History of India

National Movement

Dr B R Ambedkar clashed with Mahatma Gandhi at the 2nd Round Table Conference demanding

  1. Reservation for Dalits in Government jobs
  2. Reservation for Dalits in Ministries
  3. Separate citizen status for Dalits
  4. Separate Electorate for Dalits

National Movement

The Radcliffe Line is named after its architect, Sir Cyril Radcliffe. It is a boundary demarcation line between

  1. Pakistan & Afghanistan
  2. India & Bhutan
  3. India & Pakistan
  4. India & Myanmar

National Movement

In which year, Mahatama Gandhi travelled to Champaran in Bihar to inspire the peasants to struggle against the oppressive plantation system?

  1. 1914
  2. 1915
  3. 1916
  4. 1917

Culture

A community of people called Manganiyars is well-known for their

  1. pietra dura tradition in Central India
  2. classical vocal music in South India
  3. martial arts in North-East India
  4. musical tradition in North-West India

Culture

With reference to the history of philosophical thoughts in India, consider the following statements regarding Sankhya school:

  • 1. Sankhya does not accept the theory of rebirth or transmigration of soul.
  • 2. Sankhya holds that it is the self-knowledge that leads to liberation and not any exterior influence or agent.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Ancient History

With reference to the guilds (Shreni) of ancient India that played a very important role in the country's economy, which of the following statements is /are correct?

  1. Every guild was registered with the central authority of the State and the king was the chief administrative authority on them.
  2. The wages, rules of work, standards and prices were fixed by the guild.
  3. The guild had judicial powers over its own members.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

  1. 3 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 2 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Ancient History

Lord Buddha's image is sometimes shown with the hand gesture called 'Bhumisparsha Mudra'. It symbolizes

  1. Buddha's reminder to his followers that they all arise from the Earth and finally dissolve into the Earth, and thus this life is transitory
  2. Buddha's calling of the Earth to watch over Mara and to prevent Mara from disturbing his meditation
  3. Buddha's calling of the Earth to witness his purity and chastity despite the temptations of Mara
  4. All of these

Ancient History

Which one of the following describes best the concept of Nirvana in Buddhism?

  1. A state of bliss and rest
  2. The extinction of the flame of desire
  3. A mental stage beyond all comprehension
  4. The complete annihilation of self

Ancient History

The national motto of India, Satyameva Jayate inscribed below the Emblem of India is taken from

  1. Mundaka Upanishad
  2. Katha Upanishad
  3. Chandogya Upanishad
  4. Aitareya Upanishad

Culture

Consider the following languages:

  • 1. Gujarati
  • 2. Kannada
  • 3. Telugu

Which of the above has/have been declared as 'Classical Language / Languages' by the Government?

  1. 3 only
  2. 1 and 2 only
  3. 1, 2 and 3
  4. 2 and 3 only

Culture

With reference to the history of Indian rock-cut architecture, consider the following statements:

  • 1. The caves at Badami are the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India.
  • 2. The Barabar rock-cut caves were originally made for Ajivikas by Emperor Chandragupta Maurya.
  • 3. At Ellora, caves were made for different faiths.

Which of the following statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 2 and 3 only
  2. 1 only
  3. 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Culture

How do you distinguish between Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dances?

  • 1. Dancers occasionally speaking dialogues is found in Kuchipudi dance but not in Bharatanatyam.
  • 2. Dancing on the brass plate by keeping the feet on its edges is a feature of Bharatanatyam but Kuchipudi dance does not have such a form of movements.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Ancient History

Which one of the following pairs does not form part of the six systems of Indian Philosophy?

  1. Mimamsa and Vedanta
  2. Lokayata and Kapalika
  3. Nyaya and Vaisheshika
  4. Sankhya and Yoga

Culture

The Nagara, the Dravida and the Vesara are the

  1. three main musical Gharanas prevalent in India
  2. three main racial groups of the Indian subcontinent
  3. three main linguistic divisions into which the languages of India can be classified
  4. three main styles of Indian temple architecture

Culture

With reference to the cultural history of India, the term 'Panchayatan' refers to

  1. an administrative functionary
  2. a religious sect
  3. a style of temple construction
  4. an assembly of village elders

Culture

In the context of cultural history of India, a pose in dance and dramatics called 'Tribhanga' has been a favorite of Indian artists from ancient times till today. Which one of the following statements best describes this pose?

  1. One leg is bent and the body is slightly but oppositely curved at waist and neck
  2. Movements of body, face and hands are used to express oneself or to tell a story
  3. A little smile, slightly curved waist and certain hand gestures are emphasized to express the feelings of love or emotions
  4. Facial expression, hand gestures and make-up are combined to symbolize certain epic or historic characters

Culture

With reference to India’s culture and tradition, what is Kalaripayattu?

  1. It is an ancient martial art and a living tradition in some parts of South India
  2. It is an ancient form of dance-drama and a living tradition in the northern part of Malabar
  3. It is an ancient style bronze and brasswork still found in southern part of Coromandel area
  4. It is an ancient Bhakti cult of Shaivism still prevalent in some parts of South India

Medieval History

Ibadat Khana at Fatehpur Sikri was

  1. Akbar’s private chamber prayer
  2. the mosque for the use of Royal Family
  3. the room in which the nobles belonging to different religions gathered to discuss religious affairs
  4. the hall in which Akbar held discussions with scholars of various religions

National Movement

Annie Besant was

  • 1. Responsible for starting the Home Rule Movement
  • 2. The founder of the Theosophical Society
  • 3. Once the President of the Indian National Congress

Select the correct statement/statements using the codes given below.

  1. 1, 2 and 3
  2. 1 and 3 only
  3. 2 and 3 only
  4. 1 only

National Movement

The people of India agitated against the arrival of Simon Commission because

  1. Indians never wanted the review of the working of the Act of 1919
  2. the Simon Commission suggested the partition of the country
  3. Simon Commission recommended the abolition of Dyarchy (Diarchy) in the Provinces
  4. there was no Indian member in the Simon Commission