Misscellaneous (Ancient India)

1.Who deciphered th Brahmi and Kharoshthi scripts ?

(a) Piyadassi (b) Colin Mackenzie (c) Alexander Cunnigham (d) James Prinsep[CDS 2018]


2.What do the painting of Ajanta depict? 56

(a) Ramayana (b) Mahabharata (c) Jatakast 9 (d) Panchatantra [SSC Grad. 2003, RRB Mumbai Supervisor/IESM 2006)


3..The subject-matter of Ajanta painting pertains to

(a) Jainism (b) Buddhism (c) Vaishnavism (d) Shavism [SSC Gr. 2003]


4.Where did the game of Chess originate ?

(a) India (b) Persia (c) Arabia (d) Europe [SSC Mat. 2008]


5.The caves and rock-cut temples at Ellora are—

(a) Hindu and Buddhist (b) Buddhist and Jain (c) Hindu and Jain (d) Hindu, Buddhist and Jain [SSC Gr. 2008)


6.When was the ‘Panchtantra’ written ?

(a) Maurya period (b) Kanishka period (c) Gupta period (d) Harsha period


7.Which one of the following sources of Islam is associated 1 with the teachings of Prophet Mohammad ?

(a) Quran (b) Hidaya (c) Fiqah (d) Sunah [SCRA 2000]


8.Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer from the codes given below the lists:

List-I                List-II (Placement of park/monument) (state) A. Kazhugumalai

  1. Gujarat B. Mandu 2. Madhya Pradesh C. Palitana 3. Tamil Nadu D. Ranakpur
  2. Karnataka 5. Rajasthan


9.Taxila University was Situated In—–

(a) Pakistan (b) India (c) Bangladesh (d) Burma


10.Bhgavatism Centred around the worship  of-

(a) Siva (b) Bhaga (c) Karna  Suvarna (d)  Lakhnawali

Ans. d

11.Fahien and Huen _tsang visited the Kungdom of—–

(a) Chandragupta Maurya and Harsha Respectively respectively  (b) Harsha and Chandragupta Vikramaditya respectively (c) Chandragupta Vikramditya and Harsha respectly (d) Chandra gupta Vikramaditya and Harsha  respectively.

Ans. d

12.The decimal system was first known in India at the beginning of—-

(a) 2nd century AD (b) 3rd Century AD (c)th Century Ad (d) th Century

Ans. d

13.Which one of the following is considered an encyclopedia of Indian Medicine ?

(a) Charaka Samhita (b) Surya Siddhanta (c) Brihat Samhita (d) Lokayata [NDA 2004]

Ans. a

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

(a) Kautilya — Arthashastra (b) Hala – Gathasaptasati (c) Banbhatta – Buddhacharita(d) Kalidasa – Abhijnanashakuhtalam [NDA 2005]


15.Consider the following foreign visitors to India :

1.Fahien 3. Hiuen Tsang4. Megasthenes

The correct chronological order in which these persons visited India is—

(a) 4-3-1-2(b) 2-4-3-1 (c) 4-2-3-1

(d) 1-2-4-3 (CDS 2001]

16.The first major inscription in classical Sanskrit is that of

(a) Chandragupta Vikramaditya (b) Kanishka I  (c) Rudradaman (d) Samudragupta



17.Which one of the following is NOT correctly matched ?

(a) Bimbisaran  Magadha bbonate (b) Bindusara Maurya (c) Agnimitra AASunga (d) Sasankar e ne Kanva [CDS 2006)

 Ans.d                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     18.What is the correct chronological order in which the following kings ruled in India ? 1. Bimbisara 2. Mahapadmananda 3. Kanishka I 4. Skandagupta

Select the correct answer using the codes given below :

Codes :

(a) 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 (b) 4-3-2-1 (c) 2-3-4-1 (d) 3-1-4-2 (CDS 2008]


19.’Use of white marble, long legs and slender frames, human being as central characters and prominence of kings, princess and places’—were the characteristic features of which one of the following ancient art forms of India ?


(a) Amaravati School of Art (b) Gandhara School of Art (c) Mathura School of Art (d) Pahari School of Art [CDS 2010]


20.Which one of the following was known as Chalco-lithic Age ?

(a) Paleolithic Age (b) Neolithic Age (c) Copper – stone Age (d) Iron Age [44 BPSC 2001]


21.Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the codes given below the Lists :

List-I        List-II (Finding/Invention/Calculation) (Indian Scholar) A. Time taken by the earth to orbit the sun

  1. Aryabhatta B. Calculation of the value of pi 2. Bhaskaracharya C. Invention of the digit zero 3 . Bodhayana D. The game of snakes and ladders 4. Gyandev Codes: A

D (a) 2 (b) 1 3 2 4 (c) 23 3 [UPSC 2006]


22.The cultivation of cereals first started in

(a) Neolithic Age (b) Mesolithic Age (c) Paleolithic Age (d) None of these [UP PCS (M) 2005]


23.Carbon-dating is used to determine the age of

(a) Fossils (b) Plants (c) Rocks (d) None of these [Utt. PCS (P) 2008]


24.With reference to the scientific progress of ancient India, which of the statements given below are correct ? 1. Different kinds of specialized surgical instruments were in common use by 1st century AD. 2. Transport of internal organs in the human body had begun by the beginning of 3rd century AD. 3. The concept of sine of an angle was known in 5th century AD. 4. The concept of cyclic quadrilaterals was known in 7th centrury AD. Select the correct answer using the codes given below :

(a) 1 and 2 only (b) 3 and 4 only (c) 1, 3 and 4 only (d) 1, 2, 3 and 4


25.How many Tarangas are in ‘Rajatarangini’ of Kalhana ?

(a) Eightmus (b) Nine (c) Ten (d) Eleven


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