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1. Which of the following ports was established during Pallava times ?
(A) Nagapattinam
(B) Kaveripattinam
(C) Mamallapuram
(D) Devanamapattinam

2. Into how many classes did Megasthenes divide Indian society ?
(A) Four
(B) Five
(C) Six
(D) Seven

3. Mahismati was the capital of the ………………. Mahajanapada.
(A) Southern Avanti
(B) Northern Avanti
(C) Kosala
(D) Anga

4. During the time of which King was the Fourth Buddhist Council held ?
(A) Ashoka
(B) Kanishka
(C) Skandagupta
(D) Harshavardhana

5. In which year did the Bijapur sultanate capture Goa from the Vijayanagar Empire ?
(A) 1487
(B) 1489
(C) 1490
(D) 1491

6. Which rulers were described as “Lords of the Jewelled throne of Karnataka ?
(A) The Chalukyas of Badami
(B) The Cholas
(C) The Rashtrakutas of Manyakheda
(D) The Wodeyars of Mysore

7. The head of the Revenue Department during the Mughal empire was ……………………. .
(A) Diwan-i-Kul
(B) Mir Bakshi
(C) Khan-i-Saman
(D) Mushrif-i-Mumalik

8. The maximum share of the Chouth collected during the period of the Maratha confederacy went to :
(A) Peshwa
(B) Chhatrapati
(C) Sardars
(D) Pant Sachiv

9. The Persian translation of the 52 Upanishads undertaken by Dara Shukoh was entitled :
(A) Seirrul Asrar
(B) Ain-i-Akbari
(C) Rehla
(D) Tuzuk-i-Jahangiri

10. The theory of Wahdat-ash-Shuhud is associated with :
(A) Sirhindi
(B) Isami
(C) Minhaj Siraj
(D) Nizamuddin Auliya

11. The historian who wrote the Futuhus- Salatin was :
(A) Isami
(B) Shamsuddin Siraj Afif
(C) Ziauddin Barani
(D) Minhaj-us-Siraj

12. The Sufi order which was popularised in India by the Mughal Emperor Babur was :
(A) Naqshbandiya
(B) Qadiriya
(C) Suhrawardi
(D) Chishti

13. The Gol Gumbaz, the largest dome in India, was built by the Bijapur Sultans in the year :
(A) 1660
(B) 1665
(C) 1670
(D) 1680

14. In which battle did the Deccani Sultans defeat the Vijayanagar ruler ?
(A) The Battle of Talikota
(B) The Battle of Lakkundi
(C) The Battle of Haldighati
(D) The Battle of Takkolam

15. Among the following Bhakti saints, whose verses were incorporated in the Guru Granth Sahib ?
(A) Eknath
(B) Namdev
(C) Tukaram
(D) Ramdas

16. The Huzur Daftar was :
(A) The office of the Nyayadhisha
(B) The King’s Court at Satara
(C) The Peshwa’s Secretariat at Pune
(D) The office of the Mamlatdar

17. The system of subsidiary alliance was introduced by :
(A) Warren Hastings
(B) Arthur Wellesley
(C) John Malcolm
(D) Lord Dalhousie

18. Who among the following depicted Vishnubuwa Brahmachari’s “Vedokta Dharmaprakash” as ‘Utopian Socialism’ ?
(A) S.D. Jawadekar
(B) Acharya P.K. Atre
(C) A.S. Altekar
(D) S.G. Bhagwat

19. The famous Parliament of religion (1893) was held at ……………….. .
(A) New York
(B) Pennsylvania
(C) Chicago
(D) New Jersey

20. The first Railway line in India was laid in the year ………………….. .
(A) 1842
(B) 1853
(C) 1863
(D) 1873

More History Questions for Preparation

21. The First Railway in the world was opened in England in the year ………………. .
(A) 1825
(B) 1853
(C) 1854
(D) 1855

22. The General Service Enlistment Act was passed under the Governor Generalship of ……………….. .
(A) Lord Canning
(B) Lord Auckland
(C) Lord Ellenborough
(D) Lord Amherst

23. Which of the following was the main basis of Dadabhai Naoroji’s calculation of the drain ?
(A) Difference between Import and Export
(B) Difference between Revenue Surplus
(C) Difference between Income and Expenditure
(D) Extravagant expenditure

24. Who wrote ‘Jatibhed Viveksar’ ?
(A) Dinkarrao Jawalkar
(B) Bhaskarrao Jadhav
(C) Krishnarao Bhalekar
(D) Tukaram Tatya Padval

25. Who described Bhakti movement as “Protestant Hinduism’ ?
(A) Mahatma Jyotirao Phule
(B) Lokhitawadi Gopal Hari Deshmukh
(C) R.G. Bhandarkar
(D) Justice M.G. Ranade

