1. Home
  2.  |  
  3. GK for Exams

List of Various Reforms and Acts during British India

16-JUN-2016 17:11

    After establishing the complete control over Indian territories, British taking firm steps to encourage trade, they found that the country is best suited not only for rule but also to intervene in its social system. In this regards, they took plethora of steps to ameliorate the social life of the people. Here, we are giving list of various reforms acts during British India.

    List of Various Reforms and Acts during British India

    Name of the Reforms/ Acts


    During the term of 


    Prohibition of Sati & Female infanticide


    Lord William Bentick

    Supported by Raja Rammohan Roy.

    Doctrine of Lapse


    Lord Dalhousie

    Adoption of sons by rulers in the absence of their natural heirs was banned.

    Indian Council Act


    Lord Canning

    Envisaged association of Indians with the administration at higher level.

    llbert Bill


    Lord Ripon

    To bring Indian and European magistracy on equal footing.

    Indian Council Act


    Lord Lansdown

    Membership of central legislative council was enlarged.

    Morely-Minto Reforms


    Lord Minto II

    Separate electorates to widen the gulf between Hindus & Muslims.



    L. Chelmsford

    Meaning dual system of Govt.

    Jallianwala Bagh Massacre


    L. Chelmsford

    Massacre at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar by General Dyer

    Rowlatt Act


    L. Chelmsford

    Extraordinary powers were given to suppress the freedom struggle with General Dyer as the Commandant.

    Simon commission


    Lord Irwin

    To report working of the reforms; recommended diarchy in provinces; India to be constituted as a federation and Indianization of armed forces.

    Gandhi-Irwin Pact


    Lord Irwin

    Congress called off the agitation and agreed to participate in the Second Round Table Conference.

    Communal Award


    Lord Willingdon

    Envisaged communal representation for depressed classes besides Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs.

    Separate electorates


    Lord Willingdon

    (See Communal Award)

    Government of India Act


    Lord Willingdon

    Provided for a federal type of constitution.

    Cripps Mission


    Lord Linlithgow

    Proposed Dominion status for India after the Second World War.

    INA Trial


    Lord Wavell

    INA prisoners of war were trialed at Red Fort, Delhi and Bhulabhai Desai defended them.

    Wavell Plan


    Lord Wavell

    Envisaged constitution of executive council in such a way as to give representation to all major communities in India.

    Cabinet Mission Plan


    Lord Wavell

    Envisaged establishment of Constituent Assembly to frame the Constitution.

    Mountbatten Plan


    L. Mountbatten

    Partition Plan

    Indian lndependence Act


    L. Mountbatten

    India partitioned and attained independence.

    Click on the link for practice 1000+ GK Questions & Answers on Indian History

    DISCLAIMER: JPL and its affiliates shall have no liability for any views, thoughts and comments expressed on this article.

    Latest Videos

    Register to get FREE updates

      All Fields Mandatory
    • (Ex:9123456789)
    • Please Select Your Interest
    • Please specify

    • ajax-loader
    • A verifcation code has been sent to
      your mobile number

      Please enter the verification code below

    This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK