Indian History (Prelims)/ quiz

1. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer

List I List II
A. Chaitanya 1. Kerala
B. Shankara 2. Bengal
C. Jnanadeva 3. Tamil Nadu
D. Thyagaraja 4. Maharashtra
5. Orissa
A B C D A B C D
(a) 4 1 2 3 (b) 2 3 1 4
(c) 3 2 4 1 (d) 2 1 4 3 
2. Who among the following is said to be the founder of the Pasupata Cult ?
(a) Basava 
(b) Lakulisa 
(c) Kusika 
(d) Gorakhnatha
3. The doctrine of transmigration does not find mention to the
(a) Aranyakas 
(b) Jataka Literature
(c) Upanishads 
(d) Vedas
4. Most of the Asokan inscriptions are in Prakrit language because it was
(a) the language of the State
(b) understood by a majority of the people
(c) used by the Tathagata Buddha
(d) the only language known at that time
5. Which one of the following is not known from Asokan inscriptions ?
(a) He appointed followers of Buddhist religion to high government posts
(b) He warned the monks and nuns that they would be punished if they created schism in Buddhism
(c) He categorically expressed his faith in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha
(d) He made pilgrimages to holy Buddhist places

 6. In which of the following is the name `Asoka’ found?
1. Nittur edict of Asoka
2. The Allahabad Pillar Inscription of Samudragupta
3. Junagarh inscription of Rudradaman
4. Hathigumpha inscription of Kharavela
Select the correct answer from the codes given below
(a) 1 and 2 (b) l and 3 (c) 2 and 4 (d) 3 and 4
7. The inscription of Asoka are found in
(a) Kharoshthi and Brahmi
(b) Kharoshthi, Brahmi and Greek
(c) Kharoshthi, Brahmi and Aramaic
(d) Kharoshthi, Brahmi, Greek and Aramaic

8. Megasthenes states :” There was no slavery in India.” This statement must have been made because
(a) there was absence of slavery in India
(b) slavery was not prevalent in India in the extreme form as he had seen in Greece
(c) the moved only with the king and elites in the capital
(d) the wrote this on hearsay

9. The most important source of information for the municipal administrative system of the city of Pataliputra in the Mauryan empire is
(a) Indika
(b) Mudrarakshasa
(c) Asokan inscriptions
(d) Arthasastra

10. Which one of the following refers to the Mauryas as Kshatriyas ?
(a) The Mudrarakshasa
(b) The Greek Writers
(c) The Arthasastra
(d) The Divyavadana

11. Which one of the following is the most reliable and accurate evidence for fixing the date of Asoka?
(a) Ceylonese chronicles mentioning his contemporaneity with Devanampiya Tissa
(b) Asoka’s inscriptions referring to foreign kings
(c) The Puranic literature referring to the genealogy and chronology of the Mauryan rulers
(d) Pali canonical literature referring to the holding of Buddhist Councils
12. Which of the following kings have left inscriptions mentioning the Sudarsana lake ?
1. Asoka
2. Rudradaman
3. Samudragupta
4. Skandagupta
Choose the correct answer from the codes given below :
(a) 1 and 2 (b) 1 and 3 (c) 2 and 3 (d) 2 and 4
13. The earliest images of the Buddha were made almost simultaneously at
(a) Gandhara and Ajanta
(b) Mathura and Amaravati
(c) Mathura and Gandhara
(d) Ajanta and Amaravati
14. Which one of the following pairs is not correctly matched ?
(a) Pliny Natural History
(b) Ptolemy Geography
(c) Strabo Periplus of Erythraean Sea
(d) Cosmos Christian Topography

15. With which of the following regions did India have the closest contact during the Gupta period?
(a) South -East Asia (b) Central Asia
(c) Iran (d) Western Asia
16. Which one of the following most suitably defines the term `sreni’ ?
(a) An organisation of people of one caste following the same vocation
(b) An organization of people of one caste following different vocations
(c) An organization of people of one or more castes following one vocation
(d) An organization of people of different castes following different vocations

17. There was brisk commercial contact between Rome and Tamil Nadu during the Sangam period. Many articles were exported from Tamil Nadu to Rome. Which one among the following items was not included in the export ?
(a) Spices (b) Beryl (c) Ivory (d) Wine
18. Which of the following made a new contribution to India’s maritime trade in the early centuries of the Christian era?
(a) Manufacture of better type of vessels
(b) Knowledge of the depth of sea at various points
(c) Better training in navigation
(d) Knowledge of monsoon winds
19. Which of the following was not characteristic of the period that followed the Gupta rule ?
(a) Decrease in trade
(b) Increase in the use of coins
(c) Increase in the use of local weights and measures
(d) Multiplication of feudatories
20. The rise of the Brahmana aristocracy in the post-Gupta period was facilitated by
(a) donation of land to priestly class
(b) growth of ritualistic practices
(c) advent of foreigners
(d) decline of Buddhism
21. A new sort of social structure called the Jajmani system became prevalent in India during the
(a) later Vedic age
(b) the Mauryan empire
(c) the Gupta age
(d) the post-Gupta period

22. Which one of the following is not related to the feudal formation in the Gupta and post-Gupta times ?
(a) Emergence of landed intermediaries
(b) Growth of a class of subject peasantry
(c) Localized village economy developed with little scope for functioning of the market system
(d) Emergence of strong centralized political authority
23. Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other labelled as Reason (R)
Assertion (A) : Many Roman gold and silver coins, belonging to first and second centuries A.D., have been discovered in South India.
Reason (R) : Some parts of South India were under Roman occupation during this period.
In the context of above two .statements, which one of the following is correct ?
(a) Both A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of A
(b) Both A and R are true but R is not a correct explanation of A
(c) A is true but R is false
(d) A is false but R is true
24. The unusually excessive proliferation of castes in the early medieval period was mostly due to
(a) increasing varnasamkara
(b) increasing greater absorption of tribes as castes
(c) occupational groups turning into castes
(d) religious sects being converted into castes
25. The hierarchy of the four varnas described in many of the early Buddhist texts is
(a) vessa, sudda, khattiya, bahamanna
(b) sudda, vessa, bahamanna, khattiya
(c) khattiya, bahamanna, vessa, sudda
(d) vessa, bahamanna, khattiya, sudda
26. Which one of the following Chola rulers is reported to have destroyedAnuradhapura, once the capital of Ceylon ?
(a) Rajaraja I
(b) Rajendra I
(c) Rajadhiraja I
(d) Kulottunga I
27. Alberuni states that the antyajas , who were not reckoned amongst any of the four varnas, were composed of eight groups or guilds of craftsmen or professionals. Which one of the following did not belong to any of the eight guilds ?
(a) Shoemaker (b) Weaver (c) Fisherman (d) Blacksmith
28. Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other labelled as Reason (R)
Assertion (A) : The Cholas were the inheritors and continuers of the Pallava traditions in Temple construction.
Reason (R) : They built numerous monolithic temples throughout their kingdom following the Pallava styles. In the context of above two statements, which one of the following is correct ?
(a) Both A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of A
(b) Both A and R are true but R is not a correct explanation of A
(c) A is true but R is false
(d) A is false but R is true
29. Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other labelled as Reason (R).
Assertion (A) : According to the Mitakshara school, father could divide his sons during his lifetime.
Reason (R) : The Mitakshara recognised son’s right of ownership by birth in ancestral property.
In the context of above two statements, which one of the following is correct ?
(a) Both A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of A
(b) Both A and R are true but R is not a correct explanation of A
(c) A is true but R is false
(d) A is false but R is true
30. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
List I List II
(Archaeological sites) (Characteristic Features)
A. Brahmagiri 1. Mesolithas
B. Kupgal 2. Pit dwellings
C. Burzahorn 3. Urn Burials
D. Adichchanallur 4. Megaliths
5. Ash mounds
A B C D A B C D
(a) 5 2 1 4 (b) 1 5 2 4
(c) 1 2 5 3 (d) 4 5 2 3

