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IAS Previous Year Modern India Questions – Lecture – 2 – STHAAPNA Series

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Q. By a regulation in 1793, the District Collector was deprived of his judicial powers and made the collecting agent only. What was the reason for such a regulation ? [2010]

(a) Lord Cornwallis felt that the District Collector’s efficiency of revenue collection would enormously increase without the burden of additional work

(b) Lord Cornwallis felt that judicial power should compulsorily be in the hands of Europeans while Indians can be given the job of revenue collection in the districts

(c) Lord Cornwallis was alarmed at the extent of power concentrated in the District Collector and felt that such absolute power was undesirable in one person

(d) The judicial work demanded a deep knowledge of India and a good training in law and Lord Cornwallis felt that District Collector should be only a revenue collector

Q.Which one of the following provisions was not made in the Charter Act of 1833 ? [2003]

(a)The trading activities of the East India Company were to be abolished.

(b) The designation of the supreme authority was to be changed as the Governor-General of India in        Council

(c) All law-making powers to be conferred on Governor-General in Council

(d) An Indian was to be appointed as a Law Member in the Governor-General’s Council

Q.Consider the following statements: [2006]

1.The Charter Act, 1853 abolished East India Company monopoly of Indian trade.

  1. 2. Under the Government of India Act, 1858 the British Parliament abolished the

rule of East India Company and undertook the responsibility of ruling India directly.

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

(a)1 only

(b)2 only

(c)Both 1 and 2

(d)Neither 1 nor 2

Q.Who among the following Governor Generals created the Covenanted Civil Service of India

which later came to be known as the Indian Civil Service ? [2010]

(a)Warren Hastings


(c) Cornwallis

(d) William Bentinck

Q.Which one of the following Acts of British India strengthened the Viceroy’s authority over his Executive Council by substituting “Portfolio” or departmental system for corporate functioning? [2002]

(a) Indian Council Act, 1861

(b) Government of India Act, 1858

(c) Indian Council Act, 1892

(d) Indian Council Act, 1909

Q.Consider the following statements: [2005]

1.Warren Hastings was the first Governor General who established a regular police force in India on the British pattern.

2. A Supreme Court was established at Calcutta by the Regulating Act, 1773.

3. The Indian Penal Code came into effect in the year 1860.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

(a)1 and 2

(b)2 and 3

(c) 1 and 3

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.Which one of the following pairs is not correctly matched? [2004]

(a)Pitt’s India Act : Warren Hastings

(b) Doctrine of Lapse : Dalhousie

(c) Vernacular Press Act : Curzon

(d) Ilbert Bill : Ripon

Q.Match List-I (Acts of Colonial Government of India) with List-II (Provisions) and select the correct answer using the codes given below the lists: [2002]


(a)A – 2; B – 4; C – 3; D – 1

(b) A – 1; B – 3; C – 4; D – 2

(c) A – 2; B – 3; C – 4; D – 1

(d) A – 1; B – 4; C – 3; D – 2

Q.The most short-lived of all of the Britain’s constitutional experiments in India was the: [1999]

(a) Indian Council Act of 1861

(b) Indian Council Act of 1892

(c) Indian Council Act of 1909

(d) Government of India Act of 1919

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