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History Paper for IAS & UPSC Exams

The History paper in the IAS (Indian Administrative Service) and UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) exams is crucial for aspiring civil servants. Here’s a detailed breakdown:

Syllabus

Prelims:

  1. Ancient India: Indus Valley Civilization, Vedic Period, Maurya and Gupta Empires.
  2. Medieval India: Delhi Sultanate, Mughal Empire, Bhakti and Sufi Movements.
  3. Modern India: British colonization, freedom struggle, post-independence consolidation.

Mains:

  1. Paper I:

    • Ancient India: Archaeological sources, religious movements, Mauryan and Gupta empires.
    • Medieval India: Sultanate and Mughal architecture, administration, regional kingdoms.
    • World History: Industrial Revolution, World Wars, decolonization, political philosophies.
  2. Paper II:

    • Modern India: Advent of Europeans, 1857 Revolt, freedom struggle, Gandhi's role.
    • Post-Independence India: Consolidation and reorganization within the country.
    • World History: Major events from 18th century onwards, significant political philosophies, international relations.

Preparation Tips

  1. Read Standard Books:

    • Ancient and Medieval India: "India's Ancient Past" by R.S. Sharma, "A History of Medieval India" by Satish Chandra.
    • Modern India: "India's Struggle for Independence" by Bipan Chandra.
    • World History: "Mastering Modern World History" by Norman Lowe.
  2. NCERT Books: Cover all NCERT history books from Class VI to XII for a strong foundation.

  3. Practice Previous Year Papers: Solve past years’ question papers to understand the pattern and the type of questions asked.

  4. Make Notes: Create concise notes for quick revisions, especially for significant dates, events, and personalities.

  5. Current Affairs: Relate historical events to current affairs to have a broader perspective and understanding.

  6. Revision: Regularly revise the notes and important topics to keep the information fresh.

Additional Resources

  • Online Courses: Platforms like Unacademy, BYJU's, and others offer specialized courses for history preparation.
  • Test Series: Join a test series to simulate exam conditions and assess your preparation level.
  • Discussion Groups: Engage in discussions with peers to enhance understanding and retention.

By following a structured approach and utilizing the right resources, candidates can effectively prepare for the History paper in IAS & UPSC exams.


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This Practice set consist of following topics : General Studies (30) | Total Question 30

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History Paper IAS & UPSC Exams
Q.1

The remarriage of Hindu-widow was first legalised during the Governor-Generalship of —

A Lord Canning
B Lord Ripon
C Lord Dalhousie
D William Bentinck
Q.2

After the disappearance of the Chalukyas at the end of the twelveth century and the Cholas at the beginning of the thirteenth, the four kingdoms that dominated the political history of southern India were the —

A Pandya, Hoysala, Kakatiya and the Yadava
B Rashtrakuta, Kadamba, Eastern Ganga and the Bana
C Western Ganga, Pandya, Vishnukundin and Hoysala
D Chera, Mahameghvahana, Salankayana and the Vijayanagara
Q.3

The manufacturing towns of India were ruined in the 19th century because of —

A Famines
B The ruin of manufacturing industries
C The migration of a large number of people to the villages because they did not want live in the town infected by European culture
D Family planning by the people if the towns
Q.4

Before the revolt of 1857 broke out from hand to hand in the army. What did it signify?

A It signified that India belonged to Indian
B It signified the cultural unity of India
C It signified that British rule was satanic
D It signified that readiness of the Indian soldier to join the revolt
Q.5

What is the correct chronological order in which the following Chola kings ruled?

1. Rajaraja III

2. Rajendra III

3. Rajadhiraja II

4. Vikrama Chola

Choose the correct answer using the codes given below —

A 4, 3, 2, 1
B 3, 4, 2, 1
C 3, 4, 1, 2
D 4, 3, 1, 2
Q.6

Which of the following is correct?

A Raja Ram Mohan Roy was not influenced by Christianity
B Raja Ram Mohan Roy was not influenced by rationalism of contemporary European thought
C Raja Ram Mohan Roy was not influenced by monotheism of Islam
D Raja Ram Mohan Roy had not given up faith in the central truths propounded in the Vedas and Upnishadas
Q.7

In the early medieval period, the system of land grants did not exist in —

A Orissa
B Uttar Pradesh
C Punjab
D Rajasthan
Q.8

Which of the following is correct?

