Modern Indian History


Name the rebel who fought against the British in the Battle of Chinhat in the course of the 1857 Revolt?

  1. Ahmadullah Shah
  2. Shah Mal
  3. Mangal Pandey
  4. Kunwar Singh
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Who among the following introduced the Permanent Settlement of Bengal in 1793?

  1. Lord Cornwallis
  2. Lord Ripon
  3. Robert Clive
  4. John Adam
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Name the first major voluntary association representing primarily Indian landlord interests that was set-up in Calcutta in 1851?

  1. British Indian Association
  2. Landholder’s Society
  3. Madras Native Association
  4. Bombay Association
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Who gifted the Badshah Nama to King George in 1799?

  1. Abul Fazl
  2. Abdul Hamid Lahori
  3. Nawab of Awadh
  4. William Jones
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In the federation established by The Government on India Act of 1935. Residuary Power were given to the

  1. Federal Legislature
  2. Governor General
  3. Provincial Legislature
  4. Provincial Governors
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Regarding Wood's Dispatch, which of the following statements are true?

  1. Grants-in-Aid system was introduced. 
  2. Establishment of universities was recommended. 
  3. English as a medium of instruction at all levels of education was recommended. 

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 2 and 3 only 
  3. 1 and 3 only 
  4. 1, 2 and 3
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With reference to educational institutes during colonial rule in India, consider the following pairs:

Institution - Founder 

1. Sanskrit College at Benaras - William Jones
2. Calcutta Madarsa - Warren Hastings
3. Fort William College - Arthur Wellesley

Which of the pairs given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 and 2
  2. 2 only 
  3. 1 and 3
  4. 3 only
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In 1920, which of the following changed its name to "Swarajya Sabha"?

  1. All India Home Rule League
  2. Hindu Mahasabha
  3. South Indian Liberal Federation
  4. The Servants of India Society
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Which of the following led to the introduction of English Education in India?

  1. Charter Act of 1813
  2. General Committee of Public Instruction, 1823
  3. Orientalist and Anglicist Controversy

Select the correct answer using the code given below

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 2 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3
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Economically, one of the results of the British rule in India in the 19th century was the

  1. increase in the export of Indian handicrafts 
  2. growth in the number of Indian owned factories 
  3. commercialization of Indian agriculture 
  4. rapid increase in the urban population
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After the Santhal Uprising subsided, what was/were the measure/measures taken by the colonial government?

  1. The territories called `Santhal Paraganas' were created.
  2. It became illegal for a Santhal to transfer land to a non-Santhal.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  1. 1 only 
  2. 2 only 
  3. Both 1 and 2 
  4. Neither 1 nor 2
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He wrote biographies of Mazzini, Garibaldi, Shivaji and Shrikrishna; stayed in America for some time; and was also elected to the Central Assembly. He was

  1. Aurobindo Ghosh
  2. Bipin Chandra Pal
  3. Lala Lajpat Rai
  4. Motilal Nehru
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Which one of the following statements does not apply to the system of Subsidiary Alliance introduced by Lord Wellesley?

  1. To maintain a large standing army at other's expense 
  2. To keep India safe from Napoleonic danger 
  3. To secure a fixed income for the Company 
  4. To establish British paramountcy over the Indian States
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Who among the following were the founders of the "Hind Mazdoor Sabha" established in 1948?

  1. B. Krishna Pillai, E.M.S. Namboodiripad and K.C. George 
  2. Jayaprakash Narayan, Deen Day al Upadhyay and M.N. Roy 
  3. C.P. Ramaswamy Iyer, K. Kamaraj and Veeresalingam Pantulu 
  4. Ashok Mehta, T.S. Ramanujam and G.G. Mehta
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Which one of the following is a very significant aspect of the Champaran Satyagraha?

  1. Active all-India participation of lawyers, students and women in the National Movement
  2. Active involvement of Dalit and Tribal communities of India in the National Movement
  3. Joining of peasant unrest to India's National Movement
  4. Drastic decrease in the cultivation of plantation crops and commercial crops
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The staple commodities of export by the English East India Company from Bengal in the middle of the 18th century were

  1. Raw cotton, oil-seeds and opium
  2. Sugar, salt, zinc and lead
  3. Copper, silver, gold, spices and tea
  4. Cotton, silk, saltpetre and opium
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Who among the following was the founder of the Young Bengal Movement?

  1. Henry Vivian Derozio
  2. David Hare
  3. Dwarkanath Tagore
  4. Prasanna Kumar Tagore
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Which one of the following prompted the Mughals to enter into trade negotiations with the English in the early 17th century?

  1. The English victory over the Portuguese fleet off Swally in 1612
  2. The gifts sent by the English king to the Mughal emperor
  3. The diplomatic skills of William Hawkins
  4. The skills of Sir Thomas Roe
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Which among the following was not associated with the activities of the Theosophical society?

