(Political History: Ancient Period)
1. Which Gupta ruler had led a compaign to the south and was an expert ‘ Veena’ player? fl.Tax. & Central Excise,91)
(a) Chandra Gupta I
(c) Chandra Gupta Vikramaditya
(d) Skanda Gupta
2. In which century did Ashoka reign? (Railways, 1991)
(a) Second century B.C. (b) Third century B.C.
(c) Second century A.D. (d) Third century A.D.
3. The medUim of exchange in gold during the Gupta period was known as the
(a) Dinara (b) Dramma
(c) Karshapana (d) Suvarna
4. Ashoka’s claim of greatness chiefly lay in the
(Transmission Executives’ Exam, 1992)
(a) Promotion of welfare of his people
(b) Extensive conquests
(c) Strengthening of army
(d) Exclusive patronage to Buddhism
5. Kanishka’s capital was at
(a) Amravati (b) Kanauj
(c) Mathura (d) Peshawar
6. Which of the following rulers was adorned with the title of ‘Maharajadhiraja” (King of Kings)?
(a) Chandragupta Maurya (b) Kanishka (c) Chandragupta I (d) Ashoka
7. Ashoka’s invasion of Kalinga resulted in (C.D.S. 1991)
(a) Peaceful relations with Kalinga.
(b) The development of peace and non-violence as state policy.
(c) Wealth and prosperity Of Mauryan empire.
(d) Victory to the policy of war and territorial conquests.
8. Who among the following has been called the ‘Napoleon of India?
(a) Samudragupta (b) Chandragupta
(c) Ashoka (d) Harshavardhana
9. Who amongst the following kings defeated Harsha’s army on the bank of river Narmada? (Transmission Exutive’s Exam, 1994)
(a) Krishnadeva Raya (b) Pulakesin II
(c) Rajendra I (d) Rajendra Chola
10. The achievements of Samudragupta are described in the (CJD.S. 1991)
(a) Hatigumpha inscription (b) Allahabad Pillar inscription
(c) Girnar inscription (d) Sarnath inscription
11. Saka era started from
(a) 78 B.C. (b) 78 A.D.
(c) 300 B.C. (d) 124 A.D.
12. Which one of the following important trade centres of ancient India was on the trade route connecting Kalyana with Vengi? (I.A.S. 1994)
(a) Tagara (b) Sripura
(c) Tripuri (d) Tamralipti
13. Gupta dynasty was famous for
(a) Art and architecture (b) Imperialism
(c) Revenue and land reforms (d) Patronage of literary work
14. Kharavela ruled over (NJXA. 1991)
(a) Malwa (b) Magadha
(c) Gandhara (d)’Kalinga
15. Who among the following earned the title of a ‘Liberator’?
(a) Chandragupta Vikramaditya
(c) Chandragupta Maurya
16. Ashoka was famous for
(a) His vast empire
(b) Preaching ahimsa
(c) Following the path of Buddha
(d) All of the above
17. The first metallic coin used in India was in
(a) Western India (b) Central India
(c) South India (d) Bihar and eastern U.P.
18. Kanishka organised the fourth Buddhist Council with a view to
(a) Compiling the original Buddhist texts
(b) Honouring the Buddhist scholar Ashvaghosha
(c) Reviving the Buddhist Sangha
(d) Examining the Buddhist scriptures and preparing commentaries
19. Which of the following explains the duties of Dharmamahamatras?
(a) The Minor Rock Edicts (b) The two Kalinga Edicts
(c) Arthashastra (d) Indica
20. Sake era was founded by (C.D.S. 1989)
(a) Ashoka (b) Harsna
(c) Kanishka (d) Vikramaditya
21. The valleys of Indus, Ganga and Jamuna were brought together for the first time under one political authority by (Transmission Exutive’s Exam, 1992)
