HCS (Ex.Br.) Preliminary Exam 2011 – Indian History Paper (Part-2)

Haryana Public Service Commission

HCS (Executive Branch) & Other Allied Services Preliminary Exam 2011
Solved paper of Indian History held on 25th March 2012
Part – 2[51-100] (Correct Answers are highlighted in deep saffron color)
51. In which of the following respects the various Harappan sites a marked uniformity? 
     a) Agricultural Practices
     b) Crafts
Town Planning
     d) None of the above
52.  The entry port for trade between the Indus trading centers and Mesopotamia was:
     a) Elam

     b) Oman
     d) None of the above

            Trade between Mesopotamia (now Iraq) and Indus Valley (now in Pakistan and India) was facilitated by the
            small island Bahrain in the Persian Gulf.

53. The most common crime in Rigveda was:
     a) Murder
     b) Kidnapping
     d) None of the above
54. The ‘Jana’ during vedic period refers to: 
      a) District
      c) Villages
      d) None of the above
55. What was the normal form of Government in Vedic Period ?
     b) Oligarchy
     c) Republic

     d) None of the above
56.  Who of the following was the earliest known greek follower of Bhagavatism?
     a) Megasthenes
     b) Antialkidas
     d) None of the above
57. The earliest exposition of Saiva System was established by:
     a) Basava
     c) Sankaracharya
     d) None of the above
58.  Under the aegis of which of the following kings was the third Buddhist council held?
     b) Kanishka
     c) Menander (Milinda)

     d) None of the above

        The Third Buddhist council was convened in about 250 BCE at Asokarama in Patiliputta under the patronage
        of Emperor Asoka.

59. Which of the following was first great royal patron of Buddhism?
     a) Ajatashatru
     b) Udayayan
     d) None of the above
60. Jainism has derived its metaphysical thoughts from:
      a) Buddhism
      b) Arivakas
Samkhya Philosophy
      d) None of the above
61. Jainsim was propagated in South India by:
      b) Gautama
      c) Sudharaman
      d) None of the above

             Jaina history in the South commences from the 3rd Century B.C. Jainism entered into Karnataka and
             south India during the days of Emperor Chandragupta Maurya when Bhadrabahu the distinguished leader
             of Jainas led the migration of the Jaina ‘Sangha’  to the South.

62. The Asokan inscriptions and their Brahmi Script were first deciphered by:
      a) Alexander Cunningham
      b) Max Mullar
James Princep
      d) None of the above
          The Brahmi Script was deciphered in 1837 by James Princep, an archaeologist.
63. The key-note of Ashoka’s Policy of Dhamma was:
Toleration and General Behaviour
      b) Charity
      c) Moderation
      d) None of the above
64. In the Mauryan Period tax evasion was punished with:
      b) Confiscation of goods
      c) Imprisonment
      d) None of the above
65. The famous Queen’s Edict (Minor Pillar Edict-IV) inscribed on a pillar at Allahabad was
      issued by Ashoka’s queen:
      a) Vedisa Mahadevi
      b) Asandhamitra

      c) Karuvaki
      d) None of the above
66. Kautilya’s Arthashastra’s chapter on Kantak-Shodhana is mostly devoted to:
      a) Regulation of profits, wages and prices
      b) Regulation against adulteration of goods
Strict control of artisans and traders by the state
      d) None of the above
67. An early ancient Indian city, which was a nodal point for trade routes from east to west
      and from North to South, was: 
      a) Mathura

      b) Vidisha
      d) None of the above
in paper code C – Ujjain was misspelt as Ujjani
68. In the Mauryan Government women could be employed as:
      a) Royal Bodyguards
      b) Superintendents of weaving establishments
      c) Intelligence agents & spices
All the above
69. Which one of the following rulling dynasties of South India was the biggest rival of the Cholas?
      a) The Pandyas
      b) The Chalukyas of Kalyani
      c) The Gangas of Orissa
None of the above
Ans: Chalukyas of Vakataka
70. Who of the following Chola kings assumed the title of the Mummadi Chola?
      a) Vijayalaya
      b) Rajaraya
      c) Rajendra I
None of the above
71. In the Chola kingdom, a very large village administered as a single unit was called:
      a) Nadu
      b) Kurram
      d) All the above
72. The first sultan of Delhi to issue regular currency and declare Delhi as the capital of his empire was:
      a) Aram Shah
      c) Nasiruddin Mahmud
      d) None of the above
73. From the death of Iltumish till the accession of Balban the actual power was wielded by:
      a) The army
The nobility
      c) The theologians
      d) None of the above
74. In a formal sense, which of the following correctly describes the nature of the state during
      sultanate period in India?
      a) Theocracy
      b) Democracy
      d) None of the above
75. During Sultanate period, the nobility of the sultanate was largely composed of:
      a) Arabs
      b) Afghans
      c) Turks
None of the above
76. Who were called barids?
The spy reporters
      b) The king’s bodyguards
      c) The officers in-charge of accounts and receipts
      d) None of the above

         The word ‘barid’ means a runner and is derived from the Latin “Veredus” (meaning messenger horse in Latin) /
            Greek beredos “post-horse”. Barid is usually applied to the official service of the Post and Intelligence in the 
            Islamic states, and likewise to the mount, courier and post “stage”. 

