Indus Valley Civilization: NCERT History MCQs for UPSC IAS/State PSC and other exams

Indus Valley Civilization: NCERT History MCQs for UPSC IAS/State PSC and other exams: History is equally important for the IAS Prelims and IAS Mains Exam. Globally, History is divided under the three sub-sections i.e. Ancient History, Medieval History and Modern History. NCERT based MCQs of Indian History for IAS Prelims General Studies Paper-1.

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NCERT History MCQs for UPSC IAS/State PSC and other exams

1. Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the geographical extent of Harappan Civilisation?

1. The Indus Valley Civilization encompassed most of Pakistan and parts of northwestern India, Afghanistan and Iran, extending from Baluchistan in the west to Uttar Pradesh in the east, northeastern Afghanistan to the north and Maharashtra to the south.

2. Many Indus Valley Civilisation sites have also been discovered along the Ghaggar-Hakra beds.

3. Due to its distinct geographical feature, agro-pastoral economy was the dominant feature in this region.

4. The extent of Indus Valley Civilization is smaller than ancient civilization of both Egypt and Mesopotamia.

Select the answer from the codes given below:

(a)    1, 2 and 3  

(b) 2, 3 and 4

(c)    1, 3 and 4   

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

2. The most interesting urban feature of Harappan civilization is its town-planning. It is marked by:

1. considerable uniformity with some regional variations as well.

2. streets intersect each other at right angles in a criss- cross pattern.

Select the answer from the codes given below:

(a)   1 only          

(b) 2 only

(c) 1 and 2 both

(d) None

3. Which of the following was the first recorded European to visit Harappa on his way to the Punjab?

1. Sir Alexander Cunningham

2. Alexander Burnes

3. Charles Masson

4. Sir John Marshall

4. Which of the statements are correct regarding the town planning of the Harappans?

1. The drains were covered with manholes bricks or stone slabs.

2. The houses were largely built of mud- bricks and stones.

3. The drainage system was elaborate and well lay out.

4. The difference in the size of the houses suggests that the rich lived in the larger houses whereas the one- room buildings or barracks might have been intended for the poorer section of the society.

Select the answer from the codes given below:

(a)    1, 2 and 3  

(b) 2, 3 and 4

(c)    1, 3 and 4   

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

5. Consider the following statements:

1. Kalibangan was an important port and trading centre of the Harappan people.

2. At Mohenjodaro the ‘Great Bath’ was surrounded by corridors on all sides and was approached at either end.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a)   1 only          

(b) 2 only

(c)   1 and 2 both              

(d) None

6. Which of the following statements is not correct regarding agriculture of Harappans?

1. The availability of fertile Indus alluvium contributed to the surplus in agricultural production.

2. The granaries discovered at sites like Harappa, Mohenjodaro and Lothal served as the storehouses for grains.

3. Harappan people learnt to grow cotton from Mesopotamia.

4. Cotton, quite possibly could have been used for trade as some woven and dyed cotton cloth has been found at Mohenjo-Daro

7. Consider the following statements:

1. During Harappan period the use of silver was more common than gold.

2. The weapons produced by the Harappans were mostly offensive in nature.

Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

(a)   1 only          

(b) 2 only

(c)  1 and 2 both               

(d) None

8. Consider the following statements:

1. Copper was brought mainly from Khetri in Rajasthan.

2. Gold might have been obtained from the Himalayan river-beds and South India

3. Silver was imported from Mesopotamia as well.

4. Harappans used bronze though in limited manner. Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

(a) 1, 2 and 3     

(b) 2, 3 and 4

(c) 1, 3 and 4      

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

9. Which of the following statements are correct?

1. The bronze ‘dancing girl’ figurine has been discovered at Harappa.

2. The evidence of bead makers’ shops has been found at Chanhudaro and Lothal.

3. Pottery-making was also an important industry in the Harappan period.

4. The Harappans seals were generally square in shape and were made of steatite.

Select the answer from the codes given below:

(a) 1, 2 and 3     

(b) 2, 3 and 4

(c) 1, 3 and 4      

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

10. Precious stones were used during the Harappan period for making beads. In this respect which of the following statements are correct?