  1. Col H S Olcott
  2. Mr. A O Hume
  3. Madame H P Blavatsky
  4. Mrs Annie Besant
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Consider the following statements about the First Session of the Indian National Congress

  1. It was held in Bombay in 1885.
  2. Surendranath Banerji could not attend the session due to simultaneous session of the Indian National Conference.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. Only 1
  2. Only 2
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2
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Consider the following statements 

  1. B G Tilak founded the Home Rule League in April 1916, in Maharashtra.
  2. N C Kelkar was not associated with Home Rule Movement.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. Only 1
  2. Only 2
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2
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Consider the following statements:

  1. Battle of Buxar provided the key to the English to establish their rule in India.
  2. The treaty of Allahabad, concluded in 1765, enabled the British to establish their rule in Bengal.

Which of the above statements is / are correct?

  1. Only 1
  2. Only 2
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2
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Consider the following statements about Syed Ahmed Khan, the founder of Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College, Aligarh.

  1. He was a staunch supporter of Indian National Congress.
  2. Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College was set-up with the objective of promoting learning of Islamic education among the Muslims.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. Only 1
  2. Only 2
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2
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Consider the following:

  1. Calcutta Unitarian Committee
  2. Tabernacle of New Dispensation
  3. Indian Reform Association

Keshab Chandra Sen is associated with the establishment of which of the above?

  1. 1 and 3 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3
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Satya Shodhak Samaj organized

  1. a movement for upliftment of tribals in Bihar
  2. a temple-entry movement in Gujarat
  3. an anti-caste movement in Maharashtra
  4. a peasant movement in Punjab
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Which of the following statements is/are correct regarding Brahmo Samaj?

  1. It opposed idolatry.
  2. It denied the need for a priestly class for interpreting the religious texts.
  3. It popularized the doctrine that the Vedas are infallible.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 3 only
  3. 1, 2 and 3
  4. 1 only
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The Ilbert Bill controversy was related to the

  1. imposition of restrictions on newspapers and magazines published in Indian languages
  2. removal of a duty on imported cotton cloth
  3. removal of disqualifications imposed on the Indian magistrates with regard to the trial of the Europeans
  4. imposition of certain restrictions to carry arms by the Indians
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What was/were the objective/objectives of Queen Victoria’s Proclamation (1858)?

  • 1. To disclaim any intention to annex Indian States
  • 2. To place the Indian administration under the British Crown
  • 3. To regulate East India Company’s trade with India

Select the correct answer using the code given below

  1. 1 and 3 only
  2. 1, 2 and 3
  3. 2 only
  4. 1 and 2 only
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The tendency for increased litigation was visible after the introduction of the land settlement system of Lord Cornwallis in 1793. The reason for this is normally traced to which of the following provisions?

  1. Making Zamindar's position stronger vis-à-vis the ryot
  2. Making East India Company an overlord of Zamindars
  3. Making judicial system more efficient
  4. None of these
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Who of the following was/were economic critic /critics of colonialism in India?

  1. Dadabhai Naoroji
  2. G. Subramania Iyer
  3. R. C. Dutt

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  1. 1 only 
  2. 1 and 2 only 
  3. 2 and 3 only 
  4. 1, 2 and 3
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The Government of India Act of 1919 clearly defined

  1. the separation of power between the judiciary and the legislature 
  2. the jurisdiction of the central and provincial governments
  3. the powers of the Secretary of State for India and the Viceroy
  4. None of the above
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Which one among the following was not one of the causes of the Third Anglo-Maratha War?

  1. The Maratha Chiefs, particularly the Peshwa desired to throw off the restrictions imposed on them by the treaties with the English
  2. The determination of the English to give a finishing blow to the Maratha power
  3. The Pindari designs to seek support from the Marathas to drive the English away from India
  4. The attack of Peshwa Baji Rao on the residency at Khirki
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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 statements regarding the Government of India Act, 1935 is not correct?

  1. Provincial Autonomy came into existence
  2. Bicameral legislature were provided in six provinces
  3. The principles of communal electorates and weightage were further extended
  4. The States were compelled to enter the Federation
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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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Which one of the following is the famous novel written in 1869 by Nazir Ahmad?

  1. Twilight in Delhi
  2. Mirat-ul-urus
  3. Bahishti Zewar
  4. City of Djinns
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Who among the following founded the Atmiya Sabha in 1815?

  1. Keshab Chandra Sen
  2. Debendranath Tagore
  3. Ram Mohan Roy
  4. Bijoy Krishna Goswami
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Which of the following is / are characteristic(s) of the Ryotwari system?

  1. It was the brainchild of Thomas Munro
  2. It was meant to reduce intermediaries
  3. Cultivating peasants were gradually impoverished by the system
  4. It was introduced in parts of Madras and Bengal Presidency

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

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