(a) Chandragupta Maurya (b) Ashoka
(c) Chandragupta II (d) Prithvi Raj Chauhan
22. Which of the following Gupta rulers was equally great in the art of peace, wars and personal accomplishment?
(a) Chandragupta I (b) Chandragupta II
(c) Samudragupta (d) Skandagupta
23. Indicate the correct chronological order of dynasties in North-west India (I.E.S. 1991)
(a) Kushanas, Sakas, Parthians
(b) Sakas, Kushanas, Parthians
(c) Parthians, Sakas, Kushanas
(d) Sakas, Parthians, Kushanas
24. Which Kushanas King assumed the title ‘the Lord of the whole world’?
(a) Kadphises I (b) Kadphises II
(c) Kanishka (d) Huvishka
25. Who among the following assumed the title of ‘Ksitipasatapatih’ (Lord of hundred Kings)?
(a) Samudragupta (b) Chandragupta
(c) Skandagupta (d) Chanakya
26. Which of the following was the contemporary Bengal King during the time of Harsha of Kanauj? (i.A.S.1990)
(a) Bhaskaravarman (b) Divakaramitra
(c) Devagupta (d) Sasanka
27. The most famous Saka ruler in India was (N.D.A. 1992)
(a) Menander (b) Gautamiputra Satakarni
(c) Kadphises II (a) Rudradaman I
28. Dhanvantri, a renowned physician of ancient-India, adorned the court of
(c) Chandragupta Vikramaditya
29. The monk whom Chandragupta Maurya accompanied to South India was
(a) Asvaghosha (b) Vasumitra
(c) Upagupta (d) Bhadrabahu
30. Bimbisara was the ruler of (I.F.S. 1989)
(a) Magadh (b) Avadh
(c) Kamboja (d) Gandhara
31. Who among the following rulers held a religious assembly at Prayag every five years? a. Tax. & Central Excise, 1993)
(a) Ashoka (b) Kanishka
(c) Harshavardhana (d) Chandragupta Vikramaditya
32. The earliest example of a land grant is provided by an inscription of
(C.BJ. 1989, C.D.S.1995)
(a) The Guptas (b) The Maury as
(c) The Satavahanas (d) The Mahameghavahanas
33. Ashoka the Great, died in (C.B.1.1989)
(a) 206 B.C. (b) 216 B.C.
(c) 226 B.C. (d) 232 B.C.
34. Which Minor Rock Edict of Ashoka describes the conquest of Kalinga by Ashoka?
(a) No. X (b) No. XI
(c) No. XII (d) No. XIII
35. Chandragupta Maurya spent his last days at (UD.C.1989)
(a) Ujjain (b) Nalanda
(c) Sravanabelagola (d) Patna
36. The immortal fame of Ashoka largely rests upon
(a) His conversion to Buddhism and its propagation.
(b) His policy for the welfare of his subjects.
(c) His work in the sphere of religion and moral teachings.
(d) His extensive conquests. •
37. Kautilya was the Prime Minister of which of the following Indian rulers?
(a) Chandragupta Maurya (b) Chandragupta I (c) Ashoka (d) Harshavardhana
38. Which of the following ancient Indian states was an autonomous republic? a -F.S, 1989)
(a) Magadh (b) Kosala
(c) Anga (d) Sakya
39. Amongst the following, who contributed most to the Bhagvata cult?
(Teacher’s Exam, 1994)
(a) Parthians (b) Indo-Greeks
(c) Kushanas (d) Guptas
40. The Greek ambassador in the court of Chandragupta Maurya was
(a) Hiuen Tsang (b) Fahien
(c) Megasthenes (d) Seleucus
41. Ashoka Pillar at Allahabad provides information about the reign of
(a) Chandragupta Maurya (b) Chandragupta I (c) Samudragupta (d) Chandragupta II
42. King Harshavardhana lived in (Stenographer’s Exam, 1989)
(a) 2nd century A.D. (b) 2nd century B.C.
(c) 7th century A.D. (d) 7th century B.C.
43. The Arab conquest of Sind took place in
(a) 712 A.D. (b) 740 A.D. (c) 1001 A.D. (d) 1009 A.D.
44. During the Mauryan period, the administration of Pataliputra was in the hands of……… boards
(a) 3 (b) 4
(c) 5 (d) 6
45. In Ashoka’s administration, Rajukas looked after
(a) Religious matters (b) Collection of taxes
(c) Municipal administration (d) Administration of justice
46. Chalukya ruler, Pulakesin II defeated (Railways, 1992)
(a) Dharmpala (b) Samudragupta
(c) Harshavardhana (d) Chandragupta II
47. King Piyadassi referred to in some ancient Indian inscriptions is identified with (IF-S. 1989)
(a) Samudragupta (b) Chandragupta Maurya
(c) Bimbisara (d) Ashoka
48. The Mauryan dynasty was overthrown by
(a) Harsha (b) Samudragupta
(c) Pushyamitra Sunga (d) Kanishka
49. Which of the following regions did not form the part of Ashoka’s Empire’s?
(a) Kashmir (c) Madras (b) Taxila (d) Kanauj
50. Match the following
A. Rudradaman 1. Performance of Asvamedha
2. Defeat of Sakas
3. Repair of Sudarsana lake
B. Gautamiputra 4. Patronage of Jainism
(a) 2 4 3 1 (b) 3 2 4 1
(c) 1 2 34 (d) 2 3 14
1.(b) 2. (b) 3(d) 4.(a) 5.(d) 6(b) 7(b) 8(a) 9.(b) 10 (b)
11.(b) 12.(a) 13. (a) 14. (d) 15(c) 16.(d) 17.(d) 18(d)
19.(a) 20.(c) 21.(b) 22.(b) 23.(d) 24(b) 25. (c) 26. (d)
27. (d) 28. (c) 29.(d) 30.(a) 31. (c) 32. (c) 33. (d) 34. (d)
35.(c) 36. (a) 37.(a) 38.(d) 39. (d) 40. (c) 41. (c) 42. (c)
43. (a) 44. (d) 45. (d) 46. (c) 47. (d) 48.(a) 49. (c) 50.(b)