Q. Consider the following statements:
1. The salary of Mansabdar was fixed and paid in both cash and gold.
2. The rank of Mansabdar was not hereditary in nature.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: B

During Akbar’s early years the nobles were drawn exclusively from Central Asians or Persians.

  • But after the introduction of the Mansabdari system, the nobility encompassed Rajputs and Shaikhzadas (Indian Muslims).
  • The salary of a Mansabdar was fixed in cash but was paid by assigning him a jagir (an estate from which he could collect money in lieu of his salary), which was subjected to regular transfers.
  • The rank of Mansabdar was not hereditary and immediately after the death of a Mansabdar, the jagir was resumed by the state.

Source: Tamil Nadu state board.