function, the ijaradar (revenue farmer) was rewarded with
          a commission of 4 to 6 per cent and few other benefits.
          Having its origins in the reign of Shah Jahan, it become
          common during Aurangzeb’s period and widely practiced
          under the Later Mughals. The British also used this
          practice for some time in eastern India.
Kankut    It was method of revenue calculation in which the
          cultivator and the government official arrived at a general
          estimate of the produce on the basis of a sample survey by
          mutual agreement and the Government’s share was
          accordingly fixed.
Mahalwari It was a system of land revenue assessment in which the
          unit of assessment was a mahal or estate not an individual
          holding. Under the system the responsibility for the
          payment of revenue was collective, and the government
          reserved the right to periodically revise the revenue
          demand. It was introduced by the British in the Gangetic
          valley, the Punjab, North-Western province, and parts of
          central India.
Nasaq     In this method the revenue payable by the cultivator was
          calculated on the basis of past experience.
Ryotwari  It was the system of revenue settlement with the
          individual cultivator (ryot) recognising him as the owner
          of his plot of land. In this system the government
          retain”ed the right to reassess land revenue demand
          periodically. It was introduced by the British in the
          Madras Presidency and later in the Bombay Presidency.
Zabti     The system in which assessment of land revenue was
          made on the basis of measurement of land with the help of
          tanab, a measuring instrument made of bamboo sticks
          joined by iron rings. Also known as the bandobast
          system, it was introduced by Akbar in his 15th regnal year.