77. The South India ruler whose kingdom could not be annexed to sultanate of Delhi by the Tughlaq?
      a) Yadavas of Devagiri
      b) Kakatiyas of Warangal

      c) Hoysalas of Dwarasumudra
      d) None of the above
78. Krishnadeva Raya belonged to the :
      a) Sangama dynasty
      b) Saluva dynasty

      c) Tuluva dynasty
      d) None of the above
79. Which of the following crops in Vijayanagar empire was widely exported?
Black Pepper
      b) Tea
      c) Tobacco
      d) None of the above
80. With the construction of which of the following buildings of Mandu is the name of
      Mahmud Khilji not associated?
Hindola Mahal
      b) Jahaz Mahal
      c) Jama Maszid
      d) None of the above
          Hindola Mahal in Mandu is an ancient construction which was built under the rule of Ghiyasud-din Khilji’s reign.
81. Which of the following introduced Perso-Arabic melodies (ragas) into Indian Music?
      a) Firdausi

      b) Sadi
Amir Khusrau
      d) None of the above
82. The sultan of Delhi who did not contribute to the development of composite Hindustani music was :
      a) Kaiqubad
      b) Alauddin Khilji

      c) Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq
      d) None of the above
83. Which one of the following territories was not under the possession of the Afghans at the time of
      Akbar’s accession?
      a) Malwa
      b) Bengal
      d) None of the above      
84. Which one of the following province in north-west proved to be most valuable of acquisition of Akbar?
      a) Kabul

      b) Kashmir
      d) None of the above
85. The English governor in India who was expelled by Aurangzeb was :
      a) Aungier
Sir Jhon Child
      c) Sir John Gayer
      d) None of the above
86. Who called the English in Bengal ‘a company of base , quarrelling people and foul dealers’?
      a) Aurangzeb
Shayista Khan, Mughal Governor of Bengal
      c) Mir Jumla
      d) None of the above
87. The chief gain to shivaji from his two raids on surat in 1664 and 1670 was:
      a) Immense increase in his prestige
      b) Demoralisation of the Mughal Forces

      c) A loot of booty
      d) None of the above
88. The most important achievement of Madhav Rao was that :
      a) He stored Shah Alam II, the exiled Mughal emperor, to the Delhi throne
      b) He subdued the Bhonsles of Nagpur
He improved the moral tone of the Marathon administration
      d) None of the above
89. The Maratha Chief who did not join the alliance against the English at first and took the field
      only when it was too late?
      b) Bhonsle
      c) Gaekwar

      d) None of the above
90. The Maratha navy in the Eighteenth century was developed by:
      a) The Sindhias
      b) The Gaikwars
The Angrias
      d) None of the above
91. The backbone of the armies of the misls was the:
      a) Infantary
      c) Artillery
      d) None of the above
92. In fourth Anglo Mysore war (1799), Tipu was defeated and killed, who of the following did not
      get share in tipu’s territories?
      a) The English
The Marathas
      c) The Nizam
      d) None of the above
93. Who of the following Nawab/Governors of Bengal concluded a treaty with the Maratha and agreed
      to pay them an annual tribute as Chauth and ceded to them the revenues of a part of Orissa?
      a) Marshid Qulikhan
      b) Shuja-ud-din
Alivardi Khan
      d) None of the above
94. Ahmad shah abdali or durrani was one of the nadir shah’s ablest generals. He invaded india
      several times between 1748-1767. During which one of his campaigns was he defeated and 
      put to flight ?
      b) Third
      c) Fifth
      d) None of the above
95. What was the prime mistake committed by siraj ud daula in his campaign against the English
      in june 1756?
      a) He failed to assess the real strength of the English in Bengal.

      b) He was ignorant of the treachery of men in his court.
He let the English escape with their ships to Fulta.
      d) He failed to win the support of his cousin Shakut Jang
96. After Bengal, the English secured the rights of duty free trade in the dominions of :
      a) Raya of Benaras
      b) Nawab of Awadh
The Nizam of Hyderabad
      d) None of the above
97. In 1775, who reffered to the nawab of Bengal as “a Phantom, a man of straw” ?
      a) Warren Hastings
      b) A member of the court of Directors
A judge of the supreme court of Calcutta
      d) None of the above
98. The ryotwari settlement was primarily introduced by British Government in ?
      a) Bengal & Bihar
      b) United Provinces
Madras & Bombay
      d) None of the above
99. The trade which was virtually monopolised by the European merchants in india, was :
      a) Import trade
Textile export
      c) Export trade in Agriculture produce
      d) None of the above
100. India’s growing poverty under the British rule is confirmed by :
      a) Increasing frequency and Intensity of Famines
Increasing indebtedness of the Peasantry
      c) Transfer of land from cultivating to non cultivating classes
      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 also.  
                  CLICK HERE TO SEE PART – 1  of the above post         Post created by –                                     

