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 1.Which of the following was a portcity of the Indus Valley Civilization?

(a) Kalibangan (b) Lothal      (c) Rakhigarhi (d) Dholavira

Sol : (b)


  1. The Samkhya School of Philosophywas founded by ______.

(a) Patanjali (b) Kapila(c) KumarilaBhatta (d) Gautama

Sol : (b)


  1. Which of the following texts gives a detailed account of the kings of Kashmir ?

(a) Rajatarangini(b) Dipavamsa(c)VinayaPitaka(d) Katha SaritSagar

Sol : (a)


  1. Which one of the following is INCORRECTLY matched ?

(a)Sama-Veda-knowledge of Science

(b) Rig Veda-knowledge of the Hymnsof Praise

(c) Atharva-Veda-knowledge of the magic formulas

(d) Yajur-Veda-knowledge of the sacrificial formulas

Sol : (a)




5.The______is an ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, economic policy and military strategy that was written in Sanskrit. Kautilya is traditionally credited as the author of the text.

(a) Rigveda (b) Puranas (c) CharakaSamhita (d) Arthashastra

Sol: (d)


  1. The archeological site Inamgaon is situated in

(a) Karnataka (b) Uttar Pradesh (c) Gujarat (d) Maharashtra

Sol: (d)



  1. ____ is considered to be the oldest discovery of the Indus Valley Civilization ?

(a) Bhirdana (b)Mohenjodaro (c) Rakhigarhi (d) Allhdino

Sol: (a)


  1. Which of the following is an ancient poem written by Banabhatta?

(a) Kadambari (b) Mrichchhakatika(c) Meghaduta (d) Gita Govinda

Sol: (a)


9.MohenjoDaro is situated on the bank of which river ?

(a) Sarasvati (b) Ravi (c) Ghaggar (d) Sindhu

Sol: (d)


  1. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon is associated with which of the following ancient cultures ?

(a) Egyptian (b) Mesopotamia (c) Chinese (d) Harappan

Sol: (b)


  1. Which of the following sites of ndus valley civilization is not on the bank of river Indus?

(a) Chanhudaro (b) Mohenjodaro c) Ropar (d) Kot-Dij

Sol: (c)


  1. How many Vedangas are there in total ?

(a) Ten (b) Six (c) Five (d) Two

Sol: (b)


  1. What is the Rigvedic name of the river Ravi?

(a) Vitasa (b) Asikini (c) Shutudri (d) Parushni

Sol: (d)


  1. Which among the following is a mature-phase Harappan site situated in the state of Rajasthan?

(a) Manda (b) Kalibangan (c) Chanhudaro (d)Nageshwar

Sol: (b)


  1. The Rig Veda is divided into _____ books or mandalas.

(a) 34 (b) 10 (c) 8 (d) 12

Sol: (b)



  1. In which state is the archaeological site of Surkotadasituated ?

(a) Rajasthan (b) Karnataka (c) Haryana (d) Gujarat

Sol: (d)


  1. Which of the following archaeological sites has evidence of pitdwellings?

(a) Mehrgarh (b) Burzahom (c) RanaGhundai (d) Palavoy

Sol: (b)


  1. Burzahom, the neolithic site, is located in

(a) Karnataka (b) Goa (c) Mizoram (d) Jammu and Kashmir

Sol: (d)


  1. In which province of Pakistan is the site of the ancient civilisation of MohenjoDaro located.

(a) Balochistan (b) Sindh (c) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (d) Punjab

Sol: (b)


  1. From which of the following Harappan era sites has the evidence of ploughed fields been found

(a) Mohenjodaro (b) Chanhudaro (c) Kalibangan (d) Harappa

Sol: (c)


  1. ‘Microliths’ were _____ used by early humans.

