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341. Harshacharita has references to various presents sent by a ruler named Bhaskara to Harshavardhana. Bhaskara belonged to

(a)Haryanka Dynasty of Magadha
(b) Varman Dynasty of Assam
(c) Nanda Dynasty of North India
(d) None of the above
Ans: (b)
CDS Exam (I) 2015

342. Which one of the following statements about the Harappan Culture is not correct?

(a)It witnessed the first cities in the subcontinent.
(b) It marks the first use of script, written from right to left.
(c) It marks the earliest known use of iron as a medium for the art of sculpting.
(d) It marks the earliest known use of stone as a medium for the art of sculpting.
Ans: (c)

CDS (I) 2019

343. Which river is praised in the fifth century Tamil epic, Silappadikaram?

(b) Godavari
(c) Saraswati
(d) Ganges
Ans: (a)

CDS (II) 2012

344. Which twelfth century Sanskrit scholar was first responsible for the compilation of ‘Nibandhas’ or digests of epic and Puranic texts?

(b) Govinda chandra
(c) Lakshmidhara
(d) Kalidasa
Ans: (a)
CDS Exam (II) 2007

345. Who was the editor of the journal Indian Social Reformer that was started in 1890?

(a)K. T. Telang
(b) Veeresalingam
(c) N. G. Chandavarkar
(d) K. N. Natarajan
Ans: (d)

CDS (II) 2009

346. Around twelfth century, Sufi Silsilas began to crystallize in different parts of the Islamic world to signify
1. continuous link between the master and disciple
2. unbroken spiritual genealogy to the Prophet Muhammad
3. the transmission of spiritual power and blessings to devotees Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a)1 and 2 only
(b) 2 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3
Ans: (d)

CDS (I) 2018

347. Verses ascribed to poet-saint Kabir have been compiled in which of the following traditions?
1. Bijak in Varanasi
2. Kabir Granthavali in Rajasthan
3. Adi Granth Sahib Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a)1 and 2 only
(b) 1, 2 and 3
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 3 only
Ans: (b)

CDS (II) 2016

348. Which one of the following statements about the Gupta period in Indian History is not correct?

(a)Sanskrit language and literature, after centuries of evolution, reached what has been described as a level of classical excellence through royal patronage.
(b) The status of women was redefined. They were entitled to formal education and hence there were women teachers, philosophers and doctors. Early marriage was prohibited by law and they were given the right to property.
(c) Decentralization of administrative authority was impacted by increased grants of land and villages with fiscal and administrative immunities to priests and temples.
(d) Land grants paved the way for feudal developments and emergence of serfdom in India, resulting in the depression of the peasantry.
Ans: (b)
CDS Exam (II) 2008

349. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists: List-I List-II
(Harappan Site) (Modern Name)
A. Dholavira 1. Saurashtra
B. Rakhigarhi 2. Hisar
C. Bhirrana 3. Kadir Island
D. Bhogavo 4. Haryana Code:

(a)1 4 2 3
(b) 1 2 4 3
(c) 3 2 4 1
(d) 3 4 2 1
Ans: (c)

CDS (II) 2010

350. Which of the following was/were founded by Raja Ram Mohan Roy?
1. Atmiya Sabha 2. Brahmo Samaj
3. Prarthana Samaj 4. Arya Samaj Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a)1, 2 and 3
(b) 2 only
(c) 1 and 2 only
(d) 1, 3 and 4
Ans: (c)

CDS (I) 2015

351. Consider the following statement: “So much is wrung from the peasants, that even dry bread is scarcely left to fill their stomachs.” Who among the following European travellers had made the above statement about the condition of peasantry in the Mughal Empire?

(a)Francisco Pelsaert
(b) Francois Bernier
(c) Jean-Baptiste Tavernier
(d) Niccolao Manucci
Ans: (a)

CDS (II) 2011

352. Which one of the following statements is not correct?

(a)Al-Biruni identifies the Sufi doctrine of divine love as selfannihilation with parallel passages from Bhagavad Gita.
(b) According to Al-Biruni, Sufi theories of Soul were similar to those in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra.
(c) The Hatha Yogic treatise Amrita Kunda had lasting impact on Sufism.
(d) Hujwiri’s conversation with the Yogis shows that he was impressed with their theory of the division of the human body.
Ans: (d)
CDS Exam (II) 2013

353. Which of the following statements about the usage of the term ‘barbarian’ is/are correct?
1. It is derived from the Greek word ‘barbaros’ which means a non-Greek.
2. Romans used the term for the Germanic tribes, the Gauls and the Huns.
Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a)1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2
Ans: (c)

CDS (II) 2017

354. Which of the following statements about the Non-
Cooperation Movement is/are correct?
1. It was marked by significant participation of peasants from Karnataka.
2. It was marked by non-Brahmin lower caste participation in Madras and Maharashtra.
3. It was marked by the lack of labour unrest in places like Assam, Bengal and Madras.
4. It was badly shaken by the Chauri Chaura incident in 1922 after which Gandhiji decided to continue with the movement on a much smaller scale.
Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a)1 only
(b) 1, 2 and 4
(c) 2 and 3
(d) 2 only
Ans: (b)

CDS (I) 2015

355. In the 10th Mandala of the Rigveda, which one of the following hymns reflects upon the marraige ceremonies?

(a)Surya Sukta
(b) Purusha Sukta
(c) Dana Stutis
(d) Urna Sutra
Ans: (a)
CDS Exam (I) 2019

356. Name the platform used for ritual purposes by the kings of the Vijayanagara Empire.

(a)Mahanavami Dibba
(b) Lotus Mahal
(c) Hazara Rama
(d) Virupaksha
Ans: (a)
CDS Exam (II) 2012

357. Who among the following was the founder of Phoenix Settlement?

(a)Mahatma Gandhi
(b) B. R. Ambedkar
(c) Rabindranath Tagore
(d) Swami Vivekananda
Ans: (a)

CDS (II) 2007

358. Consider the following statement: “A sound body means one which bends itself to the spirit and is always a ready instrument at its service”.
The above statement is attributed to

(a)Sardar Patel
(b) Winston Churchill
(c) Mahatma Gandhi
(d) Baden-Powell
Ans: (c)

CDS (I) 2009

359. Who was/were the 10th century composer(s) of the Nalayira Divya Prabandham?

(b) Nayanars
(c) Appar
(d) Sambandar
Ans: (a)
CDS Exam (I) 2018

360. What is the name of the literary genre developed by the Khojas who are a branch of the Ismaili sect?

(b) Ziyarat
(c) Raag
(d) Shahada
Ans: (a)

CDS (I) 2016

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