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Indian History Practice Sample Questions
Directions: ln the questions given below are two statements labelled as Assertion (A) and
Reason (R): In the context of the two statements, which 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 the correct explanation of A.
(c) A is true but R is false.
(d) A is false but R is true.
- Assertion (A): The market regulations introduced by Sultan Alauddin Khalji died
Instantaneously with his death.
Reason (R): The market regulations were implemented with the use of brute force.
- Assertion (A): The Mughal administrative structure faced the Jagiradari crisis during the
closing years of Aurangzeb’s reign.
Reason (R): There were limited number of Jagirs but unlimited number of Mansabdars
who were aspiring for Jagirs.
- Assertion (A): 1 Alauddin Khalji imposed curbs on the power of the nobility.
Reason (R): Nobles were against Alauddin at the time of his struggle with Jalaluddin.
- Assertion (A): Alauddin Khalji introduced price control which made living cheaper.
Reason (R): Alauddin Khalji’s purpose was to maintain a large army.
- Assertion (A): A notable feature in the ‘Sanskrit plays of the Gupta period was that the
characters of high social status spoke Sanskrit, whereas those of low social status spoke Prakrit.
Reason (R): Prakrit, as a language was more closely related to the speech of the
times than was classical Sanskrit.
- Assertion (A): Ghiyasuddin Balban destroyed Chahalgani
Reason (R): They were conspiring with the foreign powers.
- Assertion (A): Akbar founded Din-e-ilahi.
Reason (R): He was motivated by self-glorification.
- Assertion (A): The Congress Ministries in all the provinces resigned in the year 1939.
Reason (R): The Congress did not accept the decision of the Viceroy to declare war
against Germany in the context of the Second World War.
- Assertion (a): Lord Ripon resigned before the term of his viceroyalty was over.
Reason (R): The British Government was annoyed by the Elbert bill and forced him to
- Assertion (A): During 800-1200 A.D. period we notice the appearance of many
histories of comparatively small geographical regions and family histories of lesser dynasties.
Reason (R): The excessive centralization of political authority during this period has
resulted in the emergence of reactionary sentiments among regional and local rulers.
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Indian History – General Knowledge Questions and Answers
Free Solved Objective GK on Indain history
1. Match the following:
A. Rudradaman Performance of Asvamedha
B. Gautamiputra Defeat of Sakas
C. Kharavela Repair of Sudarsana lake
D. Samudragupta Patronage of Jainism
A B C D
(a) 2 4 3 1
(b) 3 2 4 1
(c) 1 2 3 4
(d) 2 3 1 4
2. The destruction of the Maurya Empire was followed by a series of invasions,
and the first to invade india were the:
3. Kanishka was a great patron of art and literature which of the following personalities
adorned his court?
(a) Aswaghosa, Parsva, Vasumitra and Charaka
(b) Aswaghosa, Nagarjuna, Nagasena and Vasumitra
(c) Aswaghosa, Parsva, Hemachandra and Nagarjuna
(d) Aswaghosa, Vasumitra, Asanga and Hemachandra
4. Saka era started from:
(a) 78 B.C.
(b) 78 A.D.
(c) 300 B.C.
(d) 124 A.D.
5. Which of the following were characteristics of
The Paleolithic Age in India?
1. It was in this age that modern man
termed by anthropologists as homo
2. Man during this period learned to live a
3. In order to save himself from animals he
used to lead his life in groups.
4. Tools found in all parts of the sub-continent
during this period were mostly made of quartzite.
5. The people of this period lived either in
Rock-shelters or in huts with thatched roofs.