(a) coins (b) stone tools

(c) clothes (d) earthen pots

Sol: (b)





  1. Of the following sites of Harappan Civilization, which one is NOT located in Pakistan?

(a) KotDiji (b) Chanhudaro

(c) Shortughai (d) Balakot

Sol: (c)


  1. Which of the following Harappan sites is located in Afghanistan?

(a) Shortughai (b) Balakot

(c) Nageswar (d) Kalibangan

Sol: (a)


  1. Lothal, a prominent city of the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation, is situated in which of the following states?

(a) Gujarat           (b) Himachal Pradesh

(c) Rajasthan       (d) Punjab

Sol: (a)


  1. Which of the following is false asper Vedic theory?

(a)The Kshatriyas, or warrier rulers, came from Purusha’s arms

(b)The Vaishyas, or the commoners, came from Purusha’s thighs

(c)The Brahmans, or priests, came from Purusha’s ears

(d)The Shudras, or labourers and servants, came from Purusha’s feet

Sol: (c)


  1. With reference to the Vedangas, which of the following terms denotes ‘Ritual’?

(a) Vyakarana (b) Chada

(c) Kalpa (d) Shiksha

Sol: (c)


  1. The words ‘SatyamevaJayate’ on the state emblem has been taken from which Upanishad?

(a) Katha (b) Prasna

(c) Kena (d) Mundaka

Sol: (d)


  1. At one stage in the Vedic Age, theking was called ‘gopati’ which meant ‘______’.

(a) lord of the universe

(b) lord of the people

(c) lord of land

(d) lord of cattle

Sol : (d)

  1. The collections of Vedic hymns or mantras are known as ______.

(a) Jnati (b) Bali

(c)Samhita (d) Vidatha

Sol: (c)


  1. A person’s Vedic approach and his relationship with society are determined by the four goals of life. Which of the following is not among these goals?

(a) sidhi (b) artha

(c) moksha (d) dharma

Sol: (a)


  1. According to ‘The Ramayana’, Ratnakar was the other name of ______.

(a) Vishvamitra (b) Gautam

(c) Durbasa (d) Valmiki

Sol: (d)


  1. ‘PurushaSukta’ is a hymn from which Veda?

(a) Atharvaveda (b) Yajurveda (c) Rigveda (d) Samaveda

Sol: (c) 


  1. Which of the following is the oldest of the Vedas?

(a) Yajurveda (b) Rigveda

(c) Samaveda (d) Atharvaveda

Sol: (a)


  1. In which year were 30 Rig Veda manuscripts dating from 1800 to 1500 BC included in the UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register?

(a) 2008 (b) 2005

(c) 2009 (d) 2007

Sol: (d)


  1. In which of the following states was Lord Mahaviraborn ?

(a) Maharashtra (b) Karnataka (c) Bihar (d) Gujarat

Sol : (c)


  1. The _________ is a Jain text containing the biographies of the Jain Tirthankaras, most notably Parshvanath and Mahavira.

(a)Uttaradhyayana (b)AdiPurana

(c)Mahapurana (d)Kalpa Sutra

Sol: (d)


  1. According to the Jain Philosophy,the term ‘Jina’ means _____.

(a)Iord                 (b)free from fetters

(c)worthy   (d)the conqueror

Sol: (d)


  1. Name the holy city recognized as the birthplace of the first (rishabhdev) and fourth (abhinandannath) JainTirthankaras.

(a) Varanasi (b) Dwaraka

(c) Ayodhya (d) Gaya

Sol: (c)


  1. Mahavira, who was known in Paliliterature as NiganthaNataputta, founded a religion called ______.

(a) Zoroastrianism (b) Baháʼí

(c) Jainism (d) Sikhism

Sol: (c)


  1. Where did Lord Mahavira attain salvation?

(a) Sonagiri                             (b) Pawapuri

(c) Shravanabelagola    (d) Mount Abu

Sol: (b)


  1. _______ is famous for outstanding specimens of Buddhirt art and architecture , belonging to the period between the third century B.C. and the 12th century A.D.

