UPSC,PCS,CDS,NDA /Ancient Indian History [Nation Sample Test,Sample questions

Question:
Ajatashatru began fortification of Rajgriha to meet the danger of invasion posed by which of the following kingdoms?

1.Avanti

2. Kosala

3.Vatsas

4.None of the above


Question:
Apart from Madurai, which among the following was also a capital of Pandyas?

1.Korkai

2.Kottaikkadu

3.Thirukkoloor

4.Pragasapuram


Question:
At which among the following places, the Dharma-Chakra Jina Vihara was constructed by Gahadavala Queen Kumaradevi?

1. Bodha Gaya

2.Rajgrih

3.Kushinagar

4.Sarnath


Question:
“All Indians are Free and not even one of them is a slave”. Who among the following has observed the above about the Mauryan Empire?

1. Megasthenes

2.Hiuen Tsang

3.Ashoka

4.Strabo


Question:
Bhagwati sutra is related to which of the following religions?

1.Buddhism

2.Jainism

3. Hinduism

4.Sikhism


Question:
Dhamma Mahamattas were mentioned in which of the following rock edicts?

1.Third Edict

2.Fifth Edict

3.Sixth Edict

4.Seventh Edict


Question:
Heliodorus was the Greek ambassador of which of the following Indo-Greek kings?

1.Antialcidas Nikephoros

2. Selecus Nicator

3. Alexander

4. Constantine


Question:
In which among the following metals, largest number of coins were issued in Gupta Era?

1.Gold

2.Silver

3.Copper

4.Brass


Question:
In which Mandal of Rigveda ‘Gayatri Mantra is mentioned?

1.III

2.IV

3.V

4. VI


Question:
In which of the following modern State, most of the 24 Tirthankar of Jainism attained nirvana?

1.Bihar

2.Uttar Pradesh

3. Rajasthan

4. Odisha


Question:
Menander I, the famous Indo-Greek ruler set up his capital at which place?

1.Sialdah

2.Sialkot

3.Pathankot

4.Rajkot


Question:
Pushyamitra Shunga, who was originally a Senapati of the Mauryan Empire and assassinated the last Mauryan Emperor Brihadrath in 185 BC was a ____?

1. Brahamin

2.Kshatriya

3.Vaishya

4. Shudra


Question:
Pushyamitra, the founder ruler of Sunga Dynasty performed how many Ashvamedha sacrifices?

1.None

2.1

3.2

4.3


Question:
Ratnavali, Priyadarsika and Nagananda are famous plays written by _?

1.Harsha

2.Kalidas

3.Samudragupta

4. Shudraka


Question:
Savatthi was capital of which among the 16 Mahajanpadas?

1.Kasi

2.Kosala

3.Matsya

4.Anga


Question:
The achievements of which ruler was recorded in Nasik Inscription?

1.Ashoka

2.Bindusara

3. Devabhumi

4.Gautamiputra Satkarni


Question:
The basic motive of Buddha’s teaching is ___

1.Attaining Liberation

2.Redemption from suffering

3.Improving the quality of life

4.Attaining individual and collective kaivalya


Question:
The Indian term Shaka’ is used for which of the following?

1. Parthians

2.Scythians

3.Kushans

4.None of the above


Question:
The Kadamba dynasty was founded by whom?

1.Konkanivarman

2.Kirtisarman

3.Mayurasharma

4.Yajnavarman


Question:
The Kalinga war was fought in which year of Ashoka reign?

1.6

2.7

3.8

4.9


Question:
The name of the state Bihar comes from an old name which denotes which of the following?

1.A Buddhist monastery

2. A forest

3.A Temple

4.An ancient empire


Question:
The provinces of the Mauryan empire were further divided into divisions and were headed by which of the following?

1.Pradeshikas

2.Rajukas

3.Yuktas

4.Sthanikas


Question:
To which of the following ethnic hordes, Toramana belonged to ?

1.Scythians

2.Hunas

3.Yue-chis

4.Sakas


Question:
What is the meaning of a Prasati ?

1. It was an inscription

2. It was a copper Plate

3.It was a Royal Charter on metal plate

4.It was a Eulogy of a King


Question:
What is the number of prehistoric rock shelters in Bhimbetka?

1.221

2. 243

3. 268

4.289


Question:
What was the advisory council of the king called in the 6th century BCE?

1.Sabha

2.Parishad

3.Samiti

4.Ayuktas.


