SSC History Sample Paper NCERT Sample Paper-5

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    The General Enlistment Act caused discontent among the sepoys mainly because it

    A)  Made the use of greased cartridges compulsory

    B)  Required all recruits to serve oversees when required to do so.

    C)  Deliberately put Indian sepoys on a lower pay scale than the Europeans.

    D)  Increased the age of recruitment for Hindus.

    Correct Answer: B

    Solution :

    [b] A major cause of resentment that arose ten months prior to the outbreak of the rebellion was the General Service Enlistment Act of 25 July 1856. Earlier, men of the Bengal Army had been exempted from overseas service. Specifically, they were enlisted only for service in territories to which they could march. Governor-General Lord Dalhousie saw this as an anomaly, since all sepoys of the Madras and Bombay Armies and the six "General Service" battalions of the Bengal Army had accepted an obligation to serve overseas if required. As a result, the burden of providing contingents for active service in Burma, readily accessible only by sea, and China had fallen disproportionately on the two smaller Presidency Armies. As signed into effect by Lord Canning, Dalhousie's successor as Governor-General, the act required only new recruits to the Bengal Army to accept a commitment for general service. However, serving high-caste sepoys were fearful that it would be eventually extended to them, as well as preventing sons following fathers into an army with a strong tradition of family service.

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