(a) Satna (b) Vidisha

(c) Sanchi (d) Dewas

Sol: (c)


  1. One of the prominent Buddhist structures in India, _________ Stupa at Sarnath was constructed by the great Mauryan king, Ashoka.

(a) Dhauli (b) Dhamekh

(c) Bharhut (d) Lalitgiri

Sol: (b)

  1. The concept of ‘The Four Noble Truths’ belongs to which of the following religions?

(a)Jainism (b)Sikhism

(c)Hinduism (d)Buddhism

Sol: (d)




  1. Which of the following sites is associated with the birth of Gautama Budhha?

(a)Sarnath (b)Lumbini

(c)Kushinagar (d)Bodh Gaya

Sol: (b)


  1. The Chaitya and Viharas were constructed for the monks of which religion ?

(a) Judaism (b) Christianity

(c) Buddhism (d) Hinduism

Sol: (c)


  1. Lomas Rishi Cave, constructed for Buddhist monks is located in which state ?

(a)Madhya Pradesh (b)Chhattisgarh

(c)Jharkhand (d)Bihar

Sol: (d)


  1. Which Mauryan ruler became a follower of Buddhism?

(a) Samudragupta (b) Brihadratha

(c) Ashoka (d) Chandragupta

Sol: (c)


  1. Which historical site is located in Jogad in Odisha?

(a) Royal semicircular auditorium ofGupta dynasty

(b) Ashoka’s rock inscription site

(c) Ancient artwork site of MauryaEmpire

(d) Palace of the Nawabs of Bengal

Sol: (b)


  1. The ‘Gandhara’ School of Art was influenced by the art from which of the following European countries?

(a) Italy (b) Belgium

(c) Hungary (d) Greece

Sol. (d)Greece


  1. Which of the following terms is associated with the architecture of a Buddhist Stupa?

(a) Gopuram (b) Mandapam

(c) Garbhagriha (d) Harmika

Sol: (d)




  1. Which of the following Stupa sites is NOT located in the state of Uttar Pradesh?

(a) Chaukhandi (b) Dhamek

(c) Bharhut (d) Ramabhar

Sol: (c)


  1. In which city was the third Buddhist council held?

(a) Shravasti (b) Taxila

(c) Pataliputra (d) Rangoon

Sol: (c)


  1. Which of the following Buddhist sites is located in Uttar Pradesh?

(a) Karle (b) Sarnath

(c) Amaravati (d) Sanchi

Sol: (b)


  1. The rules made for the _____ were written down in a book called ‘VinayaPitaka’.

(a) Lingayats                  (b) Vaishnavites

(c) Buddhist sangha               (d) Shakta cult

Sol: (c)


  1. At which of the following places did Lord Buddha give his first sermon on the Four Noble Truths?

(a) Bodh Gaya (b) Lumbini

(c) Rajgir (d) Sarnath

Sol: (d)


  1. At which of the following places did Lord Buddha attain enlightenment?

(a) Vaishali (b) Sarnath

(c) Bodh Gaya (d) Rajgir

Sol: (c)


  1. One of the major events of Ashoka’s reign was the convening of the _____ Buddhist Sangha (council) in 250 BCE in the capital Pataliputra.

(a) First (b) Fourth

(c) Third (d) Second

Sol: (c)




  1. _____’s foster mother MahapajapatiGotami was the first woman to be ordained as a Bhikkhuni.

(a) Ashoka (b) Buddha

(c) Arjuna (d) Bindusara

Sol: (b)


  1. The First Buddhist Council is said to have been patronised by:

(a) Porus

(b) Ashoka

(c) Ajatashatru

(d) Chandragupta Maurya

Sol: (c)


  1. The earliest Buddhist texts were written in:

(a) Pali (b) Apabhramsha

(c) Prakrit (d) Sanskrit

Sol: (a)


  1. ___ assumed the title of ‘Gangaikondachola’ or the conqueror of the river Ganga.

