Sunday, April 1, 2012


1]The territory of Porus who offered strong resistance to Alexander was situated between the rivers of..
A. Sutlej and Beas
B. Jhelum and Chenab
C. Ravi and Chenab
D. Ganga and Yamuna
2]Under Akbar, the Mir Bakshi was required to look after
A. military affairs
B. the state treasury
C. the royal household
D. the land revenue system
3]Tripitakas are sacred books of
A.Buddhists B.Hindus
C.Jains D. None of the above
4]The treaty of Srirangapatna was signed between Tipu Sultan and
A. Robert Clive
B. Cornwallis
C. Dalhousie
D. Warren Hastings
5]The system of competitive examination for civil service was accepted in principle in the year
A. 1833 B. 1853
C. 1858 D. 1882
6]Through which one of the following, the king exercised his control over villages in the Vijayanagar Empire?
A. Dannayaka B. Sumanta
C. Nayaka D. Mahanayakacharya
7]The Vijayanagara ruler, Kirshnadev Raya's work Amuktamalyada, was in
A. Telugu B. Sanskrit
C. Tamil D. Kannada
8]Under an agreement with which of the following countries did Subhas Chandra Bose organize the Indian soldiers, taken as prisoners by the Axis Powers, into the Azad Hind Fauj?

A. China B. Germany
C. Italy D. Japan
9]The use of Kharoshti in ancient Indian architecture is the result of India's contact with
A. Central Asia
B. Iran
C. Greece
D. China
10]The troops raised by the emperor but not paid directly the state and place under the charge of mansabadars were know as
A. Walashahi B.Barawardi
C. JCumaki D.Dakhili
11]The treaty of Mangalore was signed between
A. the English East India Company and Haidar Ali
B. the English East India Company and Tipu Sultan
C. Haidar Ali and the Zamorin of Calicut
D. the French East India Company and Tipu Sultan
12]To conquer and annex Peshawar and Punjab, Mahmud of Ghazni defeated
A. Ghurids B.Arabs
C. Karkotakas D.Hindushahis
13]To which professions earlier leaders who struggled for freedom of India mainly belonged?
A. Lawyers B.Teachers
C. Journalists D.All of the above
14]Todar Mal was associated with
A. music
B. literature
C. land revenue reforms
D. law
15]To which of the following dynasties did Kind Bhoja, a great patron of literature and art, belong?
A. Karkota B.Utpala
C. Paramara D.Gurjara Pratihara
16]Vikramaditya, a king of Ujjain, started the Vikrama samvat in 58 BC in commemoration of his victory over
A. Indo-Greeks B. Sakas
C. Parthinas D. Kushanas
17]The use of spinning wheel (Charkha) became common during the
A. 9th Century AD
B. 10th Century AD
C. 12th Century AD
D. 14th Century AD
18]The language of discourses of Gautama Buddha was
A. Bhojpuri B. Magadhi
C. Pali D. Sanskrit
19]There were widespread risings against the British in the 1820s. Which one of the following did not revolt in the 1820s?
A. Santhals
B. Ahoms
C. Pagal Panthis
D. Ramosi
20]Velu Thampi led a revolt against the British in state of
A. Travancore B. Baroda
C. Hyderabad D. Mysore
21]Under the Mountbatten Plan of 1947 the people of ___ were given the right to decide through a plebiscite whether they wished to join Pakistan or India.
A. Assam B. Punjab
C. Bengal D. N.W.F.P and the Sylhet district of Assam
22]The term 'Yavanapriya' mentioned in ancient Sanskrit texts denoted
A. ivory
B. pepper
C. a fine variety of Indian muslin
D. damsels sent to the Greek court for dance performance
23]The title given by the British Government to Mahatma Gandhi which he surrendered during the non-cooperation movement was
A. Hind Keasri
B. Kaiser-e-Hind
C. Rai Bahadur
D. Rt. Honorable
