Answer Keys – APSC Prelims 2015 Indian History Paper

Answer Keys of APSC CCE (Prelims) 2015 Indian History optional paper. As usual there are 100 questions in this APSC prelims question paper. We are providing the answers with short descriptions and references. If you have any doubt about an answer, please check the reference (if available) or submit a comment. Also don’t forget to point out mistakes. This History question paper is the courtesy of our user Niyorkona.

APSC Prelims 2015 History Answers:

APSC 2015 Indian History Answer Keys
1. b) No evidence of use of Iron in Indus Valley civilization.

2. d) Sir Alexander Cunningham is considered as the Father of Indian Archeology (

3. a) James Prinsep deciphered Ashokan inscriptions (

4. d) 4th Buddhist Council was convened in Kashmir under the chairmanship of Vasumitra

5. a) Kapilavastu.

Lumbini is birth place of Buddha ( But here, Lumbini is not an option. So, the closest answer is Kapilavastu, which is near to Lumbini and several books states “Buddha was born in Kapilavastu”. APSC might select Kapilavastu as the answer. In our view, they should give equal marks to all who answered this question.

6. c) Sangam literary works were compiled in South India.

7. a) Chandragupta stepped down from the throne for his son Bindusara.

8. c) Inscriptions mentioned Ahoka as devanampiya (meaning beloved of the gods) and piyadasi (meaning pleasant to behold). (NCERT Class XII History)

9. a) Charaka Samhita was a work on Medicine

10. a) Banabhatta was Harsha’s court poet

11. a) Bhaskaravarman was an ally of Harshavardhan

12. a) Parshvanath (

13. b) Dhan Nanda was the last Nanda king defeated by Chandragupta Maurya (

14. d) Mihirakulawas an Hun Invader.

15. b) Ajanta caves are famous for mural Paintings (

16. d) Gautamiputra Satakarni is described as the destroyer of Sakas, Yavanas and Pallavas. (

17. d) Rajendra I (

18. b) Rashtrakuta dynasty was founded by Dantidurga (

19. b) Kautilya’s Arthashastra was a book on statecraft or principle of government


20. d) Saka era starts from 78 AD. (

21. b) Kalahan’s Rajtarangini is about Kashmir

22. b) Dravida style (

23. c) Gopala established Pala dynasty in Bengal. Thanks Tanbir.

24. c) Tamralipti was an ancient port city in India. (

25. a) Pulakeshin II was contemporary of Harsha.

26. b) Iltutmish completed the Qutb Minar.

27. a) Timur’s Invasion in 1398

28. c) Alauddin Khilji introduced market control

30. d) Tanka (There was confusion. Some books says Jital also contained Silver. Thanks Tanbir)

31. a) Iqta was the land assigned to officials during rule of Delhi Sultanate. So, grant or revenue from a territory?

32. a) Persian was official language of Sultanate

33. b) Malik Kafur invaded South India

34. d) Dohas are couplets composed by Kabir

35. c) Word Sikh means Disciple (

36. c) Guru Gobind singh was the last Sikh Guru

37. c) Ibn Battuta’s book of travels is called Rihla (NCERT Class XII History)

38. b) Arabs invaded Sindh in 712 AD.

39. a) Nur Jahan (

40. b) CaptainHawkinsvisited the Mughal Court of Jehangir.

41. b) Ramcharit Manas was written by Tulsi Das

42. d) Aurangzeb discontinued Jharokha Darshan

43. a) Tuzuk-i-Jahangiri (

44. a) Jija Bai was the mother of Shivaji.

45. a) First battle of Panipat was fought between Babur and Ibrahim lodi.

46. a) Sher Shah’s original name was Farid.

47. d) Distinguishing feature of Shah Jahan’sreign was the development of architecture. (NCERT Class VII)

48. b) Pietra dura is decorating walls with floral designs made of semi-precious stones. (

49. a) Nadir Shah came from Persia. (

50. a) Third battle of Panipat was between Marathas and Afghans. (

51. a) Amir Khusrau (

52. a) English acquired Dewani rights of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa by the Treaty of Allahabad, 1765.

53. b) Lord Cornwallis was Governor General during Third Anglo-Mysore war (

54. d) Bahadur Shah II died in Rangoon.

55. b) Dadabhai Naoroji wrote “Poverty and un-British rule in India” (Publications Division)

56. a) Regulating act of 1773 created Supreme Court (

57. c) Chandernagor in Bengal was an important French settlement.

58. b) Warren Hastings abolished dual government.

59. d) Governor General John Shorefollowed Non-intervention policy

60. b) Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan

61. c) Din Bandu Mitra’s novel Neel Darpan protrayed struggle of Indigo plantation workers.

62. a) Henry Vivian Derozio was the founder of the Young Bengal Movement.

63. a) Vivekananda participated at World Parliament of Religions held in Chicago (USA) in September 1893

64. c) 72 delegates (

65. a) B. G. Tilk said “Swaraj is my birth right”

66. a) Widow Remarriage Act was passed in 1856 (

67. a) Mangal Pandey was the first martyr of Sepoy Mutiny

68. c) Syed Ahmed Khan started Aligarh Movement

69. a) 1813 to 1858 known as the policy of subordinate isolation

70. a) Lord Ripon repealed Vernacular Press Act

71. c) Satendranath Tagore was first Indian ICS (

72. a) Surat Session, 1907 Congress divided into Moderates and Extremists (Bipan Chandra’s India’s Struggle for Independence)

73. a) Morley Minto Reforms (1909) introduced separate electorates for Muslims.

74. b) First jute mill established in 1855 in Rishra (Bengal) (Spectum’s History of Modern India)

75. b) Mahatma Gandhi struggled for upliftment of Harijans.