(a) RajadhirajaChola              (b) RajarajaChola I

(c) RajendraChola I                (d) VijayalayaChola

Sol: (c)


  1. The monuments of Khajuraho in the state of Madhya Pradesh are fine denotations of the ______dynasty.

(a) Chola (b) Chalukya

(c) Chandela (d) Pallava

Sol: (c)


  1. Temple for Goddess Nishumbhasudini was built by ______.

(a) Pallavas (b) Cholas

(c) Gupta Dynasty (d) Muttaraiyar

Sol: (b)


  1. Ajatshatru, a ruler of the Haryanka Dynasty, was the son of _______.

(a) Naga-Dasak (b) Udayin

(c) Anurudha (d) Bimbisara

Sol: (d)



  1. The famous physician Jeevaka was appointed by the court of:

(a) Krishnadeva Raya   (b) Samudragupta

(c) Ashoka                              (d) Bimbisara

Sol: (d)


  1. Who among the following was the last ruler of the Nanda dynasty?

(a) Dhanananda (b) Panduka

(c) Govishanaka (d) Kaivarta

Sol: (a)


  1. _____ was the capital of Magadha before the 4th century BCE.

(a) Rajagriha (b) Pataliputra

(c) Varanasi (d) Mathura

Sol: (a)


  1. In the 4th century BCE, the capital of Magadha was shifted to ______.

(a) Mathura (b) Varanasi

(c) Panipat (d) Pataliputra

Sol: (d)


  1. Which dynasty built the pancharathas of Mahabalipuram?

(a) Chera (b) Pallava

(c) Satavahana (d)Chola

Sol: (b)


  1. Which of the following is an example of a Chola empire temple?

(a) Badami cave temple                   (b) Chennakesava temple

(c) Airavatesvara temple                  (d) Virupaksha temple

Sol: (c)


  1. How many great powers (Mahajanpadas) existed in the 7th and early 6th centuries BC, during the lifetime of Lord Gautam Buddha?

(a) 16 (b) 13 (c) 11 (d) 17

Sol: (a)


  1. Who was the founder of the Chalukya dynasty?

(a)Narasimhavarman             (b) Mangalesa

(c) Kirtivarman                       (d) Pulakesin I

Sol: (d)



  1. Vikramshila University was founded by_____ a Pala King.

(a) RajendraChola(b) Pulakeshin I

(c) MihiraBhoja (d) Dharmapala

Sol: (d)


  1. The BadamiChalukyas first had their capital at _______before they moved it to Badami.

(a)Pattadakal (b)Aihole

(c)Hubli (d)Bijapur

Sol: (b)


  1. The present day city of Bhopal was built by which of the following Pratihara rulers?

(a) MahendraBhoja (b) Rajyapala

(c) Vijayasena (d) MihirBhoja

Sol: (d)


  1. The first ruler of Magadha from the Haryanka dynasty was_____.

(a)Bimbisara (b)Prasenajit

(c)Ashoka (d)Ajatshatru

Sol; (a)


  1. Despite being a powerful Mahajanapada, Magadha was under another form of administration in Vaishali (Bihar) including its capital Vajji which was called ____.

(a) Socialism (b) democracy

(c) Gana or Sangha (d) Panchayati

Sol: (c)


  1. Rivers such as the Ganga and Son flowed through _____, a mahajanapada in ancient India.
  2. a) Kamboja (b) Kosala

(c) Magadha (d) Machcha

Sol: (c)


  1. Name the state Chandragupta-I got in dowry from the Licchavis.

(a) Ujjain (b) Pataliputra

(c) Prayaga (d) Saketa

Sol: (b)



  1. The Barabar Caves, the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India, mostly belong to which of the following periods?