26. Who among the following historians argued that social trajectory of Indian history is tribe-peasantscaste?
(A) Dharmanand Kosambi
(B) Damodar D. Kosambi
(C) A.S. Altekar
(D) K.P. Jayaswal

27. Which of the following organisations ushered its motto “Educate, Agitate and Organise” ?
(A) Bahishkrit Hitakarini Sabha
(B) Independent Labour Party
(C) Depressed Classes Association
(D) Republican Party of India

28. What is “Apartheid’ ?
(A) A system of segregation and discrimination on the basis of race
(B) System of European caste hierarchy
(C) Religious segregation
(D) Segregation on the basis of culture

29. The Commonwealth of Nations is related to ……………….. .
(A) The Latin American countries
(B) The former British Empire
(C) Association of European Community
(D) Membership of United Nations

30. What is Confucianism ?
(A) A theory of politics
(B) A theory of economics
(C) A system of education
(D) A philosophy of morality and ethics

31. Who among the following is not associated with early socialism ?
(A) Robert Owen
(B) Emile Durkheim
(C) Charles Fourier
(D) Henri de Saint-Simon

32. The Ninety-Five Theses were related to :
(A) Jeremy Bentham
(B) James Mill
(C) Martin Luther
(D) Herbert Spencer

33. Who coined the slogan ‘the right to work’ in the Nineteenth century ?
(A) Joseph Mazzini
(B) Louis Blanc
(C) T.H. Green
(D) Karl Marx

34. Which historian argued that caste is an innovation of the colonial mind ?
(A) Nicholas Dirks
(B) Ranajit Guha
(C) Dipesh Chakravarti
(D) B.D. Chattopadhyay

35. What do you mean by Historicism ?
(A) To believe that there is no causality in history
(B) To believe that there are inclusive, demonstrable and determining patterns in the process of historical change
(C) To believe in the intervention of God in history
(D) To believe in fatalism

36. Annale’s Historiography originated in which country ?
(A) France
(B) Britain
(C) America
(D) Germany

37. According to Edward Said, what is the defining feature of orientalism ?
(A) Western imperialism
(B) Eastern reaction to western domination
(C) East-west as ontological divide
(D) South-North as epistemological divide

38. Among the following historians, who employed structural-linguistics to unravel colonial documents ?
(A) Ranajit Guha
(B) David Hardiman
(C) Rosalind O’ Hanlon
(D) David Washbrook

39. Which historian explained Maratha politics through ‘Fitna Theory’ ?
(A) Stewart Gordon
(B) André Wink
(C) Hiroyuki Kotani
(D) A.R. Kulkarni

40. According to historian V.K. Rajwade what is ‘Maharashtra Dharma’ ?
(A) Valiant Hinduism
(B) Valiant Maratha Dharma
(C) Ideology of Varkari Sect
(D) Ideology of Bhakti Cult

Ancient India Modern India
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41. Neolithic age was also called as Neolithic revolution by :
(A) V. Gordon Childe
(B) H.D. Sankalia
(C) J.F. Fleet
(D) Mortimer Wheeler

42. Which of the following was not one of the Harappan sites related to the maritime activities ?
(A) Soktakoh
(B) Desalpur
(C) Lothal
(D) Balakot

43. Which of the following has not been found in the Indus Civilization sites ?
(A) Wheat
(B) Sugarcane
(C) Barley
(D) Maize

44. Megaliths of South India are associated with which of the following ages ?
(A) Chalcolithic Age
(B) Mesolithic Age
(C) Neolithic age
(D) Iron age

45. The territory of the Assakas (Ashmakas) was situated on the bank of the river :
(A) Krishna
(B) Tapi
(C) Godavari
(D) Bhima

46. Lord Gautam Buddha delivered first sermon at .
(A) Gaya
(B) Sarnath
(C) Kushinagar
(D) Shravasti

47. Where in India do we first get inscriptions about land grants ?
(A) Central India, Northern Deccan and Andhra
(B) Eastern India, Eastern Bengal and Orissa
(C) Southern India : Tamil Nadu and Karnataka
(D) Kerala

48. Recently in which place has broken relief sculpture of King Ashoka been discovered ?
(A) Kanaganahalli in Karnataka
(B) Mahasthan in Uttar Pradesh
(C) Kumraha in Bihar
(D) Nittur in Karnataka

49. The ‘Kandhar’ edict of Ashoka is written in …………………… .
(A) Greek and Aramaic
(B) Greek and Sanskrit
(C) Greek and Persian
(D) Greek and Hebrew

50. Where the evidence of the settlement of Roman traders in India has been discovered ?
(A) Arikamedu
(B) Tamralipti
(C) Bhrigukachcha
(D) Barbaricum