MYUPSC – IAS Prelims 2021: Indian History Test

MYUPSC – IAS Prelims Test Series 2021: Indian History – Prelims Test Series for UPSC IAS 2021: PT Master Test Series: There will be 18 Full-length and 60 Mini / Subject wise tests enabling the aspirants to evaluate themselves at periodic intervals. These tests have been planned in a manner that a student will get sufficient time to cover the relevant section of the syllabus before the date of the test. Though, students can write tests as per their own convenience, we would, however, expect them to be punctual. There will a detailed discussion of around two hours after every test. These simulation tests will be strictly according to the UPSC pattern having 100 questions per test. The mixture of questions will be 60% static G.S. Section and 40% current affairs. 


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Q.1) Consider the following statements:

1. Harappan Civilization is named so because Harappa is the largest site of Indus Valley Civilization.

2. The Harappan Seal is made of Carnelian.

Which of the statements given above is/are NOT correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.1) Solution (c)

The Indus Valley Civilization (IVC) is also called the Harappan civilization, because it is the first site of IVC to be discovered.

Hence Statement 1 is incorrect.

Harappan seal is made of a stone called Steatite.

Hence Statement 2 is incorrect.

Q.2) Consider the following statements

1. Citadel found in Mohenjodaro is much larger compared to that of Lower Town.

2. While Citadel is walled, the Lower Town remained uncovered.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.2) Solution (d)

Citadel found in Mohenjodaro is much smaller compared to that of Lower Town. However, Citadel is located relatively higher compared to the Lower Town.

The Citadel lower sits height to the fact that buildings were constructed on mud brick platforms.

Hence Statement 1 is incorrect.

Citadel and Lower Town are both walled.

Hence Statement 2 is incorrect.

Q.3) Consider the following statements regarding Buddhist Stupas

1. In the structure of Stupa, Anda was located above the Harmika.

2. Yashti is a balconylikestructure that represented the abode of the gods.

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

Q.3) Solution (d)

The stupaoriginated as a simple semi-circular mound of earth, later called Anda. In the structure of Stupa, Harmikawas located above the Anda.

Hence Statement 1 is incorrect.

Harmikais a balcony like structure that represented the abode of the gods.

Arising from the harmika was a mast called the yashti, often surmounted by a chhatri or umbrella. Around the mound was a railing, separating the sacred space from the secular world.

Hence Statement 2 is incorrect.

Q.4) Consider the following statements:

1. In Buddhist Sculpture, the empty Seat was meant to represent the mahaparinibbana.

2. The symbol of Wheel stood for the first sermon of the Buddha.

Which of the statements given above is/are NOT correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.4) Solution (a)

In Buddhist Sculpture, the empty Seat was meant to indicate the meditation of Buddha and the Stupa was meant to represent the mahaparinibbana.

Hence Statement 1 is incorrect.

The symbol of Wheel stood for the first sermon of the Buddha delivered at Sarnath.

Hence Statement 2 is correct.

Q.5) Consider the following statements:

1. Mahastupa of Thotlakonda is located in the State of Madhya Pradesh.

2. DhamekStupa is located in the State of Gujarat.

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

Q.5) Solution (d)

Mahastupa of Thotlakonda is located in Thotlakonda Hills of Andhra Pradesh.

Hence Statement 1 is incorrect.

Dhamek Stupa is located in the State of Uttar Pradesh.

Hence Statement 2 is incorrect.

Q.6) Consider the following statements:

1. Rock cut temples in India were introduced by the Pallavas.

2. Panchpandava Ratha temples are monolithic temples representing five different styles.

3. Mahendravarman I was the pioneer of Rock-cut Architecture amongst the Pallavas.

Which of the statements given above is/are NOT correct?

a) 2 and 3 only

b) 3 only

c) 1 and 2 only

d) None

Q.6) Solution (d)

Q.7) Consider the following statements regarding Nagara style temple and Dravidan style temple?

