IAS PT Solved 2020-  Ancient History

Indian Epigraphy | Sahapedia

Q1.     With reference to the religious history of India, consider the following statements:

           1.    Sthaviravadins belong to Mahayana Buddhism.

           2.    Lokottaravadin sect was an offshoot of Mahasanghika sect of Buddhism.

           3.    The deification of Buddha by Mahasanghikas fostered the Mahayana Buddhism.

           Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

           (a)  1 and 2 only

           (b)  2 and 3 only

           (c)  3 only

           (d)  1, 2 and 3

Ans. (b) 2 and 3 only

Q2.     With reference to the history of India, the terms “kulyavapa” and “dronavapa” denote

           (a)  measurement of land

           (b)  coins of different monetary value

           (c)  classification of urban land

           (d)  religious rituals

Ans. (a) measurement of land

Q3.     Who among the following rulers advised his subjects through this inscription?

           “Whosoever praises his religious sect or blames other sects out of excessive devotion to his own sect, with the view of glorifying his own sect, he rather injures his own sect very severely.”

           (a)  Ashoka

           (b)  Samudragupta

           (c)  Harshavardhana

           (d)  Krishnadeva Raya

Ans. (a) Ashoka

Q4.     With reference to scholars/litterateurs of ancient India, consider the following statement:

           1.    Panini is associated with Pushyamitra Shunga.

           2.    Amarasimha is associated with Harshavardhana.

           3.    Kalidasa is associated with Chandra Gupta – II

           Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

           (a)  1 and 2 only

           (b)  2 and 3 only

           (c)  3 only

           (d)  1,2 and 3

Ans. (c) 3 only

Q5.     With reference to the cultural history of India, consider the following pairs:

           (1)  Parivrajaka – Renunciant and Wanderer

           (2)  Shramana – Priest with a high status

           (3)  Upasaka – Lay follower of Buddhism

                  Which of the pairs given above are correctly matched?

           (a)  1 and 2 only

           (b)  1 and 3 only

           (c)  2 and 3 only

           (d)  1, 2 and 3

Ans. (b) 1 and 3 only

Q6.     With reference to the period of Gupta dynasty in ancient India, the towns Ghantasala, Kadura and Chaula were well known as

           (a)  ports handling foreign trade

           (b)  capitals of powerful kingdoms

           (c)  places of exquisite stone art and architecture

           (d)  important Buddhist pilgrimage centres

Ans. (a) ports handling foreign trade

Q7.     With reference to the history of India, consider the following pairs:

           Famous Place                Present State

           1.    Bhipsa                 –   Madhya Pradesh

           2.    Dwarasamudra  –   Maharashtra

           3.    Girinagar             –   Gujarat

           4.    Sthanesvara       –   Uttar Pradesh

                  Which of the pairs given above are correctly matched?

           (a)  1 and 3 only            (b)   1 and 4 only

           (c)  2 and 3 only            (d)   2 and 4 only

Ans. (a) 1 and 3 only

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