IAS Prelims History (Prelims)/ quiz

1. Which one of the following places has
yielded archaeological evidence regarding
pit dwellings?
a. Rakhigarhi
b. Gufkral
c. Mehrgarh
d. Balakot
2. The crops cultivated by the Harappans
a. wheat, barley and mustard
b. barley, groundnut and rice
c. wheat, rice and sugarcane
d. wheat, cotton and sugarcane
3. Match List-I with List-II
A. Double burial
B. Fire altars
C. Workmen’s quarters
D. Bead making
1. chanhudaro
2. Kalibangan
3. Lothal
4. Banawali
5. Harappa
Codes: A B C D
a. 3 2 5 1
b. 3 4 1 2
c. 4 2 3 5
d. 2 3 5 1
4. Which of the following were among the
objects of terracotta fashioned by the
1. Bullae
2. Toys
3. Votive animals
4. Axe-heads
5. Human forms
6. Pipal leaves
a. 1, 2 and 4
b. 2, 3 and 5
c. 3, 4 and 6
d. 4, 5 and 6
5. A hoard of copper images generally
assigned to the Harappan culture phase,
has been found at
a. Daimabad
b. Brahamagiri
c. Inamgaon
d. Nasik
6. Which of the following Harappan sites are
located in the Kutch region?
a. Desalpur and Surkotada
b. Rangpur and Rajidi
c. Allabadino and Balakot
d. Lothal and Surkotada
7. ‘Sutudri’ mentioned in the Rig Veda is
a. A term used to denote bride
b. The name of a river
c. A plant used in the preparation of Sura
d. A sacrificial animal
8. Which one of the following is correctly
matched in the context of the Vedic
a. Asura : A sacred plant
b. Pushan : Tribal Assembly
c. Rita : Inebriating drink
d. Ribhu : Gnomes
9. Which one of the following Vedangas is
not correctly matched?
a. Kalpa : Ritual
b. Jyotisha : Astronomy
c. Siksha : Phonetics
d. Nirukta : Grammar
10. Which of the following characterized the
later Vedic period?
a. 1, 2 and 3
b. 1, 2 and 4
c. 1, 3 and 4
d. 2, 3 and 4
11. Which of the following are reasons for the
identification of the reflected in the later
Vedic texts with the painted Grey Ware
culture? Select the correct answer.
1. material culture of the two corresponds
2. Geographical distribution of the tow
3. Chorological span of the tow
4. Both evolved locally.
a. 1, 2 and 3
b. 1, 2 and 4
c. 1, 3 and 4
d. 2, 3 and 4
12. Rig Vedic people invoked Indra for
a. Acquisition of knowledge
b. A life after death
c. Release from the cycle of births and
d. Material comforts and victory
13. Which one of the following was not a prot
during the Sangam age?
a. Arikamedu
b. Uraiyur
c. Korkai
d. Alangulam
14. Which of the following were epics in early
Tamil literature?
a. Tolkappiyam and Tirukkurai
b. Ahananuru and Purananuru
c. Padirruppattu and Maduraikkanchi
d. Silappadikaram and Manimekhalai
15. Which one of the following pairs is
correctly matched?
Dynasties Rulers
a. Chera : Karikaia
b. Chola : Simuka
c. Pandya : Nedunchezhian
d. Satavahana: Senguttuvan 
16. Which of the following are characteristics
ascribed to Buddhism? Choose the correct
answer given below.
1. Rejection of the authority of the Vedas
2. Emphasis on the role of the individual
3. Belief in the categories of Jiva and
4. Theory of Prakriti and Purusha
a. 1 and 2
b. 1, 3 and 4
c. 2 and 3
d. 3 and 4
17. Match List- I with List-II
List – I (Attributes)
A. Pot carrier
B. Thunderbolt carrier
C. Lotus-bearer
D. Sword-holder
List-II (Bodhistvas)
1. Vajrapani
2. Avalokiteshwara
3. Maitreya
4. Amitabha
5. Manjushri
Codes: A B C D
a. 4 1 2 3
b. 3 1 4 5
c. 3 1 2 5
d. 4 5 3 1
18. Given below are some famous Buddhist
sites. Which one of them shows the correct
chronological sequence in which the came
into prominence?
a. Nalanda, Nagarjunakonda, Amaravati,
b. Sanchi, Amaravati, Nagarjunakonda,
c. Sanchi, Nagarjunakonda, Amaravati,
d. Nagarjunakonda, Sanchi, Amaravati,
19. Jivaka, mentioned in the early Buddhist
literature, was a
a. Bodhistva
b. King
c. Merchant
d. Physician
20. In Vajrayana Buddism the spouse of the
a. Matangi
b. Yogini
c. Dakini
d. Tara
21. Religion-wise the sculptures found at
Kankali Tila in Mathura are
3 of 11
a. Buddist
b. Jaina
c. Shakata
d. Vaishnava
22. Which of the following terms are used to
denote Jaina texts?
1. Nirgranthas
2. Purvas
3. Angas
4. Upangas
a. 1, 2 and 3
b. 2, 3 and 4
c. 1 only
d. 2 and 4 only
23. Which one of the following philosophies is
associated with Jainism?
a. Syadvada
b. Yogacara
c. Madhyamika
d. Sunyavada
24. Hiuen Tsang found Jainism flourishing in
a. Orissa
b. Kashmir
c. Bengal
d. Bihar
25. Kumarasambhavam describes the story of
the birth of
a. Sanatkumara
b. Karttikeya
c. Pradyumna
d. Abhimanyu
26. The name of the mother-goddess Uma

appears on the coins of

a. Kunindas
b. Indo-Greeks
c. Kushanas
d. Guptas
27. Megasthenes was succeeded as
ambassador to the Mauryan court by
a. Hegesander
b. Deimachos
c. Athenaeus
d. Nearchus
28. Sramana is paired in early sources with
a. Ajivika
b. Saugata
c. Brahamana
d. Nirgrantha
29. Which one of the following is commentary
on the Arthasastra?
a. Aparajitaprccha of Bhuvanadeva
b. Samaranganasutradhara of Bhojadeva
c. Prabandhachintamani of Merutunga
d. Pratipada-Panchika of Bhattasvamin
30. Though Asoka had many sons, the
inscriptions mention only one who is not
mentioned in any other source. He is
a. Kunala
b. Tivara
c. Mahendra
d. Jalauka


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