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GK Chapterwise – CDS Previous Year Papers

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141. Who among the following Governor Generals formed the Triple Alliance against Tipu Sultan?

(a)Warren Hastings
(b) Lord Cornwallis
(c) Lord Wellesley
(d) Lord William Bentinck
Ans: (b)

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142. The Cabinet Mission Plan for India envisaged a

(b) Confederation
(c) Unitary form of Government
(d) Union of States
Ans: (d)
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143. Who among the following Chinese travellers visited the Kingdoms of Harsrhavardhana and Kumar Bhaskar Varma?

(b) Fa–Hien
(c) Hiuen Tsang
(d) Sun Shuyun
Ans: (c)

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144. Which one among the following Indus cities was known for water management?

(b) Mohenjodaro
(c) Harappa
(d) Dholavira
Ans: (d)

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145. Which one among the following states was first annexed by Lord Dalhousie under the Doctrine of Lapse?

(b) Jhansi
(c) Sambalpur
(d) Satara
Ans: (d)
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146. The suppression of Indian language newspapers under the Vernacular Press Act of 1878 was caused by the criticism of

(a)lavish lifestyle of the English officials
(b) ill-treatment given to Indigo workers by their English masters
(c) inhuman approach of English officials towards the victims of the famine of 1876-77
(d) misuse of religious places of India by English officials
Ans: (c)
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147. The site of Harappa is located on the bank of river

(b) Indus
(c) Beas
(d) Ravi
Ans: (d)

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148. Which one among the following statements regarding Bal Gangadhar Tilak is not correct?

(a)He propounded the theory of the Arctic Home of the Aryans
(b) He founded the Anti-Cow Killing Society
(c) He set-up the Home Rule League at Poona
(d) He supported the Age of Consent Bill
Ans: (d)

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149. Which one among the following principles was not propagated by the Theosophical Society?

(a)Belief in Karma and Rebirth
(b) Belief in Universal Brotherhood and Humanity
(c) Belief in Vedantic Philosophy
(d) Belief in the Eradication of Untouchability
Ans: (d)
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150. Which one among the following statements is correct?

(a)The Revolt of 1857 was not supported by the Nizam of Hyderabad
(b) Dinabandhu Mitra was the author of the book, Unhappy India
(c) The Sindhias of Gwalior gave shelter to the Rani of Jhansi
(d) Mangal Pandey led the Sepoys March to Delhi
Ans: (a)

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151. The Dhamma propagated by Ashoka was

(a)the tenets of Buddhism
(b) a mixture of the philosophies of Ajivikas and Charvakas
(c) a system of morals consistent with the tenets of most of the sects of the time
(d) the religious policy of the state
Ans: (c)

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152. Which one among the following pairs is not properly matched?

(a)Megasthenes: Indica
(b) Ashvaghasa: Bddha charita
(c) Panini: Mahabhashya
(d) Vishakhadatta: Mudrarakshasa
Ans: (c)

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153. Industrial Revolution, in its early phase from C 1760 to C.
1850, was largely dependent for its success on

(a)machine power that replaced the labour on a large scale
(b) elaborate road network for transportation of industrial products
(c) network of electric power stations
(d) organisation of labour under factory system
Ans: (d)
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154. Consider the following statements about the European travellers to India
1. Sir Thomas Roe, the Representative of the East India Company, was granted the permission by Jahangir to open a factory at Surat.
2. Captain Hawkins was driven out from Agra by the Mughals at the instigation of Portuguese.
3. Father Monserrate travelled with Akbar on his journey to Kashmir.
Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

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

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155. Dalhousie has been regarded as the maker of modern India because he brought about reforms and made a beginning in many fields. Which one among the following was not one of his schemes of reforms?

(a)Educational reforms
(b) Construction of railways and introduction of telegraph and postal services
(c) Establishment of a public works department
(d) Factories Act to improve the condition of Indian labour
Ans: (d)

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156. Silk routes are a good example of vibrant pre-modern trade and cultural links between distant parts of the world. Which one among the following is not true of silk routes?

(a)Historians have identified several silk route over land and sea
(b) Silk routes have linked Asia with Europe and Northern Africa
(c) Silk routes existed before the Christian era and thrived almost upto fifteenth century
(d) As a result of silk route trade, precious metals like gold and silver, flowed from Asia to Europe
Ans: (d)

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157. Which one among the following correctly describes Gandhiji’s attitude towards the Swarajist leaders?

(a)He was not opposed to their entry into council
(b) He had full trust in their bona fides and considered them most valued and respected leaders
(c) He was not in favour of maintaining warm personal relations with them
(d) He was neutral to government’s offensive against the Swarajists and did not defend them
Ans: (b)
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158. Which one among the following was the immediate cause of attack by Nawab Siraj-ud-Daula on Calcutta in 1756?

(a)Refusal of the English Company to pay the overdue trade tax
(b) The English conspired against the Nawab with a view to depose him from the Throne
(c) Siraj-ud-Daula wanted to drive out the English from Bengal
(d) Refusal of the English to demolish the fortification of Calcutta
Ans: (d)

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159. Which among the following materials were used for minting coins during the rule of the Mauryas?

(a)Gold and Silver
(b) Silver and Copper
(c) Copper and Bronze
(d) Gold and Copper
Ans: (b)

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160. What was the Kutagarashala literally, a hut with a pointed roof ?

(a)A place where animals were kept
(b) A place where intellectual debates among Buddhist mendicants took place
(c) A place where weapons were stored
(d) A place to sleep
Ans: (b)
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