The paper-2 covers only the syllabus of History and will have 100 MCQ questions and a total of 200 marks (including all electives, without options). The examination for paper 2 will also be Computer Based Test (CBT) through Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) consisting of ascending-descending or sequencing / chronological questions; assertion-reason questions; checkbox or Multiple True / False Questions (MTFQ) or multiple selection questions or Multiple Response Questions (MRQ) or multiple choice-multiple answer questions; matching questions and paragraph or reading comprehension tests paragraph question.

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Question: In which one of the following places the center of stone tool manufacture is found?

Option 1: Mehbubanagar

Option 2: Malaprabha

Option 3: Isampur

Option 4: Palaghat

Answer: c

Question: Excavations at the sites of the places mentioned in the Mahabharata are related to which one of the following cultures?

Option 1: Northern Black polished ware

Option 2: Red and Black polished ware

Option 3: Painted grey ware

Option 4: None of the above

Answer: c

Question: Which, one of the following places, is not associated with mature Harappan settlement?

Option 1: Dhalewan

Option 2: Lakhmirwala

Option 3: Surkotda

Option 4: SaraiKhola

Answer: d

Question: Recently in which place broken relief sculpture of King Ashoka has been discovered?

Option 1: Kanaganahalli in Karnataka

Option 2: Mahasthan in Uttar Pradesh

Option 3: Kumrahar in Bihar

Option 4: Nittur in Karnataka

Answer: a

Question: In which Buddhist scripture religious practices in the contemporary period of Buddha has been mentioned?

Option 1: AmbatthaSutta

Option 2: Mahavamsa

Option 3: BhaddasalaJataka

Option 4: BrahmajalaSutta

Answer: d

Question: Which, one of the following, is not the anthology of Sangam literature?

Option 1: Ettutokai

Option 2: Tirrukkurala

Option 3: Pattupattu

Option 4: Ahinanuru

Answer: b

Question: In which year the first English translation of Arthashastra was published?

Option 1: 1905

Option 2: 1909

Option 3: 1915

Option 4: 1960

Answer: b

Question: Select the incorrect answer from the following statements:

Option 1: The reign of Kumaragupta faced the Huna invasion

Option 2: The first Huna Chief Toramana managed to conquer Western India and area around Eran in Central India

Option 3: Toramana adopted the Jaina faith

Option 4: Mihirakula managed to conquer Sri Lanka

Answer: d

Question: The Sultan Ghari was built as the mausoleum of

Option 1: Qutubuddin Aibak

Option 2: Ruknuddin Firoz

Option 3: Balban

Option 4: Nasiruddin Mahmud

Answer: d

Question: Who separated the office of the Wali and Amir?

Option 1: Balban

Option 2: AlauddinKhalji

Option 3: Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq

Option 4: Muhammad Tughlaq

Answer: d

Question: ‘The pivot of the Kingdom of Delhi rests on wheat and barley, while the foundation of the Sultanate of Gujarat rests on corals and pearls, because there are eighty four ports under this Sultan.’ The above remark is attributed by the author of Mirat-i- Sikandari to

Option 1: Sultan Khizr Khan

Option 2: Sikandar Lodi

Option 3: Babur

Option 4: Humayun

Answer: b

Question: Which of the following statements is not true?

Option 1: Sultan Zainul-Abidin never allowed the Saiyids to grab dictatorial power in his court

Option 2: He called himself Amir ul-Muminin

Option 3: He took immense interest in agricultural production and expansion

Option 4: He abolished the post of Shaikhul-Islam

Answer: d

Question: Which of the following statements about the activities of the Portuguese traders in India during the early sixteenth century is not correct?

Option 1: The Portuguese were the first Europeans to reach India via Red Sea route

Option 2: The Portuguese made huge profits by selling Indian spices in European markets

Option 3: The Portuguese captured many places on the coasts of the Indian Ocean and built their fortresses there

Option 4: The Portuguese declared that other traders could not bring their ships into the Indian Ocean without their permission

Answer: a

Question: Vijayanagara exhibited ‘Protopatrimonialism’. Who expressed this view?

Option 1: N. Karashima

Option 2: Burton Stein

Option 3: K.A. NilkantaSastri

Option 4: B.A. Saletore

Answer: b

Question: Which one of the following State was not a Nation State in the 17th century?

