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IAS Previous Year Medieval History Questions | Lecture 9 | Life in Medieval India

Q.1) Which one of the following monuments has a dome which is said to be one of the largest in the world? (1995)

(a)Tomb of Sher Shah, Sasaram

(b)Jama Masjid, Delhi

(c)Tomb of Ghiyas-ud-din-Tughlaq, Delhi

(d)Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur

Q.1) Consider the following: (1998)

1.Tughalaquabad Fort

2.Lodi Garden

3.Qutub Minar

4.Fatehpur Sikri

The correct chronological order in which they were built is:

(a)3, 1, 4, 2

(b)3, 1, 2, 4

(c)1, 3, 2, 4

(d)1, 3, 4, 2

Q.3) With reference to the cultural history of India, consider the following statements: (2018)

1.White marble was used in making Buland Darwaza and Khankah at Fatehpur Sikri

2.Red Sandstone and marble were used in making Bara Imambara and Rumi Darwaza at Lucknow

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a)1 only

(b)2 only

(c)Both 1 and 2

(d)Neither 1 nor 2

Q.4) Consider the following statements: (1999)

The striking feature of the Jama Masjid in Kashmir completed by Zain-ulAbidin include(s)


2.Similarity with Buddhist pagodas

3.Persian style

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a)1 alone

(b)1, 2 and 3

(c)2 and 3

(d)1 and 3

Q.5) Ibadat Khana at Fatehpur Sikri was (2014)

(a)the mosque for the use of Royal Family

(b)Akbar’s private prayer chamber

(c)The hall in which Akbar held discussions with scholars of various religions

(d)The room in which the nobles belonging to different religions gathered to discuss religious affairs

Q.6) One consistent feature found in the history of southern India was the growth of small regional kingdoms rather than large empires because of (1999)

(a)The absence of minerals like iron

(b)Too many divisions in the social structure

(c)The absence of vast areas of fertile land

(d)The scarcity of manpower

Q.7) In medieval India, the designations ‘Mahattara’ and ‘Pattakila’ were used for (2014)

(a)Military officers

(b)Village headmen

(c)Specialist in Vedic rituals

(d)Chiefs of craft guilds

Q.8) Consider the following pairs: (2015)

Medieval Indian state           Present Region

1.Champaka                :        Central India

2.Durgara                     :        Jammu

3.Kuluta                        :        Malabar

Which of the above pairs is/are correctly matched?  

(a)1 and 2

(b)2 only

(c)1 and 3

(d)3 only

Q.9) With reference to Indian history, which of the following is/are the essential element/elements of the feudal system? (2015)

1.A very strong centralized political authority and a very weak provincial or local political authority

2.Emergence of administrative structure based on control and possession of land

3.Creation of lord-vassal relationship between the feudal lord and his overlord

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a)1 and 2 only

(b)2 and 3 only

(c)3 only

(d)1, 2 and 3

Q.10) With reference to the cultural history of medieval India, consider the following statements: (2016)

1.Siddhas (Sittars) of Tamil region were monotheistic and condemned idolatry

2.Lingayats of Kannada region questioned the theory of rebirth and rejected the caste hierarchy

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a)1 only

(b)2 only

(c)Both 1 and 2

(d)Neither 1 nor 2

Q.11) Banjaras during the medieval period of Indian history were generally (2016)





Q.12) With reference to the economic history of medieval India, the term ‘Araghatta’ refers to

(a)Bonded labour

(b)Land grants made to military officers

(c)Waterwheel used in the irrigation of land

(d)Wasteland converted to cultivated land

Q.13) With reference to the cultural history of India, the memorizing of chronicles, dynastic histories and epic tales was the profession of who of the following? (2016)






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