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50 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) on Indian History.

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Model Test Paper-1


1) In 1206, who founded the Slave Dynasty, in India ?
A) Iltutmish
B) Razia Sultan
C) Qutubuddin Aibak
D) Balban

2) In 305 BC, which Maurya ruler defeated Alexander's general Seleucus Nicator and received the territories of Kabul and Balochistan?
A) Bindusara
B) Chandragupta Maurya
C) Ashoka
D) Pulkeshin II

3) Who of the following founded the Ahmedabad Textile labour Association?
A) Mahatma Gandhi
B) J. B. Kripalani
C) N. M. Joshi
D) Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

4) A gifted scholar who was selected to the prestigious ICS, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose later founded his own political party to continue his struggle for the full and immediate independence of India from British rule. Pick the name of this party.
A) All India Forward Bloc
B) Swaraj Party
C) Indian National Congress
D) Gadar Party

5) A lot of details regarding the village administration under the Cholas is provided in the inscriptions at?
A) Uttaramerur
B) Kanchipuram
C) Thanjavur
D) Uraiyur

6) A person can move the Supreme Court by appropriate proceedings for the enforcement of the Fundamental Rights if violated.' This is a provision in
A) Right to Equality
B) Right to Constitutional Remedies
C) Right against Exploitation
D) Right to Religious Freedom

7) According to the most widely accepted view, the Aryans originally came from
A) India
B) Central Asia
C) Central Europe
D) Steppes of Russia

8) After Quit India Movement, C. Rajagopalachari issued a pamphlet entitled - The Way Out¯. Which one of the following was a proposal in this pamphlet?
A) Reconstitution of the Central Executive Council in such a way that all its members, except the Governor General and the ,nder - in - Chief should be Indian leaders.
B) A solution for the constitutional deadlock.
C) Fresh elections to the Central and Provincial Legislatures to be held at the end of 1945 and the Constitution making body to be convened as soon as possible.
D) The establishment of a War Advisory Council¯ composed of representatives of British India and the Indian States.

9) After the Kalinga War, Ashoka decided never to wage any war because?
A) After the conquest of Kalinga the political unity of Mauryan India had been achieved
B) Ashoka felt apologetic about the destruction of men and material on both sides in the war.
C) He was moved by the violence, slaughter and sufferings to the combatants and non-combatants in the war
D) Shortly after the war he adopted Buddhism which was opposed to violence

10) After the partition of India, the largest number of Harappan towns and settlements have been found in:
A) Punjab
B) Haryana
C) Gujarat
D) Uttar Pradesh

11) Alexander stayed in India for
A) 15 months
B) 25 months
C) 19 months
D) 22 months

12) Alexander the great, was obliged to go back because:
A) he fell ill
B) he suffered defeat in India
C) his forces refused to go further
D) he did not like India

13) Ali brothers are related to which of the following?
A) Quit India Movement
B) Civil Disobedience Movement
C) Khilafat Movement
D) Partition of Bengal

14) Among the following Presidents of India, who was also the Secretary General of Non-Aligned Movement for some period?
A) Giani Zail Singh
B) Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma
C) Varahagiri Venkatagiri
D) Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

15) Among the following, who is given the credit of carrying Jainism in South India?
A) Indrabhuti
B) Bhadrabahu
C) Sthulabhadra
D) Sudharmana

16) Among the four works mentioned below which one is encyclopaedic in nature?
A) Siddhantasiromani
B) Ashtangahrdaya
C) Brhat Samhita
D) Amarakosa

17) Amongst the following, who cooperated with Raja Ram Mohan Roy in the implementation of his educational programmes?
A) Henri Derozio
B) William Jones
C) David Hare
D) Dwarkanath Tagore

18) Architectural developments In India manifested themselves in their full glory during the period of the:
A) Guptas
B) Nandas
C) Mauryas
D) Cholas

19) Aryabhatta and Varahamihira belong to which age?
A) Guptas
B) Mauryas
C) Mughals
D) Cholas

20) As a token of protest against Jallianwala Bagh massacre on 13 April 1919, who returned the Knighthood conferred on him by the British Government ?
A) Rabindranath Tagore
B) Syed Ahmed Khan
C) Swami Dayanand Saraswati
D) Gopal Krishna Gokhle

21) As per the Act of 1919 which of the following statements was not correct?
A) British India must remain an integral part of the British Empire.
B) Responsible Government would be realised only by the progressive stages.
C) Provincial subjects were classified into Reserved subjects and Transferred subjects.
D) The salary of the Secretary of State for India was not to be paid by Parliament.

