NCERT Solutions for Class 6 History

NCERT History - Our Pasts-I
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NCERT Class 6 History Our Pasts- I Solutions ( Chapter-wise description)

Chapter 1- What, Where, How and When?

Summary- In NCERT Class 6 History Chapter 1, you will find out how people lived along the banks of the river 100 years ago and were called as ‘skilled gatherers’. Later, they started rearing animals like sheep, cattle, etc and began to live in villages.

Around 8000 years ago, in the region of Sulaiman and Kirthar Hills, crops like wheat and barley was grown first. Then in search of livelihood, people started to move from one place to another and also to save themselves from natural disasters like floods. They conquered other lands led by the men in armies. 

Shared new ways of carving stones, cooking food, and composing music became common at that time. Apart from this, writing manuscripts on palm leaves was started. 

Terms Used in the Chapter:

  • Archaeologists- Who study remains of building, tools, coins used in the past. Also look for the bones of birds, animals, and fish.
  • Historians- Scholars who study the happenings of the past. 
  • Excavation- It is a process of digging under the surface of the earth to find old objects.
  • Skilled Gatherers- People who live on the banks of the river and gather their food. 
  • Tributaries- Small rivers that flow into large rivers. 

Important Topics of the Chapter 

  • Finding out what happened
  • What can we know about the past
  • Where did people live?
  • Names of the land
  • One past or many?
  • What do dates mean?

Type of Questions: Match the following, short answer type question, long answer type questions

Chapter 2 - From Hunting- Gathering to Growing Food

Summary- Climate change in the world led to the development of farming. After observing various plants and their development, people started growing crops. 

The taming of animals also started, and the dog was the first animal to be tamed. This taming helped people to become herders. 

Humans started storing grains, which were used as food, seeds and gifts. Humans also kept animals for later use as they were a source of milk and provided meat. 

Neolithic Age was the period in history about 10,000 years ago. Mortars and Pestles were the tools used in the Neolithic Age. Production of cotton started by this time, and so, the weaving of clothes began. 

Further, NCERT Class 6 SST History book provides you with information related to one of the earliest villages, which was Mehrgarh near Bolan Pass, and barley & wheat was grown by people in this village. Animals and plants require different environmental conditions to survive. 

Terms Used in this Chapter

  • Fossil Wood- Ancient wood that hardened into stone
  • Levels- Layers formed by various waste materials over hundreds of years. 
  • Domestication- Taming of animals for various purposes.

Important Topics of the Chapter

  • Early people 
  • Rock Paintings
  • Finding about fire
  • A changing environment
  • Beginning of farming and herding
  • New way of life
  • Storing animals
  • Towards a settled life
  • Living and dying in Mehrgarh

Type of Questions: Fill in the blanks, short answer type questions and long answer type questions. 

Chapter 3- In the Earliest Cities

Summary- The very old remains of the city, about eight years ago was termed as Harappa. More cities like this were also discovered, which was supposed to be 4700 years old. 

These kinds of cities were divided into two parts, one known as citadel (located in the west and was smaller but higher) another was lower town (located in the east and was larger but lower). 

‘’Great Bath’’- a special tank found in the city of Mohenjodaro. Some cities also had fire altars and storehouses. 

The raw materials received by Harappans were from places like Rajasthan, Oman , Iran, etc. Harappans used to grow crops like sesame, barley, nee, wheat, pulses, mustard, peas, and linseed. Further, they used a tool known as plough to dig the earth irrigation. 

Terms Used in this Chapter  

  • Raw Materials- Substances that are found naturally or produced by farmers/ herders.
  • Rulers- People who planned the construction of a special building in the city.
  • Scribes- People who knew how to write
  • Bronze- An alloy of tin and copper

Important Topics of the Chapter

  • The story of Harappa
  • Houses, drains and streets
  • Life in the city
  • New crafts in the City
  • In search of raw materials
  • Food for people in the cities
  • Mystery in the land

Type of Questions: Match the following, short answer type questions, long answer type questions. 

Chapter 4- What Books and Burials Tell Us

Summary- Vedas are considered as the religious texts of Hinduism and there are four vedas in our culture. Rigveda is the oldest, and comprises of numerous hymns. 

Comprising of prayers for cattle, children etc; the Rigveda divides people into two groups according to the work they perform: ‘’Brahmins’’ and ‘’Rajas’’. People or community are termed as ‘’jana’’or ‘’vish’’. 

Another aspect covered in NCERT Class 6 History book is that people were buried along with several objects. The object depended upon the status of the person died. Mostly families were buried together. 

In the Inamgaon, people were buried with their heads towards the north and food containing vessels were placed with them. 

