CBSE Class 10 Social Science Sample Paper for Board Exam 2024 with Additional Practice Questions By Board, Download PDFs

CBSE 10th Social Science Sample Paper 2023-24: CBSE sample paper or CBSE model paper of Class 10 Social Science for CBSE Board Exam 2024 is provided here with solutions. Download PDFs of sample paper and solution/marking scheme.
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CBSE Class 10 Social Science Sample Paper 2024: The Class 10 Social Science Sample Questions Paper for Board Exam 2024 is provided here in this article. By releasing the sample papers, the CBSE Board reveals the question paper pattern for students and teachers to help them make necessary preparations for the annual board exam. Class 10 students of CBSE Board should follow the CBSE sample paper to know what type of questions are to be asked in their year-end board exams so that they can practise similar questions. The solution of the sample paper can also be obtained from a link provided in this article. Students should check the CBSE Class 10 Social Science Sample Paper Solution or Marking Scheme to know how to write step-wise answers to fetch them maximum marks in board exams. Both CBSE Class 10 Social Science Sample Paper and CBSE Marking Scheme are available here in PDF format. 

Besides the sample papers, class 10 students should also solve the recently released additional practice questions by CBSE Board. These questions are of increased competency level and form the best source of important questions for the board exam preparations. 

Check Class 10 Practice Papers by CBSE with Increased Competency-Based Questions for Board Exam 2024

CBSE Class 10 Social Science (Code No.087) Sample Question Paper 2023-24

Time Allowed: 3 Hours

Maximum Marks: 80

General Instructions:

1. The question paper comprises Six Sections – A, B, C, D, E and F. There are 37 questions in the Question paper. All questions are compulsory.

2. Section A – From questions 1 to 20 are MCQs of 1 mark each.

3. Section B – Question no. 21 to 24 are Very Short Answer Type Questions, carrying 2 marks each. Answer to each question should not exceed 40 words.

4. Section C contains Q.25to Q.29 are Short Answer Type Questions, carrying 3 marks each. Answer to each question should not exceed 60 words

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5. Section D – Question no. 30 to 33 are long answer type questions, carrying 5 marks each. Answer to each question should not exceed 120 words.

6. Section-E - Questions no from 34 to 36 are case based questions with three sub-questions and are of 4 marks each. Answer to each question should not exceed 100 words.

7. Section F – Question no. 37 is map based, carrying 5 marks with two parts, 37a from History (2 marks) and 37b from Geography (3 marks).

8. There is no overall choice in the question paper. However, an internal choice has been provided in few questions. Only one of the choices in such questions has to be attempted.

9. In addition to this, separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever necessary.

10. Note: CBQ stands for “Competency Based Question”. 50% weightage allocated for competency-based questions.

Also Read: CBSE Class 10 Social Science Syllabus 2023-24


MCQs (1X20=20)

1. Identify the correct option that describes the act given below.

i. The Act was passed by the Imperial Legislative Council.

ii. It gave power to the government to repress political activities.

iii. It empowered the government to detain political prisoners without trial.


a. Rowlatt Act

b. Vernacular Press Act

c. Government of India Act

d. Inland Emigration Act

2. Which place in India has an artificial lake to conserve water that dates to 11th century?

a. Delhi

b. Bhopal

c. Mumbai

d. Kolhapur

3. Read the data given below and answer the question.

As per the data given above which state has the highest girl child mortality?

a. Uttar Pradesh

b. Odisha

c. Rajasthan

d. Assam

4. Which of the following options represent potential measures that can be taken to mitigate the threats posed by mining activities on the Buxar tiger reserve's ecosystem and biodiversity?

i. Implementing stricter regulations and monitoring mechanisms.

ii. Enforcing buffer zones around protected areas.

iii. Promoting alternative livelihoods and sustainable economic development in the surrounding communities.

iv. Displacement of Tiger reserve from Buxar


a. Statement i and ii are correct.

b. Statement ii, iii & iv are correct

c. Statement ii is correct.

d. Statement i, ii, & iii are correct.

5. When many countries of Europe came together to form the European Union, ______ was chosen as its headquarters.

a. Brussels

b. Paris

c. London

d. Zurich

6. Which of the following statements accurately distinguishes between Majoritarianism and Power sharing?

a. Majoritarianism emphasizes the dominance of the majority community, while Power sharing emphasizes the sharing of power among different groups.

b. Majoritarianism emphasizes the need for consensus building, while Power sharing emphasizes the exclusion of minority groups.

c. Majoritarianism emphasizes the importance of accommodating minority interests, while Power sharing emphasizes the need for majority rule.

d. Majoritarianism emphasizes the need for peaceful resolution of conflicts, while Power sharing emphasizes the use of force to impose the majority's will.

7. There are two statements marked as Assertion (A) and Reason (R). Mark your answer as per the codes provided below:

Assertion: Democracy increases not only expectations but also complaints.

Reason: Complaining is itself a testimony to the success of democracy.

a. Both (A) and (R) are true and (R) is the correct explanation of (A)

b. Both (A) and (R) are true but (R) is not the correct explanation of (A)

c. (A) is correct but (R) is wrong

d. (A) is wrong but (R) is correct

8. If “R” wants cloth, which “S” has, then “R” should have a commodity that “S” wants in exchange for the cloth. In the absence of such coincidence of wants, there will be no exchange. Identify the situation and choose the right option that will definitely help “R” and “S” to eliminate this situation.

a. Double coincidence of want, Exchanging commodity for commodity.

b. Double Coincidence of want, Credit on Commodity

c. Double coincidence of want, Loan on commodity.

d. Double coincidence of want, Money

9. You are a citizen of a country that has a democratic form of government. You want to ensure that the system of power-sharing in your country is effective and that no one branch of government has absolute power. Which of the following measures would best meet this goal?

a. All power is concentrated in the hands of the central government, which has the final say in all matters.

b. Power is divided between the central government and the states or provinces, with each level having its own sphere of influence.

c. Power is separated among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, with each branch having its own responsibilities and powers.

d. Power is shared among different levels of government, such as the national, regional, and local governments, with each level having some degree of autonomy.

10. Identify the painting from the options given below.

a. Frankfurt Parliament

b. Reichstag

c. Duma

d. The House of Parliament




To check all questions, download the full sample paper and its marking scheme from the links given below:

CBSE Class 10 Social Science Sample Paper for Board Exam 2024 (PDF)

CBSE Class 10 Social Science Sample Paper 2024 Marking Scheme (PDF)

CBSE Additional Practice Questions or CBSE Practice Paper for Class 10  Science

CBSE Class 10 Additional Practice Questions for Social Science include some high order thinking skill questions which have been prepared by CBSE's subject experts. These questions are very important for the CBSE Class 10 Social Science Board Exam 2024 preparations as almost 50% of the questions in the exam will be of such critical type. So, practise all the additional questions by CBSE Board to level up your exam preparations and secure high marks.

Some of the competency based questions for CBSE Class 10 Social Science are:

Q. India’s green energy goals have a serious problem – the Great Indian Bustard' A Wildlife Institute of India (WII) survey covering 80 km of power lines across the Thar desert found 4 bustard (critically endangered species) deaths during a single year due to high-transmission wires, including some connected to wind turbines.
Source: The Print
Should the installation of such power lines be reconsidered in areas where such species are found?
(a) Yes, alternative methods of power generation should be explored to minimise this risk.
(b) Yes, the goal of protecting biodiversity is the only goal which should be prioritised.
(c) No, the benefits of power lines outweigh the negative impact on the species.
(d) No, the species is not yet extinct and currently no action needs to be taken.

Q. In an Indian state, communities X and Y have been engaged in a long-standing conflict over issues of co-existence and resource sharing. The tensions have intensified, leading to a demand from both communities for self-administration.
What is the BEST resolution to this conflict?
(a) collapsing the present government due to its inefficiency in governing the state
(b) delaying the demands of self-administration and maintaining the current power structure
(c) imposing strict regulations to control the movements and interactions of both communities
(d) establishing a power-sharing arrangement where both communities have a role in decision-making

Q. Given below is the painting 'Imperial Federation - Map of the World showing the extent of the British Empire in 1886'. Observe the painting and answer the question that follows.

Which of the following elements depicted in the painting seem conflicting when presented together?
(a) the British soldiers and British colonies spread in both east and west
(b) the variety of animals and costumed figures depicting countries and their people
(c) Britannia, the personification of Britain, seated on top of the world and the words federation written at the top of the image
(d) the words 'freedom' and 'fraternity' written at the top and Atlas, depicting human labour, holding the world upon his shoulders

Q. Given below is a cartoon created by Neelabh Banerjee, the renowned Indian cartoonist, illustrator and comics artist. 

What is the cartoon trying to depict?
(a) the sexual division of labour in India
(b) natural and unchangeable gender divisions
(c) income generating activities done by women in rural India
(d) the ability of men to contribute equally to domestic work as women

Check all questions and their answers by downloading the practice paper and its marking scheme from the respective links given below:

Also Read:

CBSE Class 10 Sample Papers for Board Exam 2024 (All Subjects)

CBSE Class 10 Syllabus 2023-2024 (All Subjects)

NCERT Books for Class 10 - All Subjects

NCERT Solutions for Class 10 - All Subjects

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