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31. Among other nations, it is usual in the contest of war to ravage the soil; among the Indians, the tillers of soil, even when battle is raging in their neighborhood, are undisturbed by any sense of danger and remain unmolested.’ This statement was made by
(a) Huientsang
(b) Herodotus
(c) Megasthenes
(d) Fa-hien
32. After the disappearance of the Chalukyas at the end of the twelfth century and the Cholas at the beginning of the thirteenth, the four kingdoms that dominated the political history of southern India were the
(a) Pandya, Hoysala, Kakatiya and the Yadava
(b) Rashtrakuta, Kadamba, Eastern Ganga and the Bana
(c) Western Ganga, Pandya, Vishnukundin and Hoysala
(d) Chera, Mahameghavahana, Salankayana and the Vijayanagara

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34. Match List I with The Chalukyan capital was shifted from Manyakheta to Kalyani by
(a) Somesvara I Ahavamalla
(b) Vikramaditya VI
(c) Perma Jagadekamalla II
(d) Tailappa List II and select the correct answer:
List I List II
A. Merchants 1. Jithhaka
B. Craftsmen 2. Setthis
C. Federation of guilds 3. Satthavaha
D. Caravan Chief 4. Bhandagarika
A B C D
(a) 2 1 4 3
(b) 2 1 3 4
(c) 1 2 3 4
(d) 1 2 4 3
35. Who was the noble serving Sultan Naseeruddin Mahmud who lost the top post due to the machinations of Balban ?
(a) Amir Yaqut
(b) Imaduddin Raihan
(c) Tughril Beg
(d) Zafar Khan
36. The troops directly under the royal service in the Delhi Sultanate were known as
(a) lashkar
(b) hashm qalb
(c) sipahi
(d) muqta’i
37. The system of Itlaq, a sort of draft enabling royal soldier to collect his salary from the state revenue officials, was introduced by
(a) Iltutmish
(b) Balban
(c) Alauddin Khalji
(d) Feroze Shah Tughlaq
38. Qismat-i khote in the Delhi Sultanate was
(a) a cash payment made by the state to the village headman
(b) a village assigned to a khot
(c) a small cess collected by the village headman from the peasants
(d) the revenue assessed on the land cultivated by the knots and muqaddams

39. `Every pearl in the Royal Crown is but the crystallized drop of blood fallen from the tearful eyes of the poor peasant.’ The above remark about the poverty of the Indian peasants during the Delhi Sultanate was made by
(a) Barani
(b) Ibn Battuta
(c) Minhajuddin Siraj
(d) Amir Khusrau
40. The sashgani coin was introduced during the reign of
(a) Allauddin Khalji
(b) Balban
(c) Feroz Shah Tughlaq
(d) Sikandar Lodi
41. The Vijaynagar rulers are remembered for promoting agriculture by
(a) building dams, tanks, wells etc.
(b) reducing tax on cultivated land
(c) providing market facilities for agricultural products
(d) purchasing food grains for the army
42. Which one of the following Vijaynagar rulers was the author of Amuktamalsrada ?
(a) Bukka I
(b) Harihara II
(c) Krishna Deva Raya
(d) Deva Raya II
43. Which one of the following kingdoms was not in the alliance that crushed the Vijayanagar Empire at the Battle of Talikota (1565) ?
(a) Berar
(b) Ahmadnagar
(c) Bijapur
(d) Golconda
44. The main trading port of the Vijayanagar Empire on the western coast was
(a) Bhatkal
(b) Calicut
(c) Cannanore
(d) Goa
45. To which one of the following Sufi silsilahs did Shaikh Bahau’ddin Zakaria belong ?
(a) Qadriya
(b) Naqshbandi
(c) Suhrawardi
(d) Chisti
46. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
List I List II
A. Siyasatnama 1. Nizam-ul mulk Tusi
B. Khazain-ul-futuh 2. Hamid Qalandar
C. Khair-ul-Majalis 3. Amir Khusrau
D. Tarikh-i Mubarak Shahi 4. Yahya Sirhindi
A B C D
(a) 1 3 2 4
(b) 2 3 1 4
(c) 1 4 3 2
(d) 4 1 2 3
47. The total number of Mughal Subas in 1605 was
(a) 12 (b) 15
(c) 17 (d) 19
48. Which one of the following Mughal officers was not associated with religious affairs ?
(a) Sadr (b) Mufti
(c) Muhtasib (d) Mustaufi
49. Who among the following defined a sovereign or sovereignty as farr-i izdi in contrast to the concept of zil alAllah ?
(a) Badauni
(b) Shaikh Ahmad Sirhindi
(c) Abul Fazl
(d) Shaikh Abdul Haq Muhaddis
50. In the terminology of the Mughal revenue administration, the term zamin paymudah denoted
(a) barren land
(b) land left unmeasured for ghalla bakhshi
(c) Land cultivated every two years
(d) measured land
51. Which of the following regions was\were well-known during the seventeenth century for simultaneous production of saltpetre, indigo and opium ?
(a) Burhanpur and Sindh
(b) Gujarat
(c) Bengal and Orissa
(d) Bihar
52. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
List I List II
(Event) (Date)
A. Battle of Haldighati 1. 1611
B. Marriage of Jahangir with Nurjahan 2. 1576
C. The capture of Qandahar by Safavids 3. 1680
D. Death of Shivaji 4. 1622
A B C D
(a) 2 1 4 3
(b) 1 3 2 4
(c) 2 1 3 4
(d) 4 1 3 2
53. The rulers of which of the following was/were called tarafdar by the mughal monarchs ?
(a) Bijapur and Golconda
(b) Golconda
(c) Gujarat
(d) Ahmadnagar
54. Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other labelled as Reason (R).
Assertion (A) : Mahabat Khan rebelled and made Jahangir and Nurjahan prisoners
Reason (R) : Mahabat Khan wanted to instal Prince Khurram on the Mughal throne.
In the context of above two statements, which one of the following is correct ?
(a) Both A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of A
(b) Both A and R are true but R is not a correct explanation of A
(c) A is true but R is false
(d) A is false but R is true
55. Which one of the following correctly defines the term Cartaz ?
(a) A Mughal royal farman Issued in French
(b) Permission paper from the Mughal governors of Surat to allow Europeon ships to anchor at Cambay
(c) A document permitting non-European traders for maritime activities in the Asian waters
(d) Letters exchanged between Europeon trading companies

