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TIME-90 MINUTES                                                                                                                            MM-40 Marks

1. The paper has been divided into four sections – A, B, C and D.
2. Section A contains 24 questions. Attempt any 20 questions.
3. Section B contains 22 Questions. Attempt any 18 questions.
4. Section C contains two Case based Questions with 12 questions Attempt any 10 questions.
5. Section D contains Questions 59 & 60 which are Map Based Questions. Both the questions have to be attempted
6. All questions carry equal marks.
7. There will be no negative marking.


1. Who among the following was the author of book ‘The Story of Indian Archaeology’?
A. R E M Wheeler
B. John Marshall
C. S.N.Roy
D. Rakhal Das Bannerjee
2. Who among the following was the first Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)?
A. Alexender Cunningham
B. Harold Hargreaves
C. Daya Ram Sahni.
D. John Marshall
3. Which one among the following religious practices was seemed to be unfamiliar and unusual with the Harrapan culture?
A. Mother Goddess
B. Priest King
C. Yogic posture seal
D. Sanskritic Yajnas
4. Which of the following is the oldest stupa in India and was commissioned by the Mauryan King Ashoka?
A. Shanti Stupa
B. Amaravati Stupa
C. Sanchi Stupa
D. Nagarjuna Konda Stupa
5. Which one of the following aspects describes the meaning of ‘Tirthankaras’ in Jainism?
A. Supreme Being who is the incarnation of God
B. Those who guide men and women across the river of existence.
C. Those who follow the path of Vedanta asceticism
D. Those who know the ultimate truth and dharma
6. Which of the following empire issued gold coins for the very first time in first century CE?
A. Gupta Empire
B. Maurya Empire
C. Kushana Empire
D. Yaudheya Empire
7. Which of the following city of the Harappan Civilization was exclusively devoted to craft production of Shell objects?
A. Kotdiji
B. Kalibangan
C. Manda
D. Chanhudaro
8. Who among the following was the composer of ‘Prayaga Prashasti’?
A. Kalidasa
B. Kalhana
C. Harisena
D. Banabhatta
9. In the domestic architecture of Harappa there were no windows in the walls along the ground level. Identify the possible cause mentioned by the archaeologists from the following options.
A. It was a custom.
B. To maintain privacy.
C. No concern of ventilation.
D. Part of unplanned process.
10. The composition of the Mahabharata has been traditionally attributed to a Rishi. Identify his name from the following options.
A. Rishi Kanada
B. Rishi Kapila
C. Rishi Agastya
D. Rishi Vyasa
11. Who among the following travelled in Vijayanagar Empire in the fifteenth century and was greatly impressed by the fortification of the empire?
A. Duarte Barbosa
B. Abdur Razzak
C. Colin Mackenzie
D. Domingo Paes
12. Who among the following was the first woman to be ordained as a bhikkhuni?
A. Mahapajapati Gotami
B. Yasodharā
C. Mahamaya
D. Dhammananda
3. Which of the following statement is correct regarding Mahnavami Dibba?
A. Mahnavami Dibba was part of ‘The King’s Palace Complex’.
B. Mahnavami Dibba was a part of Sacred Centre.
C. Mahnavami Dibba was a ‘Counselling Hall’
D. Mahnavami Dibba was a “Discussion Hall’
14. Krishnadev Raya belonged to which of the following dynasties?
A. Sangama
B. Tuluva
C. Aravidu
D. Suluva
15. ‘The mid-first millennium BCE is often regarded as a turning point in world history’. Which of the following is a significant aspect related to the statement?
A. Thinkers of the world tried to understand mysteries of existence
B. Development and expansion of the usage of coins
C. Emergence of early state in the form of Mahajan padas
D. Ganas and Sanghas were assisted by standing armies
16. Who among the following Gurus of Sikhs compiled Shree Guru Adi Granth Sahib?
A. Guru Teg Bahadur
B. Guru Arjan Dev
C. Guru Nanak Dev
D. Guru Gobind Singh
17. Why is the Harappan script called enigmatic? Choose the correct reason from the following options :
A. It resembles the Hieroglyphic script of Egypt.
B. It had too many symbols, between 600 and 1000 in number.
C. It was written from left to right.
D. Its script remains undeciphered till date
18. Who among the following was the best-known ruler of the Satavahana dynasty?
A. Yagnasri Satakarni
B. Simuka Satakarni
C. Gotami-puta Siri-Satakarni
D. Vashisthaputra Satakarni
19. Fill in the blank:
The compilation of Vinaya Pitaka, the Sutta Pitaka and the Abhidhamma Pitaka are called as…….