24]The term Khalisa in Mughal administration signified the
A. entire Imperial establishment
B. land owned by the emperor himself
C. religious land grants
D. land from where revenue was collected for the Imperial Treasury
25]Visakhadatta sketches the event after the death of Samudragupta in his work
A. Mudrarakasam
B. Devi Chand Guptam
C. Mrichekakatika
D. Malavikagnimitra
26]The system of Dual Government during the latter half of the 18th century AD is associated with the name of
A. Clive
B. Comwallis
C. Waren Hastings
D. William Bentinck
27]The text of the document called Mahzar, by which Akbar assumed the role of supreme arbiter in the matters of religion is found in
A. Nizamuddin's Tabaqat-I-Akbari
B. Arif Quandahari's Tarikh-I-Alfi
C. Abul Fazl's Akbarnama
D. Badauni's Muntakahab-ut-Tawarikh
28]To meet the educational needs of the people, the Madarasa-I Nasiri was built in the region of
A. Qutub-ud-din Aibak
B. Iltutmish
C. Ruknuddin Firoz Shah
D. Jalal-id-din Khilji
29]The weekly Commonweal was founded by
A. Annie Besant
B. Bipan Chandra Pal
C. Bal Gangadhar Tilak
D. Sarojini Naidu
30]Tolkappiyam is associated with the
A. first Sangam period
B. second Sangam period
C. third Sangam period
D. post-third Sangam period
31]The term Brahmadeya occurs for the first time in
A. early Vedic texts
B. early Buddhist texts
C. pre-Gupta inscriptions
D. post-Gupta inscriptions
32]The Vijayanagara king who employed skilled archers of the Turkish clan and raised the fighting capacity of his bowmen was
A. Bukka I
B. Devaraya I
C. Krishnadevaraya
D. Ramaraya
33]The Venetian traveler who travelled with his wife and reached Vijayanagar around 1420 was
A. Athanasius Nikitin
B. Nicolo de Conti
C. Ibn Batuta
D. Ferishta
34]The founder of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides movement was—
(A) Charles Andrews
(B) Robert Montgomery
(C) Richard Temple
(D) Baden Powell
35]In Mughal paintings one notices the adoption of the principles of foreshortening whereby near and distant people and things could be placed in perspective. This was due to the influence of the—
(A) British
(B) Dutch
(C) Portuguese
(D) Danish
36]Consider the following passage—
In the course of a career on the road spanning almost thirty years, he crossed the breadth of the Eastern hemisphere, visited territories equivalent to about 44 modern countries and put behind him a total distance of approximately 73000 miles.
The world’s greatest traveller of pre-modern times to whom the above passage refers is—
(A) Megasthenes
(B) Fa Hien
(C) Marco Polo
(D) Ibn Battuta
37]The first political organisation established in India in 1838 was known as—
(A) British India Society
(B) Bengal British India Society
(C) Settlers Association
(D) Zamindary Association
38]Uplift of the backward classes was the main programme of the—
(A) Prarthana Samaj
(B) Satya Shodhak Samaj
(C) Arya Samaj
(D) Ramakrishna Mission
39]The earliest evidence of silver in India is found in the—
(A) Harappan culture
(B) Chalcolithic cultures of Western India
(C) Vedic texts
(D) Silver punch marked coins
40] Among the following, who was not a proponent of bhakti cult ?
(a) Nagarjuna
(b) Tukaram
(c) Tyagaraja
(d) Vallabhacharya
41]For the Karachi session of Indian National Congress in 1931 presided over by Sardar Patel, who drafted the Resolution on Fundamental Rights and Economic Programme ?
(a) Mahatma Gandhi
(b) Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
(c) Dr. Rajendra Prasad
(d) Dr. B. R. Ambedkar
