History and Culture


Which of the following is / are not historical biography / biographies?

  1. Dipavamsa
  2. Harshacharita
  3. Vikramankadevacharita
  4. Prithvirajavijaya

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:

  1. Only 1
  2. 2 and 3
  3. 2, 3 and 4
  4. All of these
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The well-known painting "Bani Thani" belongs to the

  1. Bundi school
  2. Jaipur school 
  3. Kangra school 
  4. Kishangarh school
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Consider the following pairs:

Tradition - State

1. Chapchar Kut festival - Mizoram 
2. Khongjom Parba ballad - Manipur 
3. Thang-Ta dance - Sikkim

Which of the pairs given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 2 
  3. 3 only 
  4. 2 and 3
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Consider the following pairs:

Craft - Heritage of

1. Puthukkuli shawls - Tamil Nadu 
2. Sujni embroidery - Maharashtra 
3. Uppada Jamdani saris - Karnataka

Which of the pairs given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only 
  2. 1 and 2
  3. 3 only
  4. 2 and 3
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The Jain philosophy holds that the world is created and maintained by

  1. Universal Law
  2. Universal Truth
  3. Universal Faith
  4. Universal Soul
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Which one among the following temples is the earliest in time?

  1. The Sun Temple at Martand
  2. The Jandial Temple
  3. The Gupta Temple at Deogarh
  4. The Kailasanatha Temple at Kanchipuram
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Kalamkari painting refers to

  1. hand-painted cotton textile in South India 
  2. a handmade drawing on bamboo handicrafts in North-East India 
  3. a block-painted woolen cloth in Western Himalayan region of India 
  4. a hand-painted decorative silk cloth in North-Western India
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William Bentinck attempted to reform Hindu society by suppressing/abolishing social evils. Which one among the following was not included in them?

  1. Sati
  2. Infanticide
  3. Thugi
  4. Slavery
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Which one among the following was a newspaper founded and edited by Raja Rammohan Roy?

  1. The Calcutta Gazette
  2. Mirat-ul Akhbar
  3. Harijan
  4. The Bharat Mihir
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