Please find below a compilation of Ancient India History MCQs that were asked in the WBCS Preliminary Examinations from 2000 to 2022.
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Ancient India History MCQ: Asked in WBCS Prelims 2022
Q1. Who is the composer of Allahabad Prasasti?
Answer – A. Harishena
Q2. The earliest fossil remains of archaic Homo sapiens have been found in
A. Siwalik hills
B. Narmada valley
C. Nallamalai hills
D. Chotanagpur Plateau
Answer – B. Narmada valley
Q3. Arrange the list of foreign travellers in chronological order:
A. Xuanzang (Hieun Tsang )
C. Fa Tsien
A. A, B, C, D
B. A, D, B, C
C. D, C, A, B
D. D, C, B, A
Answer – C. D (Megasthenes), C(Fa Tsien), A(Xuanzang), B(Itsing)
Q4. Match the following:
a. Kot Diji …………… 1. Luigi Pio Tessitori
b. Harappa …………. 2. F.A. Khan, G.S. Ghurye
b. Kalibangan …….. 3. Daya Ram Sahani
d. Mohenjodaro ….. 4. Rakhal Das Bandyopadhyay
A. (a-2), (b-3), (c-1), (d-4)
B. (a – 1), (b-3), (c-2), (d-4)
C. (a-4), (b-1), (c-2), (d-3)
D. (a-3), (b-2), (c-4), (d-1)
Answer – A. (a-2), (b-3), (c-1), (d-4)
Q5. Who among the following stated that there was no slavery in India?
D. Xuanzang (Hieun Tsang )
Answer – C. Megasthenes
Q6. In which of the following inscriptions we find the earliest reference to ‘Sati’?
A. Asokan inscription of Girnar
B. Aihole inscription
C. Eran inscription
D. Damodarpur inscription
Answer – C. Eran inscription
Q7. The Gupta King who destroyed Sakas was
A. Samudra Gupta
B. Chandra Gupta-I
C. Kumara Gupta
D. Chandra Gupta-II
Answer – D. Chandra Gupta-II
Q8. The earliest evidence of settled agriculture in the subcontinent comes from
Answer – C. Mehrgarh
Q9. The first sermon of Gautama Buddha is called
B. Dharmachakra Pravartana
Answer – B. Dharmachakra Pravartana
Q10. Who among the following was the Greek king of Syria mentioned in the Asokan edict?
A. Antiochus II Theos
B. Ptolemy II
Answer – A. Antiochus II Theos
Q11. Match List-I with List-II:
A. Moriyas….. 1. Pippalivana
B. Videhas….. 2. Mithila
C. Licchavis…3. Vaishali
D. Mallas……..4. Kapilavastu
Which of the above is/are not properly matched?
A. (a-1), (b-2), (c-3)
C. (c-3), (d-4)
D. All of the above
Answer – B. (d-4)
WBCS Preliminary Question Paper – 2021
Q12. When did Sakabda commence?
A. 78 A.D.
B. 78 B.C.E.
C. 178 B.C.E.
D. 178 A.D.
Answer – A. 78 A.D.
Q13. Who is the author of the Allahabad Pillar Inscription?
Answer – B. Harisena
WBCS Preliminary Question Paper – 2020
Q14. Boghazkoi is important because
A. it is known as a significant trading centre between Central Asia and Tibet.
B. the original text of the Vedas was composed there.
C. inscription found here mentions the names of Vedic Gods and Goddesses.
D. None of the above
Answer –C. inscription found here mentions the names of Vedic Gods and Goddesses.
Q15. Which among the following places has given the earliest evidence of agriculture in the Indian Subcontinent?
Answer – B. Mehergarh
Q16. Who among the following historians has written the book entitled ‘The wonder that was India‘?
A. A. L. Basham
B. Alison Bashford
C. R. C. Majumder
D. Satish Chandra
Answer – A. A. L. Basham
Q17. What were the two assemblies during the early Vedic period?
C. Samiti and Sangam
D. Both A. and B.
Answer – D. Both A. and B.
Q18. Which of the following is a correct statement about the Indus Valley civilization?
A. Both Harappa and Mohenjodaro are located on the banks of river Ravi (Irabati).
B. Both Chanhudaro and Kalibangan were located within the boundaries of present-day Rajasthan.
C. Both Surkotada and Dholavira are located in the Kutchh region of Gujarat
D. Lothal site was located on the bank of the Narmada river.
Answer – C. Both Surkotada and Dholavira are located in the Kutchh region of Gujarat
WBCS Preliminary Question Paper – 2019
Q19. Where did Gautama Buddha attain Nirvana (enlightenment)?
D. Bodh Gaya
Answer –D. Bodh Gaya
Q20. Who wrote Mrichhakatikam ?
Answer –B. Shudrak
Q21. Who among the following succeeded Samudragupta as the next ruler of the Gupta dynasty?
A. Chandragupta II
C. Chandragupta I
Answer – A. Chandragupta II
Q22. The inscriptions of Ashoka and the Brahmi scripts were deciphered by
A. Alexander Cunningham
B. James Princep
C. Max Muller
D. Mortimer Wheeler
Answer – B. James Princep
Q23. Which among the following places have given the earliest evidence of agriculture in the Indian sub-continent?
Answer – B. Mehrgarh