1. Nagara temples have a Garbha griha while Dravidan temples do not.

2. Both Nagara and Dravidan temples have mandaps.

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

Q.7) Solution (b)

Q.8) Consider the following statements regarding Indo-Islamic architecture

1. Muslim architecture forbids replication of any living forms on any surface.

2. Qutub Minar has been constructed by Qutub-ud-din Aibak, Iltutmish and Firozshah Tughlaq

Which of the statements given above is/are NOT correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.8) Solution (d)


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Q.9) which of the Following pairs are correctly matched:

               Temple: Place

1. Dilwara Temples: Uttarakhand

2. Tungnath Temple: Rajasthan

3. Mahabalipuram Temples: Tamil Nadu

4. Mundeshwari Devi Temple: Bihar

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 3 and 4 only

d) All of the above

Q.9) Solution (c)

Q.10) Consider the following statements regarding Vesara style of architecture:

1. It is a combination of the ‘Nagara’ and ‘Dravida’ styles.

2. The Hoysala temples at Belur and Halebidu are the examples of the Vesara style.

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

Q.10) Solution (c)

Q.11) Consider the following statements

1. Gandhara School became the first to make the faces and figures of the Buddha.

2. The Buddha image at Mathura is modelled on the lines of Yaksha images.

Which of the statements given above is/are NOT correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.11) Solution (a)

Q.12) Consider the following statements

1.  The Mughal school of painting reached its zenith under Aurangzeb.

2. Madhubani folk art is the traditional art of Gujarat.

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

Q.12) Solution (d)

Q.13) Consider the following statements

1. In the earliest tradition of Indian music may be traced to Yajur Veda.

2. The earliest text dealing exclusively with performing arts is Matanga’s Brihaddesi

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

Q.13) Solution (d)

Q.14) Consider the following statements:

1. Dhamar, Thumri, Tappa are different styles of Carnatic music.

2. The musicians of Hindustani classical music are usually associated to a gharana.

Which of the statements given above is/are NOT correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.14) Solution (a)

Q.15) Which of the following pairs is/are correctly matched:

Drama    – Writer

1. Satya Harish Chandra  – Banabhatta

2. Padmavati  – Bharatendu

3. Neel Devi  – Jai Shankar Prasad

Select the correct answer using the code given below

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 2 only

d) None

Q.15) Solution (d)

Q.16) Consider the following statements with reference to the Miniature Paintings of Mughal era:

1. Religious rituals and mythology were the main theme of these miniatures

2. Hunting scenes and the scenes of court were also portrayed in these paintings

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

Q.16) Solution (b)

Q.17) Which of the following pairs is/are correctly matched:

       Folk Theatre : Place

1. Bhand Pahter : Jammu and Kashmir

2. Larite : Maharashtra

3. Jatra : West Bengal

4. Swang : Assam

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1, 3 and 4 only

b) 1 and 4 only

c) 1, 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q.17) Solution (c)

Q.18) Consider the following statements with reference to the Thangka Paintings:

1. These paintings are primarily found in Manipur.

2. The central figure in a Thangka is always Buddha only.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.18) Solution (d)

Q.19) Kundhei, Bommalattam are an example of

a) Theatre form of Kerala.

b) Form of String puppetry.

c) Theatre form combining dance and music.

d) Folk dance of Karnataka.

Q.19) Solution (b)

Q.20) Consider the following statements regarding ‘Chau Dance’ of India:

1. It is one of the classical dances of India.

2. It is performed in Jharkhand and West Bengal only.

3. It is performed during the spring festival of Chaitra Parva.

Which of the above statements are NOT correct?

a) 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 2 only

d) None of the above

Q.20) Solution (c)

Q.21) Consider the following statements

1. Lalitavistara is the most sacred Hinayana text.

2. Mahavastu is one of the most important works of Mahayana.

Which of the statements given above is/are NOT correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.21) Solution (c)

Q.22) Consider the following statements

1. Ashtadiggajas adorned the court of Gautamiputra Satakarni.

2. Swapna Vasavadattam is written by Shudraka.

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

Q.22) Solution (d)

Q.23) Consider the following statements

1. Urdu has its origin in old Brahmi

2. Iqbal’s Sarejahan se achcha is originally written in Urdu.

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

Q.23) Solution (b)

Q.24) Consider the following statements:

1. Adi Granth contains poetry of Guru Nana only.

2. Tuzek-e-Babari is written by Mughal Emperor Baber.

Which of the statements given above is/are NOT correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.24) Solution (a)

Q.25) Consider the following statements:

1. Aryabhatta is of the view that our Planet Earth is Achala.

2. Charak Samhita gives a description of 101 instruments used in surgery.

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

Q.25) Solution (d)

Q.26) Consider the following statements with reference to the Bengal School of Art:

1. It was associated with Indian nationalism and led by Rabindranath Tagore.

2. The Bengal school’s influence in India declined with the spread of modernist ideas in the

1920s.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.26) Solution (b)

Q.27) Consider the following in regard to how Sangam texts are different from the (Rig) Vedic texts:

1. Sangam texts do not constitute religious literature. Thus they were secular in nature.

2. The Sangam literature is a collection of long and short stories.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.27) Solution (a)

Sangam texts do not constitute religious literature. The short and long poems were composed by numerous poets in praise of numerous heroes and heroines. Thus they are secular in nature.

