Akbar introduced a new system for regulating imperial services which was called Mansabdari system. It was introduced in A. D. All the. MANSABDARI SYSTEM Discuss the evolution of Mansabdari system under Akbar. The Mansabdari system was introduced by Akbar and as a system and. Mansabdari System was a system introduced by Akbar for military administration and territorial commands (grant and revenue) to sustain parts.

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Tripathi, the rank of sawar was given to mansabdars to fix up their additional allowances. This measure had been introduced mxnsabdari that the mansabdars did not exploit the people in a high-handed manner.

Sometimes, they were also paid in jagirs. As the Mughal Empire was in a formative stage, it was involved in a process of continuous conquests and annexations. They had to bring in some fixed number of men-at-arms, horses and elephants to the field and accordingly were rated on the basis of the numbers which was known as Zats.

Write a short note on the Mansabdari system.

The mansabdari system was an improvement over the systems of tribal chieftainship and feudalism; it was a progressive and systematic method adopted by Akbar to re-organize his army within the fold of despotic monarchy.

Single men approaching the court in the hope of obtaining employment in the army, were obliged first to seek a patron.

The Mansabdars were said to be the pillars of the Mughal administration; the entire nobility, in fact belonged to mansabs; among them one or the other held a mansab. This law or rule was known as zabti. Remember me on this computer.


The revenue personnel or a judicial officer was recruited as Mansabdar. The main feature of this was mansab or office a person held and it was approved by the emperor An Email has been sent with your login details Log In.

Initially the system was not hereditary, a mansab was given to an official on the basis of merit and could be enhanced or lowered.

A mansabdar with a rank of 5, got a salary of 30, rupees per month, one of 3, could get 17, rupees, while a mansabdar of 1, got 8, rupees. Organization of Ranks of the Mansabdass: The Mansabdars were required to to maintain a fix number of troops and other equipments such as; horses, elephants, camels, mules, carfts, etc.

All appointments, promotions, suspensions and dismissal of the mansabdars rested entirely with the emperor. Help Center Find new research papers in: Page 9 of 9.

Only the princes of the royal family and most important Rajput rulers were given a mansab of 10, In Akbar’s time, the lowest mansabdar was the commander of 10 and the highest was of 10, To elaborate it further, a mansabdar was given rupees one thousand additional allowance if he had received the rank of five hundred sawars. Both civil and military officers held mansabs and were liable to be transferred from one branch of the administration to another. The Mansabdars were paid according to their ranks.

Mansabdari System of Mughals and Rajasthan

The system, hence, determined systrm rank of a government official and also other military generals. But eventually eystem did become hereditary. The officer called Khan-I-jahan was still higher in rank while the highest rank in the army was that of Khan-i-khana. The sawar rank implied the number of cavalrymen or sawar a mansabdar was required to maintain. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. The soldiers recruited by centre were called Dakhili and by Mansabdass were called Ahadi.


They were also meant for fixing the salaries and allowances of the officers.

Mansabdari System in Mughal Administration

Thus, all mansabdars had a zator personal ranking, and a sowaror a troop ranking. Back to Log in. For instance, Raja Man Singh was not a minister and still enjoyed a higher rank than Abul Fazal who was a minister in the court of Emperor. The highest rank of 10, was given exclusively to Salim, the crown prince. Classification of Mansabdari system: On the basis of sawar ranks, the approximate strength of the imperial army under the effective control of the mansabdars could be readily calculated.

Merit as the basis of selection: The lowest mansabdar commanded 10 mansavdari and the highest 10, soldiers. Certain groups began to be identified with certain qualities-Rajput and Pathan soldiers were considered most valuable for their martial prowess and fidelity, for instance.