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Explore popular questions for UPSC. This collection includes questions from History, Geography, Indian Polity and Governance. They're hand picked by top teachers from a vast pool of questions including previous year UPSC questions.

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Q 1. Who started the Saka Era which is still used by the Government of India —

Kanishka

B

Vikramaditya

C

Samudra Gupta

D

Asoka

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Q 2. Who, according to the Buddhists, is believed to be the next incarnation of Gautam Buddha —

A

Atreya

Maitreya

C

Nagaijuna

D

Kalki

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Q 3. The ‘Ajivikas’ were a —

sect contemporary to the Buddha

B

breakaway branch of the Buddhists

C

sect founded by Charvaka

D

sect founded by Shankaracharya

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Q 4. The Rathas of Mahabalipuram was built during the reign of the —

A

Palas

B

Cholas

C

Rashtrakutas

Pallavas

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Q 5. Upto where did Chandragupta Maurya’s empire extend in the north-west —

A

Ravi river

Indus river

C

Satluj river

D

Hindukush range

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Q 6. Ashoka called the Third Buddhist Council at —

Pataliputra

B

Magadha

C

Kalinga

D

Sarnath

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Q 7. Who was the author of the Kadambari, a great romantic play —

Banabhatta

B

Harshavardhana

C

Baskaravardhana

D

Bindusara

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Q 8. Who started the Saka Era and when —

A

Kadphises in 58 BC

B

Rudradaman I in AD 78

C

Vikramaditya in 58 BC

Kanishka in AD 78

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Q 9. Which event brought about a profound change in Ashoka’s administrative policy -----

A

The third Buddhist Council

The Kalinga War

C

His embracing of Buddhism

D

His sending of missionary to Ceylon

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Q 10. Which was NOT composed by Harshavadhana —

Harshacharita

B

Ratnavali

C

Priyadarshika

D

Nagananda

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Q 11. Which is not one of the animals carved on the Samath Pillar —

A

Humped Bull

Deer

C

Elephant

D

Horse

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Q 12. The striking feature of the Indus Valley Civilization was —

Urban Civilization

B

Agrarian Civilization

C

Mesolithic Civilization

D

Paleolithic Civilization

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Q 13. Who, , was not a part of the Mauryan dynasty —

Ajatsatru

B

Bindusara

C

Chandragupta Maurya

D

None of these

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Q 14. Who wrote the grammatical work Ashtadhyayi —

A

Charvaka

B

Kautilya

Panini

D

Kapila

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Q 15. The Virupaksha Temple was built by the —

Chalukyas

B

Pallavas

C

Vakatakas

D

Satavahanas

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Q 16. The gold coins were introduced first in India by —

A

The Kushanas

The Greeks

C

The Sakas

D

The Parthians

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Q 17. Gupta Dynasty was famous for —

art and architecture

B

imperialism

C

revenue and land reform

D

None of these

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Q 18. The Third Buddhist Council was patronised by —

A

Kanishka

Ashoka

C

Mahakashyap Upali

D

Sabakami

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Q 19. Carving in the famous Ajanta caves was first started during the reign of the —

A

Kadambas

Satavahanas

C

Rashtrakutas

D

Marathas

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Q 20. In which language were the Buddhist-texts ‘Pitakas’ composed —

A

Sanskrit

B

Ardhamagadhi

Pali

D

Prakrit

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Q 21. The Pallavas ruled from —

Kanchipuram

B

Madurai

C

Tanjore

D

Tiruchendur

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Q 22. Which Gupta kings stopped the Huns from invading India —

A

Kumaragupta

B

Samudragupta

Skandagupta

D

Chandragupta

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Q 23. Who was the pioneer of Yoga —

Patanjali

B

Vagbhata

C

Atreya

D

Vrudukanta

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Q 24. The Great Bath of Indus Valley Civilization is found at; —

A

Harappa

Mohenjodaro

C

Ropar

D

Kalibangan

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Q 25. Varahamihira is —

A

An astronaut

B

A space shuttle

C

A power station

An ancient astronomer