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30 Important History Questions For CDS Exam

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CDS exam is just a few days away and through this article we will share the 30 important history questions for CDS Exam.

The Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam is scheduled to be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on April 16, 2023. Hence, it is high time for all the aspiring students to analyse their individual preparation level and deeply consolidate all that has been prepared by them in this last one year.

Every year lakhs of candidates apply for CDS exam with the dream of donning the uniform and serve the nation. Candidates who clears the exam followed by SSB interview gets to join their dream academy.

In this article, we have prepared a list of 30 important questions on Indian History which will help you to boost your preparation.

1. The Palaeolithic Age in India is divided into three phases, based on tool technology. Which of the following phases is/are correctly matched with its tools?

(a) Lower Palaeolithic – handaxe and cleaver industries

(b) Middle Palaeolithic – tools made on flakes

(c) Upper Palaeolithic – tools made on flakes and blades

(d) All of the above

2. In the Indian context, the Neolithic agriculture based regions can roughly be divided into many regions. Which of the following may be called such region?
  1. The Indus system and its western Borderland
  2. Ganga valley
  3. Western India and the northern Deccan and
  4. The southern Deccan.

Select the answer from the codes given below:

(a) 1, 2 and 3

(b) 2, 3 and 4

(c) 1, 3 and 4

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

3. The pottery forms used during the Cha1colithic cultures were:
  1. dishes-on-stand
  2. spouted vases
  3. stemmed cups
  4. pedestalled bowls

Select the answer from the codes given below:

(a) 1, 2 and 3

(b) 2, 3 and 4

(c) 1, 3 and 4

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

4. Which of the following are characteristics of the Neolithic culture?
  1. beginning of agricultural activities
  2. domestication of animals
  3. grinding and polishing of stone tools having sharper edges
  4. use of pottery

Select the answer from the codes given below:

(a) 1, 2 and 3

(b) 2, 3 and 4

(c) 1, 3 and 4

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

5. Which of the following was the first recorded European to visit Harappa on his way to the Punjab?
  1. Sir Alexander Cunningham
  2. Alexander Burnes
  3. Charles Masson
  4. Sir John Marshall
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6. Consider the following statements:
  1. During Harrapan period the use of silver was more common than gold.
  2. The weapons produced by the Harappans were mostly offensive in nature.

Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

(c) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 1 and 2 both

(d) None

7. Which of the following were the rivers mentioned during Early Vedic Period?
  1. Kubha
  2. Suvastu
  3. Krumu
  4. Prapa

Select the answer from the codes given below-

(a) 1, 2, and 3

(b) 2, 3, and 4

(c) 1, 3, and 4

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

8. During early vedic period the source of law were:

(a) Vedic literature

(b) Tradition

(c) Experiences of elder people.

(d) All of the above

9. Which of the following are among the eight fold path of Buddhism?
  1. Right speech
  2. The Right action
  3. Right means of livelihood
  4. The Right mindfulness

Select the answer from the codes given below:

(a) 1, 2, and 3 only

(b) 2, 3, and 4 only

(c) 1, 3, and 4 only

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

10. The Tripitakas of Buddhist literature are written in the language:

(a) Sanskrit

(b) Prakrit

(c) Pali

(d) Hindi


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11. The script mostly employed in the edicts of Asoka is
  1. Pali
  2. Sanskrit
  3. Karoshti
  4. Brahmi
12. Which of the following statements is not correct with regarding the Maurya king Ashoka?

(a) Ashoka is said to have added only Kalinga to the Mauryan Empire.

(b) According to the Jaina texts, Ashoka was very cruel in his early life and captured the throne after killing his 99 brothers.

(c) Ashoka is the first king in the Indian history who has left his records engraved on stones.

(d) The Ashokan inscriptions are found in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

13. The founder of the Nalanda University was –

(a) Samudragupta

(b) Chandragupta II

(c) Kumaragupta I

(d) None

14. Which of the following administrative units during Rastrakuta period are arranged in descending order of their size?

(a) Rashtras- vishayas- bhukti

(b) Rashtras – bhukti – vishayas

(c) Vishayas – rashtras – bhukti

(d) Vishayas – bhukti – rashtras

15. Consider the following statements:
  1. The Hindu sects of Vaishnavism and Saivism flourished during the period of Rashtrakutas
  2. Jainism declined during the period of Rashtrakutas

Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 1 and 2 both

(d) None

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16. Which of the following statements are correct with regard to Chola society?
  1. The practice of ‘sati’ was not prevalent
  2. The inscriptions of the later period of the Chola rule mention about two major divisions among the castes – Valangai and Idangai castes
  3. The devadasi system or dancing girls attached to temples emerged during this period.

