Indian History GK Questions for IAS, SSC, State Civil Services


1. In which culture is the earliest evidence of silver in India found? – Harappan Culture
2. Which Indus city was known for water management? – Mohenjo-daro
3. Which is the most important divinity of Rigveda? – Varuna
4. Which animal was known to ancient Vedic people? – Lion
5. What is Apabhramsa? – a work of the Jains
6. Who was a contemporary of Gautama Buddha? – Vardhamana Mahavira
7. Which transferred his capital from Patliputra to Vaishali ? – Shishunaga
8. Which was initially the most powerful city state of Indian in the 6th century B. C. ? – Magadh
9. In which century did Ashoka reign? – Third century B.C.
10. To which dynasty did Senguttuvam belong? – Chera
11. To which region did Satavahanas belonged? – Andhra region
12. who were the first to attribute coins to the kings? – Indo Greeks
13. Which Gupta ruler defeated the Huna ruler, Mihirakula ? – Yasodharman
14. Vatapi was the capital of the which reign? – Chalukyas
15. Who first divided his empire into Iqtas during the process of civil administration? – Iltutmish
16. Who was the King who did not allow anybody to laugh in his court? – Balban
17. In which region of India was the Firdausi order of Sufism popular? – Bihar
18. Which Mughalemperor gave land for the construction of the Golden Temple at Amritsar? – Akbar
19. Which Mughal emperor’s tomb is outside India? – Jahangir
20. Who established the earliest Surat factories? – English
21. Which war was ended by the Treaty of Madras? – First Mysore war
22. Who gave the motto ‘Go back to the Vedas’ ? – Swami Dayanand Saraswati
23. Who could not term as a ‘Moderate’? – Bipin Chandra Pal
24. In which year Delhi became the capital of India? – 1911
25. Who led the agitation against the Partition of Bengal (1905) ? – Surendranath Banerjee
26. In Indus Valley, which one indicates the commercial and economic development? – Seals
27. From which place did the Aryans came to India from– Central Asia
28. In which reign was the first Buddhist Council held? – Ajatashatru
29. What does the word 'Ashoka' literally mean? – Bereft of sadness
30. Who were the first to issue gold coins? – Indo Greeks
31. To which work is Devichandraguptam related? – Chandra Gupta II
32. Who built the famous Dilwara temple at Mount Abu in the 13th century ? – Tejapala
33. Prithviraj Chauhan belonged to which Rajput dynasty? – Gahadavalas
34. In the Delhi Sultanate, which administrative unit called 'paragana' was headed by an official? – Amil
35. Who was a contemporary of Chingiz Khan? – Iltutmish
36. In which year Akbar assumed actual control over the administration of his empire? – 1560
37. In which language was the account of Babur’s life written? – Turki
38. The Maratha power reached its zenith during which Peshwaship? – Balaji II
39. The First Anglo-Burmese War was concluded by a treaty Which is that? – Treaty of Yandaboo
40. Who was the first Governor General of Bengal? – Warren Hastings
41. Who was the first Englishman to preside over a Congress session ? – George Yule
42. Who attended all the three Round Table Conferences? – B. R. Ambedkar
43. Who started the newspaper Shome Prakash? – Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar
44. Purushsukta is a part of which veda? – Rigveda
45. Knowledge about the- existence of which animal is doubtful in the Indus VaElley Civilization? – Cat
46. Who presided over the first Buddhist Council held at Rajgriha ? – Maha Kassapa
47. Which region did not form the part of Ashoka's empire? – Madras
48. Who is considered to be the father of Ayurveda ? – Charaka
49. Who destroyed the group of Forty Nobles? – Balban
50. Which Mughals is regarded more as an adventurer than a ruler? – Babar

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