CBSE Class 10 Social Science Question Paper 2020 for 2021 Preparation | Download Pdf

CBSE Class 10 Social Science Original Question Paper 2020

Time: 3 HoursMaximum Marks: 80

General Instructions:

  • The question paper is divided into four sections – Section A, Section B, Section C and Section D.
  • The question paper as 26 questions in all.
  • All questions are compulsory.
  • Marks are indicated against each question.
  • Questions from serial number 1 to 7 are very Short Answer Type Questions. Each question arrives 1 mark.
  • Questions from serial 8 to 18 are 3 marks questions. Answer to these questions should not exceed 80 words each.
  • Questions from serial number 19 to 25 are 5 marks questions. Answer to these questions should not exceed 100 words each.
  • Question number 26 is a map question of 5 marks with two parts 26(A) and 26 (B) – 26(A) from History (2 marks) and 26(B) from Geography (3 marks). After completion, attach inside your answer book.


       1. What may be a developmental goal of farmers who depend only on rain for growing crops?


What may be a developmental goal of urban unemployed youth?

2. How has Shillong solved the problem of acute shortage of water?


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How has Tamil Nadu solved the problem of acute shortage of water?

3. Why was printing of textbooks sponsored by the Imperial State in Shina?


Why did Chandu Menon give up the idea of translation of ‘English Novels’ in Malayalam?

4. Explain the meaning of ‘Majoritarianism’ as practiced in Sri Lanka.

5. Explain the aim to from ‘Zollverein’, a Customs Union, in 1834 in Germany.


Explain the main reason responsible for the eruption of a major protest in Saigon Native Girls School in Vietnam in 1926.

6. Give any example of the methods to make payment without using cash.

7. Which court deals with the case involving claims upto Rs. 20 lakhs under COPRA?


      8. How had the printing created a new culture of reading in Europe? Explain with examples.


How had Charles Dickens depicted the terrible effects of industrialization on peoples lives and characters? Explain with examples.

9. Describe any three factures of ‘Alluvial soil’ found in India.


Describe any three main features of ‘Black soil’ found in India.

10. Describe the great economic hardship that prevailed in Europe during the 1930s.


Describe the serious problem faced by the modern part of Hanoi in 1903.

11. Analyse the merits of multipurpose projects.

12. How are consumers enjoying the ‘right to be informed’ in their daily life? Explain with examples.

13. How can the Government in India play a major role to make globalization more fair? Explain with examples.


How has globalization affected the life of Indians? Explain with examples.

14. “Our society is still a male dominated society.” Explain the statement with the help of examples.

15. Why is it necessary to increase a large number of banks mainly in rural areas? Explain.


Why are service conditions of formal sector loans better than informal sector? Explain.

16. “Crude oils reserves are limited all over the world. If people continue to extract it at the present rate, the reserve would last only 35-40 years more.” Explain ant three ways to solve this problem.

17. Name any two subjects that are included in Concurrent List. How are laws made on these subjects? Explain.


How is shearing of power between the Union and the State Governments basis to the structure of the constitution of India? Explain.

18. “Every Social difference does not lead to social division.” Justify the statement.


      19. Describe the role of ‘technology’ in the transformation of the world in the nineteenth century.


Describe the life of workers during the nineteenth century in England.


Describe various steps taken to clean up London in the nineteenth century.

20. How had the ‘First World War’ created economic problems in India? Explain with examples.


How had a variety of cultural processes developed a sense of collective belongingness in India during the 19th century? Explain with examples.

21. Name any two major fibre crops grown in India. Describe the conditions required to grow these two crops.

22. “Democracies do not appear to be very successful in reducing economic inequalities.” Justify the statement.


“Democracy is a better form of government than any other form of government.” Justify the statement.

23. How can the industrial pollution of fresh water be reduced? Explain various ways.

24. Explain any five functions of the ruling party.

25. Explain any five differences between organized and unorganized sectors.


      26. (A) Two features ‘a’ and ‘b’ are marked on the given political outline map of India (on page 11). Identify these features with the help of the following information and write their correct names on the lines marked near them:

  • The place where the Indian National Congress Session was held.
  • The place where Gandhiji violated the salt law.

(B) Locate and label any three of the following with appropriate symbols on the same given outline political map of India:

  1. Bokaro                            –                              Iron and Steel Plant
  2. Gandhinagar                 –                              Software Technology Park
  3. Tarapur                          –                              Nuclear Power Plant
  4. Salal                                –                              Dam
  5. Tuticorin                        –                              Sea Port

Note: The following questions are for the Visually Impaired Candidates only, in view of Q.No. 26 Attempt any five questions:

(26.1) Name the state where the Indian National Congress held its session in December 1920.

(26.2) Name the State where cotton mill workers organized Satyagraha.

(26.3) Name the place related to the calling-off of the Non-Cooperation Movement.

(26.4) Name the State where Bokaro Iron and Steel plant is located.

(26.5) Name the State where Tarapur Nuclear Power plant is located.

(26.6) On which coast of India is Tuticorin sea port located?

(26.7) Name the State where Salal Dam is located.

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