HPSC – HCS (Ex.Br.) Preliminary Exam 2011 – Indian History Paper

Haryana Public Service Commission
HCS (Executive Branch) & Other Allied Services Preliminary Exam 2011
Solved paper of Indian History held on 25th March 2012
Part – 1[1-50] (Correct Answers are highlighted in deep saffron color)
1.  The tribal leader who was regarded as an incarnation of God and Father of the world (Dharti Aba)
     a) Kanhu Santha
     b) Rupa Naik
Birsa Munda
     d) None of the above
2.  Which of the following was leader of Waliullahi (Wahabi) movement ?
Syed Ahmed of Rae Bareily
     b) Waliulla
     c) Muhammad Abdul Wahab
     d) None of the above
3.   In which of the following battles with the Sikhs did the Partisans of the holy was suffer a terrible
     defeat in which Syed Ahmad lost his life ?
     a) The battle of Amritsar
     b) The battle of Charsadda
The battle of Balkot
     d) None of the above
4.  The most fearless and bold woman leader of the Peasant movement, who sacrificed her life to 
     protect peasants rights was :
     a) Ambika Chakraborthy
     b) Snehlata Wadekar
Veera Gunamma
     d) None of the above
5.  Which of the following statements about “Lokahitwadi” is not correct? 
     a) He attributed the social decline and decay of India to the neglect of the Sciences and learning 
     b) He attacked traditional religious beliefs and customs
He attributed to the poverty of India to the Laziness and decline in the morals of the
     d) Not any specific list
6.  Which of the following theistic philosophy did MG Ranade approve of ?
     a) Mysticism
     b) Vedanism
     d) None of the above
7.  Which of the following tasks was closest to the heart of Syed Ahmad Khan ?
     a) Religious reinterpretation
     b) Social reform
Promotion of modern education
     d) None of the above
8.  Two greatest Pioneers in the cause of widow’s education were :
D.K. Karve and Pandita Ramabai
     b) M.G. Ranade and R.G. Bahndrarkar
     c) Ishwar Chand Vidyasagar and Keshav Chandra Sen

     d) None of the above
9.  After the Surat Split in 1907, the second in the Congress took place in 1918 on the issue of :
     a) Lucknow Pact
Montagu declaration
     c) Election of Mrs. Annie Besant as President of the INC (1917)

     d) None of the above
10. Which of the following revolutionary and terrorist organizations had a large number of young
      women revolutionaries?
      a) Yugantar
Anushilan Samiti
      c) Bharat Mata Society