22) Ashoka has been particularly Influenced by the Buddhist monk:
A) Ambhi
B) Upagupta
C) Asvaghosha
D) Vasubandhu

23) Ashoka was much influenced by Buddhist monk called:
A) Upagupta
B) Vasubandhu
C) Ambhi
D) Asvagosha

24) Ashokan inscriptions were first deciphered by?
A) Buhler
B) Robert Sewell
C) Codrington
D) James Prinsep

25) Ashtapradhan was a Council of Ministers in the?
A) Maratha
B) Chola
C) Chalukya
D) Maurya

26) Asvaghosa lived in the court of?
A) Harsha
B) Samudra Gupta
C) Kanishka
D) Ashoka

27) At the time of independence which portfolio in the central government was being taken care of by Mrs. Indira Gandhi?
A) Information & Broadcasting
B) Agriculture
C) Transport
D) None

28) At the time of Muhammad Ghori's invasion against Prithviraj Chauhan who of the following ruled Kannauj ?
A) The Gahadwalas
B) The Palas
C) The Pratiharas
D) The Chandellas

29) At which of the following Indus valley civilization site would you come across world's earliest known dock ?
A) Ropar (Punjab)
B) Lothal (Gujarat)
C) Banawali (Haryana)
D) Kalibangan (Rajasthan)

30) At which place did Buddha die?
A) Kusinagara
B) Lumbini
C) Pavapuri
D) Magadha

31) At which place did Gautam Buddha attain Mahaparinirvana (salvation)?
A) Pavapuri
B) Kushinagar
C) Lumbini
D) Bodh Gaya

32) At which place Mohenjodaro is situated?
A) Punjab
B) Afghanistan
C) Gujarat
D) Sindh Province of Pakistan

33) At which place was the All India Khilafat Conference held in 1919?
A) Delhi
B) Lucknow
C) Kolkata
D) Mumbai

34) Azad Hind Fauj was founded in 1943 at which place?
A) Singapore
B) Kuala Lumpur
C) Japan
D) Mandalay

35) Balban's greatest achievement was?
A) defence against the Mongols
B) curbing of the power of nobles
C) establishment of peace and security
D) suppression of revolts

36) Before Independence there were approximately 568 Princely states in India. Which was the largest Princely State to join the Indian Union?
A) Hyderabad
B) Jammu and Kashmir
C) Mysore
D) Junagarh

37) Bhagavatiam refers to worship of:
A) Vasudeva Krishna
B) Brahma
C) Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva
D) Durga as Shakti

38) Buddha delivered his first sermon at:
A) Sanchi
B) Sarnath
C) Kapilvastu
D) Vaisali

39) Buddhism was divided into Mahayana and Hinayana during the reign of:
A) Asoka
B) Kanishka
C) Menander
D) Harsha

40) By a regulation in 1793, the District Collector was deprived of his judicial powers and made the collecting agent only. What was the reason for such regulation?
A) Lord Cornwallis felt that the District Collector's efficiency of revenue collection would enormously increase without the burden of other work.
B) Lord Cornwallis was alarmed at the extent of power concentrated in the District Collector and felt that such absolute power was undesirable in one person.
C) Lord Cornwallis felt that Judicial power should compulsorily be in the hands of Europeans while Indians can be given the job of revenue collection in the districts
D) The judicial work demanded a deep knowledge of India and a good training in law and Lord Cornwallis felt that District Collector should be only a revenue collector?

41) By defeating Harshavardhana on the banks of river Narmada, which Chalukya ruler stopped him from expanding into south ?
A) Vikramaditya
B) Pulkesin II
C) Pulkesin I
D) Chandragupta Maurya

42) By what name is Krishna Dvaipayana, author of the epic Mahabharat, better known ?
A) Ved Vyas
B) Tulsidas
C) Ramanujacharya
D) Valmiki

43) By what name is spiritual guru Narendra Nath Datta, founder of Belur Math near Kolkata, better known ?
A) Swami Vivekanand
B) Ram Krishna Pramhansa
C) Swami Prabhupad
D) Swami Dayanand Saraswati

44) By which of the following Acts were the Commercial Rights of East India Company abolished?
A) Charter Act of 1813
B) Charter Act of 1853
C) Regulating Act of 1773
D) Charter Act of 1833

45) Cereal(s) grown by the people of the Harappan Civilisation was/were:
A) Wheat
B) Rice
C) Millet
D) All of these

46) Chandragupta Maurya built the first great empire in India with the help of?
A) Bindusara
B) Kautilya
C) Seleucus
D) Mahapadmananda

47) Chandragupta Maurya with the help of Chanakya decided to overthrow the Nandas because:
A) Chanakya had been humiliated by the Nandas
B) the Nandas were low-born
C) the Nandas had accumulated a great deal of wealth by extortion and oppression of the people
D) Chanakya wanted to restore the ideal of Kshatriya rule

48) Chankya was the chief advisor of which Mauryan ruler?
A) Kanishka
B) Ashoka
C) Harshvardhana
D) Chandragupta Maurya

49) Consider the following statements: 1. Dr. Rajendra Prasad persuaded Mahatma Gandhi to come in Champaran to investigate the problem of peasants. 2. Acharya J. B. Kriplani was one of the Mahatma Gandhi's colleagues in his Champaran investigation. 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

50) Consider the following statements: 1. Raja Rammohun Roy was an advocate of ethical social reform, and political liberalism in India 2. He was the founder of Banaras Hindu University 3. He attacked the practice of Sati Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A) 1 only
B) 2 only
C) only 1 and 3
D) 1, 2 and 3