‘Before 1947, the Princely state of Jammu and Kashmir was ruled by a local Maharaja.’

Similarly, the province of Punjab was directly governed by whom?

  1. Hereditary rulers

  2. British officials

  3. Elected representatives

  4.  The Indian National Congress


Answer by Student

So, the correct answer is (B): British officials

Detailed Answer by Teachoo

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  • Before 1947, there were two types of states in India — the provinces and the Princely states. 
  • Provinces were ruled directly by British officials , who were appointed by the Viceroy.
  • Princely states were ruled by local, hereditary rulers, who acknowledged sovereignty in return for local autonomy.
    Thus, the Province of Punjab was directly governed by British officials.
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