56. Under the supervision of which one of the following Europeon trading companies the town of Qasimbazar produced the largest amount of silk yarn during the seventeenth century?
(a) Danes
(b) English
(c) Dutch
(d) French
57. Which one of the following ruling lines of the Marathas defeated Bajirao II, the last Peshwa ?
(a) Scindhia
(b) Holkar
(c) Bhonsle
(d) Gaikwar
58. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
List I List II
A. Sumant 1. Religious affairs
B. Amatya 2. State correspondence
C. Sachiva 3. Revenue department
D. Panditrao 4. Foreign affairs
A B C D
(a) 4 3 2 1
(b) 4 2 3 1
(c) 2 4 1 3
(d) 3 1 2 4
59. Who among the following was sent to Persia by Jahangir to draw portraits of Shah Abbas for Mughal album ?
(a) Mansur (b) Bichitr
(c) Bishandas (d) Basawan
60. In which part of a large Mughal monument would one usually find Spandrel ?
(a) Dome (b) Gateway
(c) Minaret (d) Rampart

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61. The mausoleum of Rabia-ul Dauran was built at
(a) Lahore (b) Delhi
(c) Aurangabad (d) Gulbarga
62. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
List I (Books) List II (Authors)
A. Iyar Danish 1. Abdul Hamid Lahori
B. Humayun Nama 2. Khwafi Khan
C. Badshahnama 3. Gulbadan Begum
D. Muntakhab-ul Lubab 4. Abul Fazal
A B C D A B C D
(a) 1 2 4 3 (b) 4 3 1 2
(c) 4 1 3 2 (d) 1 4 3 2
63. Who among the following took interest for the first time in the Europeon movable metal type-printing ?
(a) Mir Fathullah Shirazi
(b) Jahangir
(c) Muqarrab Khan
(d) Bhimji Parekh