      d) None of the above
11. Under whose leadership was the Chittagong Armoury Raid organised ?
      a) Jatin Das
Surya Sen
      c) Ganesh Ghosh
      d) None of the above
12. Proficiency in which of the following games was rewarded and recognised by state of Vijayanagar?
      a) Chess
      c) Gymnastics
      d) None of the above
In paper code C – Wrestling was missplet as Wresting
13. The first Mughal emperor to organise some sorts of Distress relief during famines was?
      a) Akbar
      c) Shahjahan
      d) None of the above
14. The only son of Ashoka found mentioned in his inscriptions is :
      b) Mahendra
      c) Kunala
      d) None of the above
15. During the Mauryan times the royal Houses were mostly built of:
      a) Baked bricks
      c) Mud & Tile
      d) None of the above
16. The status of which of the following could be said to have somewhat improved during the
      Mauryan Period ?
      a) Kshatriyas
      b) Vaishyas
      d) None of the above
17. The largest single source of income to the chola state was: 
Land tax
      b) Toll on trade
      c) Taxes on professions, mines and forests
      d) None of the above
18. The theory of economic drain of India during British imperialism was pronounced by:
      a) J.L. Nehru
Dadabhai Naoroji
      c) R.C. Dutt
      d) None of the above
19. The Vijaynagar King, Krishnadev Raya’s work ‘Amuktamalyada’ was in :
      b) Sanskrit
      c) Tamil
      d) None of the above
20. The victories of Karikala are well portrayed in :
      a) Palamoli
      b) Aruvanad
      d) None of the above
21. Todarmal was associated with :
      a) Music
      b) Literature
Land Revenue Reforms
      d) None of the above
22. Two of the Great Mughals wrote their own memories. They were :
      a) Babar and Humayun
      b) Jahangir and Shahjahan
Babar and Jahangir
      d) None of the above
23. To which king belongs to the Lion Capital of Sarnath ?
      a) Chandragupta
      c) Kanishka
      d) None of the above
24. The Zamindari in Mughal India was not :
      a) Hereditary
A saleable right
      c) Morgageable
      d) None of the above
25. The term Khalisa in Mughal Administration signified the :
Land owned by emperor himself
      b) Religion land grants
      c) Entire imperial establishment
      d) None of the above
26. Tulsidas the author of ‘Ramcharitmanas’ was a contemporary of which of the following rulers?
      a) Shahjahan
      c) Shershah Suri
      d) None of the above
27. The text of the document called ‘Mazhar’ by which Akbar assumed the role of Supreme arbiter 
      in the matter of religion found on :
      a) Arif Quandahari’s ‘Tarikh-i-Alfi’
Abul Fazal’s Akbarnama
      c) Nazamuddin’s ‘Tabaqat-i-Akbari’ 
      d) None of the above
28. Tolkappiyam is associated with the:
      a) First Sangam Period
Second Sangam Period
      c) Third Sangam Period
      d) None of the above
29. The Vijayanagar king who employed skilled archers of the Turkish clan and raised the fighting
      capacity of hid bowmen was :
      a) Bukka I
Devaraya I
      c) Ramaraya
      d) None of the above
30. The uprising of 1857 was described as first Indian war of Independence by:
V. D. Savarkar
      b) B. G. Tilak
      c) R. C. Mazumdar
      d) None of the above
31. Which independent nawab of Bengal was defeated and killed by forces of East India company?
Siraj – ud -daula
      b) Shuja – ud -daula
      c) Shah Alam II
      d) None of the above
32. Who introduced the system of permanent settlement also called permanent settlement in
      Bengal for effective agricultural methods and productivity?
      a) Lord Wellesley
Lord Cornwallis
      c) Warren Hastings
      d) None of the above
33. Which of the following newspaper was launched by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya in 1909?
      a) Free India
      c) Independent
      d) None of the above
34. Who of the following advised British East India company to seek from the Mughal Emperor
      Shah Alam, a ‘sanad’ for the Diwani of Bengal?
Maharaja Raj Ballabh
      b) Raja Daulat Ram
      c) Manik Chand
      d) None of the above
35. The first India ruler who joined the subsidary alliance was:
      a) Nawab of Awadh
      b) King of Trivancore
Nizam of Hyderabad
      d) None of the above
36. The first Indian ruler to organize Haj Pilgrimage at the expense of the state was:
      a) Alauddin Khilji
      b) Aurangzeb
      d) None of the above
            Emperor Akbar was the first ruler to organize the Haj pilgrimage at state expense and provide subsidies
            to pilgrims. He also founded a hospice for pilgrims in Makkah.
37. Which of the following territories was not affected by revolt of 1857?
      a) Jhansi
      c) Lucknow
      d) None of the above
38. The head of the committee formed by the Government to enquiry into Jallianwala bagh
      Massacre was: 
      a) John Simon
      b) General Dyer
      d) None of the above
39. Whom did Mahatama Gandhi called “The Patriot of the Patriots”?
      a) Bhagat Singh
Subhash Chandra Bose
      c) Sardar Patel
      d) None of the above
40. The term “Dosi Hatt” was used in early medieval india for :
      a) Animal Market
      b) Slave Bazar
Kappas (Cotton) Market
      d) None of the above
41. Which contemporary Mughal historian of the age of Akbar had prepared a list of Charges calling
      him an enemy of Islam? 
      a) Abbas Khan Sarwani
      c) Nizamuddin Ahmad
      d) None of the above
42. To whom did Sher Shah appoint to provide bed and food to Hindu travellers staying at ‘Sarais’ 
      (rest houses)? 
      a) Muslims
Low cast hindus
      c) Brahmans
      d) None of the above
43. When did Aurangzeb arrive in Deccan finally to quell revolt of Maratha?
      a) 1681
      c) 1700
      d) None of the above

          Aurangzeb’s son Akbar left the Mughal court and joined with Sambhaji, inspiring some Mughal forces
          to join the Marathas. In 1681, Aurangazeb arrives in the Deccan in search of his fugitive son. 
          For nine years, Aurangzeb couldn’t win a single fort from the Marathas. But in 1689 Aurangzeb captured
          Sambhaji (son of Shivaji) and publicly tortured and killed him.