(a) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (b) 1, 2, 4
(c) 1, 3, 4, 5 (d) 1 and 5
6. Which was the first metal used by man?
7. The first weekly Bengali newspaper ‘Samachar Darpan’ was published by:
(a) Harish Chandra Mukherjee
(b) Dinabandhu Mitra
8. The founder of Boy Scouts and Civil Guides Movement in India was:
(a) Charles Andrews
(b) Baden Powell
(c) Richard Temple
(d) Robert Montgomery
9. The Indus Valley Civilization flourished during
(a) 5000-3500 B.C
(b) 3000-1500 B.C
(c) 2500-1750 B.C
(d) 1500-500 B.C
10. During the Neolithic age in India, the only metal known
to the people was:
11. The Albert Bill agitation led to the foundation of which one of the following?
(a) Indian Association
(b) All India National Conference
(c) British Indian Association
(d) Jatiya Sabha
12. The maximum work in popularising female education in the nineteenth century was done
(a) Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar
(b) J.E.D. Bethune
(c) D.K. Karve
(d) The British Government
13. Who were the first to issue gold coins?
(a) Indo Greeks
14. The great grammarian Patanjali of ancient India was whose contemporary among
(a) Chandragupta Maurya
(c) Pushyamitra Sunga
(d) Susarman Kanva
15. Which of the following rulers was adomed with the title of ‘Maharajadhiraja’
(King of Kings)?
(a) Chandragupta Maurya
(c) Chandragupta I
16. The Council of the ‘Nine Gems’ is associated with:
(a) Ballala Sena
(c) Chandragupta ll
17. The reform movement among the Muslims started by Sir Syeed Khan is known as Movement.
18. Who among the following Peshwas was popularly known as Nana-Saheb?
(a) Balaji Vishwanath
(b) Baji Rao
(c) Balaji Baji Rao
(d) Madhav Rao l
19. Which one of the following contains the Gayatri Mantra?
20. Which God lost his importance as the first deity during the Later Vedic period?
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1. 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
2. Amir Khusrau’s Khazain-ul-Futuh gives an account of the military campaigns of—
(A) Malik Kafur in South India
(B) Sultan Balban in the Mewat region
(C) Muhammad Tughlaq in Gujarat
(D) Feroze Tughlaq in Orissa
3. Which one of the following sultans introduced a rural tax called haqq-i-Sharb?
(B) Alauddin Khalji
(C) Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq
(D) Feroze Tughlaq
4. Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other labelled as Reason (R) —
Assertion (A): After the Kushans the Turks brought the technique of constructing the true arch on a massive scale.
Reason (R): The Turks introduced into India the technique of preparing lime-mortar. In the context of the 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) re true but (R) is not the correct explanation of (A)
(C) (A) is true but (R) is false
(D) (A) is false but (R) is true
5. Who among the following Bahamani rulers established a matrimonial a1liancewith one of the Rajas of Vijayanagar?
(A) Alauddin Bahman Shah
(B) Feroze Shah Bahamani
(C) Mahmud Shah-I
(D) Ahmad Shah
6. The principal governors of the Vijayanagar Empire were known as —
7. The Hindustan Republican Association founded for organizing an armed revolution was renamed as the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association under the leadership of—
(A) Acharya Narendra Dev
(B) Ram Prasad Bismil
(C) Chandra Shekhar Azad
(D) S. A.Dange
8. The Cabinet Delegation consisted f—
(A) Lord Pethic Lawrence, Sir Stafford Cripps and Mr. Alexander
(B) Lord Wavell, Sir Stafford Cripps and Mr. Alexander
(C) Lord Wavell, Lord Pethic Lawrence and Mr. Alexander
(D) Sir Stafford Cripps, Lord Wavell and Lord Pethic Lawrence
9. The niravasita (Excluded) and aniravasita (not excluded) Shudras has been referred to by—
(A) Yaska in the Nirukta
(B) Panini in the Ashtadhyayi
(C) Kautilya in the Arthashastra
(D) None of the above
10. During the thirteenth century the term fawazil denoted—
(A) The surplus revenue remitted to the State
(B) A head man of Pargana
(C) A military rank
(D) The crown land
11. The change of the capital of the Bahmani kingdom from Gulbarga to Bidar took place during the reign of—
(A) Shihabuddin Ahmad-I
(B Ghiyasuddin Tahmtan
(C) Shamsuddin Daud
(D) Tajuddin Feroze
12. The central administration of the Vijayanagar kingdom maintained contact with the village through an officer called—
13. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer by using the codes given below the lists:
(a) Ajanta 1. Temples built by the Chandela rulers
(b) Ellora 2. Cave Paintings
(c) Khajuraho 3. Kailasha temple
(d) Elephanta 4. Brahmanical sculptures
(a) (b) (c) (d)