Option 1: France

Option 2: Germany

Option 3: England

Option 4: Spain

Answer: b

Question: Who was the First President of Fort William of Calcutta?

Option 1: Charles Eyre

Option 2: John Child

Option 3: George Oxendan

Option 4: Gerald Aungier

Answer: a

Question: Which of the following districts constituted as the Northern Circars in the Madras Presidency?

Option 1: Mustafanagar, Ellore, Kondaveedu, Rajahmundry

Option 2: Rajahmundry, Mustafanagar, Machilipatam, Ellore

Option 3: Mustafanagar, Ellore, Rajahmundry, Chicacole

Option 4: Chicacole, Mustafanagar, Ellore, Kondaveedu

Answer: c

Question: The aim of the Cripps Mission was

Option 1: To prevent the Quit India Movement from being launched

Option 2: To persuade Indian leaders to support British war efforts

Option 3: To convince the Congress Ministries to withdraw their resignations

Option 4: To set up a Constitution making body immediately

Answer: b

Question: Who wrote ‘Planned Economy for India’ (1936)?

Option 1: R.C. Dutt

Option 2: M. Visvesvarayya

Option 3: N.G. Ranga

Option 4: D.R. Gadgil

Answer: b

Question: The resignation by the Congress led ministries on 1st Nov. 1939 was celebrated by the Muslim League as

Option 1: Fulfilment Day

Option 2: Emancipation Day

Option 3: Deliverance Day

Option 4: Freedom Day

Answer: c

Question: The First President of the All India Congress Socialist Party was

Option 1: Achyut Patwardhan

Option 2: Ram Manohar Lohia

Option 3: Jay Prakash Narayan

Option 4: Sampurnanand

Answer: d

Question: Which Commission was entrusted the task of demarcating the line of India and Pakistan in 1947?

Option 1: Wavell

Option 2: Redcliffe

Option 3: Alexander

Option 4: Marshall

Answer: b

Question: The First Indian Princely State which signed the Instrument of Accession to join the Indian Union was

Option 1: Jaipur

Option 2: Patiala

Option 3: Bikaner

Option 4: Bhopal

Answer: c

Question: Who among the following historians is well known for his contributions to subaltern studies?

Option 1: Sumit Sarkar

Option 2: Ranjit Guha

Option 3: Bipin Chandra

Option 4: K.N. Panicker

Answer: b

Question: Which one of the following pairs is not correct?

Option 1: Lower Palaeolithic : Hunting, gathering

Option 2: Upper Palaeolithic : Hunting, gathering

Option 3: Mesolithic : Hunting, gathering

Option 4: Neolithic : Food Production

Answer: c

Question: Which one of the following pairs is correct?

Option 1: Rock shelter : Langhnaj

Option 2: Microlith : Mahadaha

Option 3: Site associated with butchering : Lekhakia

Option 4: Stone tool workshop : Isampur

Answer: d

Question: ‘Indica’ of Megasthenes was preserved in later Greek accounts. Which one of the following Greek travellers’ account is not associated with ‘Indica’?

Option 1: Ktesius

Option 2: Strabo

Option 3: Arrian

Option 4: Pliny

Answer: a

Question: Which one of the following pairs is not correct?

Option 1: Rock Edict : Sarnath

Option 2: Minor Rock Edict : Bahapur

Option 3: Pillar Edict : Rampurva

Option 4: Minor Pillar Edict : Sanchi

Answer: a

Question: Which one of the following administrative structure in ascending order is correct?

Option 1: Dronamukha, Sthaniya, Samgrahana, Karvatika

Option 2: Sthaniya, Karvatika, Dronamukha, Samgrahana

Option 3: Sthaniya, Dronamukha, Karvatika, Samgrahana

Option 4: Sthaniya, Dronamukha, Samgrahana, Karvatika

Answer: c

Question: Which one of the following evidence is not the correct evidence of Ramagupta in later period?

Option 1: Manasollasa of Someshwara

Option 2: Shankararya’s commentary on Harshcharita

Option 3: Majmat-ul-Tawarikh of Abul Hasan Ali

Option 4: Sanjan Tamrapatra of Amoghvarsha

Answer: a

Question: Which one of the following collection of hymns of Alvar poetry collected by Nathmuni?

