MANSABDARI SYSTEM Discuss the evolution of Mansabdari system under Akbar. The Mansabdari system was introduced by Akbar and as a system and. I must also reiterate that this system wasnt exclusively Akbar’s ‘creation’ as generally believed, it was part of an evolutionary process of administrative reforms. The mansabdari system, introduced by Akbar, is a standout feature of the Mughal administration. Under this system, every officer of the Mughal empire was.

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The mansabdars got their salaries in terms of revenue assignments called jagirs. Sometimes, they were also paid in jagirs. Log In Sign Up. The sawar rank was equal or less than the zat and qkbar actual position of the mansabdar were to be identified by the zat.

Mansabdari System in Mughal Administration

The mansab was required to maintain the whole Mughal army. Enter your valid mobile number below. Thus, each rank was exclusive in itself.

The salaries and obligation of maintaining troops were governed by a definite set of rules which underwent changes from time to time. sysgem

Mansabdari System

The term mansab literally means position, status or rank, but in context of the structure of the Mughal administration it indicated the rank of mansabdar- that is holder of mansab – in the akbqr hierarchy. During Aurangzeb’s reign the number of mansabdars was around or more. The Mansabdari System was introduced by Mughal emperor Akbar as new administrative machinery and revenue system.

There were thirty-three grades of mansabdars ranging from ‘commanders of 10’ to ‘commanders of 10,’.

Before Akbar, there was no division of civil and military functions of the state. These men generally attached themselves to chiefs from their own akbaf Mughals became the followers of Mughals, Persians of Persians, and so on.

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The mansab or rank was designated by dual representation – one by personal rank called zat and the other by cavalry rank called sawar. A dishonest mansabdar could, for instance, recruit less than the specified number of troops as indicated by his swar rank and get the salaries paid to the fictitious men, or alternatively, get fictitious payrolls prepared in the name of non-existent person, in collaboration with the corrupt staff of the army establishment or the finance department.

After the death of a mansabdar, all his jagirs and wealth was confiscated.

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The ranks were divided into two, xkbar zat and sawar. The more exalted grades between commanders of 7, and 10, were reserved for the royal systen. 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. They maintained a very strong and efficient army.

List of the Great Mughal Emperors of India. During the early reign of Akbar, the lowest grade was ten and the highest was 12, Thus the mansabdari system became sysem integral part of the agrarian and the jagirdari system of Mughal administration under Akbar.

Every civil and military officer was given a ‘mansab’ and different which could be increased by ten were used for ranking officers. Sysfem of the chief defects of the jagirdari system: It was a system whereby nobles were granted the rights to hold a jagir, which meant revenue assignments not land itself for services rendered by them but the authority bestowed upon them was not unbridled but with the direct control of these nobles in the hands of the king.


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Akbar was the architect of the Mansabdari system, an institution of political and economic significance that played a critical role in the consolidation and disin- tegration of the Mughal Empire. The emperor was the sole authority that conferred, decreased, increased and resumed the mansab. The troops raised by the emperor but not paid directly by the state and placed under the charge of mansabadars were known as Dakhili.

This law or rule was known as zabti. For every ten cavalry men, the mansabdar had to maintain twenty horses for horses that had to be provided rest while on a march and replacements were necessary in times of war. Mansabdars and their large forces were used to expand the empire and administer syste, effectively.

Mansabdari System in Mughal Administration

The Mansabdar was a military unit within the administrative system of the Mughal Empire introduced by Akbar. Abdul Aziz is of the opinion that while the rank of zat fixed the number of other soldiers under a mansabdar, the rank of sawar fixed the number of his horsemen.

This corrupted morality and had an adverse effect on their efficiency. Your Answer has been posted successfully.

As a result of the mansabdari system, the emperor had no longer to depend exclusively on the mercenaries of the feudal chieftains. It kept on changing from Akbar to Aurangzeb. Click here to sign up.