'.Justify the statement. (3)

8. Mahalwari system of revenue collection was different from Permanent settlement. State any three differences. (3)

9. Discuss the shortcomings of the periodization of history as classified by James Mill.(4)

10. Trace the steps adopted by the British to bring the Mughal dynasty to an end. (4)

Section·B : Civics

11. Locate and label the following on the political map of India : (4)

(a) The city from where Rani Lakshmi Bai led the revolt.

(b) The city where Bahadur Shah Zafar was proclaimed as the leader of the revolt. (c) Mir Jafar was made the nawab after the battle of Plassey.

(d) The city where Nana Saheb led the revolt.

12. In the evenings you go to the community centre in your neighborhood to help the underprivileged children with their homework. State the value exhibited by you as well as the right which is being upheld. (2)

13. What is secularism ? (2)

14. Give one reason why do you think there should be universal adult franchise. (2)

15. What is the structure- of courts in India ? (2)

16. 'Right to Life' is wide and far reaching. Justify the statement (3)

17. Why do we need a constitution ? (3)

18. Discuss three ways in which the Indian state works to prevent the domination of one religious community over the other ? (3)

19. Explain briefly the functions of Indian Parliament. (3)

Section·C : Geography

20. Give any two examples to show that the importance and use of resources has changed with time. (2)

21. Mention any two advantages and disadvantages of coal. (2)

22. Differentiate between the following : (2x3=6)

(a) Renewable and Non-renewable sources of energy

(b) Ubiquitous and localised resources

(c) Metallic and Non-metallic minerals

23. Give reasons : (2x2=4)

(a) Environmental aspects must be carefully looked into before building huge dams. (b) Petroleum is referred to as 'Black gold'.

24. Explain the factors affecting the process of soil formation. (3)

.25. 'Water is considered as a renewable resource.' Justify the statement with the help of a ·diagram. (3)

26. Animal big or small, all are integral to maintain balance in ecosystem. Justify the statement with the help of examples. (3)

27. What condition are required for mining ? Explain different modesof mineral extraction. (4)

28. Mark and label the following on the political map of India : (3)

(a) Leading producer state of iron

(b) Leading producer state of copper

(c) Leading producer state of gold 



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