(a) Chola Dynasty (b) Gupta Empire

(c) Mauryan Empire (d) Chera Dynasty

Sol: (c)


  1. Megasthenes, a Greek historian visited India in the reign of ____in the 4th century B.C.

(a) Ashoka                                                 (b) Bindusara

(c) Chandragupta Maurya                (d) Alexander

Sol: (c)


  1. Who has written the book “Arthashastra” ?

(a) Kautilya (b) AbulFazal

(c) Bhaskara (d) Vikram Seth

Sol: (a)


  1. Which of the following is the only correct pair as described by Chola inscriptions?

(a)Pallichchhandam- land donated to Jaina institutions

(b)Shalabhoga- land gifted to Brahmanas

(c)Vellanvagai-land of Brahmana peasant proprietors

(d)Brahmadeya-land gifted to temples

Sol: (a)


  1. Chandragupta led a revolt against the ______ and overthrew them.

(a) Shishunagas (b) Kushans

(c) Haryankas (d) Nanda

Sol: (d)


  1. A type of court called ‘Kantakasodhana’ was prevalent in the _____ Empire.

(a) Kushana (b) Mauryan

(c) Chola (d) Rashtrakuta

Sol: (b)


  1. Who among the following published a set of Ashokan inscriptions in 1877?

(a) DC Sircar

(b) MS Vats

(c) Alexander Cunningham

(d) Colin Mackenzie

Sol: (c)

  1. According to Ashokan edicts, how many years after becoming the king didAshoka wage war on Kalinga (ROCK EDICT 13)?

(a) Five (b) Eight (c) Six (d) Seven

Sol: (b)


  1. Who among the following was the first scholar to decipher the Ashokan edicts?

(a) Alexander Cunningham

(b) James Prinsep

(c) James Taylor

Sol: (b)


  1. Who among the following rulers inscribed his messages to his subjects and officials on stone surfaces?

(a) Ashoka           (b) Chandragupta I

(c) Bindusara       (d) Chandragupta Maurya

Sol: (a)


  1. Who among the following kings founded the Mauryaempire in ancient India?

(a) Dasaratha (b) Ashoka

(c) Bindusara (d) Chandragupta

Sol: (d)


  1. Which was the first empire in ancient India to use elephants in its war on a large scale?

(a) Shunga (b) Chola

(c) Kushans (d) Magadha

Sol: (d)


  1. Who was the last king of the Mauryan dynasty?

(a) Devavarman (b) Satadhanvan

(c) Brihadratha (d) Samprati

Sol: (c)


  1. Which dynasty ruled India between 320 AD and 550 AD?

(a) Mauryan Dynasty              (b) Hoysala Dynasty

(c) Magadha Dynasty             (d) Gupta Dynasty

Sol: (d)

  1. Emperor Ashoka embraced Buddhism after the:

(a) Kalinga War                                (b) Battle of Buxar

(c) Battle of Haldighati          (d) Battle of Tarain

Sol: (a)

  1. Which of the following rulers did NOT belong to the Mauryan Dynasty?

(a) Ashoka (b) Chandragupta

(c) Bimbisara (d) Bindusara

Sol: (c)


  1. Which of the following was NOT a part of the ‘Navratna’ at Vikramaditya’scourt ?

(a) Surdas (b) Vararuchi

(c) Kshapanaka (d) Kalidasa

Sol: (a)


  1. Which pillar inscriptions have recorded the achievements of Samudra Gupta, who was known as the ‘Napoleon of India’ for his conquests?

(a) Iron Pillar                (b) Sun Pillar

(c) VijayaStambha                  (d) Allahabad Pillar

Sol: (d)


  1. During the Gupta period, Gold coins were called by which names?

(a) Rupaka (b) Tanka

(c) Drama (d) Dinaras

Sol: (d)


  1. The ____period has been described as the ‘golden age’ of Indian history.

(a) Mughal (b) Maratha

(c) Gupta (d) Buddhist

Sol; (c)


  1. The last recognised king of the Gupta line was_____.

(a) Samudragupta          (b) Vishnugupta

(c) bimbisara       (d) Ashoka

Sol: (b)


  1. Who among the following was NOT a ruler of the Kushana dynasty?

(a) Nahapana (b) Vasishka

(c) Vasudeva (d) Huvishka

Sol: (a)