Hence statement 1 is correct.

The Sangam literature is a collection of long and short poems composed by various poets in praise of numerous heroes and heroines.

Hence statement 2 is incorrect.

Q.28) which of the following pairs is/are NOT correctly matched:

     Literary works: Written by

1) Harshacharita : Banabhatta

2) Ramacharita : Sandhyakara Nandi

3) Vikramanakadevacharita : Kalhana

4) Mushika Vamsa : Bilhana

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1, 3 and 4 only

b) 3 and 4 only

c) 1, 2 and 3 only

d) 3 only

Q.28) Solution (b)

Q.29) Which of the following statements with respect to the teachings of Kabir is INCORRECT?

1) He condemned caste and religious distinctions.

2) He believed in unity and formlessness of god.

3) He suggested asceticism to find true knowledge and salvation.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 2 only

b) 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) None of the above

Q.29) Solution (b)

Q.30) Early Sangam Tamil poems speak of five eco zones. In this context ‘Marutam’ refers to:

a) Hill and forests

b) Pasture land with low hills and thin forests

c) Fertile agricultural plains

d) Sea coasts

Q.30) Solution (c)

Q.31) Consider the following statements

1. The first English Factory was set up in India on the banks of River Hugli in 1651.

2. Aurangzeb issued a Farman to East India Company granting the right to trade duty free.

Which of the statements given above is/are NOT correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.31) Solution (d)

Q.32) Consider the following statements

1. After the battle of Plassey, Alivardi Khan was made the Nawab of Bengal.

2. Mir Jafar was reinstalled as Nawab of Bengal after the Battle of Buxar.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.32) Solution (b)

Q.33) Consider the following statements

1. After the Second Anglo-Maratha War, the Peshwa was removed and sent to Kanpur with a pension.

2. Lord Hastings initiated the policy of Paramountcy.

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

Q.33) Solution (b)

Q.34) Consider the following statements:

1. Doctrine of Lapse will be applicable to a Kingdom despite the presence of a female heir to the Kingdom.

2. Sind was annexed by the Company using the Doctrine of Lapse.

Which of the statements given above is/are NOT correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.34) Solution (b)

Q.35) Consider the following statements:

1. In 1770’s Faujdari Adalat was the term used for Civil Court in a District.

2. Even under Permanent Settlement the rent is revised once in every three years.

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

Q.35) Solution (d)

Q.36) Consider the following statements regarding the Regulating Act of 1773.

1. Supreme Court was constituted in Calcutta.

2. It appointed the First Governor-General of India.

3. It prohibited the Company servants from receiving gifts and bribes.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1,2 and 3

Q.36) Solution (c)

Q.37) which of the following statements regarding The Ilbert Bill is/are NOT correct?

1) European nationals could be judged by Indian Magistrates.

2) Imposition of restrictions on newspapers and magazines published in Indian languages.

3) Imposition of restrictions on carrying arms by Indians.

4) Imposition of additional tax on the land revenue during Famine.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 2, 3 and 4 only

d) 3 only

Q.37) Solution (c)

Q.38) With reference to Ryotwari System, consider the following statements.

1) Ryotwari System in Madras was introduced during the Governorship of William Bentinck.

2) Land revenue was collected directly from the peasant or ryot.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.38) Solution (b)

Q.39) Consider the following statements with reference to the Third Carnatic War:

1) It was an extension of Seven Year’s War being fought in Europe.

2) The French government sent a powerful army under the command of Sir Eyre Coote.

3) The war ended with signing of the Treaty of Paris.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) All of the above

Q.39) Solution (c)

Q.40) Consider the following statements with reference to the Third Anglo-Mysore War

1) It was fought between the Tippu Sultan, Marathas and Nizam on one side and the British on the other

2) The attack on British by Tippu became the immediate cause of the war.

3) The war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Mysore.

Which of the above statements is/are INCORRECT?

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.40) Solution (d)

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