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

Banabhatta

B

Harshavardhana

C

Baskaravardhana

D

Bindusara

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Q 6. 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 7. 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 8. Which was NOT composed by Harshavadhana —

Harshacharita

B

Ratnavali

C

Priyadarshika

D

Nagananda

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Q 9. 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 10. Who, , was not a part of the Mauryan dynasty —

Ajatsatru

B

Bindusara

C

Chandragupta Maurya

D

None of these

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Q 11. The Virupaksha Temple was built by the —

Chalukyas

B

Pallavas

C

Vakatakas

D

Satavahanas

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Q 12. 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 13. The Third Buddhist Council was patronised by —

A

Kanishka

Ashoka

C

Mahakashyap Upali

D

Sabakami

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Q 14. The Pallavas ruled from —

Kanchipuram

B

Madurai

C

Tanjore

D

Tiruchendur

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Q 15. Which Gupta kings stopped the Huns from invading India —

A

Kumaragupta

B

Samudragupta

Skandagupta

D

Chandragupta

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Q 16. Who was the pioneer of Yoga —

Patanjali

B

Vagbhata

C

Atreya

D

Vrudukanta

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Q 17. The Great Bath of Indus Valley Civilization is found at; —

A

Harappa

Mohenjodaro

C

Ropar

D

Kalibangan

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Q 18. Name the temple in Indonesia where scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharatha are depicted. —

Borobudur

B

Kailashnath

C

Angkor Wat

D

Brihadeshwara

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Q 19. The capital of the ancient Chola kingdom was —

Uraiyur

B

Kaveripoompattinam

C

Thanjavur

D

Madurai

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Q 20. Name the famous King of Kushan dynasty. —

Kanishka

B

Pulakeshin

C

Harsha

D

Vikramaditya

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Q 21. The site of birth [nativity] of Gautam Buddha is marked by : —

A

a monastery

a “Rummindei Pillar” of Ashok Maurya

C

a statue

D

a Peepal Tree

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Q 22. Which one tribal assemblies was normally involved in the election of the tribal chief —

Samiti

B

Sabha

C

Gana

D

Vidata

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Q 23. The author of ‘Arthashastra’ was a contemporary of —

A

Ashoka

Chandragupta Maurya

C

Samudragupta

D

Chandragupta Vikramaditya

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Q 24. Which one was the book written by Amoghvarsha the Rashtrakuta King —

A

Adipurana

B

Ganitasara Samgraha

C

Saktayana

Kavirajamarga

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Q 25. Who built the Kailasanatha Temple at Ellora----

A

Rajendra I

B

Mahendra Varman I

Krishna I

D

Govinda I