(A) 2 3 1 4
(B) 2 4 1 3
(C) 1 3 4 2
(D) 3 2 1 4
14. Who among the following had referred to the lost glory and splendour of Pataliputra?
(C) Huien Tsang
15. Which one of the following Sultans brought the Ashokan Pillar to Delhi?
(A) Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq
(B) Firoze Tughlaq
(C) Alauddin Khalji
(D) Muhammad Tughlaq
16. Which one of the following measures was taken by Balban for reestablishing the prestige and power of the crown?
1. He claimed his descent from the mythical hero Afrasiyab.
2. He copied the court etiquettes of the Iranian Court.
3. He instituted rigid formalities in the harem.
4. He reorganised the boundaries of provinces of the kingdom.
Select the correct answer by using the codes given below:
(A) 2 and 3
(B) 1 and 2
(C) 3 and 4
(D) 2 and 4
17. The fixation of land revenue on the basis measurement of land and estimation of yield per biswa was done first under—
(A) Alauddin Khalji
(B) Muhammed Tughlaq
(C) Firoze Shah Tughlaq
(D) Sikandar Lodi
18. The Vijayanagar emperor who made the greatest contribution to Telugu and Sanskrit literature was —
(A) Devaraya I
(B) Devaraya II
19. The chronological order in which the following foreign travellers, viz.—
1. Nicolo Conti
2. Abdur Razzaq
3. Ibn Batuta, and
visited India is —
20. During the reign of Ashoka Kumaras were stationed at—
(A) Takshasila, Tosali and Ujjayani
(B) Takshasila, Ujjayani and Junagarh
(C) Takshasila, Tosali and Sopara
(D) Ujjayani, Mathura and Yerragudi
21. The first session of the All India Trade Union Congress held in Bombay was presided over by—
(A) Lala Lajpat Rai
(C) N.M. Joshi
(D) B. Shiva Rao
22. The crops cultivated by the Harappans included—
(A) Wheat, barley and mustard
(B) Barley, groundnut and rice
(C) Wheat, rice and sugarcane
(D) Wheat, cotton and sugarcane
23. Which of the following Harappan sites are located in the Kutch region?
(A) Desalpur and Surkotada
(B) Rangpur and Rojidi
(C) Allabadino and Balakot
(D) Lothal and Surkotada
24. Which one of the following is correctly matched in the context of the Vedi culture?
(A) Asura : A sacred plant
(B) Pushan : Tribal assembly
(C) Rita : Inebriating drink
(D) Ribhu : Gnomes
25. In the succession issue of which one of the following Rajput status Emperor Jahangir intervened and gave tika to the person of his choice?
26. Which of the following two kingdoms in the Deccan were conquered by Aurangzeb?
(A) Bidar and Bijapur
(B) Bijapur and Golconda
(C) Golconda and Ahmadnagar
(D) Ahmadnagar and Bijapur
27. Abul Fazl gives names of a few Mughal artists in the Ain-i-Akbari who worked at the Mughal atelier. The number of painters mentioned by him is—
28. Which of the following are correctly matched?
Mughal emperors Tomb at
1. Babur : Kabul
2. Akbar : Fatehpur Sikri
3. Jahangir : Lahore
4. Bahadur Shah Zafar: Delhi
(B) 2 and 3
(D) 1 and3
29. Abul Fazl refers in his writings to the—
(A) Methods of distillation
(B) Working of telescope
(C) Principle of gravitation
(D) Technique of metal casting
30. Which one of the following was well known for the production of indigo during the seventeenth century?
31. The Portuguese conquered Goa and lost Hormuz respectively in—
(A) A.D.1505and 1598
(B) A.D.l5lOand 1605
(C) A.D. 1510 and 1622
(D) A.D. 1515 and 1618
32. Which one of the following was written by prince Dara Shikoh?
(B) Chahar Guishan
(C) Chahar Chaman
33. Who among the following were the sons and grandson of Bahadur Shah II and played a prominent role in the Rebellion of 1857 and were captured and shot?
