UPSC question paper – 2016-2020 – Ancient History



UPSC previous year question paper of subject Ancient History from the year 2016 to 2020 with answers.


#1. With reference to cultural history of India consider the followingpairs : [2020-1] 1. Parivrajaka — Renunciant and Wanderer 2. Shramana — Priest with a high status 3. Upasaka — Lay follower of buddhism Whichofthe pairs given above are correctly matched ?

#2. India, the towns Ghantasala, Kadura and Chaul werewell known as [2020]

#3. With reference to the history of India,consider the followingpairs: Famous Place : Present State 1. Bhilsa : Madhya Pradesh 2. Dwarasamudra : Maharashtra 3. Girinagar : Gujarat 4. Sthaneshwara : Uttar Pradesh Whichofthe pairs given above are correctly matched?

#4. Who among the following rulers advised his subjects through this inscription?: “Whosoever praises his religious sect or blames other sects out of excessive devotion to his own sect, with the view ofglorifying his own sect, he rather injures his own sect very severely.” [2020]

#5. With reference to the history of India, the terms “kulyavapa” and “dronavapa” denote [2020]

#6. Which of the following phrases defines the nature of the "hundi" generally referred to in the sources of the post- Harsha period? [2020-I]

#7. Consider the following events in the history of India:[2020] 1. Rise of Pratiharas under King Bhoja 2. Establishment of Pallava power under Mahendravarman — I 3. Establishment of Chola Parantaka — I 4. Pala dynasty founded by Gopala What is the correct chronological order of the above events, starting from the earliest time ?

#8. With reference to the religious history of India, consider the following statements: [2020-1] 1. Sthaviravadins belong to Mahayana Buddhism. 2. Lokottaravadin sect was an_ offshoot of Mahasanghikasect of Buddhism. 3. The deification of Buddha by Mahasanghikas fostered Mahayana Buddhism. Which of the statements given above are correct?

#9. With referenceto the cultural history of India, which one of the following is the correct description of the term [2020]

#10. Building 'Kalyaana Mandapas' was a notable feature in the temple construction in the kingdom of [2019]

#11. With reference to forced labour(Vishti) in India during the Gupta period, which one of the following statements is correct? [2019]]

#12. Consider the following : [2019-I] 1. Deification of the Buddha 2. Treading the path of Bodhisattvas 3. Image worship and rituals Whichofthe aboveis/ are the feature/ features ofMahayana Buddhism?

#13. In which ofthe following relief sculpture inscriptionsis "Ranyo Ashoka' (King Ashoka) mentioned along with the stone portrait of Ashoka? [2019-1]

#14. Which oneofthe following is not a Harappan Site? [2019]

#15. Consider the following pairs of Tradition vs State: 1. Chapchar Kutfestival: Mizoram [2018 ] 2. Khongjom Parbaballad: Manipur 3. Thang-Ta dance: Sikkim Which of the pairs given above is/are correct ?

#16. Consider the following pairs Craft vs Heritage of: 1. Puthukkuli shawls: Tamil Nadu [2018 ] 2. Sujni embroidery: Maharashtra 3. Uppada Jamdanisaris: Karnataka Which of the pairs given above is/are correct?

#17. With referenceto Indian history, who amongthe following is a future Buddha, yet to come to save the world? [2018]

#18. With reference to the religious practices in India, the "Sthanakvasi" sect belongs to(Prel8 Set-D) [2018]

#19. Which oneofthe following was a very important seaport in the Kakatiya kingdom? [2017]

#20. With reference to the difference between the culture of Rigvedic Aryans and Indus Valley people, which of the following statements is/are correct? [2017] 1. Rigvedic Aryans used the coat of mail and helmet in warfare whereas the people of Indus Valley Civilization did not leave any evidenceofusing them. 2. Rigvedic Aryans knew gold, silver and copper whereas Indus Valley people knew only copper and iron. 3. Rigvedic Aryans had domesticated the horse whereas there is no evidence of Indus Valley people having been aware of this animal. Select the correct answer using the code given below:

#21. Which ofthe following is/are famous for Sun temples? [2017] 1. Arasavalli 2. Amarakantak 3. Omkareshwar Select the correct answer using the code given below:

#22. The painting of Bodhisattva Padmapani is one of the most famous and oft-illustrated paintings at [2017]

#23. With reference to the religious history of India, consider the following statements: [2017] 1. Sautrantika and Sammitiya were the sects ofJainism. 2. Sarvastivadin held that the constituents of phenomenawere not wholly momentary, but existed forever in a latent form. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

#24. In the context ofthe history ofIndia, consider the following pairs: [2016] Term Description (1) Eripatti : Land, revenue from which wasset apartfor the maintenanceofthe village tank (2) Taniyurs : Villages donated to a single Brahminor a group of Brahmins (3) Ghatikas : Colleges generally attached to the temples Whichofthe pairs given aboveis/are correctly matched?

#25. Which oneofthe following booksofancient India has the love story of the son of the founder of Sunga dynasty? [2016]


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