  1. Who was the founder of Vakataka dynasty in the third century?

(a) Nagabhata (b) Vindhya shakti

(c) Pravarasena (d) Rudrasena

Sol: (b)

  1. Who among the following was a Gupta ruler?

(a) VimaKadphises (b) Vikramaditya

(c) Dhanananda (d) Kanishka

Sol: (b)


  1. Who among the following rulers is called the ‘Napoleon of India’?

(a) Samudragupta (b) Chandragupta I

(c) Bindusara (d) Ashoka

Sol: (a)


  1. Who wrote Samudragupta’sprashasti (a eulogy written in the form of poetry or prose, usually by court poets) at Allahabad?

(a) Kalidasa (b) Vagabhatta

(c) Harishena (d) Amarsimha

Sol: (c)


  1. The Caves of Elephanta are predominantly dedicated to which of the following deities?

(a) Lord Shiva (b) Lord Krishna

(c) Lord Rama (d) Lord Ganesha

Sol: (a)


  1. Who among the following rulers belonged to the Tuluva dynasty?

(a) PushyamitraSunga   (b) Vishnuvardhana

(c) Simha Vishnu (d) Krishnadeva Raya

Sol: (d)


  1. Who among the following Gupta rulers married a girl from the Lichchhavi clan?

(a) Samudragupta (b) Sri Gupta

(c) Chandragupta-I (d) Ramagupta

Sol: (c)


  1. During whose reign did the Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang visit India ?

(a) Chandragupta Vikramaditya      (b) Samudragupta

(c) Chandragupta I                 (d) Harshavardhana

Sol: (d)




  1. During the reign of which of the following kings did Chinese traveller Xuanzang visit India?

(a) Harshavardhana               (b) PrabhakaraVardhana

(c) Chandragupta Maurya      (d) Ashoka

Sol: (a)


  1. Banabhatta was the court poet of which of the following Indian King?

(a) Harshavardhana               (b) Chandra Gupta II

(c) Pulkesin II                         (d) Yasovarman

Sol: (a)


  1. King Harshavardhan ascended the throne of Thaneshwar and Kannauj on the death of his brother, ______.

(a) Indravardhan           (b) Suryavardhan

(c) Rajyavardhana         (d) Chandravardhan

Sol: (c)


  1. The Harshacharita is a biography of Harshavardhana, the ruler of Kannauj, composed in Sanskrit by his court poet, ____.

(a) Dandin (b) Kamban

(c) Banabhatta (d) Jinsena

Sol: (c)


  1. Who among the following defeated HarshaVardhan in 618 CE?

(a) Chandragupta I (b) Pulakeshin II

(c) Pushyamitra (d) Alexander

  1. Pushyabhuti, who ruled from Thaneswar, was the founder of _____dynasty.

(a) Vardhana (b) Chera

(c) Pandya (d) Chalukya

Sol: (a)


  1. King Shashanka, against whom Harshvardhana declared war, was a ruler of the ______kingdom.

(a) Kanyakubja (b) Junagarh

(c) Magadha (d) Gauda

Sol: (d)


  1. Who attacked and looted the famous Somnath temple in 1026 AD ?

(a) Muhammad Ghori  (b) Mahmud of Ghazni

(c) Nadir Shah

Sol: (b)

  1. The Khajuraho Temples are located in the state of _________.

(a) Madhya Pradesh (b) Andhra Pradesh

(c) Uttarakhand (d) Uttar Pradesh

Sol: (a)


  1. GautamiputraSatakarni was the greatest ruler of the _____ Empire in the 2nd century CE.

(a) Chera (b) Rashtrakuta

(c) Chola (d) Satavahana

Sol: (d)


  1. The former princely state of Tripura in the north-eastern part of India was ruled by _____ Dynasty.

(a) Haihaya (b) Manikya

(c) Nagvanshi (d) Ahom

Sol: (b)


