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Explain the Mansabdari system of the Mughal empire. Evaluate its merits and demerits. What are key learnings from Mansabdari to present day administrative practices?

Topic: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

1. Explain the Mansabdari system of the Mughal empire. Evaluate its merits and demerits. What are key learnings from Mansabdari to present day administrative practices? (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 1 and mentioned as part of Mission-2023 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the features of Mansabdari, its merits and demerits and learnings from it for present day administration.

Directive word:

Evaluate – When you are asked to evaluate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidence.  You must appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming an opinion here.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context of Mansabdari system as an important corner stone of Mughal administration.

Body:

First, write about the various features of Mansabdari system – appointments, ranks, payments, purpose etc.

Next, write about various merits and demerits associated with the Mansabdari system in detail.

Next, write about the key learning from Mansabdari system to present day administrative practises which can be implemented to make the administration better.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising.