Question

Each grade in Mansabdari system had two aspects to it, Zat (personal) and Sawar (cavalryman). Which of the following statements correctly describes their significance?

A

The Sawars a person was required to maintain depended on his Zat

B

The zat of a person was determined by the number of Sawars he was required to maintain

C

Zat fixed the personal status of a person and his salary, while Sawar rank indicated the number of cavalrymen he was required to maintain

D

A Mansabdar was required to maintain as many Sawars as indicated by his Zat rank

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Correct option is C)

Akbar introduced the Mansabdari system in his administration. Under this system, every officer was assigned a rank or Mansab. These ranks were divided into two – Zat and Sawar. 
  • Zat means personal, and it fixed the personal status of a person. 
  • Sawar rank indicated the number of cavalrymen of a person who was required to maintain. Every Sawar should have two horses.

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