NCERT Solutions for Class 6 Social Science History Chapter 6 : Kingdoms, Kings and an Early Republic


Who were the groups who could not participate in the assemblies of the ganas?


Women, dasas and kammakaras could not participate in these assemblies of the ganas.


In what ways are present-day elections different from the ways in which rulers were chosen in janapadas?


In present day, leaders are chosen in the elections through votes by the citizens of a country, while in janpadas, the rulers had to perform sacrifices such as ashvamedha (horse sacrifice) and assert his power to become raja.


Why did the rajas of Mahajanapada build forts?


(i) The rajas built forts because people were afraid of attacks from other kings and needed protection.

(ii) It is also likely that some rulers wanted to show how rich and powerful they were by building really large, tall and impressive walls around their cities.

(iii) By building forts, the rajas controlled the land and the people living inside the fortified area more easily.


Fill in the chart given below with the terms: hunter-gatherers, farmers, traders, crafts persons, herders.




State whether true or false:

(a) Rajas who let the ashvamedha horse pass through their lands were invited to the sacrifice.
(b) The charioteer sprinkled sacred water on the king.
(c) Archaeologists have found palaces in the settlements of the janapadas.
(d) Pots to store grain were made out of Painted Grey Ware.
(e) Many cities in mahajanapadas were fortified.


(a) True
(b) False
(c) False
(d) False
(e) True

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