Question:
What was the capital of Magadha Mahajanapada?

1.Nalanda

2.Rajagriha

3.Viratanagara

4.Potali


Question:
Which among the following is / are works of Kalidasa?

1.Raghuvamsha and kiratarjuniya

2. Kumarasambhava and Raghuvamsha

3.Malti madhava and Kumara Sambhav

4.Malti madhav and Kumara Sambhav


Question:
Which among the following is considered to be the oldest Veda?

1. Sam Veda

2.Yajur Veda

3.Rig Veda

4. Atharva Veda


Question:
Which among the following is NOT a Vedanga?

1.Kalpa

2.Sankya

3.Nirkuta

4.Chhanda


Question:
Which among the following place is related to coronation of Chola Kings?

1.Tanjaur

2.Vellur

3.Chidambaram

4.Madras


Question:
Which among the following site in Bihar is a Buddhist as well as Janism pilgrim place?

1. Bodhgaya

2.Rajgir

3.Nalanda

4.Vaishali


Question:
Which among the following was the last ruler of Gupta empire?

1.Vishnugupta

2.Chandragupta II

3.Buddhagupta

4. Kumaragupta II


Question:
Which among the following was the main contribution of Jainism to Indian Philosophy ?

1.The doctrine of rebirth

2. The doctrine of Syadvada

3.The doctrine of immortality of soul

4.The doctrine of Brahma is nirguna


Question:
Which Ashokan inscription prohibits animal slaughter?

1.Major rock edict III

2. Major rock edict I

3.Major rock edict IV

4.Major rock edict V


Question:
Which of the following Asokan inscription makes a precise reference to taxation?

1.Rummindei inscription

2.Allahabad pillar inscription

3.Barbara cave Inscription

4.Kandhar Inscription


Question:
Which of the following committee was responsible to register every birth and death in Mauryan administration?

1.Vital Statistics

2. Foreigners

3.Home Affairs

4.Tax Collection


Question:
Which of the following founded the new Magadh capital at Patliputra?

1.Bimbisara

2.Ajatashatru

3.Udayin

4.Shishunaga


Question:
Which of the following period saw the emergence of various mixed castes?

1. Mauryan period

2.Shunga period

3. Kanva period

4.Gupta period


Question:
Which of the following places is known for painted rock shelters belonging to Paleolithic and Mesolithic ages ?

1.Utnur

2.Uyyur

3. Bhimbetka

4.Bairath


Question:
Which of the following Shaka ruler repaired the Sudarshana Lake?

1.Maues

2.Azes

3.Rudradaman I

4.None of the above


Question:
Which of the following was the capital of Chola dynasty?

1.Madurai

2.Karur

3.Uraiyaur

4.Kaveripattnam


Question:
Which of the following was the first state to use elephants on a large scale against its neighbours?

1. Maurya

2.Magadha

3.Satvahanas

4.Kanvas


Question:
Which of the following was the head of the board of war chariots in Mauryan administration?

1.Padadhyaksha

2.Rathadhyaksha

3.Hastyadhyaksha

4. Asvadhyaksha


Question:
Who among the following is said to have crossed the Vindhyas in the later Vedic age and aryanise the south ?

1.Parashara

2.Agatsya

3. Jamadagni

4.Vasistha


Question:
Who among the following was behind the “epoch making” discovery of Arthashastra that altered the false perception of the European scholars that Ancient Indians learnt the art of administration from the Greeks?

1.R. Shamasastry

2.C. Sivarama Murti

3.K. S. Neelakantan Unni

4.Veturi Prabhakara Sastri


Question:
Who among the following wrote ‘Nagananda’?

1.Banabhatta

2.Simhanada

3. Pulakesin II

4.Harshavardhana


Question:
Who is ‘Mara’?

1.The Lord of Illusions

2.The Lord of evil

3.The Lord of delusion

4.The Lord of death


Question:
Who was the founder of Chalukya Dynasty ?

1.Vishnuvardhan

2.Pulakesin I

3.Kirtivarman I

4.Pulakesin II


Question:
Why the Buddha’s teachings are considered to be along the middle path?

1.It was based on two cultures

2.It avoided the extremes of habitual sensuality and habitual self-torture

3.It may be practiced by all very easily

4.It stood between the Vedic religion and Jainism


Question:
With which among the following places, the twenty third Jain Tirthankara was associated?

1.Vaishali

2. Kausambi

3. Varanasi

4.Sravasti


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