1. The source of lapis-lazuli was located in Badakshan mines in northeast Afghanistan.

2. Turquoise and Jade might have been brought from South Bihar (Jharkhand).

3. Western India supplied agate, chalcedony and carnelian.

4. Timber of good quality and other forest products were obtained from the northern regions such as Jammu.

Select the answer from the codes given below:

(a) 1, 2 and 3     

(b) 2, 3 and 4

(c) 1, 3 and 4      

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

11. Consider the following statements:

1. The Harappan society appears to have been matriarchal in nature.

2. The Harappan Society comprised of people following diverse professions.

Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

(a)  1 only           

(b) 2 only

(c) 1 and 2 both

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

12. Which of the following statements are correct with regard to Harrapan Civilisation?

1. A piece of woven cloth has been found at Kot Diji.

2. The people were fond of ornaments.

3. The knowledge about their dress styles comes from the terracotta figurines and stone sculptures of the period.

Select the answer from the codes given below:

(a) 1 and 2          

(b) 2 and 3

(c) 1 and 3          

(d) 1, 2 and 3

13. Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the religious beliefs of Harrapan people?

1. The Harappan religion is normally termed as animism i.e., worship of trees, stones etc.

2. Some scholars refer to the worshiping of linga (phallus) and yoni (female sex organ) by the Harappans.

3. The evidence of fire worship has been found at Kalibangan and Lothal.

4. Harappan people had a belief in life after death. Select the answer from the Codes given below:

(a) 1, 2 and 3     

(b) 2, 3 and 4

(c) 1, 3 and 4      

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

14. Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the burial practices of Harrapan people?

1. Dead bodies were generally rested in north-south direction with their head towards north and the feet towards south.

2. At Lothal three joint or double burials with male and female bodies together were discovered.

3. Kalibangan has yielded evidence of a symbolic burial i.e., a burial which contains pots but no bones or skeleton.

Select the answer from the codes given below:

(a) 1 and 2          

(b) 2 and 3

(c) 1 and 3          

(d) 1, 2 and 3

15. Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the writing skills of Harrapan people?

1. The Harappans used ideograms i.e., a graphic symbol or character to convey the idea directly.

2. Some inscriptions are thought to have followes boustrophedonic style.

3. The inscriptions are thought to have been mostly written from left to right.

Select the answer from the codes given below:

(a) 1 and 2          

(b) 2 and 3

(c) 1 and 3          

(d) 1, 2 and 3

16. Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the decline of Harrapan civilisation?

1. Natural calamities such as floods and earthquakes might have caused the decline of the civilization.

2. Increased aridity and drying up of the river Ghaggar- Harka on account of the changes in river courses might have contributed to the decline.

3. The Harappan civilization was destroyed by the Aryans who came to India from north-west around 1500 BC.

Select the answer from the codes given below:

(a)    1 and 2       

(b) 2 and 3

(c) 1 and 3          

(d) 1, 2 and 3

17. Consider the following statements:

1. The Harappan civilization appeared all of a sudden

2. Better technology to exploit the fertile plains of river Indus might have resulted in increased agricultural production.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a)   1 only          

(b) 2 only

(c)    1 and 2 both             

(d) None

18. In which of the following phases of Harappan civilization marked with the beginning of town-planning in the form of mud structures?

(a) Early Harappan phase (3500 BC–2600 BC)

(b) Mature Harappan phase (2600 BC–1900 BC)

(c) Late Harappan phase (1900 BC–1400 BC)

(d) None

19. Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the town planning during the Harrapan Period?

1. The most interesting urban feature of Harappan civilization is its town-planning

2. The drainage system of the Harappans was elaborate and well laidout

3. The main street is connected by narrow lanes

4. The residential buildings are built in the upper town (citadal)

Select the answer from the codes given below:

(a)    1, 2, and 3 

(b) 2, 3, and 4

(c)    1, 3, and 4 

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

20. Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the Great Bath of Mohenjodaro?

1. It is surrounded by corridors on all sides and is approached at either end a by a flights of steps in north and south

2. A thin layer of bitumen was applied to the bed of the Bath to ensure that water did not seep in.

3. Water was supplied by a large well in an adjacent room

4. There was no drain for the outlet of the water was a big fault

Select the answer from the codes given below-

(a)    1, 2, and 3 

(b) 2, 3, and 4

(c)    1, 3, and 4 

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

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