64. Which of the following pairs are correct matched
1. Rabeting Shipbuilding
2. Flintlock Gun-making
3. `Wootz’ Textile
4. Filatures Metallurgy
(a) 1 and 2 (b) 1 and 3
(c) 2 and 4 (d) 3 and 4
65. “This site was granted to French East India Company in 1674 by Shaista Khan, a governor under the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. During the Seven Years’ War (1756-63) this town was captured (1757) by the John Company but later (1763) restored to the French. Recaptured by the English in 1778, after the outbreak of the American War of Independence (1776-84) it was restored to the French by the Treaty of Paris (1785). Wrested again by the British in 1793, on the outbreak of the revolutionary wars in Europe, it was finally restored to the French in 1815 and remained part of their overseas empire until its transfer to the Indian republic in 1951.” The reference here is to
(a) Pondicherry (b) Karaikkal
(c) Chandernagore (d) Mahe
66. The Treaty of Allahabad was concluded by
(a) Robert Clive, Mir Jafar and Raja Balwant Singh
(b) Robert Clive, Najm-ud-Daula and Shuja-ud-Daula
(c) Robert Clive, Siraj-ud-Daula and Mir Kasim
(d) Shah Alam, Mir Jafar and Shuja-ud-Daula
67. The first native state to introduce military training on the Europeon model was
(a) Golconda (b) Mysore
(c) Oudh (d) Kashmir

68. Mangalore, Parambakkam and Porto Novo were places where major battles took place during the
(a) First Anglo-Mysore war
(b) Second Anglo-Mysore war
(c) Third Anglo-Mysore war
(d) Fourth Anglo-Mysore war
69. The East India Company began to use the term `investments in India’ for
(a) their bullion imports to purchase Indian goods
(b) the loot from Buxar for purchasing Indian goods
(c) the profits made from duty free inland trade and the surplus from Diwani revenue
(d) the borrowed money from Indian money lenders for purchases in India
70. Madras was restored to the English by the French by
(a) the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle (1749)
(b) the Treaty of Pondicherry (1754)
(c) the Treaty of Salbai (1782)
(d) the Treaty of Mangalore (1784)
71. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer :
List I List II
(Acts passed for the relief of agriculturists) ( Year in which passed)
A. Punjab Land Alienation Act 1.1879
B. Deccan Agricultural Relief Act 2. 1904
C. North West Provinces Land 3. 1916
Alienation Act
D. Central Provinces Land 4. 1900
Alienation Act
A B C D A B C D
(a) 1 4 2 3 (b) 1 4 3 2
(c) 4 1 3 2 (d) 4 1 2 3
72. The remittance problems from India was initially tackled by the East India Company Government through the
(a) development of more exports of grains from India
(b) exports of more cotton and silk goods to Europe
(c) development of indigo and export of opium to China
(d) development of jute and promotion of its export to Europe

73. The High Courts at Calcutta, Bombay and Madras to replace the Sadar Courts of Diwani and Nizamat were established in the year
(a) 1793 (b) 1831 (c) 1833 (d) 1865
74. Which of the following statements about the Indian Councils Act of 1892 are correct ?
1. It raised the number of additional members to a maximum of 16 for the Supreme Council, 20 for the legislative Council of Bombay, Madras and Bengal and 15 for the North Western Provision and Oudh
2. It conceded the Congress demand of the principle of direct election to the Legislative Councils.
3. It conceded to the members of the Legislative Councils the right of discussing the Budget.
4. It allowed the members of Legislative Councils the right of asking questions matters of public interest.
(a) 1, 2 and 3 (b) 1, 3 and 4 (c) 2, 3 and 4 (d) 1, 2 and 4
75. The report of the Arundel Committee (1906) dealt with
(a) proposed changes in the Age of Consent to Marriage bill
(b) political reforms
(c) higher education
(d) the need to reunite Bengal which had been partitioned in the previous year

76. Match List I with list II and select the correct answer :
List I List II
A. V.D.Savarkar 1. The Sepoy Mutiny and the Revolt of 1857
B. Ashok Mehta 2. The Indian war of Independence
C. S.N.Sen 3. 1857- The Great Rebellion
D. R.C.Majumdar 4. Eighteen Fifty Seven
A B C D A B C D
(a) 4 3 2 1 (b) 1 2 3 4
(c) 1 3 4 2 (d) 1 4 3 2
77. The tribal Rebellion against the British known as Uyulan was organised by
(a) Korra Mallaya (b) Ranade
(c) Birsa Munda (d) Konda Dora
78. Consider the following four popular movements that took place against the British rule
1. Bhils Revolt
2. Rebellion of Dhananjaya Bhanja
3. Gujjar Revolt
4. Kolhapur Revolt
The correct chronological order of these movements is
(a) 1, 3, 4, 2 (b) 3, 1, 4, 2 (c) 3, 1, 2, 4 (d) 1, 3, 2, 4

