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UPSC Civil Services Prelims(CSP) 2019 will be held on June 2nd 2019. This means it is time to start solving as many mocks and practise questions as possible. To help you with the same, we have compiled a few UPSC History questions prepared by experts. These UPSC History Questions are important for the UPSC 2019 Prelims exam.

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List of UPSC History Questions for Prelims

UPSC History Questions for Prelims – Question 1

Consider the following about Udayagiri Caves:

1) These caves house rock-cut temples.

2) They were built under the patronage of Gupta rulers.

3) The site is associated with Hinduism and Buddhism.

Select the correct statement(s) form given code:

(1) 1 only

(2) 2 & 3 only

(3) 1 & 3 only

(4) 1 & 2 only

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UPSC History Questions Prelims – Question 2

Tholpavakoothu is a folk art of which state?

(1) Tamil Nadu

(2) Karnataka

(3) Kerala

(4) Andhra Pradesh

 

UPSC History Questions Prelims – Question 3

Which of the following statements is/are correct about Vipassana?

1) It is a sect of Buddhism based on ideas of Bhakti movement.

2) It was taught by Lord Buddha.

Select the answer from given code:

(1) 1 only

(2) 2 only

(3) Both 1 & 2

(4) Neither 1 nor 2

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UPSC History Questions Prelims – Question 4

Match the following correctly:

Performance Art State

1) Kavadiya Bhats a) Jammu & Kashmir

2) Maniharo Ras b) Rajasthan

3) Ladishah c) Odisha

4) Gotipua d) Gujarat

Select the answer from given code:

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

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

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

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

 

UPSC History Questions Prelims – Question 5

Consider the following about Paryushan Parva:

1) It is a festival celebrated by the Jain community.

2) It is celebrated annually for self-purification and uplift of an individual.

 Select the correct statement(s) from the given code:

(1) 1 only

(2) 2 only

(3) Both 1 & 2

(4) Neither 1 nor 2

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UPSC History Questions Prelims – Question 6

Which of the Jain pilgrim place is associated with “Mahamastaka- Abhisheka festival”?

(1) Vaishali

(2) Pavapuri

(3) Vallabhi

(4) Shravanabelagola

 

UPSC History Questions Prelims – Question 7

What was the philosophy of Saint Ramanujacharya?

(1) Advaita

(2) Dvaita

(3) Nyaya

(4) Vishishtadvaita

 

UPSC History Questions Prelims– Question 8

Consider the following about Tholpavakoothu:

1) It is a theatre art form practised in Kerala.

2) Ramayana is the prominent play staged in this art form.

Select the correct statement(s) from given code:

(1) 1 only

(2) 2 only

(3) Both 1 & 2

(4) Neither 1 nor 2

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UPSC History Questions – Question 9

Consider the following statements about Syed Ahmad Khan:

1) Publisher of Tehzeeb-ul-Ikhlaq journal.

2) Founder of Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College, which is referred to as Aligarh movement.

3) He was a member of Muslim League in its initial stages.

Select the correct answer:

(1) 1 & 2 only

(2) 2 & 3 only

(3) 2 only

(4) All of the above

 

UPSC History Questions Prelims – Question 10

Consider the following Statements with reference to ‘Quit India Movement’

  1. a) The Failure of Cripps mission was one of the reasons for launching if the movement
  2. b) Aruna Asif Ali played a major role in the second phase of the movement

 

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(1) Only a

(2) Only b

(3) Both a and b

(4) Neither a nor b

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UPSC History Questions Prelims – Question 11

Consider the following statements with reference to ‘Bakhshali Manuscript’

a) The first record of the use of mathematical symbol zero is found in this manuscript.

b) It is the oldest Indian Mathematical text

Select the correct statements.

(1) only a

(2) only b

(3) Both a and b

(4) Neither a nor b

 

UPSC History Questions – Question12

Recently Kesaria Stupa has been declared a monument of national importance by ‘Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)’, It was built by which of the following rulers?

(1) Chandra Gupta Maurya

(2) Samudra Gupta

(3) Ashoka

(4) Harshavardhana

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List of UPSC History Answers for Prelims

UPSC History Questions – Answer 1

Option – 4

Solution:

The Udayagiri caves are in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh. It is famous for a series of rock-cut caves and temples dating back to the Gupta Period. So, statement 1 is correct.

They lie on two low sandstone hills between the rivers Betwa and Bes. They fell directly on the Tropic of Cancer and thus the name translates to Mount of Sunrise. On the day of summer solstice, the sun would have been directly overhead, making this a place of worship. It is built under the patronage of the mighty Gupta ruler Chandragupta II Vikramaditya. So, statement 2 is correct.

 

UPSC History Questions – Answer 2

Option – 3

Solution:

Tholpavakoothu, a 2,000-year-old shadow puppet art form practised in Thrissur, Palakkad and Malappuram districts of Kerala.

Episodes (Kandams) of the Kamba Ramayana are staged in this art form. Legend has it that as Bhagavathy, or the Mother Goddess, was fighting the demon Darika, she could not watch the Rama-Ravana war. So, the Ramayana is staged for her.

The Koothu is performed on a stage called Koothumadam, and many temples have such permanent structures. The 42-foot-long stage has a screen (white cloth) behind which the puppets are held. The shadow play unfolds in the light cast by lamps lit in coconut shells. When the shlokas are recited, the puppets are moved to the accompaniment of musical instruments such as the chenda, maddalam, ezhupara, ilathalam, conch and cherukuzhal. The performance starts around 8 p.m. and winds up at dawn. The puppets were made using deerskin in the past, but now goat and buffalo hide are used. The puppets are mounted on bamboo shafts that act as supports for the flat figures and allow the puppeteers to manipulate them.

