Quiz 478 – GS Practice Paper (History)

1. The famous tripartite struggle was fought by Palas, Pratihars and Rushtrakutas because these powers were keen to

(a) Break the Rusthtrakuta-Asoka alliance

(b) Capture river-bound trade through Ganga

(c) Reduce Kannauj as their feudatory

(d) Establish supremacy over Kannauj


2. Which of the following is NOT one of the proofs of maritime activities of the Indus Valley people?

(a) The discovery of a wooden ship from Lothal.

(b) The discovery of a dockyard at Lothal.

(c) The discovery of a ship drawing on a seal.

(d) The discovery of cylindrical seals at Lothal.


3. Consider the following statements:

  1. Lothal in Gujarat was a dockyard of Indus Valley Civilization.
  2. At Mohenjodaro, Great bath, a large swimming pool-like complex is located and a large granary or storage house is found at Harappa.
  3. Mohenjodaro was the first site to be excavated in the Indus Valley Civilization.

Which of the following is/are correct:

(a) Only 1

(b) Both 1 and 2

(c) Both 2 and 3

(d) All of these


4. In which of the following sects of Buddhism, Devi Tara is the chief deity?

(a) Shahajayana

(b) Kalachakrayana

(c) Vajrayana

(d) Hinayana


5. The Pallavas of Kanchi in the far south were great patrons of art, specially cave and temple architecture. Which of the following is the best example of monolithic (Ekashmak) temple built during this period.

(a) Kailash Temple at Kanchi

(b) Rath Temple at Mahabalipuram

(c) Panch-Pandava Temple at Pallavaram

(d) Rudravaleshwar Temple at Mamandur


6. Alexander, the ruler of Macedonia, invaded India in 326 BC. This invasion had numerous effects except:

(a) Exposing India to Europe by opening up distinct line of communication by sea.

(b) Exposing India to Europe by opening up distinct lines of communication by land.

(c) Cultural contact led to perversion in the field of art.

(d) Paving the way for the unification of north India under Chandragupta Maurya.


7. Consider the following statements:

  1. Harsha governed his empire on the same line as did the Guptas, but his administration had feudal and decentralized.
  2. Harsha is called the last great Hindu emperor of India because he was a staunch follower of Hinduism.
  3. The early history of Harsha’s reign is reconstructed from a study by Banabhatta, who was his court poet and who wrote a book called Harshacharita.
  4. Harsha made Kannauj his seat of power and from there he extended his authority in all directions.

The correct statement(s) is/are

(a) Only 1

(b) Both 1 and 3

(c) 1, 3 and 4

(d) All of these


8. Dara Sikoh, the eldest son of Shah Jahan, was the follower of the _____ Sufi Silsilah (order).

(a) Suhrawardi

(b) Naqhhabandi

(c) Qadriya

(d) Chistiya


9. Tipu Sultan is known for his exemplary achievements. In this regard, consider the following statements:

  1. Tipu was called as the ‘Napoleon of India’.
  2. Tipu Sultan gave support to Goddess Sharda temple.
  3. Tipu Sultan was a member of the Jacobean Club.
  4. “Tree of liberty” was planted in Mysore by Tipu Sultan.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

(a) Both 1 and 3.

(b) Both 2 and 4

(c) 2,3 and 4

(d) All of these


10. Which one of the following pairs is NOT correctly matched?

(a) Khudai Khidmatgar – Abdul Ghaffar Khan

(b) Khaksar – Inayat Ullah Mashriqui

(c) Majis-i-Ahrar – Maulana Azad

(d) Deoband School – Saiyyad Ahmad Madani



  1. (d) After the decline in position of Patliputra in the post-Gupta period, Kannauj became the symbol of power and prosperity in Northern India.
  2. (a)
  3. (b) Harappa was the first site to b excavated.
  4. (c) Vajrayana emerged in the seventh century AD in Bangla. It was a Trantrik sect of Buddhism.
  5. (c) Rath Temples or seven pagodas are small temples, located at the coast of Mahabalipuram, the city founded by Chola ruler Narsimha Varman “Mamalla”.
  6. (c)
  7. (c) Harsha is called the last Great Hindu emperor of India, but he was neither a staunch Hindu nor the ruler of the whole country.
  8. (c) Dara Sikoh used to visit Mia Mir, famous saint of Qadriya Silsilah, who lived at Lahore.
  9. (c)
  10. (d) The deoband School was an Islamic Seminary, formally called Darul Uloom Deoband, founded by Rashid Ahmed Gangohi and Muhammad Qasim Nanotvi.

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