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The Jagirdars in the Mughal Period were:
A. Mansabdars
B. Zamindars
C. All assignees of Jagirs
D.All of the above

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Hint: The Jagirdar system began during the Delhi Sultanate and continued during the Mughal regime. However there was a difference. In the Mughal period the Jagirdars paid their salary from the revenue they collected. They submitted the rest to the Mughal treasury. The administration and military was appointed separately by the Mughal.

Complete answer: Jagir was a piece of land which was given to the Mansabdars as salary. There were other mansabdars who were paid through cash. The Jagirdars during the Mughal period were the all the assignees of the jagirs. The Jagirdar was a feudal class who collected taxes as a form of revenue.
After the death of the Jagirdar, the land was seized by the Mughals. The Mughal officers who received land grants (jaigir) were known as jagirdars.There sole duty was that of revenue collection.The mansabdars who were paid in the form of cash was known as ‘Naqdi’ and those who were paid through land were called Jagirdars.
Looking the options:
Option A: Mansabdars were those who held a mansab (rank). Mansabdars were paid in both cash and land. Those who were paid in the form of land were known as Jagirdars.
Option B: Zamindars belonged to the hereditary class, whereas land could be seized from the Jagirdars at any point of time. Hence there is a difference between Zamindars and Jagirdars.
Option C: All assignees of Jagirs were known as jagirdars. Anyone in the Mughal period who were assigned the duty of land revenue were known as jagirdars. Therefore this is the correct answer.

Thus, Option C is a correct answer.

Note: Jagirdars did not have control over the land. They could just collect the revenue. Their salary was paid through this revenue.Jagirdars did not have hereditary rights over these land assignments.