Source: The Hindu (November 2017)

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UPSC History Questions – Answer 3

Option – 2

Solution:

Vipassana – a meditation technique taught by Lord Buddha. This practice includes three simple precepts – Morality, Concentration of mind and Self-realisation through awareness and insight. It is a non-sectarian meditation technique that applies equally to all human beings irrespective of caste, religion, language, gender or age.

Source: PIB (January 2018)

 

UPSC History Questions – Answer 4

Option – 1

Solution:

Kavadiya Bhats of Rajasthan, Bhand Pather and Ladishah of Kashmir, Maniharo Ras and Siddhi Dhamal from Gujarat, Gotipua from Odisha, Tamang Shello from Sikkim.

Kavadiya Bhats- singing is known as ‘Kaavad Banchna’ and the singer commonly known as Kavadiya Bhats.

Ladishah- a form of conveying the message in poetry and in a sarcastic manner.

Siddhi Damal- Tribal Dance of Gujarat performed by Siddhi Goma.

Gotipua- performed by young boys who dress up as female to praise Lord Jagannath and Lord Krishna.

Source: PIB (October 2017)

 

UPSC History Questions – Answer 5

Option – 3

Solution:

Paryushan Parva is celebrated by the Jain Community. It is celebrated by both sects- Shvetambars and Digambars. It is observed every year in the auspicious month ‘Bhadrapad’ of the Hindu calendar. So, statement 1 is correct.

It is celebrated annually for self-purification and uplift. The last day of Paryushan Parva is observed as Samvatsari. This is indeed a remarkable tradition. The festival of Samvatsari is symbolic of forgiveness, non-violence and brotherhood. It is also known as the Kshamavani Parva. So, statement 2 is correct.

Source: PIB (August 2017)

 

UPSC History Questions – Answer 6

Option – 4

Solution:

The “Mahamastaka- Abhisheka festival” is associated with Bahubali, 2nd Jain Tirthankar. It is located in Shravanabelagola in Karnataka.

About Gomateswar statue: It is a huge Monolithic statue carved by Western Ganga. (Made up of a single stone)

Source: The Hindu

 

UPSC History Questions – Answer 7

Option – 4

Solution:

It is a school of Vedanta philosophy which believes in all diversity subsuming to an underlying unity. Ramanuja, the main proponent of Visishtadvaita philosophy contends that the Prasthana Traya (“The three courses”) i.e Upanişhads, Bhagavad Gītā, and Brahma Sūtras are to be interpreted in a way that shows this unity in diversity, for any other way would violate their consistency.

(Note: PM Narendra Modi released a commemorative stamp on the 1000th birth anniversary of a Saint Ramanujacharya on May 1, 2017, in New Delhi.)

Source: PIB

 

UPSC History Questions – Answer 8

Option – 2

Solution:

Tholpavakoothu, a 2,000-year-old shadow puppet art form practised in Thrissur, Palakkad and Malappuram districts of Kerala. So, statement 1 is incorrect.

Episodes (Kandams) of the Kamba Ramayana are staged in this art form. Legend has it that as Bhagavathy, or the Mother Goddess, was fighting the demon Darika, she could not watch the Rama-Ravana war. So, the Ramayana is staged for her. So, statement 2 is correct.

The Koothu is performed on a stage called Koothumadam, and many temples have such permanent structures. The 42-foot-long stage has a screen (white cloth) behind which the puppets are held. The shadow play unfolds in the light cast by lamps lit in coconut shells. When the shlokas are

 

UPSC History Questions – Answer 9

Option – 1

Solution:

Tehzeeb-ul-Ikhlaq was a journal published by the Muslim reformer Sir Syed Ahmed Khan between 1871 and 1897. The journal published alternative Muslim perspectives.

In 1875, founded the Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College, the first Muslim university in South Asia. During his career, Syed repeatedly called upon Muslims to loyally serve the British Empire and promoted the adoption of Urdu as the lingua franca of all Indian Muslims.

Muslim League was formed in 1906 by Aga Khan III. Syed Ahmed Khan was not associated with it.

Source: The Indian Express

 

UPSC History Questions – Answer 10

Option – 3

Solution:

In 2017, 75th anniversary of ‘Quit India Movement’ was celebrated in 2017. The Failure of Cripps Mission was one of the Primary reasons for the launch of Quit India Movement. After the arrest of All major leaders of Congress, Aruna Asif Ali, a young woman carried on the movement by co-

ordinating protests through underground radio channels.

Source: Bipin Chandra’s ‘India after Independence’

 

UPSC History Questions – Answer 11

Option – 3

Solution:

In 2017, Oxford University identified ‘the black dot on a third-century ‘Bakhshali manuscript’ as the first recorded use of the mathematical symbol zero, almost 500 years earlier than previously thought. The birch bark scroll is known as the ‘Bakhshali manuscript’ after the village, which is now in Pakistan, where it was found buried in 1881.

The Bakhshali manuscript is already recognised as the oldest Indian mathematical text. The text was in fact found to contain hundreds of zeroes, representing orders of magnitude in the ancient Indian numbers system.

Source: Live Mint and Economic Survey 2017-18

 

UPSC History Questions – Answer 12

Option – 3

Solution: Kesaria—an insignificant, tiny town in the district of East Champaran boasts the tallest stupa in the world, built by the Mauryan king Asoka. The Kesaria stupa has a circumference of almost 1,400 ft (430 m) and rises to a height of about 104 ft (32 m). It is one-feet taller than the Borobodur stupa in Java, which was recognised by the UNESCO as the tallest Buddhist monument in the world.

Source: The New Indian Express.

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