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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.

Q 1.

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The home of Gargi, Maitrey, and Kapila was at-----

A

Vidisha

B

Ujjain

C

Pataliputra

Mithila

Q 2.

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Which area of India was known as Avantika in ancient times —

A

Avadh

B

Ruhelkhand

C

Bundelkhand

Malwa

Q 3.

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The Social System of the Harappans was : ---

Fairly egalitarian

B

Slave-Labour based

C

Colour (Varna) based

D

Caste based

Q 4.

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Which Vedas provides information about the civilisation of the Early Vedic Age —

Rig-veda

B

Yajur-veda

C

Atharva-veda

D

Sama-veda

Q 5.

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The university which became famous in the post-Gupta Era was : —

A

Kanchi

B

Taxila

Nalanda

D

Vallabhi

Q 6.

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The first Indian ruler, who established the supremacy of Indian Navy in the Arabian Sea was : —

Rajaraja I

B

Rajendra I

C

Rajadhiraja I

D

Kulottunga I

Q 7.

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Which statement on the Harappan Civilisation is correct —

A

Horse sacrifice was known to them.

B

Cow was sacred to them.

C

‘Pashupati’ was venerated by them.

The culture was not generally static.

Q 8.

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The First Tirthankara of the Jains was : ----

A

Arishtanemi

B

Parshvanath

C

Ajitanath

Rishabha

Q 9.

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The great silk-route to the Indians was opened by : —

Kanishka

B

Ashoka

C

Harsha

D

Fa-Hien

Q 10.

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The most important text of vedic mathematics is : —

A

Satapatha Brahman

B

Atharva Veda

Sulva Sutras

D

Chhandogya Upanishad

Q 11.

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Yavanika or curtain was introduced in Indian theatre by which —

A

Shakas

B

Parthians

Greeks

D

Kushans

Q 12.

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

Kanishka

B

Vikramaditya

C

Samudra Gupta

D

Asoka

Q 13.

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What inspired the paintings of Ajanta -----

Compassionate Buddha

B

Radha-Krishan Leela

C

Jain Thirthankaras

D

Mahabharata encounters

Q 14.

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Who was the first to invade India —

A

Xerxes

B

Alexander

Darius-I

D

Seleucus

Q 15.

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With which is the classic “Jivaka Chintamani” in Tamil associated —

Jainism

B

Buddhism

C

Hinduism

D

Christianity

Q 16.

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Where is Brihadeshwar Temple situated —

A

Kanchi

B

Madurai

C

Shri S hail an

Tanjore

Q 17.

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In Tamil literature the glorious books ‘Shilppadikaram and Mantmekhalai’ are related to —

A

Jainism

Buddhism

C

Hindusim

D

Christianity

Q 18.

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Who established Mahabalipuram —

Pallava

B

Pandya

C

Chola

D

Chalukya

Q 19.

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The Saka era commencing from A.D. 78, was founded by —

Kanishka

B

Asoka

C

Chandragupta

D

Vikramaditya

Q 20.

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Ganhadra school of art came into existence in —

A

Hinayana sect

Mahayana sect

C

Vaishnava sect

D

Shaiva sect

Q 21.

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Out remains excavated in Indus Valley, which one indicates the commercial and economic development —

A

The Pottery

Seals

C

The boats

D

The houses

Q 22.

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

A

Atreya

Maitreya

C

Nagaijuna

D

Kalki

Q 23.

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Who were contemporaries of Kanishka -----

A

Kamban, Banabhatta, Asvagosha

Nagarjuna, Asvagosha. Vasumitra

C

Asvagosha, Kalidasa, Banabhatta

D

Kalidasa, Kamban, Vasumitra

Q 24.

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Which rulers built the Ellora temples -----

A

Chalukya

Sunga

C

Rashtrakuta

D

Pallava

Q 25.

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The subject-matter of Ajanta Paintings pertains to —

A

Jainism

Buddhism

C

Vaishnavism

D

Shaivism