79. The Congress Nationalist Party was formed to act as a powerful pressure group within the Congress by
(a) Motilal Nehru and Tej Bahadur Sapru
(b) Mrs. Annie Besant and C.P. Ramaswami Iyer
(c) Madan Mohan Malaviya and M.S.Aney
(d) Surendrahath Banerjee and C.R Das
80. Which of the following reasons intensified the labour movement inIndia in the first quarter of the 20th century ?
1. Influence of British Labour movement
2. Russian Revolution of 1917
3. Rise in cost of living
4. Legislative measures of the British against Indian labour
(a) 2 and 3 (b) 1 and 4 (c) 2 and 4 (d) 1 and 3

81. Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other labelled as Reason (R)
Assertion (A) : There was an upsurge of peasants in Telengana in the erstwhile state of Hyderabad in 1942
Reason (R) : It was an extension of the Quit India Movement of 1942.
In the context of above two statements, which one of the following is correct ?
(a) Both A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of A
(b) Both A and R are true but R is not a correct explanation of A
(c) A is true but R is false
(d) A is false but R is true
82. Who among the following were associated with Trade Union Movement in India ?
1. B.P.Wadia 2. N.M.Joshi 3. Dhundhiraj Thengdi 4. Vithalbhai Patel
(a) 1 and 2 only (b) 1, 2 and 3
(c) 1, 3 and 4 (d) 3, 4 and 5
83. What is the correct chronological sequence of the following ?
1. The founding of the Ghadr Party
2. The Chauri-Chaura incident
3. The execution of Khudiram Bose
4. Moplah Rebellion in Malabar
(a) 1, 3, 2, 4 (b) 2, 1, 4, 3
(c) 3, 4, 1, 2 (d) 3, 1, 4, 2

84. The Congress President who conducted negotiations with Cripps in 1942 and Wavell at the Simla Conference was
(a) Abul Kalam Azad (b) Jawaharlal Nehru
(c) J.B.Kripalani (d) C. Rajagopalachari
85. Which one of the following is correctly matched ?
(a) Nibandhamala : Vishnusastri Chippullankar
(b) Sudharak : Sisikar Kumar Ghosh
(c) Raft Goftar : Agarkar
(d) Sambad Prabhakar : Bal Gangadhar Tilak

86. Who among the following were the Indian Liberals who attended the first session of the Round Table Conference?
1. Tej Bahadur Sapru
2. V.S. Srinivasa Sastri
3. M.R. Jayakar
4. C.Y. Chintamani
(a) 1, 2 and 3 (b) 1, 2 and 4
(c) 2, 3 and 4 (d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

87. Which one of the following adumbrated principles and constitutional provisions which were later incorporated in the Montagu -Chelmsford Reforms ?
(a) Nehru Report (b) Wavell Plan
(c) Lucknow Pact (d) Poona Pact

88. The leaders of the Home Rule Movement borrowed the term `Home Rule’ from a similar movement in
(a) Ireland (b) Scotland (c) United States of America (d) Canada

89. The Simon Commission of 1928 was boycotted by the Congress because it
(a) did not include a representative of the Congress
(b) included a member of the Muslim League
(c) definitely negated the claim of the Indian people to determine their own Constitution
(d) was appointed one year before it was due
90. Match List I with list II and select the correct answer:
List I List II
A Young India 1. Surya Sen
B. Hindustan Prajatantric Sangh 2. Chandra Shekhar Azad
C. Hindustan Socialist 3. Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
Repubic Association
D. Indian Republican Army 4. Sachindra Sanyal
A B C D A B C D
(a) 1 2 3 4 (b) 1 3 4 2
(c) 3 1 2 4 (d) 1 3 2 4