Option 1: Periyapuranam

Option 2: Tirumurai

Option 3: Nalayira Divya Prabandhan

Option 4: Tiruttondal Tiruvantati

Answer: c

Question: Identify the dynasty to which Queen Rudramadevi belonged to

Option 1: Chalukyas of Badami

Option 2: Pandyas of Madurai

Option 3: Kakatiyas of Warrangal

Option 4: Eastern Chalukyas of Vengi

Answer: c

Question: In which one of the following ancient literary works a separate section of painting is found?

Option 1: Panchasiddhantika

Option 2: Vishnudharmottara Purana

Option 3: Panchatantra

Option 4: Natyashastra

Answer: b

Question: Which one of the following was the revenue officer of the Chola dynasty?

Option 1: Aulnayak

Option 2: Sherundaram

Option 3: Varitppottagakka

Option 4: Perumakkal

Answer: c

Question: Who termed the dominion of Sultan Muhammad Tughlaq as ‘Hind and Sind’?

Option 1: Ziyauddin Barani

Option 2: Abdal Malik Isami

Option 3: Ibn Battuta

Option 4: Yahia-bin Ahmad Sirhindi

Answer: c

Question: The Treaty of Bassien (1802) was signed between:

Option 1: the English and Peshwa Baji Rao II

Option 2: the English and Tipu Sultan

Option 3: the English and Holkar

Option 4: the English and Gaikwad

Answer: a

Question: ‘Pure Blood Aryan theory’ is related to

Option 1: Fascism

Option 2: Nihalism

Option 3: Syndicalism

Option 4: Nazism

Answer: d

Question: What was Marshal Plan?

Option 1: Control of European powers by military power.

Option 2: To spread of American Dictatorship in Europe.

Option 3: Economic package of USA to control Communism.

Option 4: American Continent is meant for Americans only.

Answer: c

Question: A concrete outcome of the Wavell Plan was the

Option 1: Constitution of the Constituent Assembly

Option 2: Complete independence for India gradually

Option 3: Hold a Referendum in the North-West Province

Option 4: Summoning of the Shimla Conference

Answer: d

Question: Who among the following explicitly states that “History bases all its conclusions on rational evidence”?

Option 1: Herodotus

Option 2: Thucydides

Option 3: Polybious

Option 4: Tacitus

Answer: b

Question: Which one of the following work was not authored by Leopol von Ranke?

Option 1: History of Rome

Option 2: History of France

Option 3: History of the Popes

Option 4: German History at the time of Reformation

Answer: a

Question: Which one of the following Buddhist texts mentions five hundred wives of Bimbisara?

Option 1: Mahavamsa

Option 2: Mahavagga

Option 3: Dipavamsa

Option 4: Mahavastu

Answer: b

Question: Which of the below mentioned Indo- Greek rulers issued coins bearing the figures of Krishna and Balarama?

Option 1: Menander

Option 2: Agathocles

Option 3: Heliocles

Option 4: Archebius

Answer: b

Question: According to Al-Beruni, the antyajas were

Option 1: Hadi, Dom and Chandala caste of people

Option 2: Prostitutes

Option 3: Eight guilds of people below the Sudras

Option 4: Foreigners

Answer: c

Question: What was the percentage of rural population of India, as per the popular estimate, during the 16th and 17th centuries?

Option 1: Around 55%

Option 2: Around 65%

Option 3: Around 75%

Option 4: Around 85%

Answer: d

Question: One of the following was not associated with Justice Party:

Option 1: K.M. Patro

Option 2: Ramaswami Naikar

Option 3: Tanguturi Prakasam

Option 4: Raja Ram Rainingar

Answer: c

Question: Which one of the following was the most immediate problem India confronted after independence?

Option 1: Settlement of boundaries after partition

Option 2: Division of Civil Service personnel

Option 3: Division of military assets

Option 4: Communal and refugee problem

Answer: d

Question: The “Idea of Progress” in historiography relates to

Option 1: Romanticism

Option 2: Enlightenment

Option 3: Post modernism

Option 4: Dialectical materialism

Answer: b

Question: The method of Radiocarbon Dating was used in India for the first time at

Option 1: Deccan College, Pune

Option 2: Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad

Option 3: School of Archaeology, New Delhi

Option 4: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai

Answer: d

Question: Where were the first Palaeolithic tools found in India?

