HistoryUPSC Prelims 2019 Detailed Analysis

Prelims 2019 | Answer Key | History | Part 1


Q.1) Consider the following:

  1. Deification of the Buddha
  2. Treading the path of Boddhisatvas
  3. Image worship and rituals

Which of the above is/are the feature/features of Mahayana Buddhism?

(a)1 only

(b)1 and 2 only

(c)2 and 3 only

(d)1, 2 and 3

Q.2) Consider the following statements:

  1. In the revenue administration of Delhi Sultanate, the in-charge of revenue collection was known as ‘Amil’
  2. The Iqta system of sultans of Delhi was an ancient indigenous institution
  3. The office of ‘Mir Bakshi’ came into existence during the reign of Khalji Sultans of Delhi

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a)1 only

(b)1 and 2 only

(c)3 only

(d)1, 2 and 3

Q.3)  Building ‘Kalyaana Mandapas’ was a notable feature in the temple construction in the kingdom of





Q.4) Consider the following statements:

  1. Saint Nimbarka was a contemporary of Akbar
  2. Saint Kabir was greatly influenced by Shaikh Ahmad Sirhindi

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.5) Who among the following Mughal emperors shifted emphasis from illustrated manuscripts to album and individual portrait?




(d)Shah Jahan

Q.6) With reference to Mughal India, what is/are the difference/differences between Jagirdar and Zamindar?

  1. Jagirdars were holders of land assignments in lieu of Judicial and police duties, whereas Zamindars were holders of revenue rights without obligation to perform any duty other than revenue collection
  2. Land assignments to Jagirdars were hereditary and revenue rights of Zamindars were not hereditary

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a)1 only

(b)2 only

(c)both 1 and 2

(d)Neither 1 nor 2

Q.7) With reference to Mian Tansen, which one of the following statements is not correct?

(a)Tansen was the title given to him by Emperor Akbar

(b)Tansen composed Dhrupads on Hindu gods and goddesses

(c)Tansen composed songs on his patrons

(d)Tansen invented many Ragas

Q.8) With reference to forced labour (Vishti) in India during the gupta period, which one of the following statements is correct?

(a)It was considered a source of income for the state, a sort of tax paid by the people

(b)It was totally absent in the Madhya Pradesh and Kathiawar, regions of the Gupta Empire

(c)The forced labourer was entitled to weekly wages

(d)The eldest son of the labourer was sent as the forced labourer


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