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

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.           Consider the following statements:

1. Middle Palaeolithic culture was quite widespread phenomenon between 6,00,000 and 60,000 B.C.

2. Some of the most important sites of Middle Palaeolithic period are Bhimbetka, Nevasa, Pushkar, Rohiri hills of upper Sind, and Samnapur on Narmada.

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

(a)   1 only

(b) 2 only

(c)    1 and 2 Both

(d) None

2.            Which of the following are the important sites of Lower Palaeolithic cultures in India?

1.            Pahalgam in Kashmir, Belan valley in Allahabad district (Uttar Pradesh)

2.            Bhimbetka and Adamgarh in Hoshangabad district, (Madhya Pradesh)

3.            16 Rand Singi Talav in Nagaur district (Rajasthan)

4.            Nevasa in Ahmadnagar district (Maharashtra)

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

3.            The Palaeolithic Age in India is divided into three phases, based on tool technology. Which of the following phases is/are correctly matched with its tools?

(a)          Lower Palaeolithic – handaxe and cleaver industries

(b)          Middle Palaeolithic – tools made on flakes

(c)           Upper Palaeolithic – tools made on flakes and blades

(d)          All of the above

4.            Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the Upper Palaeolithic Culture?

1.            The middle Palaeolithic culture slowly evolved into the Upper Palaeolithic culture.

2.            Upper Palaeolithicage can be dated between 1,50,000

B.C. and 40,000 B.C.

3.            The upper Palaeolithic tools have been found in Rajasthan, parts of the Ganga and Belan valleys, Central and Western India, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnatak.

4.            One of the most remarkable discoveries of the Upper Palaeolithic period is that of rubble built, roughly circular platform of about 85 cm in diameter.

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.            Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the microlithic tools of Mesolithic Culture?

1.            They were characterized by parallel-sided blades taken out from prepared cores of such fine material as chert, chalcedony, crystal, jasper, carnelian, agate, etc.

2.            These tools were generally 10 to 50 cm. long.

3.            They include smaller version of upper Palaeolithic types such as points, scrapers, burins, awls, etc.

4.            Some new tool-types were lunates, trapezes, triangles, arrowheads of various shapes and sizes.

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

6.            Which of the following were important sites of Mesolithic culture?

1.            Kotdiji in Rajasthan

2.            Langhnaj in Gujarat

3.            Sarai Nahar Rai, Chopani Mando, Mahdaha and Damdama in Uttar Pradesh

4.            Bhimbetka and Adamgarh in Madhya Pradesh. 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

7.            Which of the following are important rock-painting sites of Prehistoric Rock Art?

1.            Murhana Pahar in Uttar Pradesh

2.            Bhimbetka, Adamgarh, Lakha Juar in Madhya Pradesh

3.            Kupagallu in Karnataka

4.            Chargul in north-west Pakistan.

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

8.            In the Indian context, the Neolithic agriculture based regions can roughly be divided into many regions. Which of the following may be called such region?

1.            The Indus system and its western Borderland

2.            Ganga valley

3.            Western India and the northern Deccan and

4.            The southern Deccan.

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

9.            Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the Neolithic Age?

1.            The ceramic occupation (c. 7000 B.C.) at Kile Ghul Mohammad during the early food-producing era shows a basic subsistence economy of the Indus valley and beginning of trade and crafts.

2.            From the bone remains, it is clear that humped variety of cattle also came to be domesticated.

3.            The beads found with burial remains show that people used beads made of lapis lazuli, carnelian, banded agate and white marine shell.

4.            A single copper bead has also been found. The occurrence of shell bangles and pendants made of mother of- pearl indicates long-distance trade.

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.          Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct with regard to the Neolithic Age

1.            Three radiocarbon dates from Koldihwa provide the earliest evidence for the domesticated variety of rice going back to about c. 6500 B.C. which make it the oldest evidence of rice in any part of the world.

2.            The bone remains from Koldihwa and Mahgara show that cattle, sheep and goat were domesticated in the region.

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

(a)   1 only           (b) 2 only

(c)    1 and 2 Both              (d) None

11.          Which of the following important Chalcolithic cultures in India are not matched to its period?

(a)          Ahar culture :     2800 – 1500 B.C

(b)          Kayatha culture :              2450 – 1700 B.C.

(c)           Jorwe culture :  2300 – 2000 B.C.

(d)          Malwa culture:  1900 – 1400 B.C.

12.          The most distinguishing feature of the Cha1colithic cultures is their distinct painted pottery. Related to this which of the following statement is not correct?

(a)          The Kayatha culture is characterized by a sturdy red-slipped ware painted with designs in chocolate colour.

(b)          The Malwa ware is painted black-on-red but has a matt surface treated with a wash.

(c)           The Ahar people made a distinctive black-and-red ware decorated with white designs.

(d)          The Prabhas wares have a glossy surface due to which they are also called Lustrous Red Ware.

13.          The pottery forms used during the Cha1colithic cultures were:

1.            dishes-on-stand               2.            spouted vases

3.            stemmed cups  4.            pedestalled bowls 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.          Consider the following statements:

1.            Most of the Chalcolithic cultures flourished in semi-

arid regions

2.            The Jorwe settlements were comparatively larger in number than other Chalcolithic settlements

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

(a)   1 only           (b) 2 only

(c)    1 and 2 Both              (d) None

15.          Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the houses of Chalcolithic cultures?

1.            People built rectangular and circular houses of mud wattle-and-daub.

2.            The circular houses were mostly in isolation.

3.            These houses and huts had roofs of straw supported on bamboo and wooden rafters.

4.            Floors were made of rammed clay

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

16.          Consider the following statements regarding cultivation of Chalcolithic people:

1.            They raised cattle as well as cultivated both kharif and rabi crops in rotation

2.            Wheat and barley were grown in the area of Inamgaon and Ahar

3.            They also cultivated jowar and bajra and so also kulth, ragi, green peas, lentil and green and black grams.

Select the answer from the codes given below:

(a)    1 and 2        (b) 2 and 3

(c)    1 and 3        (d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

17.          Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the religion the Chalcolithic cultures?

1.            The worship of mother goddess and the bull was in vogue

2.            The bull cult seems to have been predominant in Malwa during the Ahar period

3.            A large number of these both naturalistic as well as stylised lingas have been found from most of the sites.

4.            The Mother Goddess is depicted on a huge storage jar of Inamgaon

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

18.          Which of the following are characteristics of the Neolithic culture?

1.            beginning of agricultural activities

2.            domestication of animals

3.            grinding and polishing of stone tools having sharper edges

4.            use of pottery

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

19.          The rock paintings were an important and distinct feature of the Mesolithic people  though  their  beginning  may  be traced to the upper Palaeolithic period. Which of the following are the characteristics of these paintings?

1.            These paintings are made on the walls of rock shelters

2.            Maximum of them have been found at Bhimbetka in Madhya Pradesh

3.            They throw light on the social and economic life on Mesolithic people.

Select the answer from the codes given below:

(a)    1 and 2        (b) 2 and 3

(c)    1 and 3        (d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

20.          Paleolithic or Old Stone Age sites are widely found in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. Which of the following statements are correct in this regard?

1.            Food was obtained by hunting animals and gathering edible plants and tubers.

2.            People used stone tools, hand-sized and flaked-off large pebbles for hunting animals.

3.            Stone implements are made of a hard rock known as quartzite.

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

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