Option 1: Hallur

Option 2: Kurnool

Option 3: Pallavaram

Option 4: Tekkalkota

Answer: c

Question: The Harappa culture people inherited the knowledge of wheat, barley and cotton cultivation from their ancestors of the following:

Option 1: Kot Diji

Option 2: Amri

Option 3: Mehrgarh

Option 4: Kalibangan

Answer: c

Question: Concerning the foundation of Tughlaq dynasty by Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq, which one of the following statements is not true?

Option 1: At the time of accession, Ghiyasuddin’s authority had been unanimously accepted.

Option 2: Ghiyasuddin was having at his disposal a large number of loyal soldiers who extended support

Option 3: In Delhi the people contributed a lot to the stability of the Sultanate

Option 4: The treasury of the empire which the Sultan inherited was very sound

Answer: d

Question: Who was the Governor of Madras in 1661?

Option 1: Fox Croft

Option 2: Streynsham

Option 3: Gerald Aungier

Option 4: Charles Boone

Answer: a

Question: Which one of the following policy document was called the ‘Magna Carta’ of Western education system in India?

Option 1: Ma Caulay’s Minute of 1835

Option 2: Indian Education Commission Report of 1882

Option 3: Charles Woods Despatch of 1854

Option 4: Releigh Commission Report of 1902

Answer: c

Question: In whose honour Gateway of India was built?

Option 1: King George V

Option 2: King George VI

Option 3: Prince of Wales

Option 4: Queen Victoria

Answer: a

Question: Veda Samaj founded under the initiative of Kesab Chandra Sen in 1864 in Madras was renamed as the Brahmo Samaj of South India in 1871 by

Option 1: Sir R. Venkataratnam Naidu

Option 2: Rajagopala Naidu

Option 3: Subbarayala Chetti

Option 4: K. Sreedharalu Naidu

Answer: d

Question: Mrs. Annie Besant became the first woman President of Indian National Congress in the year

Option 1: 1916

Option 2: 1917

Option 3: 1919

Option 4: 1921

Answer: b

Question: Who said in 1904 that “Bengal United is a power”, “Bengal divided will pull in several different ways.”?

Option 1: Lord Curzon

Option 2: Herbert Risley

Option 3: Lord Minto

Option 4: Sir Lancelot Hare

Answer: b

Question: Who has called Gopal Krishna Gokhale a rare combination of “the practical, strenuous worker and the mystic dreamer of dreams”?

Option 1: Mrs. Sarojini Naidu

Option 2: Mrs. Annie Besant

Option 3: Ganesh Savarkar

Option 4: V.D. Savarkar

Answer: a

Question: Vaikom Satyagraha was launched by Gandhiji in Kerala to

Option 1: Ban devadasi system in temple services

Option 2: Remove untouchability

Option 3: For the appointment of non- Brahmins as priests

Option 4: Open the temples for the entry of avarnas or lower castes

Answer: d

Question: The concept of ‘Oriental Despotism’ in Indian history was introduced by whom?

Option 1: James Mill

Option 2: Lamberg-Karlovsky

Option 3: H.G. Rawlinson

Option 4: C.H. Philips

Answer: c

Question: The earliest available Indian coins were made of

Option 1: Gold

Option 2: Silver

Option 3: Copper

Option 4: Copper and Silver

Answer: d

Question: In Mauryan period ‘Sita tax’ was imposed on

Option 1: Forest land only.

Option 2: Agricultural land under private control

Option 3: Agricultural land under State control

Option 4: Both (B) and (C)

Answer: b

Question: The Romaka Sidh?nta in Indian astronomy shows signs of

Option 1: Roman influence

Option 2: Greek influence

Option 3: Iranian influence

Option 4: Arabian influence

Answer: b

Question: Who of the following Governor Generals started the Indian Civil Services?

Option 1: William Bentinck

Option 2: Wellesley

Option 3: Cornwallis

Option 4: Warren Hastings

Answer: c

Question: At which place ‘Women’s Indian Association’ was founded?

Option 1: Bombay

Option 2: Calcutta

Option 3: Madras

Option 4: Jaipur

Answer: c

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