About Naren
Full name - Narender Jangra      Location - India    Qualification - MCA

18 Responses to HCS (Ex.Br.) Preliminary Exam 2011 – Indian History Paper (Part-2)

  1. mohit says:

    Q.70- d) None of the above, its rajraj I (985-1014 A.D)
    Q.75- c) Turks
    Q.95- b) He was ignorant of the treachery of men in his court

    • Naren says:


      for q.no. 70, i agree with your ans.
      FYI it’s not Rajraj, actual name is Rajaraja I (985-1014) adopted the titles of Mummadi Chola
      thanks for your support


  2. D says:

    Mohit g 95 ka answer right hai wo 1756 ki baat kar rahe hai 1757 ki nahi

  3. D says:

    71 answer is b

    • Naren says:

      check Lucent General Knowledge book, P.No. 27
      sequence in decreasing order is given as

      check this link :
      clearly write on this page: depending on the area

      As per lucent book :
      सम्पूर्ण चोल सम्राज्य 6 प्रान्तों में विभक्त था। प्रान्त को मंडलम कहा जाता था।
      मंडलम कोट्टम में , कोट्टम नाडू में एवं नाडू कई कुर्रमों में विभक्त था।


  4. D says:

    fir is da meaning ki hoya
    Every village was a self governing unit. A number of such villages constituted a Korram (கொற்றம்) or nadu (நாடு) or Kottam (கோட்டம்) in different parts of the country. Taniyur (தனியூர்) was a large village big enough to be a Kurram by itself. A number of Kurrams constituted a Valanadu (வளநாடு). Several Valanadus made up one Mandalam, a province. At the height of the Chola empire there were eight or nine of these provinces including Sri Lanka.These divisions and names underwent constant changes throughout the Chola period.

    An inscription of the eighth century CE at Uttaramerur temple describes the constitution of the local council, eligibility and disqualifications for the candidates, the method selection, their duties and delimits their power. It appears that the administration of a common village Ur(ஊர்) or Oor was different from that of a village gifted to Brahmins.

    • Naren says:


      dear Ram Gopal’s D

      Both we are wrong at this time…
      in order to confirm it..
      i put my query against ‘Alladin Chirag’ Mr. Google
      it gave me the correct source of this ques. same as it is there
      in question paper except one option is replaced with All the above…

      ans. is Taniyur…..so correct ans is None of the above…
      but there is no ‘None of the above’ option
      what we can do now?

      different story in different books ..what we have to read
      the recruitment shell should publish the name of standard
      book to be follow for each particular exam alongwith the
      advertisement ….

      even Lucent GK book is very famous…
      almost all examinee know about this book
      but this line gives wrong ans….

  5. T.H.Khan says:

    is it the same quest. paper which was asked in HPSC(ex.Br)?????or a memory based quest. paper….i have the information that they do not give the quest.paper then how come u r providing the quest.??????????plz tell me,,

    • vikas singh says:

      if they have given it take it at least u will be knowing ur marks?????????

  6. D says:

    sir 88 answer is a

  7. Damanpreet kaur says:

    Answer of 84 is a (kabul ) source satish chandra book page no. 114 (Hindi)

    • vikas singh says:

      damanpreet what do u think of passing marks history? it will be higher or average? paper seems to be easy but o one is 100%? it was tricky paper so that maximum candidates do mistakes what u think? same as GK paper definately merit will go down in gk paper?

  8. vikas singh says:

    naren jangra what u think of merit for GK?//////////

    • Naren says:

      i think …a score of 125-130 will be enough to clear Pre. exam.

      • Vikas says:

        Dear naren my score in G.S is 62 and in geography 68, total is around 130. What is my chance…?

      • Naren says:

        @ Vikas|Parveen

        Friends…result will be available soon.
        HPSC also invites feedback/comment from all examinee
        before the result announcement in regarding the
        typing mistakes or other kinds of error in question
        paper of HCS Pre. exam held on 25th March

        As both of you have scored 130(self-evaluation)..
        It sure looks good to me as per my guess of


  9. ssingh says:

    I am a SC candidate n my score in GS n History arnd 116-120, what is my chance?

  10. hardeep says:

    what my chances i got 123 marks in pre and i am a general candidate

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s