UPSC question paper – 2001-2005 – Ancient History



UPSC previous year question paper of subject Ancient History from the year 2001-2005 with answers.



#1. Who among the following was not a contemporary of the other three?[2005]

#2. Which one of the following four Vedas contains an account of magical charms and spells? [2004]

#3. With reference to ancient Jainism, which one of the following statements is correct? [2004]

#4. Consider the following statements: 1. The Chinese pilgrim Fa-Hien attended the fourth Great Buddhist Council held by Kanishka. 2. The Chinese pilgrim Hiuen-Tsang met Harsha and found him to be antagonistic to Buddhism. Which of the statements given aboveis/are correct? [2004

#5. Consider the following statements: [2003] 1. The last Mauryan ruler, Brihadratha was assassinated by his commander-in-chief, Pushyamitra Sunga.2. The last Sunga king, Devabhuti was assassinated by his Brahmana Minister Vasudeva Kanva whousurped the throne. 3. The last ruler of the Kanva dynasty was deposed by the Andhras. Which of these statementsis/are correct?

#6. Consider the following statements: [2003] 1. Vardhaman Mahavira's mother was the daughter of Lichchhavi chief Chetaka 2. Gautama Buddha's mother wasa princess from the Koshalan dynasty 3. Parshvanatha, the twenty-third Tirthankara, belonged to Benaras Which of these statementsis/are correct?

#7. Mrichchhakatika' an ancient Indian book written by Shudraka deals with:

#8. Consider the following statements: 1. The Cholas defeated Pandya and Chera rulers and established their domination over peninsular Indiain the early medieval times. 2. The Cholassent an expedition against Sailendra empire of South-East Asia and conquered some of the areas. Which of these statements is/are correct? [2003]

#9. Emperor Harsha's southward march was stopped on the Narmada river by:

#10. The ancient Indian play Mudrarakshasa of Visakhadutt has its subject on:

#11. In ancient Indian Buddhist monasteries, a ceremony called Pavarana used to be held. It was the:

#12. Which one of the following statementsis not correct?

#13. Match List-I (Ancient site) with List-II (Archaeological finding)and select the correct answer using the codes given below the lists: List-I List-II (Ancientsite) (Archaeological finding) A. Lothal 1. Ploughed field B. Kalibangan 2. Dockyard C. Dholavira 3. Terrcotta replica of a plough D. Banawali 4. An inscription comprising ten large sized signs of the Harappanscript

#14. Which one of the following animals was not represented seals and terracotta art of the Harappan culture?

#15. Who among the following presided over the Buddhist Council held during the reign of Kanishka at Kashmir ?

#16. Which one of the Chola kings conquered Ceylon? [2001]

#17. Assertion (A): Harshavardhana convened the Prayag Assembly. Reason (R): He wanted to popularize only the Mahayana form of Buddhism. [2001]

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

#19. Hoysala monuments are found in:[2001]


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