76. c) Annie Besant was first female Chairman of Congress

77. b) J. K. Bethune was pioneer of Women’s education in India (

78. d) Dadabhai Naoraji is known as ‘Grand Old Man of India’.

79. b) Champaran

80. a) C. R. Das was the President of Swaraj Party

81. a) Quit India Resolution was adopted on August 8, 1942 at AICC Meeting—Gowalia Tank, Bombay

82. d) Subhah Chandra Bose said “Give me blood, I will give you freedom”

83. a) 1927. Simon commission was formed in 1927 and it visited India in 1928. (Bipin Chandra’s India’s Struggle for Independence and

84. c) Bhagat Singh gave “Inquilab Zindabad“ slogan in Central Assembly. (Bipan Chandra’s India’s Struggle for Independece)

85. d) Hind Swaraj was written by Mahatma Gandhi (

86. c) Individual Satyagraha started in 1940

87. d) Lord Clement Attlee

88. b) Indian National Army or Azad Hind Fauj was formed in Singapore.

89. a) Purna Swaraj adopted in Lahore Session (1929) (Spectrum’s History of Modern India)

90. b) Amritsar – Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

91. b) Anthony Eden was not a part of Cabinet mission

92. b) Mohammed Ali Jinnah said: ‘India is not one, but two nations.’

93. c) Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is known as ‘Iron Man of India’

94. b) 1922 after violence at Chauri Chaura.

95. a) Tagore returned his knighthood in protest of the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy

96. b) Representation of lower castes – Poona Pact.

97. d) Arunadale

In 1961, two Home Rule Leagues were formed. One by B.G. Tilak at Poona and other by Annie Besant with George Arundale at Madras.  Leaders like Motilal  Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Chittaranjan Das,  Madan Mohan Malaviya and Ali Jinnah joined the movement later. If Arunadale or Arundale are not same, answer is option d. Otherwise, no correct option available. Thanks Tanbir.

98. c) In 1939, Subhash Chandra Bose established ‘Forward Bloc’ of Indian National Congress (

99. a) Quit India movement started from Bombay.

100. a) Interim government was formed during the time of Lord Wavell. It was Clement Attlee, who sent the 1946 Cabinet Mission with proposals for the formation of an interim government.

20 comments in “Answer Keys – APSC Prelims 2015 Indian History Paper

  • Bhaskar Borgohain on

    please upload question paper.

  • Moi korilu

  • Kunubai history optional r wrong keys submit korile ni

  • Mahatma Gandhi was associated with upliftment of harijans. But funds collected for the cause was saved in Tilak’s swarajya fund.

    As someone pointed here that “Harijan” was termed by Gandhi himself. This is not true. Actually Gandhi borrowed it from a 17th century bhakti saint “Narsingh Mehta”. If people send this type of information to APSC for answer key corrections then probably they will not consider it as valid information and will stick to original answer keys. So, we need to send genuine information with documentary evidence to APSC.

  • anywhere i search its written that Gandhi struggled for the upliftment of Harijans..he stayed with them, ate with them tried to persuade people to throw away evil that not a strrugle??? even if tilak strruglled for them , then also both of them struggled ie both options are right..what do you say girls??

  • @Pankaj You are wrong. Inquilab Zindabad was actually given by HASRAT MOHANI and used by Bhagat Singh.

  • Regarding harijans,Gandhi only coined the term harijan but upliftment was done by tilak.
    Again in confusion and exam pressure,I ticked Gandhi but after coming out of exam hall I realised the mistake I made.

  • As per official answers, I am getting 280 in total(OBC).Do you think I should start for mains preparation.

  • Inquilab zindabad is Iqbal though I ticked bhagat Singh.
    Prime minister of England was atlee and not Churchill. Churchill was PM till 1945.I don’t know how they got this answer.

    1) Q No 56 “Which Act was created in British India by the Supreme Court?”
    The wording of the question is wrong. It should have been “Which Act created the Supreme Court in British India?”
    Hence Q No 56 should be treated as wrong and full marks should be given to candidates.
    2) Q No 75 Who among the following struggled for upliftment of Harijans?
    Answer should be (B) Mahatma Gandhi.
    3) Q No 84 The ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ slogan was given by
    Answer should be (C) Bhagat Singh. It is the best among the options.
    4) Q No 87 Who was the PM of England when India got Independence?
    Answer should be (D) Lord Atlee.
    5) Q No 100 Who formed the Interim Government in 1946?
    Answer should be (A) Lord Wavell.

  • @Pankaj I agree with you. As I already said The Question is wrong

  • Q. No. 56says “which act was created in British India by the supreme Court.”
    If answer is A,
    then the question should be like this- ” which act created supreme Court in British India? “

  • Giridhar Tayung on

    Indian history, Qno. 100 is wrong. How you can opt lord. wavell? Interim Government was formed by Nehru. Pl. Conferm.

  • @Bandana Jinnah was definitely a part of All India Home rule league. See wiki for further clarifications.
    Regarding Arundale, there is a confusion here.

  • Frnds what r ur expected scores in the optional history paper.

  • Q No 56 Question is wrong.

  • @Tanbir
    You are wrong for Q no 97. Its Arundale as Arundale and Wadia were associates of Annie Besant in her Home Rule Movement.Printng mistake here.

  • Some of the answers are incorrect.
    1. Q 23:It was Gopala who founder the pala dynasty of Bengal, not Dharmapala.
    2.Q 30: Tanka was the silver coin of Turko-Afghans not Jital. Jital was the copper coin.
    3.Q 97: Mohammed Ali Jinnah was related to the home rule movement not Arunadale.

  • What will be the expected cutoff??

  • Nice Paper.

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