  1. SantKabir received his spiritual training from his preceptor named__.

(a) Muktanand              (b)ChidaNanda Swami

(c) Sarvanand      (d) Ramanand

Sol: (d)


  1. Panchavati, a key part of the Valmiki Ramayana, is located in which state of India?

(a) Tamil Nadu (b) Uttar Pradesh

(c) Maharashtra (d) Uttrakhand

Sol: (c)


  1. KonarkTemple (sun temple 12th century) in Odisha was built by which of the following kings?

(a) Bhanu Deva                      (b) AnantavarmanChodagangadeva

(c) Narasimha Deva I   (d) AnangaBhima Deva

Sol: (c)


  1. Alexander invaded India in ________ .

(a)467 BC (b)323 BC

(c)454 BC (d)326 BC

Sol; (d)



  1. Which of the following Indian rulers was defeated by Mahmud Ghazni in his first attack in the year 1001 AD?

(a) Anandpal (b) Chandrapal

(c) Jaipal (d) Sukhpal

Sol: (c)


  1. Guru___is known as the cobbler saint.

(a)Ravidas (b)Narahari

(c)JivaGoswami (d)AyyaVaikundar

Sol: (a)


  1. Bhaskaravarman of the Varman dynasty ruled in the ______ region.

(a) Kamarupa (b) Ujjain

(c) Magadha (d) Vaishali

Sol: (a)


  1. With reference to early Indian history, who among the following was famous in the field of medicine?

(a) Sushruta (b) Visakhadatta

(c) Harisena (d) Charaka

Sol: (a)


  1. The Battle of ___was fought in 326 BC by Alexander, the Great against King Porus.

(a) Hydaspes (b) Tarain

(c) Panipat (d) Plassey

Sol: (a)


  1. Kalhana penned the book named ___in the 12th century which is a metrical chronicle of the kings of Kashmir.

(a)Tarikh-i-FiruzShahi  (b)NuhSipihr

(c)Rajatarangini                      (d)Padmavat

Sol: (c)


  1. Kanishka was a _____king.

(a)Kushan (b)Gupta

(c)Maurya (d)Chola

Sol: (a)




  1. Which of the following temples was built by the RashtrakutasDynasty ?

(a) Kailash Temple                                    (b) AdiKumbeswarar

(c) Brihadeshwara Temple              (d) Chennakeshava Temple

Sol: (a)


  1. Who wrote the book ‘Amuktamalyada’ ?

(a) Krishna DevRai (b) BrahmadevRai

(c) BuccaRai (d) HariharRai

Sol: (a)


  1. Which dynasty had developed the Gandhara School of Art in ancient India ?

(a) Kushana dynasty (b) Gupta dynasty

(c) Mauryan dynasty (d) Chola dynasty

Sol: (a)


  1. Which of the following books is written by VarahaMihira?

(a) Kumarasambhava   (b) Shakuntala

(c) BrihatSamhita          (d) Ritusamhara

Sol: (c)


  1. Which of the following religions NOT originated in India?

(a)Zoroastrianism (b)Buddhism

(c)Sikhism (d)Jainism

Sol: (a)


  1. Who among the following was the greatest ruler of the Pratihara Dynasty?

(a) Nagabhata (b) Ramabhadra

(c) MihirBhoja (d) Samantha Sena

Sol: (c)


  1. Which of the following is associated to the Sanskrit Mahabharata ?

(a) Gitagovinda (b) Yuddha Kanda(c) Shanti Parva (d) Kathasaritasagar

Sol; (c)


  1. The archaeological site of Koldihwa is located at :

(a)Maharashtra (b)Bihar

(c)Uttar Pradesh (d)Madhya Pradesh

Sol: (c)


  1. Which of the following styles is not a Temple Architecture Style in India

(a) Vesara Style (b) Nagar Style (c) Dravid Style (d) Gothic Style

Sol: (d)


  1. Who had built the grand ‘Chariot’ cave temples in Mahabalipuram ?

(a)MaharanaPratap Singh (b)Narsimha

(c) Ashok     (d) Akbar

Sol; (b)


