UPSC question paper – 2001 – 2005-Medieval History

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#1. Consider the following statements about Sikh Gurus: [2004] 1. Banda Bahadur was appointed as the military leader of the Sikhs by Guru Tegh Bahadur. 2. Guru Arjun Dev became the Sikh Guru after Guru Ram Das. 3. Guru Arjun Dev gave to Sikhs their own script Guru Mukhi. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

#2. How did the dynasty of Nizam Shahis of Ahmadnagar come to an end? (2004)

#3. Who was the last ruler of the Tughlaq dynasty of the Delhi Sultanate? (2004)

#4. Consider the following statements: 1. Narasimha Saluva ended the Sangama dynasty and seized the throne for himself and started the Saluva dynasty. 2. Vira Narasimha deposed the last Saluva ruler and seized the throne for himself. 3. Vira Narasimha was succeeded by his younger brother, Krishnadeva Raya. 4. Krishnadeva Raya was succeeded by his half brother, Achyuta Raya. Which of the statements given above are correct? (2004)

#5. Which one of the following sequences indicates the correct chronological order? (2004)

#6. How did Sultan Qutb-ud-din Aibak die? [2003]

#7. Consider the following statements: 1. Kitab-i-Nauras, a collection of songs in praise of Hindu deities and Muslim saints, was written by Ibrahim Adil Shah II 2. Amir Khusrau was the originator in India of the early from of the musical style known as Qawali [2003] Which of these statements is/are correct?

#8. How did the Mughal Emperor Jahandarshah's reign, come to an early end? (2003)

#9. Battle of Dharmat was fought between: (2003)

#10. Alam Khan, one of those who invited Babur to invade India was: [2003]

#11. The following item consist of two statements: one labelled as the Assertion (A) and the other as Reason (R). You are to examine these two statements carefully and select the answers to these items using the codes given below: Assertion (A) : Marathas emerged as the strongest native power in India after the decline of Mughal empire. Reason (R) : Marathas were the first to have a clear concept of a united Indian nation. (2003)

#12. Assertion (A): Saluva Narasimha put an end to the old dynasty and assumed the royal title. Reason (R) : He wanted to save the kingdom from further degeneration and disintegration. (2003)

#13. Assertion (A): Shah Alam II spent the initial years as an emperor far away from his capital. Reason (R): There was always a lurking danger of foreign invasion from the north-west frontier. (2003)

#14. Assertion (A): Emperor Akbar marched towards Afghanistan in 1581 with a huge army. Reason (R): He was on his way to reclaim his ancestral country of Ferghana in Central Asia (2003)

#15. With reference to Suffism in Indian history, consider the following statements: [2002] 1. Sheikh Ahmad Sarhandi was a contemporary of Ibrahim Lodi 2. Sheikh Nasiruddin Chirag-I-Dehlavi was a disciple of Sheikh Nizamuddin Auliya 3. Aurangzeb was a contemporary of Sheikh Salim Chisti 4. Qadiri order of Sufis was first introduced in India by Sheikh Niamutullah and Makhdum Muhammad Jilani Which of these statements are correct?

#16. Historian Barani refused to consider the state in India under Delhi Sultans as truly Islamic because: (2002)

#17. The following item consist of two statements, one labelled as "Assertion A" and the other as "Reason R". You are to examine these two statements carefully and decide if "Assertion A" and "Reason R" are individually true and if so, whether the "Reason R" is the correct explanation for the given Assertion A". Select your answers to these items using the codes given below and mark your Answer Sheet accordingly. Assertion (A): Muhammad Bin Tughlaq left Delhi, and for two years lived in a camp called Swarga-Dwari. Reason (R): At that time, Delhi was ravaged by plague and many people died. (2002)

#18. The motive behind Shah Jahan's Balkh campaign was to:(2002)

#19. With reference to medieval Indian rulers, which one of the following statement is correct? (2002)

#20. Who among the following was the first Bhakti saint to use Hindi for the propagation of his message? (2002)

#21. The following item consist of two statements. One labelled the 'Assertion A' and the other as 'Reason R' . You are to examine these two statements carefully and decide if the 'Assertion A' and the 'Reason R' are individually true and if so, whether the 'Reason R' is the correct explanation of the given 'Assertion A'. Mark your Answer-Sheet accordingly. Assertion (A): Battle of Khanua was certainly more decisive and significant than the First Battle of Panipat Reason (R): Rana Sanga, the Rajput hero, was certainly a more formidable adversary than Ibrahim Lodi. (2001)

#22. Which of the following pairs is correctly matched? [2001]

#23. Which among the following ports was called Babul Makka (Gate of Makka) during the Mughal period? (2001)

#24. Mongols under Chengiz Khan invaded India during the reign of : (2001)

#25. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the codes given below the lists: [2001] List-I (Bhakti Saint) List-II (Profession) A. Namdev 1. Barber B. Kabir 2. Weaver C. Ravidas 3. Tailor D. Sena 4. Cobbler

#26. In which one of the following cities is the Lingaraja Temple located? (2001)

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