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91. The Communal Award (1932) announced by Ramsay Macdonald spoke of special constituencies with separate communal electorates to be constituted for women in all provinces except
(a) NWFP
(b) Bengal
(c) Punjab
(d) the Bombay Presidency
92. Which of the following were reasons for the, Congressmen all over the country offering individual satyagraha in 1942 ?
1. The Congress demand for a national government had been rejected.
2. The freedom of speech against the war effort was denied.
3. The British rulers were not prepared to admit that India was a belligerent not of her own free will.
4. Gandhi offered satyagraha himself to cause greater embarrassment to the government.
(a) 1 and 2
(b) 2, 3 and 4
(c) 1, 2 and 4
(d) 1, 2 and 3
93. Which one of the following statements regarding the Constituent Assembly is not correct ?
(a) The constitution of a Constituent Assembly was an integral part of the Cabinet Mission Plan
(b) The Objective Resolution’ adopted by the Constituent Assembly, was later incorporated into the Preamble of the Constitution both in its spirit and as far as possible, the language.
(c) The members of the Constituent Assembly were directly elected by the people
(d) The rulers of Indian States who acceded to the Union as provided in the Constitution accepted the premise that sovereignty resided in their people-.not in themselves

94. In 1946 there was a mutiny of Indian naval ratings in
(a) Calcutta
(b) Madras
(c) Visakhapatanam
(d) Bombay
95. Given below are two statements, one labeled ,as Assertion (A) and the other labeled as Reason (R)
Assertion (A) : In 1946, the Council of the Muslim League accepted the Cabinet Mission Plan.
Reason (R) : The Muslim League joined the Interim Government formed in 1946.
In the context of above two statements, which one of the following is correct ?
(a) Both A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of A
(b) Both A arid R are true but R is not a correct explanation of A
(c) A is true but R is false
(d) A is false but R is true
96. Which of the following metal (s) was/were not used by the Harappans ?
(a) Copper
(b) Gold and Copper
(c) Iron and Tin
(d) Silver and Bronze
97. Which one of the following is the most important feature of Harappan cities ?
(a) Large size
(b) Huge buildings
(c) Planned layout
(d) Wide roads
98. Which one of the following statements is not confirmed by the evidence of archaeology ?
(a) People of Bahrain island acted as middlemen in the trade between Indus and Sumerian people in the third millennium B.C.
(b) Lothal played an important role in the sea-borne trade between the Indus culture and Western Asia
(c) The Harappans were supplanted. by the Aryans
(d) The Harappans knew the lost-wax technique of manufacturing metal images

99. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer
List I List II
A. Harappa 1. Cemetery R 37
B. Lothal 2. Dockyard
C. Kalibangan 3. Figure of dancing girl
D. Mohanjodaro 4. Ploughed field
A B C D A B C D
(a) 1 2 3 4 (b) 2 1 4 3
(c) 3 4 1 2 (d) 1 2 4 3

100. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
List I List II
(Name of the site) (Associated culture)
A. Rangpur 1. Palaeolithic
B. Soan 2. Neolithic
C. Adichchanallur 3. Chalcolithic
D. Burzahom 4. Mesolithic
5. Megalithic
A B C D A B C D
(a) 1 4 5 2 (b) 3 1 5 2
(c) 3 1 5 4 (d) 2 3 4 5
101.Which one of the following statements about the Indus culture is the least possible ?
(a) The Indus culture originated from the Kalibangan I culture
(b) The Indus culture originated from the peasant cultures of Sind and Baluchistan
(c) The Indus culture is an expansion of Sothi culture
(d) The Indus culture sprang directly as an urban culture without passing through the stage of village culture anywhere

102.There was no regular tax from land in the early Vedic period, because
(a) the people were not settled permanently in one locality
(b) the expenditure of the government was low
(c) the king was not considered as the proprietor of the land
(d) the people were not accustomed to paying land tax

103. The four varnas are mentioned for the first time in the
(a) Prithvi Sukta (b) Purusa Sukta
(c) Taittiriya Samhita (d) Vajasaneyi Samhita