44. Which Maratha Saint is most importantly known for social reform, national regeneration and
      the rise of Maratha power?
Samartha Ramdas
      b) Tukaram
      c) Vaman Pandit
      d) None of the above
45. On what condition Wellesly agreed to help Peshwas Bajirao II?
      a) An underhand transaction of Rs. 15 lakh
His consent to the the subsidary alliance
      c) His agreeing to the abolition of the office of the Peshwa after his death 
      d) None of the above
46. With whom did Raja Ranjit Singh conclude the treaty of Lahore in 1806 which gave him freedom
      to expand north of Sutlej ?
      a) Holkar of Indore

      b) Scindia of Gwalior
East India Company
      d) None of the above
47. What was the grieviest cause of discontent among soldiers before the revolt of 1857?
      a) Non observation of caste distinctions
      b) Question of promotion and pay
Absence of power and equitable procedure for discipline & control
      d) None of the above
48. Who was the mastermind of bomb attack on Lord Hardinge at Chandni Chowk, Delhi in 1912?
      a) Sachindranath Sanyal
Rasbehari Bose
      c) Bhai Parmanand
      d) None of the above
49. When did Gandhiji go to fast unto death for the first time?
      a) At the time of riots in Delhi
      b) At the time of riots in Calcutta
      c) At the time of Jallianwala Bagh tragedy
None of the above
              Gandhiji’s first fast was in 1918 in connection with the strike of mill workers in Ahmedabad.
             Ahmedabad mill strikers demanded a 35% increase in wages. Gandhi undertook a fast unto
             death in support of the workers’ demands. The mill owners finally relented and worker got a 
             35% increase in their wages. 
             Jallianwala bagh massacre – 1919   |   Calcutta Riot – 1946    |    Delhi Riot – 1948
50. Sir Thomas Roe was sent as the British Ambassador to the Court of :
      a) Aurangzeb
      c) Shahjahan
      d) None of the above
        Note : Your feedback/comments are welcome to rectifiy the above post.
                  I have tried my best to solve the above questions correctly.
                  But, you may assure yourself.
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35 Responses to HPSC – HCS (Ex.Br.) Preliminary Exam 2011 – Indian History Paper

  1. Vinod says:

    Very THE BEST

    • Vinod says:

      It is good thought for all who related to hcs exam

  2. Praveen alhria says:

    its helpful 4 measurement

  3. Vikram R Jadhav says:

    Thaxs sir, its really very nice……….

  4. Hemant says:

    10 Option C Bharat Mata Society
    15 Option A Burnt Bricks . In Mauryan time use of burnt bricks was started check page no. 144 of N.C.E.R.T Ancient India Hindi Version Which reads as under ” Patther ki eemarat banane ka kaam unhone hi aarambh kiya Megasthenese ne kaha hai Patliputra sthith Mauryan Rajprasad utna hi bhavya thaa 80 stambhhon wale vishal bhavan ke astitva ka sanket dete hai.
    Chech the sense of question ” Royal houses “.
    29 Option D None of the above ” Devraya II “. In 1423 , grandson of Devraya I , Devraya II appointed 2000 turkish archer to train his 60000 bowmen in order to make himself capable for facing bahamani Archers. He crossed river Tungbhadra afterwards and fought 3 wars. Check page no. 92 of the Medival India N.C.E.R.T Hindi version answer is Devraya II .
    34 Option D none of the above . Omichand was the person.
    44 Option A Samarth Ramdas . Shivaji was influenced from his teachings which converted Marathas in a Warrior community. Check Page no. 121,122 of N.C.E.R.T Medival India Hindi version.

    One most important thing to share is 14-15 questions are from M.P.P.C.S 2009 Exam held on 09/05/2010 any one can check.

  5. Vinod says:


  6. Anil Jain says:

    thanx, very helpful to assess performance in paper

    Q 29 Devraya I had recruited turk archers before Devraya II so answer is B

  7. Hemant says:

    Please tell us the source if that one is authentic because I think nothing is more authentic than N.C.E.R.T . If ” Devraya I ” had also recruited Turkish archer then the question would have been like ” Name the first Vijaynagar King who recruited Turkish archer to train his bowmen ”
    Whenever any similar activity is performed by two or more persons then it becomes compulsary to clear its status regarding the first or the last etc. in order to avoid the situation of multi-answer.

    • Naren says:

      Lots of typing mistakes are there in both GS/Optional papers
      but the sense of question is straightforward in each question.
      you should follow the sense at that time rather than checking
      these errors.