42] Who among the following were official Congress negotiators with Cripps Mission ?
(a) Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel
(b) Acharya J. B. Kripalani and C. Rajagopalachari
(c) Pandit Nehru and Maulana Azad
(d) Dr. Rajendra Prasad and Rafi Ahmed Kidwai
43]Who among the following Governor General created the Covenanted Civil Service of India
which later came to be known as the Indian Civil Service?
(a) Warren Hastings (b) Wellesley
(c) Cornwallis (d) William Bentinck
44]What was the immediate cause for the launch of the Swadeshi movement?
(a) The partition of Bengal done by Lord Curzon.
(b) A sentence of 18 months rigorous imprisonment imposed on Lokmanya Tilak.
(c) The arrest and deportation of Lala Lajput Rai and Ajit Singh, and passing of the Punjab
Colonization Bill.
(d) Death sentence pronounced on the Chapekar brothers.
45]Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the codes given below the lists:
List I (Persons) List II (Journals)
A. Shyamji Krishna Varma 1. Bande Mataram
B. Madam Bhikaji Cama 2. Indian Sociologist
C. Annie Besant 3. The Talwar
D. Aurobindo Ghosh 4. Commonwealth
(a) 2 3 4 1
(b) 3 2 1 4
(c) 2 3 1 4
(c) 3 2 4 1
46]The Most short-lived of all of Britain’s constitutional experiments in India was the
(a) Indian Councils Act of 1861 (b) Indian Councils Act of 1892
(c) Indian Councils Act of 1909 (d) Government of India Act of 1919
47]“It made its proposals in may. It still wanted a united India. There was to be a Federal Union
composed of British provinces.”
The above quotation is related to
(a) Simon Commission (b) Gandhi-Irwin Pact
(c) Cripps Mission (d) Cabinet Mission
48]At a time when empires in Europe were crumbling the might of Napoleon which one of the
following Governors-General kept the British flag flying high in India?
(a) Warren Hastings (b) Lord Cornwallis
(c) Lord Wallesley (d) Lord Hastings
49]Consider the following events:
1. Indigo Revolt 2. Santhal Rebellion
3. Deccan Riot 4. Mutiny of the Sepoys
The correct chronological sequence of these events is
(a) 4, 2, 1, 3 (b) 4, 2, 3, 1
(c) 2, 4, 3, 1 (d) 2, 4, 1, 3
50]Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the codes given below the lists:
List I (Years) List II (Events)
A. 1775 1. First Anglo-Burmese War
B. 1780 2. First Anglo-Afghan War
C. 1824 3. First Anglo-Maratha War
D. 1838 4. Second Anglo-Mysore War
(a) 4 3 2 1
(b) 4 3 1 2
(c) 3 4 1 2
(d) 3 4 2 1
51]To which deity is the main temple at Konark dedicated?
(a) Shiva
(b) Kali
(c) Surya
52] In which language did Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai write his novels?
(a) Tamil
(b) Telegu
(c) Malayalam
53]What was Sarojini Naidu's first collection of poems?
(a) Golden Threshold
(b) The way we live now
(c) Revolutionary Road
54]Which deity was not worshipped by the Vedic Aryans ?
(A) Indra
(B) Marut
(C) Varun
(D) Pashupati
55] The Mahavir belonged to the clan—
(A) Kalams
(B) Bhaggas
(C) Lichhivis
(D) Bulis
56] The first translator of Mahabharata into Tamil was—
(A) Perundevanar
(B) Kamban
(C) Sundaramurthi
(D) Bharavi
57]Why did Buddhism start declining in India in the early medieval times ?
1. Buddha was by that time considered as one of the incarnations of Vishnu and thus became a part of Vaishnavism.
2. The invading tribes from Central Asia till the time of last Gupta king adopted Hinduism and persecuted Buddhists.
3. The Kings of Gupta dynasty were strongly opposed to Buddhism.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?
a) 1 only