104. The chief form of property in the Rigveda was
(a) gold (b) cattle wealth
(c) house (d) land

105. The Aryan gods invoked in an inscription from Boghaz Kui are
(a) Indra, Vishnu, Varuna and Nasatyas
(b) Rudra, Mitras, Indra and Nasatyas
(c) Indra, Mitra, Varuna and Nasatyas
(d) Mitra, Vishnu, Varuna and lndra

106. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
List I List II
A. Asvalayana 1. Samhita
B. Apastamba 2. Grihyasutra
C. Maitrayana 3. Nirukta
D. Yaska 4. Dharmasutra
A B C D A B C D
(a) 1 4 2 3 (b) 3 1 2 4
(c) 2 3 1 4 (d) 2 4 1 3

107. Which of the following were Vedic assemblies ?
1. Sabha
2. Vidatha
3. Samiti
4. Parishad
(a) 1 and 2 (b) 3 and 4
(c) 1, 2 and 3 (d) 1, 3 and 4

108. During the Sangam age the Mahabharata in Tamil was composed by
(a) Perundevanar
(b) Villiputhur Alvar
(c) Kamban
(d) Kuttan

109. Which of the following did the Buddha not believe in?
1. The authority of Vedas.
2. Superiority of the Brahmana.
3. The efficacy of sacrifices.
4. The theory of rebirth.
(a) 1, 2 and 3 (b) 2, 3 and 4
(c) 1, 2 and 4 (d) 1, 2, 3 and 4
110. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer :
List I (Event) List II (Place)
A. First Buddhist Council 1. Vaisali
B. Second Buddhist Council 2. Rajagriha
C. Third Buddhist Council 3. Pataliputra
D. Fourth Buddhist Council 4. Kashmir
A B C D A B C D
(a) 2 3 1 4 (b) 3 1 4 2
(c) 1 4 3 2 (d) 2 1 3 4
111. In Buddhist terminology, the word “Dharmachakrapravartana” indicates the
(a) belief in the cycle of life and death
(b) attainment of nirvana by Buddha
(c) first sermon by Buddha
(d) the personal religion of the Chakravarti
112. Which one of the following, according to the Buddha. would lead to nirvana ?
(a) To be constantly in the state of a stithaprajna
(b) Pursuit of the ashtangika marga
(c) Observance of asceticism and penance
(d) Adoration of Stupa
113. “Decay is inherent in all component beings. Work out your own salvation with diligence.” These words are attributed to
(a) Krishna (b) Mahavira (c) the Buddha (d) Sankaracharya
114. Which one of the following was introduced by Mahavira ?
(a) Ahimsa (b) Aparigraha (c) Brahmacharya (d) Satya
115. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer :
List I List II
(Name of the Jinas) (Their cognizance)
A. Parsvanatha 1. Bull
B. Adinatha 2. Lion
C.Mahavira 3. Snake
D. Santinatha 4. Goat
5. Deer
A B C D A B C D
(a) 3 2 4 1 (b) 3 1 2 5
(c) 2 4 1 3 (d) 5 2 4 1

116. Which one of the following statements is not correct?
(a) There are Jaina temples at Khajuraho
(b) There are Jaina caves at Udaygiri in Orissa
(c) There was a Jaina stupa at Mathura
(d) There are Jaina Monasteries at Vaisali

117. The two Indian deities described by Megasthenes as Dionysus and Heracles are identified respectively with
(a) Surya and Kartikeya (b) Siva and Krishna (c) Indra and Yama (d) Agni and Varuna

118. Which one of the following is mentioned in the Besanagar Pillar inscription as Bhagavata ?
(a) Dion (b) Heliodoro (c) Antialkidas (d) Kasiputra Bhagabhadra
119. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer :
List I List II
A. Concept of Ardhanarisvara 1. Bhagavatism
B Worship of five deities 2. Smartas
C The theory of “May be” 3. Jainism
D Hero worship 4. Saivism
A B C D A B C D
(a) 2 1 3 4 (b) 4 2 1 3
(c) 4 2 3 1 (d) 3 4 2 1

120. Which one of the following is the most important feature of Bhagavatism ?
(a) Stress on devotion to a personal God
(b) Stress on penance
(c) Stress on rituals
(d) Stress on knowledge

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