  8. Hemant says:

    This paper of history is a wise man creation. I am surprised to see how history can be made so analytical. I quote some examples:
    57 Q The earliest exposition of Saiva System was established by
    A. Lakula . Lakula is considered the avataar incarnation of lord Shiva. He is mentioned in Vayu Puran and he is said to be contemporary to Vedvyasa while Basava started lingayat in bhakti movement so the first one is more ancient than the second one and so is the right answer.
    59 Q Which of the following was the first great royal patron of Buddhhism ?
    A. Ashoka . Here the word great changes the answer. Although Ajatshatru was the first royal patronage of Buddhism ( 483 B.C BUDDHIST COUNCIL ) yet he is not the answer as he is the killer of his own father and he is not defined as great in history so Ashoka qualify the standard and is the right answer. Ashoka was the great royal patron before Harsha ( 606 A.D ).
    there are a number of questions in this paper which produce different answer if not understood properly.

  9. Anil Jain says:

    Hement ‘Devraya I’ is written in Medieval India by L P Sharma
    if two or more person have done same work first doer claims the answer

  10. mohit says:

    Q.12.- its chess not Wrestling
    Q.15.- its wood
    Q.44.- its Samartha Ramdas

  11. satbir nyol lecturer says:

    q no. 66 ans should be—c-sources v. k. agnihotri, q. no.69 ans—b(v.k. agnihotri), qno73-c

    • Naren says:

      @satbir nyol lecturer

      i agree with your ans. for the q no. 66 only
      could you mention the full name of this book
      written by V.K. Agnihotri to rectify the post more

      thanks for the comment


  12. D says:

    sir are u sure the answer of 44 is Tukaram

    • Naren says:

      just confirmed few minutes ago as i received 3-4 comments for this ques.
      all of you are right with option Samartha Ramdas.
      But i have read something about Tukaram’s ‘Abhanga’
      so i mention 2-3 lines abt this …
      anyway in the source book of this ques..
      ans. is mentioned as Samartha Ramdas

      really feel sorry for the above
      thanks again to all of you..i am very poor in history
      because of my computer background 😦


  13. satbir nyol lecturer says:

    sorry sir,q. no 73 ans—–b

  14. D says:

    Answer of 16 is b

    • Naren says:

      Shudras is right ans.
      Confirmed from Civil Services Pre. Exam (Paper-1)
      in 60 days by Rakesh Diwvedi – Tata McGraw Hill publication


  15. Hemant says:

    Hello Anil & Naren ,
    I think it is a welcome step to post answer key and then discuss on it . Naren did a good job. By this way we surely add facts in our mind .I think some questions are differently answered in different books.Naren I am not very proficient at computer so I am not able to paste the photo of text containing answer of devraya question . But my friend I checked many sources and could not find a single which defines Devraya I as answer.Please tell me the source.

  16. mohit says:

    Q.-16- its Shudras (its mention in kautilya’ arthashastra that somewhat improvement in shudras’s life style)
    Q.-29- its Devraya I (prof. -v.d.mahajan, dep. of history)

    great work naren sir….
    god bless

  17. mohit says:

    Q.47- its Question of promotion and pay.;.. was the first grieviest cause of discontent among soldiers before the revolt of 1857..(prof. ramlakhan shukla ,,D.U)

  18. mohit says:

    Q.47- its Question of promotion and pay ,,,was the first grieviest cause of discontent among soldiers before the revolt of 1857 ,,prof. ramlakhan shukla ,D.U

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  20. abc says:

    6,8, 10,34,42 are incorrect

  21. Abhinav Sheoran says:

    Average yield per hectare of Wheat and Rice during 2010-11 in haryana was—–4650 kg and 2750kg respectively…..go to Economic Survey of Haryana 2010-11 Table no.-3.3 and point no-3.13

    • Naren says:


      dude, I already wrote these figures in the post
      anyway thanks for more clearifications


  22. D says:

    you are right Abhinav g mera 1 hor question theek ho gya
    Anyone can check
    Average Yield of Principal Crops
    3.13 The average yield per hectare of Wheat and Rice during 2010-11 in
    Haryana is estimated at 4650 and 2750 Kgs. per hectare respectively. The average
    yield per hectare in respect of Wheat and Rice at all India during 2008-09 was
    2907 and 2178 Kgs. per hectare respectively whereas in Haryana it was 4614 and
    2724 Kgs. per hectare respectively

  23. Manoj says:


    This is a nice initiative to provide solution key for HCS pre papers.
    If you can also provide similiar key for Public Adminstratoin as well then that would be great.


    • Puneet Singh says:

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  25. simran says:

    check it for 71 question right answer is kurram

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  28. Puneet Singh says:

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