Central Board of Secondary
Central Teacher Eligibility Test :
(Paper - 2)
Pervious Paper 2011
A Letter For You
‘‘‘Civics is boring.’ You may have heard this from your
students. You may have felt that they had a point. Syllabi of Civics in our
country tends to focus on formal political institutions of government.The
textbooks are full of constitutional, legal and procedural details presented in
a dry and abstract manner. No wonder children experience a disconnect between
the theory they read in the textbook and what they see in real life around them.
This is perhaps what makes Civics ‘boring’ for young adults in a country
otherwise full of passion for politics.’’ Source : Democratic Politics-I IX
1. What is the context in which the word ‘disconnect’ is
used in the passage ?
(1) Civics teaching is dull in schools
(2) Children find themselves unable to relate what happens in the real world
with what they read in the textbooks
(3) It is related to how Civics textbooks are written and transacted Downloaded
(4) It is related to the attitude of students towards schooling in general and
Civics in particular
2. Around 3900 years ago, the earliest cities, Harappa and
Mohanjodaro, began to come to an end because of various reasons. Which one of
the following is not one of those reasons ?
(1) There was internal rivalry and warfare between cities
(2) Deforestation and floods brought in destruction
(3) Grazing of green cover by herds of cattle destroyed the soil cover
(4) Rivers dried up leading to the end of the cities
3. Most of the ‘Mahajanapadas’ were fortified because
(1) of availability of wood, brick and stones, in the area
(2) they reflected their wealth and power
(3) the rulers were scared of attack and wanted to ensure they were protected
(4) they were symbols of their ‘rich’ warrior tradition
4. When it is 10:00 a.m. in London in June, the Indian
Standard Time will be
(1) 2:30 p.m.
(2) 3:00 p.m.
(3) 3:30 p.m.
(4) 2:00 p.m.
5. A map uses a scale in which 1 cm on the map covers 20
meters on the ground. If two places are 5 cm apart on the map, the actual
distance between them is
(1) 20 meters
(2) 150 meters
(3) 200 meters
(4) 100 meters
6. For creating an effective administration practice in
India, which one of the following was adopted by the British Government ?
(1) Military expedition
(2) Practice of surveying
(3) Practice of land revenue collection
(4) Practice of exploiting native population
7. The two main systems of Indigo cultivation were
(1) Nij and Kij
(2) Nij and Ryoti
(3) Kharif and Rabi
(4) Nij and terrace farming
8. What problems did shifting cultivators face under the
British rule ?
(2) Decline in their agricultural production
(3) Their movement was restricted
9. What was the main reason behind the destruction of
Somnath temple by Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni ?
(1) He wanted to build a palace there
(2) He did not like the architecture of the temple
(3) He tried to win credit as a great hero of Islam
(4) He wanted to use the temple for some other purpose
10. During the medieval period in India, temples were
regarded as a hub of
(2) cultural activities
(3) extensive foreign trade
(4) Sufi movement