A Dayananda condemned idol worship
B Dayananda condemned pilgrimage
C Dayananda condemned shradha ceremonies
D Dayananda condemned Vedic Yozana
Q.9

The Theosophical Society was founded by—

A Madame Blavatsky
B Rabindra Nath Tagore
C Gopal Krishana Gokhale
D Annie Besant
Q.10

Which one of the following communities of peasants revolted against the Pala rulers of Bengal?

A Jats
B Gujaras
C Kaivartas
D Dams
Q.11

The Ghadar Party was founded in —

A England
B Germany
C America
D Punjab
Q.12

There were wide spread rising in 1824. Mark the community that did not take part —

A Gujars
B Kolis
C Sikhs
D Jats
Q.13

Rama Krishana Mission was founded in —

A 1897
B 1891
C 1899
D 1888
Q.14

The capital-seat of Gangaikondacholapuram was founded by —

A Rajendra I
B Rajaraja the Great
C Kulottunga I
D Parantaka
Q.15

‘Poverty and Un-British Rule’ was written by —

A G.K. Gokhale
B Dada Bhai Nauroji
C Sardar Patel
D Abdul Kalam Azad
Q.16

Ramanuja was obliged to leave Srirangam owing to the hostility of —

A Rajaraja
B Rajendra Choladeva I
C Adhirajendra
D Kulottunga I
Q.17

The right of adopting a heir other than one’s own son was restored by —

A Lord Canning
B Government of India Act 1858 A.D.
C The Queen’s Proclamation of 1858 A.D.
D Sir Charles Wood in 1860 A.D
Q.18

The early copper plate grants of the Pahallavas are in —

A Sanskrit
B Prakrit
C Tarnil
D Telugu
Q.19

Who wrote “It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the so called first National War of Independence of 1857, is neither first, nor national, nor a war of Independence ?”

A R.C. Mazumdar
B Ashoka Mehta
C L.E.R. Reese
D Sir John Seeley
Q.20

Nagarsresthi and Sarthavah are referred to in the context of urban administration in inscription of the Gupta period from —

A Madhyadesha
B Pundravardhana
C Avanti
D Saurashtra
Q.21

The word ‘Swarajya’ and National language as Hindi were used by —

A Raja Ram Mohan Roy
B Swami Dayanand
C Swani Vivekanand
D Bal Gangadhar Tilak
Q.22

About the 5th century B .C. the Indian satrapy was paying an annual tribute of 320 talents of gold to —

A Greece
B Persia
C Bacteria
D China
Q.23

The Gupta gold and silver issues were initially based on the coins of the —

A Romans and the Saka Kshatrapas
B Kushanas and Yaudheyas
C Kushanas and Saka Kshatrapas
D Romans and Kushanas
Q.24

Who campaigned against sati and child marriage?

A Canning
B Hardinge
C Dalhausie
D Bentink
Q.25

Theosophical Society’ was founded at —

A Lucknow
B Bengal
C Adyar
D Nagpur
Q.26

Which of the following were the social classes which emerged as a result of the economic and administrative changes between 1765-1856?

A Landlords
B Money-lenders
C Government Servants
D Businessmen
E All of the above mentioned
 
Q.27

The most comprehensive Act limiting the liberty the Indian Press was —

A The Newspaper Act, 1908 AD,
B Indian Press Act, 1910 A.D.
C The Indian Press Emergency Powers Act, 1931 A.D.
D The Press (Objectionable Matters) Act, 1951 A.D.
Q.28

Which among the following, constituted the novelty of the art of Painting of Ravi Verma?

A Portraits
B Use of oil colours in, painting Indian Mythological themes
C Frescoes
D Water colour drawings
Q.29

The first Newspaper which was published in India was titled —

A The Bengal Gazette
B The Calcutta Gazette
C The Calcutta Chronicle
D None of these
Q.30

‘Macaulayian System’ of Education introduced in 1836 A.D. was meant —

A Only for upper-class Indian
B Mass-education
C None of these
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