(A) Bakhat Khan, Ahsanullah Khan and Mahbub Ali
(B) Mirza Moghul, Mirza Khwaja Sultan and Mirza Abu Bakr
(C) Prince Azam, Azim-ush-Shan and Muazzam
(D) Asad Khan, Kam Bakhash and Jahandar Shah
34. The Poona Pact aimed at—
(A) Hindu-Muslim unity
(B) Representation of lower castes
(C) Privileges of the princes
(D) Review of the working of Dyarchy
35. Who among the following is said to be the founder of the Pasupata cult?
36. Most of the Ashokan 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
37. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer:
(Period) (Revenue settlement)
(a) 1833 1. Ryotwan
(b) 1793 2. Mahalwari
(c) 1792 3. Zamindari
(d) 1769 4. Quinquennial
(a) (b) (c) (d)
(A) 1 2 3 4
(B) 2 3 1 4
(C) 2 3 5 4
(D) 3 2 1 5
38. The Longest canal of its time which is still used and is most beneficial to North India was built by —
(A) Shershah Suri
(C) Firoze Shah
39. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the codes given below the lists
List-I (Events) List II (Years)
(a) Conquest of Malwa 1. 1562
(b) Formation of Subas 2. 1574-75
(c) Annexation of Kashm 3. 1580
(d) Establishment of the Department 4. 1586
of New reporting
(a) (b) (c) (d)
(A) 3 1 2 4
(B) 1 3 2 4
(C) 3 1 4 2
(D) 1 3 4 2
40. Which of the following were the main features of the imperial Mughal land revenue
1. It varied according to the crop grown.
2. It varied from region to region.
3. It varied according to farming bids received.
4. It varied according to individual contracts with village headmen.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
41. “So complete was the ruin that not a cat or dog was left among the buildings of the city, in its palace or its Suburbs.” The above statement about the transfer of capital by Sultan Muhammad-bin-Tughlaq was made by—
(A) Amir Khusrau
(D) Ziauddin Barani
42. The following Sufi Silsilas (orders)
3. Qacliri, and
4. Suharawardi appeared in India at different times. Their chronological order is—
43. Consider the passage given below: “No one should interfere with the people’s religious beliefs, for no one deliberately chooses an incorrect religion.” This view was expressed in—
(A) Advice to Bughra Khan
(B) Advice to Humayun
(C) Letter to Shah Abbas
(D) Message to Khusrau
44. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer by using the codes given below the lists
List-I (Period) List-II (Events)
(a) 1645 AD 1. Aurangzeb was appointed Viceroy of Deccan
(b) 1637 AD 2. Gujarat famine
(c) 1630 AD 3. Transfer of capital to Shahjahanabad
(d) 1666 AD 4. Death of Shahjahan
5. Capture of Kangra fort
(a) (b) (c) (d)
(A) 3 1 5 4
(B) 3 1 2 4
(C) 4 3 1 2
(D) 1 3 2 5
45. Which one of the following pairs is not ?correctly matched?
(A) Arif Qandahan Tarikh-i-Akbari
(B) Nizamuddin Ahmad Tabaqat-i-Akbari
(C) Abdul Qadir Badauni Muntakhab-utTawarikh
(D) Mutamad Khan Khulastut Twairikh
46. That men in some areas of India lived in underground pits is suggested by excavations in—
47. Aranyani, Goddess of the forest, is first mentioned in the —
(A) Rik Samhita
(C) Aranyaka texts
(D) Upailishadic texts
48. They mention the ruling families of the Kurus, Panchalas and the Ikshavakus:
Select the correct answer from the codes given below:
(A) l and 2
(B) 1 and 3
(C) 2, 3 and 4
(D) l, 2, 3 and 4
49. The doctrine of void (Shunyat) was first expounded by the Buddhist philosopher—
50. The fertile agrarian tract in the early Tamil country is denoted by the term—
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