1. Who constructed the Royal Highway from Pataliputra to Taxila, the most widely used highway?
(A) Mauryas (B) Kushanas
(C) Sakas (D) Guptas
2. Which of the following was not one of the reasons for the vast majority of artisans joining the guilds?
(A) The membership of a guild provided social status
(B) It offered a degree of general security
(C) It was difficult for them to compete as individuals against the guilds
(D) Without the membership of a guild, the craftsmen were not eligible for various concessions offered by the state
3. Which among the following states of India have common borders with Pakistan?
(A) Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan
(B) Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Gujarat
(C) Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan
(D) Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan
4. Which one among the following is termed as "poor man's cow"?
(A) Sheep (B) Buffalo
(C) Goat (D) Horse
5. In general what is the range of frequency of the "Message Signal"?
(A) Radio frequency (B) Audio frequency
(C) Both 'a' and 'b' (D) Neither 'a' nor 'b'
6. The formation of three dimension image by interference of two light beams from the laser or other coherent source of light is called–
(A) optical photography (B) holography
(C) X-ray photography (D) radiography
7. Panchayati Raj was first introduced in India in October, 1959 in–
(A) Rajasthan (B) Tamil Nadu
(C) Kerala (D) Karnataka
8. Who among the following governor-generals created the covenanted Civil Service of India which later came to be known as the Indian Civil Service?
(A) Warren Hastings (B) Wellesley
(C) Cornwallis (D) William Bentinck
9. By a regulation in 1793, the District Collector was deprived of his judicial powers and made the collecting agent only. What was the reason for such regulation?
(A) Lord Cornwallis felt that the District Collector's efficiency of revenue collection would enormously increase without the burden of other work
(B) Lord Cornwallis felt that judicial power should compulsorily be in the hands of Europeans while Indians can be given the job of revenue collection in the districts
(C) Lord Cornwallis was alarmed at the extent of power concentrated in the District Collector and felt that such absolute power was undesirable in one person
(D) The judicial work demanded a deep knowledge of India and a good training in law and Lord Cornwallis felt that District Collector should be only a revenue collector
10. Under whose chairmanship was the committee on Insurance Sector reforms set up?
(A) Narasimham (B) C Rangarajan
(C) R N Malhotra (D) None of these
11. A country is said to be in a debt trap if–
(A) it has to borrow to make interest payments on outstanding loans
(B) it has to borrow to make interest payments on standing loans
(C) it has been refused loans or aid by creditors abroad
(D) the World Bank charges a very high rate of interest on outstanding as well as new loans
12. Which one of the following countries is the leading producer of uranium?
(A) Russia (B) France
(C) Canada (D) Australia
13. Which one of the following countries is the leading producer of uranium?
(A) Algeria (B) Egypt
(C) Libya (D) Morocco
14. Which of the following was not one of the leading guilds of the period?
(A) Potters (B) Stone-cutters
(C) Metal workers (D) Carpenters
15. The beginning of the practice of land grants with fiscal and administrative immunities to Brahmins and Buddhist monks was made by the
(A) Mauryas (B) Satavahanas
(C) Kushanas (D) Guptas
16. When did the United Nations Organization come into existence?
(A) October 24, 1945 (B) October 24, 1943
(C) November 26, 1945 (D) November 26, 1943
17. The Royal writs of land grants during the post Gupta period were known as–
(A) Sasanapatra (B) Jayapatra
(C) Ajnapatra (D) Prasadapatra
18. India's earliest contact with Islam came through–
(A) Arab invasion of Sind in 7th century
(B) Turkish invasion in 11th century
(C) Sufi saints
(D) Arab merchants on Malabar coast
19. Which one of the following peaks is the highest?
(A) Nanda Devi (B) Kanchenjunga
(C) Godwin Austen (D) Nanga Parbat
20. Which one of the following phenomena shows particle nature of light?
(A) Polarisation (B) Photo-electric effect
(C) Interference (D) Refraction
21. What is the function of a microphone?
(A) Convert sound signals to electric signals (B) Convert electric signals to sound signals
(C) Convert sound signals to electromagnetic waves (D) None of the above
22. Which one of the following is deviated by an electric field?
(A) a- rays (B) c- rays
(C) Neutrons (D) X-rays
23. The Law Commission headed by Lord Macaulay to codify Indian laws was appointed in which of the following years?
(A) 1813 (B) 1833
(C) 1853 (D) 1861
24. "The Muslim majority provinces would be permitted to form a seperate state and set up a separate assembly for framing a constitution for their state". This declaration formed part of the–
(A) Cripps Mission (B) Wavell Plan
(C) Cabinet Mission (D) June 3 Plan
25. Which Act had introduced the dyarchical system in the Indian provinces?
(A) The Indian Councils Act, 1892 (B) The Indian Councils Act, 1909
(C) The Government of India Act, 1919 (D) The Government of India Act, 1935