Select the answer from the codes given below –

(a) 1 and 2

(b) 2 and 3

(c) 1 and 3

(d) 1, 2, and 3

17. Which of the following statements are correct about Iltutmish?
  1. He introduced the Arabic coinage into India and the silver tanka weighing 175 grams became a standard coin in medieval India.
  2. Iltutmish created a new class of ruling elite of forty powerful military leaders, the Forty.
  3. He received the mansur, the letter of recognition, from the Abbasid Caliph in 1229.

Select the answer from the codes given below:

(a) 1 and 2

(b) 2 and 3

(c) 1 and 3

(d) 1, 2 and 3

18. The land was also divided into four categories during reign of Akbar. Which of the following was land cultivated once in two years?

(a) Polaj

(b) Parauti

(c) Chachar

(d) Banjar

19. Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct regarding land revenue administration during Akbar?
  1. The land revenue system of Akbar was called Zabti or Bandobast system.
  2. The revenue was fixed on the average yield of land assessed on the basis of past ten years.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 1 and 2 both

(d) None

20. Which of the monuments is/are considered as the architecture of medieval India?

(a) Mausoleum at Sasaram in Bihar and the Purana Qila

(b) Forts at Lahore and Agra

(c) Red Fort at Delhi

(d) Palace-cumfort complex at Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory)


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21. Consider the following statements:
  1. Prithiviraj Chauhan defeated Muhammad Ghori in the first battle of Tarain near Delhi in 1191
  2. In the second battle of Tarain in 1192, Muhammad Ghori thoroughly routed the army of Prithiviraj, who was captured and killed.
  3. The Rajput princes exhausted one another by their mutual conflicts.

Select the answer from the codes given below:

(a) 1 and 2

(b) 2 and 3

(c) 1 and 3

(d) 1, 2 and 3

22. With reference to the Battle of Buxar, Consider the statements:
  1. Mir Jafar the son-in-law of Mir Kasim claimed for the Nawabship of Bengal.
  2. The combined armies of the three powers met an English army commanded by Major Munro in the Battle of Buxar.

Which of the above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 1 and 2 both

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

23. Which of the statement is true about the Tipu Sultan?
  1. The Anglo-Mysore war begin in 1789 and Tipu was defeated by the English.
  2. The treaty of Pondicherry Occurred between the English and Tipu Sultan.
  3. Founded Jacobians club and planted the tree of liberty at Seringapatnam.

(a) 1 and 3

(b) 1 and 2

(c) 2 and 3

(d) 1, 2 and 3

24. The main aim of the Portuguese in India was to

(a) Capture territories on the western coast of India

(b) Oust Arabs and Persians from India’s maritime trade

(c) Capture pepper and other spices trade

(d) Propagate Christianity

25. Which of the following statements are correct about Warren Hastings?
  1. He was the first Governor General of India
  2. Established courts of appeal
  3. Made a pact with Bengali Zamindars to make his Permanent Settlement System successful.
  4. He introduced the policy of Doctrine lapse

Select the correct option from the codes given below:

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 1 and 4 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 3 and 4 only

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26. Which of the following statement(s) is / are correct?
  1. The Dutch established their first factory at Surat
  2. The Dutch collapsed with their defeat to the English in the Battle of Bedera

Select the correct option from the codes given below:

(a) 1 and 2 both

(b) 1 only

(c) 2 only

(d) None

27. British adopted the principle of Non-interference in Afghanistan under the Governor-Generalship of

(a) Lord Lytton

(b) Lord Ripon

(c) Lord Hastings

(d) Lord Canning

28. Which of the following events did not occur during the Governor-Generalship of William Bentinck

(a) Abolition of Sati

(b) Macaulay’s Reform

(c) Establishment of Medical college at Calcutta

(d) Annexation of sind to the British Empire

29. What was the reason for first Anglo-Afghan war?

(a) British resident was killed in Kabul

(b) Result against Afghan ruler

(c) British wanted to place a puppet ruler

(d) British interest in Indo-Persian trade

30. Which one of the following is incorrect about Warren Hastings?

(a) He ended the dual system

(b) He founded the Calcutta Madrassa

(c) He shifted treasury from Murshidad to Calcutta

(d) He pursued permanent settlement in Bengal

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