Terms Used in the Chapter  

  • Aryas- People who composed hymns. 
  • Megalith- A stone boulder used to mark burial site 
  • Black and Red Ware- Two distinctive pots with which dead were buried.
  • Dasas/Dasyus- The opponents of Aryas. The word later meant ‘’slave’’. 

Important Topics of the Chapter

  • Oldest books in the world
  • How historians study the Rigveda
  • Cattle, horses and chariots
  • Words to describe people
  • Story of Megaliths
  • A special burial at Inamgaon
  • Occupations at Inamgaon 

Type of Questions: Fill in the blanks, match the following, short answers type questions and long answers type questions. 

Chapter-5 Kingdoms, Kings and an Early Republic

Summary- The chapter includes the procedure of becoming ‘’Rajas’’ before 3000 years ago. The process was performed after making sacrifices like Ashvamedha (Horse Sacrifice). 

Rajas started to form armies to build forts. The officials of Rajas used to collect taxes from the people in the form of crops, labour, animals, etc. 

Important and famous Janapadas were named Mahajanapadas and most important Mahajanapadas was Magadha. The facilities like transport, fertility, forests, mines, etc made Magadha important. 

Rajagriha was the capital of Magadha and later it was Pataliputra. Bimbisara and Ajatasattu used various ways to won over other Janapadas.  

Another kingdom, with its capital at Vaishali was Vajji and had an other form of government which is called as ‘’gana’’/’’sangha’’, having multiple rulers. Rituals are performed together by these rulers and used to meet up in assemblies. 

Terms Used in the Chapter

  • Bhaga- Taxes on crops.
  • Varnas- The four categories of society based on occupation and decided by birth. 

Important Topics of the Chapter

  • How men became rulers
  • Janapadas and Mahajanapadas
  • Taxes 
  • Changes in agricultural

Type of questions: At the end of the NCERT Class 6th History textbook Chapter 5, you will find True/False, Diagram based questions, long and short answer type questions to attempt. 


Chapter 6- New Questions and Ideas

Summary- About 2500 years ago, Siddhartha (Gautama) founded Buddhism. To get knowledge, he then left his home to be in Bodh Gaya in Bihar. 

Gargi, a woman thinker and Satyakama were considered a slave thinker. Another founder of Jainism was Vardhamana Mahavira and he was in Vajji sangha. His life was similar to that of Buddha. 

Jainism teaching was written for the first time 1500 years ago. According to their teaching, Jainas were bound to follow a simple life, beg for food, and must live without their clothes. 

Terms Used in the Chapter

  • Ahimsa- A Jain rule in which no hurting or killing of living beings is allowed
  • Atman- An individual soul which remains permanent in the Universe even after we die
  • Tanha- The desire for more things described by the Buddha
  • Viharas- The monasteries where monks live
  • Upanishads- The part of the later vedic text. 

Important Topics of the Chapter

  • The Story of Buddha
  • Upanishads
  • Jainism
  • The Sangha
  • Monasteries

Type of Questions: Short and long answer type questions, True/False


Chapter 7- Ashoka, The Emperor Who Gave Up War

Summary- Ashoka was the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya who founded an empire more than 2300 years ago. With the help of Chanakya, the Mauryan empire has control over various important cities like the capital of Pataliputra, Ujjain, Taxila etc. 

As per the Arthashastra books, the northwest region was important for blankets and south India for gold and precious stones. 

Ashoka also, fought a war with Kalinga but winning the battle, he was touched by the bloodshed and gave up the batter forever. He also hired officials, which were called as Dhamma Mahamatta. These officials went from one place to another, spreading the message of Dhamma. He also inscribed his messages on pillars and rocks.  

Terms Used in the Chapter

  • Brahmi- A script used to write inscriptions in Ashoka’s time
  • Dhamma- Ashoka’s idea which he wanted to use to instruct his subjects. 

Important Topics of the Chapter

  • Big Kingdom-An Empire
  • Empires different from Kingdoms
  • Ruling the Empire
  • Ashoka- a unique ruler
  • Ashoka war in Kalinga
  • Ashoka’s dhamma

Type of Questions: True/False, Fill in the Blanks, Short and Long answer type questions. 


Chapter 8- Vital Villages, Thriving Towns

Summary- In the Indian subcontinent, use of iron began from 3000 years ago and axes and iron plough became popular. System of transportation increased and irrigation also came into use. 

Ring wells probably used as toilets or drains and garbage dumps have been founded in several cities. Accounts of sailors and travellers depicted life in early cities 

Mathura located at the crossroads of two important travel and trade routes, established 2500 years ago. It is a religious centre and became the capital of the Kushanas. 