A. Dipavamsa
B. Tipitaka
C. Mahavamsa
D. Asokvadana
20. Which one of the following temples was used only by Vijayanagara rulers and their families?
A. The Vitthala Temple
B. The Virupaksha Temple
C. The Hazara Rama Temple
D. The Raghunatha Temple
21. Who among the following was the author of the book ‘Arthashastra’?
A. Bimbisara
B. Ajatshatru
C. Chanakya
D. Bindusar
22. Which of the following languages were spoken by Rayas and Nayakas in the Vijaynagar Empire?
A. Malayalam and Telugu
B. Kannada and Telugu
C. Tamil and Telugu
D. Sanskrit and Telugu
23. Which one of the following battles weakened Vijayanagar kingdom?
A. Battle of Talikotta
B. Battle of Panipat
C. Battle of Mysore
D. Battle of Travancore
24. Who among the following Begums provided money for the preservation of the Sanchi stupa?
A. Shahjehan Begum
B. Nur Jahan Begum
C. Rukaiyya Begum
D. Nur-un-Nissa Begum


25. Which of the following options given in Sangam text accurately describes ‘ Vellalar ‘and ‘Adimai’, as two categories of peasants in South Indian villages.
A. Vellelar, a ploughman and Adimai as landowner
B. Vellelar a landowner and Adimai a peasant
C. Vellelar a Peasant and Adimai a land lord
D. Vellelar a landowner and Adimai a slave
26. Read the following information and identify the practitioners of a sub-discipline of archaeology.
They are the specialists in ancient animal remains. They tried to study and understand the Harappans subsistence strategies through animal bones and found at Harappan sites and indicated that Harappan domesticated few animals.
A. Archaeo- Botanist
B. Archaeo- Zoologist
C. Geo-Archaeologists
D. Anthropologists
27. Which of the following pairs associated with Buddha’s symbolic representation is incorrect?
A. Empty seat – Meditation of Buddha
B. Wheel- Sermon of Buddha
C. Bodhi Tree- Birth of Buddha
D. Stupa- Mahaparinibbana
28. Identify the character of Mahabharata with the help of the following information.
A. Guru Vashsishtha
B. Guru Vyasa
C. Guru Sandeepni
D. Guru Dronacharya
29. Which of the following statements about Mahajanpadas are correct?
I. Mahajanapadas were Magadha, Koshala, Gandhara and Avanti only
II. Most Mahajanpadas were ruled by kings.
III. Some, known as ganas or sanghas, were oligarchies ruled under rajas.
IV. Each Mahajanpada had a capital city, which was often fortified.
• Guru or Mentor of Kaurvas and Pandvas
• Did not accept Eklavya as his disciple
30. Two statements are given in the question below as Assertion (A) and Reasoning (R). Read the statements and choose the appropriate option.
Assertion (A): From c. 500 BCE norms were compiled in Sanskrit texts known as the
Dharmasutras and Dharmashastras.
Reason (R): Brahmanas laid the codes of social behaviour for the society in general.
A. Both A and R are true, and R is the correct explanation of A.
B. Both A and R are true, but R is not the correct explanation of A.
C. A is true but R is false.
D. A is false but R is true.
31. Which of the following options is the most probable explanation for the incorporation of the’ Shailabhanjika’ Motif in the Sanchi Stupa?
A. Mahaparinibbana
B. Strength & wisdom
C. Auspicious symbol
D. Religious idol
32. Consider the following statement (s):
I. the Harappan civilisation was the development of urban centres.
II the most distinctive features of Harappan cities were the carefully planned drainage system
III Harrapan roads and streets were laid out along an approximate “grid” pattern
Which of the above statement (s) is/are correct about Harappa Civilisation?
A. Only I
B. Only II
C. I & II
33. Identify the character of Mahabharata with the help of the following information.
• Belonged to the Rakshasa clan
• Married with Bheema
• Mother of Ghatotkacha
A. Hidimba
B. Subhadra
C. Draupadi
D. Gandhari
34. He was called as ‘Devanampiya’ and Piyadassi’. He ruled the Indian subcontinent from c. 268 to 232 BCE. He is remembered for the propagation of Dhamma.
