OAS Prelims 2020 Rapid Revision (30 Days): Ancient India (Day-1)

1. With reference to pre-historic art, which of the following is not correct?
a) Paleolithic and Mesolithic people practised painting
b) The paintings depict the religious beleifs of the people
c) Pre-historic art appears at several places, but Bhimbetka is the most striking site with 500 painted rock shelters
d) Many birds, animals and human beings are painted

2. The Megaliths are associated with which of the following periods?
a) Chalcolithic
b) Mesolithic
c) Neolithic
d) Pleisocene

3. Which of the following is not correctly matched?
a) Lothal: Dockyard
b) Kalibangan: Ploughed field
c) Dholavira: Actual remains of rhinoceros
d) Banwali: Toy plough

4. Which of the following is not correctly matched?
a) Alamgirpur: Hindon
b) Kalibangan: Ghaggar
c) Harappa: Indus
d) None of the above

5. Which one of the following pairs does not form part of the six system of Indian philosophy?
a) Mimamsa and Vedanta
b) Nyaya abd Vaisheshika
c) Lokayata and Kapalika
d) None of the above

6. The Brahmanas deals with:
a) Bhakti theory
b) Ritualism
c) Yoga
d) Meditation

7. Which of the following is not correctly matched?
a) Jhelum: Vitase
b) Ravi: Purushini
c) Ghaggar: Satadru
d) None of the above

8. The Jain philosophy holds that the world is created and maintained by:
a) Universal Law
b) Universal truth
c) Universal faith
d) Universal soul

9. With reference to Buddhist councils, which of the following is correctly matched?
a) First Council: Mahakassaapa
b) Second Council: Mogaliputta Tissa
c) Third Council: Vasumitra
d) None of the above

10. The Three jewels (Triratnas) of Jainism are:
a) Right speech, rith thinking and right behaviour
b) right faith, right knowledge and right action
c) right action, right livelihood abd right effort
d) right thought, non-violence and non-attchement

11. What is Mahabhinishkramana?
a) The renunciation of worldly life by Mahavira
b) The Great Going Forth by Mahavira
c) The renunciation of Worldly life by Buddha
d) The delivery of the first sermon by Buddha

12. Gandhara school of Art was deeply influenced by:
a) Hellenic art
b) Chinese Art
c) Persian Art
c) None of the above

13. The proceedings of the Third Buddhist Council led to the issue of which of the following Edicts?
a) Sarnath
b) Sanchi
c) Bhabra
d) Kalinga

14. Who among the following officials was appointed to look after the moral and spiritual uplift of the people during Ashoka’s regime?
a) Dharma Mahamatras
b) Anta Mahamatras
c) Rajukas
d) None of the above

15. Sarnath’s Lion capital is attributed to:
a) Kanishka
b) Harshavardhana
c) Ashoka
d) Chandragupta

16. Which of the following is na example of Mauryan art?
a) Image of Nara-Narayana in the temple at Deogarh
b) Terracotta figures found at Ter
b) The panel showing Mahakapi Jataka at Barhut
d) Bull Capital at Rampurva

17. Who authored the Tamil epic Silappatikaram?
a) Ilango
b) Tiruvalluvar
c) Saint Agattiyar
d) Sattanar

18. The most important industry in Sangam Age was:
a) Production of cloth
b) Raising of pepper
c) Glass Industry
d) None of the above

19. The Sunga ruler Bhaga erected a monolithic Garuda at:
a) Besnagar
b) Varanasi
c) Rajagriha
d) Pataliputra

20. During Kanishka’s reign, the center of political activity shifted from Magadha to:
a) Purushapura
b) Delhi
c) Ayodhya
d) Kannauj

21. The Hathigumpha inscription in Odisha contains:
a) The record of entire span of Kharavela’s reign
a) The last 12 years of Kharavela’s reign
c) The important facts of Kharavela’s reign
d) The first 13 years of Kharavela’s reign

22. Who authored the famous ProyagRaj Prasasti?
a) Kalidasa
b) Sudraka
c) Harisena
d) Ravikirti

23. Kadambari was written by:
a) Kalidasa
b) Kautilya
c) Harshavardhana
d) Banabhatta

24. Which of the following was a speecial feature of Chola administration?
a) Autonomy for village adminsitration
b) Division of empire into Mandalam
c) Full powers to miisters in the rule
d) Cheap and proper tax collecting method

25. Bronze coins of Nataraja cast during the Chola period invariably sjow the deity with:
a) Two hands
b) Four Hands
c) Six hands
d) Eight Hands

26. The Statue of Gomateshwara at Sravanabelagola was built by:
a) Chandragupta Maurya
b) Kharavela
c) Amoghovarsha
d) Chamundaraya

27. Match the folowing:
A. Chaitya
B. Stupa
C. Gomateshwara
D. Brick Temple
1. Amaravati
2. Shravanbelogola
3. Karle
4. Rajgir
5. Halebid
a) A-3, B-1, C-4, D-2
b) A-1, B-2, C-3, D-4
c) A-3, B-1, C-2, D-3
d) A-3, B-1, C-2, D-5

28. Match the followings:

A. Khajuraho temples
B. Dilwara temple at Mt. Abu
C. Jagannatha temple at Puri
D. Vithalaswami temple
Built by:
1. Chandellas
2. Tirumalai Nayak
3. Chalukyas
4. Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva
5. Vijayanagar rulers
a) A-2, B-1, C-5, D-3
b) A-4, B-5, C-3, D-2
c) A-3, B-4, C-5, D-2
d) A-1, B-3, C-4, D-5

29. The famois Battle of Takkolam in South India was fought between:
a) Cholas and North Chalukyas
b) Cholas and Rashtrakutas
c) Cholas and Hoyasalas
d) Cholas and Pandyas

30. Consider the following Statements:
1. The Chinese pilgirm Fa-Hien attended the fourth Great Buddhist Council held by Kanishaka
2. The Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang met Harsha and found him to be antagonistic to Buddhism
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

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