  1. Identify the Indian state which was known as ‘Pragjyotisha’ during the epic period.

(a) Assam (b) Odisha

(c) Kerala (d) Bihar

Sol: (a)


  1. What was the name of that last Hindu dynasty of Gujarat, which ruled from 1244 to 1304?

(a) Gujjar Dynasty (b) Janpad Dynasty

(c) Vaghela Dynasty (d) Nand Dynasty

Sol: (c)


  1. National Emblem of India is taken from Mauryan Pillar located at _____.

(a) Sarnath (b) Amravati

(c) Delhi (d) Meerut

Sol: (a)


  1. _____________is An Epic Poem In The Sanskrit Mahakavya Style On The Life And Nirvana Of Gautama Buddha ByAśvaghoṣa.

(a) Buddhacarita (b) ShishupalVadh

(c) Arthashastra (d) Kiratarjuniya

Sol: (a)


  1. Kolathunadu, Valluvanad and Thekkumkoor were ancient small-time kingdoms in which state of India?

(a) Gujarat (b) Karnataka

(c) Kerala (d) Bihar

Sol: (c)


  1. When did the Vikrama Era begin?

(a) 47 BC (b) 55 BC

(c) 57 BC (d) 50BC

Sol; (c)


  1. In which state The Jaugada Rock Edict of Asoka is located?

(a) Andhra Pradesh (b) Gujarat

(c) Odisha (d) Uttarakhand

Sol: (c)


  1. Who was the founder of the Pala Dynasty?

(a) Dharampala (b) Mahipala

(c) Ramapala (d) Gopala

Sol: (d)


  1. Who among the following was associated with Vaisheshika School of Philosophy ?

(a) Kanada (b) Patanjali

(c) Gautama (d) Jaimini

Sol: (a)


  1. The famous caves of Udayagiri and Khandagiri are located in :

(a) Tripura (b) Uttarakhand

(c) Odisha (d) Chhattisgarh

Sol: (c)


  1. The ‘Kathasaritsagara’ is written by:

(a) Somadeva (b) Jayadeva

(c) Kalidasa (d) Bhasa

Sol: (a)


  1. Which of the following books was written by Panini?

(a) Raghuvamsam (b) Ashtadhyayi

(c) Manusmriti (d) Kathasaritsagara

Sol: (b)


  1. Who among the following was known as ‘DevanamPiya’?

(a) Kanishka (b) Amoghavarsha

(c) Ashoka (d) Kharavela

Sol: (c)


  1. Tolkappiyar is a famous ancient grammarian of the _________ language.

(a) Tamil (b) Telugu

(c) Kannada (d) Oriya

Sol: (a)


  1. As per ancient Indian philosophy, the Purusharthas or the four aims of life does NOT include:

(a) kama (b) moksha

(c) artha (d) yasha

Sol: (d)


  1. In which of the following temples will you find Gopurams?

(a) Shiva Temple, Chidambaram    (b) Bhabatarini Temple, Dakshineswar

(c) Golden Temple, Amritsar          (d) Dilwara Temple, Mount Abu

Sol: (a)


  1. The Mysore Palace was theresidence of the ______.

(a) Chandelas (b) Palas

(c) Bundelas (d) Wodeyars

Sol: (d)


  1. Pattachitra art form is dedicatedto which Lord in Hindu mythology?

(a) Lord Jagannath                 (b) Lord Ganesha

(c) Lord Brahma           (d) Lord Shiva

Sol: (a)


  1. Which of the following is a work on statecraft written by Krishnadevaraya?

(a) Karpuramanjari (b) Amuktamalyada

(c) Tolkappiyam (d) Kadambari

Sol: (b)


  1. Who among the following established the Rashtrakuta Kingdom?

(a) Krishna I (b) Dantidurga

(c) Ashoka (d) Amoghavarsha

Sol; (b)



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