Terms Used in the Chapter

  • Shreni- An association of craftspersons and merchants. These provide raw materials and serve as banks.
  • Jatakas- Stories composed by ordinary people and then written down and preserved by Buddhist monks. 
  • Arikamedu- This was the coastal settlement where ships unload goods from distant lands in the period between 2200- 1900 years ago.  

Important Topics of the Exam

  • Iron Tools and Agricultural
  • Steps to Increase Production
  • Who Lived in Villages
  • Finding about Cities
  • Coins
  • Crafts and Crafts Persons

Type of Questions: Get Fill in the blanks, MCQs, Short answer type and long answer type questions in the NCERT Class 6 History books Chapter 8. 

Chapter 9- Traders, Kings and Pilgrims

Summary- A fine pottery called the Northern black polished ware includes bowls and plates carried by traders from one place to another. 

New sea routes were then discovered by traders and monsoon winds were taken as an advantage to make their travel quick, easy and comfortable. 

While China invented the technology of making a site 7000 years ago. China people used to carry silk in distant places. And the route they take was known as the Silk Route. 

The Kushanas rulers overpowered the Silk Route and controlled the Central Asia and North-West India. 

A new form of Buddhism developed- Mahayana Buddhism. This Buddhism spread throughout Central Asia, China and later to Japan and Korea. It was also covered to Western and Southern Indian. 

Along with travellers, pilgrims also used to travel. Some of the Chinese Buddhist pilgrims such as Xuan Zang, Fa Xran etc became popular. 

Terms Used in the Chapter

  • Bhakti- A person’s devotion to his/her deity
  • Dakshina Path- Route leading to South.
  • Muvendar- A Tamil word, meaning three chiefs or head of three ruling families-Cholas, Chera and Pandyas. 
  • Bodhisattvas-  People who have attained enlightenment. 

Important Topics of the Chapter

  • Finding about trade and traders
  • New kingdoms along the coast
  • The story of silk route
  • The spread of Buddhism
  • The quest of pilgrims
  • The beginning of bhakti

Type of Questions: Match the following, short and long answer type questions.


Chapter 10- New Empires and Kingdoms

Summary- Prashasti- a Sanskrit word which means’’ in praise of’’ and it became popular from the time of the Guptas. 

Chandragupta, father of Samudragupta, was the first ruler of the Gupta dynasty who adopted the title of Maharaj- Adhiraj. 

The Pallavas and Chalukyas were also important ruling dynasties in South India. Pulakeshin II was the famous Chalukya ruler. 

A new kind of army was formed under various kings, including elephants, chariots, cavalry and foot soldiers along with military leaders. Condition of ordinary people was not good and also untouchables were not treated well as well.   

Terms Used in the Chapter

  • Genealogy- The list of ancestors
  • Ur- A village assembly
  • Sarthavaha- A term used for the leader of the merchant caravans.
  • Dakshinapatha- route leading to south. 

Important Topics of the Chapter

  • Prashastis
  • Samudragupta’s prashastis
  • Genealogies
  • Harshavardhana and the Harshacharita
  • The Pallavas, Chalukyas and Pas and Pas and Pulakeshin Assassin's eshin’s prashasti
  • A new kind of army
  • Assemblies in the southern kingdoms
  • Ordinary people in the kingdoms

Type of Questions: True/False, short answer type questions and long answer type questions. 

Chapter 11- Building, Paintings and Books

Summary- About 1500 years ago, famous iron pillar at Mehrauli was made and considered as a great example of skill and art of the Indian crafts.

The construction of these buildings was a quite expensive affair, so only kings and queens decided to build them. 

Another topic, covered in this chapter is painting. Ajanta paintings were world famous. Some of the best monasteries were decorated with paintings. 

Also, some of the best epics were written during this period. Writers like Kalidasa wrote in Sanskrit. Also, the Puranas, which contained religious stories, were written during this time. 

Mahabharata and Ramayana were some of the most famous epics in Sanskrit. Moreover, books on Science were also written during this period. Famous Mathematician, Aryabhatta wrote a book called Aryabhatiya in Sanskrit, explaining the rotation of Earth on its axis. 

Terms Used in the Chapter

  • Garbhagriha- Important part of the temple where the image of the chief deity was placed. 
  • Shikhara- Tower of the temple
  • Stupa- Means a mound
  • Mandapa- A hall like structure built in the temple for the people to assemble. 

Important Topics of the Chapter

  • The iron pillar
  • Buildings in stone and brick
  • How were temples and stupas build?
  • Painting
  • The world of books
  • Recording and Preserving old stories
  • Writing books on Science

Type of Questions:  Fill in the blanks, Match the following, short and long answer type questions. 

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