(b) 1 and 3 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3
58] In India, among the following locations, the Dutch established their earliest factory at:
(a) Surat (b) Pulicat
(c) Cochin (d) Cassimbazar
59]With reference to colonial rule in India, what was sought by the Ilbert Bill in 1883?
(a) To bring Indians and Europeans on par as far as the criminal jurisdiction of courts was concerned
(b) To impose severe restrictions on the freedom of the native press as it was perceived to be hostile to colonial rulers
(c) To encourage the native Indians to appear for civi service examinations by conducting them in India
(d) To allow native Indians to posses arms by amendi the Arms Act
60] In India, the first Bank of limited liability managed by Indi and founded in 1881 was.
(a) Hindustan Commercial Bank

(b) Oudh Commercial Bank

(c) Punjab National Bank

(d) Punjab and Sind Bank
61] Which one of the following pairs is not correctly matched?
(a) Pitt's India Act : Warren Hastings

(b) Doctrine of Lapse : Dalhousie

(c) Vernacular Press Act: Curzon

(d) IIbert Bill : Ripon
62]Consider the following Viceroys of India during the British rule:
1. Lord Curzon 2. Lord Chelmsford

3. Lord Hardinge 4. Lord Irwin
Which one of the following is the correct chronological ord of their tenure?

(a) 1,3,2,4 (b) 2,4,1,3

(c) 1,4,2,3 (d) 2,3,1,4
63]Consider the following statements:
1. In the Third Battle of Panipat, Ahmed Shah Abdal defeated Ibrahim Lodi

2. Tipu Sultan was killed in the Third Anglo-Mysore War

3. Mir Jafar entered in conspiracy with the English for defeat of Nawab Siraj-ud-daulah in the Battle of Plassey
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1, 2 and 3 (b) 3 only

(c) 2 and 3 (d) None
64]Which one of the following territories was not affected the Revolt of 1857?

(a) Jhansi (b) Chittor

(c) Jagdishpur (d) Lucknow
65]Who among the following repealed the Vernacular Press Act?
(a) Lord Dufferin (b) Lord Ripon

(c) LordCurzon (d) LordHardinge
66] Consider the following statements:

1. Warren Hastings was the first Governor General who established a regular police force in India on the British pattern.
2. A Supreme Court was established at Calcutta by the Regulating Act, 1773.
3. The Indian Penal Code came into effect in the year 1860. Which of the statements given above are correct?
(a) 1 and 2 (b) 2 and 3
(c) 1 and 3 (d) 1, 2 and 3
67]Which one of the fol lowing is the correct chronological order of the battles fought in India in the 18th Century?
(a) Battle of Wandiwash-Battle of Buxar-Battle of Ambur- Battle of Plassey

(b) Battle of Ambur-Battle of Plassey-Battle of Wandiwash-Battle of Buxar

(c) Battle of Wandiwash-Battle of Plassey-Battle of Ambur-Battle of Buxar.

(d) Battle of Ambur-Battle of Buxar- Battle of Wandiwash-Battle of Plassey.
68] Who among the following was a proponent of Fabianism as a movement?
(a) Annie Beasant

(b) A.O.Hume

(c) Michael Madhusudan Dutt

(d) R. Palme Dutt
69] Consider the following statements:
1. The Charter Act, 1853 abolished East India Company monopoly of Indian trade.
2. Under the government of India Act, 1858 the British Parliament abolished the East India Company altogether and undertook the responsibility of ruling India directly.
Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only (b) 2 only

(c) Both land 2 (d) Neither 1 nor 2
70]Which one of the following revolts was made famous by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee in his novel' Anand Math'?
(a) Bhil uprising

(b) Rangpur and Dinapur uprising

(c) Bishnupur and Birbhum rebellion

(d) Sanyasi rebellion
71]With reference to the 'revolt of the year 1857' who of the following was betrayed by 'friend' captured and put to death by the British?
(a) Nana Sahib (b) Kunwar Singh

(c) Khan Bahadur Khan (d) Tatia Tope
72]Who among the following started the newspaper Shome Prakash?
(a) Dayanand Saraswati

(b) Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar

(c) Raja Rammohan Roy

(d) Surendranath Banerjee
73]The ruler of which one of the following States was removed from power by the British on the pretext of misgovernance?
(a) Awadh (b) Jhansi
(c) Nagpur (d) Satara
74] Consider the following statements:
1. Robert Clive was the first Governor-General of Bengal.
2. William Bentinck was the first Governor-General of India.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only (b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2 (d) Neither 1 nor 2
75] Who among the following wrote the book Bahubivah?
(a) Raja Rammohan Roy

(b) Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar

(c) Pandita Rambai

(d) Rabindranath Tagore

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