Who among the following ruler has been described in the above information?
A. Ashoka
B. Chandragupta Maurya
C. Samudra Gupta
D. Ajatshatru
35. Match the following
Archeologist Role /Contributions
(a) Alexander Cunningham (i) Discovered seals at Harappa
(b) Daya Ram Sahni (ii) First Director General of ASI
(c) John Marshall (iii) Brought a military precision in archaeology
(d) R E M Wheeler (iv) Announced the discovery of a new
(a) (b) (c) (d)
A (ii) (i) (iv) (iii)
B (iv) (iii) (ii) (i)
C (i) (ii) (iii) (iv)
D (i) (iii) (ii) (iv)
36 Which of the following information is/are correct about the Vijayanagar empire?
I. Its first dynasty was the Sangama dynasty.
II. Tuluvas were replaced by the Aravidu .
III. Krishnadeva Raya belonged to the Suluva dynasty.
IV. Harihara and Bukka were from Aravidu dynasty
37.The twelfth century witnessed the emergence of a new movement as Virashaiva tradition. This continues to be an important community in the region to date. Our understanding of this
tradition is derived from vachanas composed by women and men who joined the movement. Which of the following statement is correct about this tradition?
A. It emerged in Kerala.
B. It was led by a Basavanna .
C. Their followers were known Nayanars.
D. They supported the idea of caste and theory of rebirth.
38. Which one of the following is a correct pair?
Rulers Regions
A. Cholas Tamil Nadu
B. Hoysalas Orissa
C. Sultans Karnataka
D. Gajapati Deccan
39. Read the following information given in the box carefully:
• She was a Rajput princess from Merta in Marwar.
• She considered Lord Krishna as her lover.
Identify the name of the devotee of Saguna Bhakti from the following options
A. Andal
B. Gargi
C. Meera Bai
D. Maitreyi
40. Read the following statements:
I. Krishnadeva Raya’s rule was characterised by expansion and consolidation.
II. There was peace and prosperity in his empire.
III. He was credited with building some fine temples.
IV. He was defeated in the Battle of Rakshi Tangadi.
Which of the above statements are related to Krishnadeva Raya?
A. Only I
B. I, II and III
C. II, III and IV
D. I, III and IV
41. Fill in the blank:
Strategy used by Harappans for procuring raw materials may have been to send expeditions to areas such as the ————— region of Rajasthan (for copper) and south India (for gold).
Select the appropriate option:
A. Khetri
B. Alvar
C. Vagad
D. Marwar
42. Which one of the following teaching is not associated with the teachings of Mahavira or
Jaina Philosophy?
A. The entire world is animated.
B. Ahimsa (Non-Violence)
C. The cycle of birth and rebirth is not related to Karma.
D. Monastic existence is a necessary condition of salvation.
43. Which one of the following statements related to Buddhism is not correct?
A. Pilgrims such as Fa Xian and Xuan Zang travelled from China to India for knowledge.
B. Bodisattas were perceived as deeply compassionate beings.
C. Bodhisattas accumulated merit through their efforts and used it to attain Nibbana
D. Mahayana literally means the ‘great vehicle’
44. Read the following statements regarding Sufism in India:
I. They turned to asceticism and mysticism in protest against the growing materialism
II. They sought an interpretation of Quran on the basis of their experience.
III. Amir Khusroe was the disciple of Shaikh Nizamuddin Aulia.
IV. Sheikh Muinuddin Sijzi was from Delhi.
Which of the following statements are correct?
A. I,II, and III
B. III,IV and I
C. I,III and IV
D. II and IV
45. Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other labeled as Reason( R):
Assertion –(A)-Krishnadeva Raya’s rule was characterized by expansion and consolidation.
Reason-(R)- Vijayanagar kingdom acquired land between Tungabhadra and Krishna River due to its military preparedness.
From the above assertion and reason, find out which one of the following is true:
A- Both A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of A.
B- Both A and R are false.
C- A is correct but R is not correct.
D- R is correct but A is not correct.
46.Look at the figure below. Which school of art is evident on the image of Bodhisatta?
A. Gandhara School of Art
B. Mathura School of Art
C. Greeco-Roman School of Art
D. Amaravati School of Art
NOTE- The following question is for the visually impaired candidates only, in lieu of Q No:46
Buddha founded ———————an organization for monks –
A. Sangha B. Temples C. kanaqhas D Church

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