Indian History Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) Set – 1

This is a set of 20 Indian History questions for UPSC IAS Prelims, APSC CCE Prelims and other competitive examinations. From medieval India to Indian independence movement, these objective type questions cover various topics. Answers are provided at the end of each question. If you are preparing for a competitive examination, you should definitely try these Indian history questions.

Indian History Multiple Choice Questions with Answers

1. Who is called the Indian Napoleon?
a) Samudragupta
b) Chandragupta II (Vikramiditya)
c) Skandagupta
d) Pulakeshin II
[APSC CCE 2001]

Answer: a)
Samudragupta (335-375 AD) of the Gupta dynasty was a great empire builder. His victories are mentioned in Prayag Prashasti written by his court poet Harisena. Historian Vincent A. Smith called him the Napoleon of India.

2. Following are some statements related to some historical events. Find out the correct statement.
a) Lord Ripon introduced the Vernacular Press Act.
b) In Ryotwari system there was no intermediary between the government and peasants.
c) Tipu Sultan signed the Treaty of Seringapatam with the French.
d) The Industrial Revolution in England encouraged the Indian handloom industries.

Answer: b
Option a is wrong because Lord Ripon repealed the Vernacular Press Act passed by Lord Lytton.
Option b is correct because in Ryotwari settlement there was no intermediary such as Zamindar between the peasant and government.
Option c is wrong because Tipu Sultan the The Treaty of Seringapatam of 1792 was signed between Tipu Sultan and Lord Cornwallis of British East India Company.
Option d is wrong because Industrial revolution ruined Indian handicrafts by releasing cheap, machine produced items in the market.

3. Battle of Mahargarh was fought between
a) Chandrakanta Singha and the Burmese
b) The Burmese and the British
c) The Burmese and Ruchinath Buragohain
d) The Burmese and Purandar Singha
[APSC CCE 2011]

Answer: a)
Ahom forces lead by Chandrakanta Singha fought with Burmese army lead by Mingi Maha Bandula in 1822 near Mahgarh.

4. The earliest mention of poet Kalidasa was in which of the following inscriptions?
a) Aihole inscription
b) Allahabad pillar inscription
c) Mandasor inscription
d) Edicts of Ashoka

Answer: a
Aihole Inscription of Pulikeshin II (around 634/635 AD) mentions Kalidas as a great poet.

17. The Ilbert Bill controversy was related to the
a) imposition of certain restrictions to carry arms by the Indians
b) imposition of restriction on newspapers and magazines published in Indian languages
c) removal of disqualifications imposed on the Indian magistrates with regard to the trial of the Europeans
d) removal of a duty on imported cotton cloth.
[UPSC 2013]

Answer: c
Ilbert Bill was a bill introduced in 1883 by Viceroy Ripon. It proposed changes in existing laws, under which Europeans were not allowed to be judged by an Indian Judge or Indian Magistrate. Europeans didn’t liked the idea of being tried by an Indian Judge or Magistrate. They opposed it aggressively. Ultimately Ripon was forced to make changes to the bill to satisfy the British.

18. Following are some statements related to Mahatma Gandhi and his activities. Find the wrong statement.
a) Gandhi returned to India from South Africa on January 9, 1915
b) Kheda Satyagraha was launched by Gandhi in support of indigo workers in Gujarat.
c) Gandhi called off Non Cooperation Movement after Chauri Chaura incident in 1922.
d) Mahatma Gandhi attended Second Round Table conference in 1931

Answer: b)
Kheda satyagraha was launched in support of peasants of Gujarat, not indigo workers.

19. Which one of the following Indian rulers joined the subsidiary Alliance first?
a) Nawab of Oudh
b) Nizam of Hyderabad
c) Serfoji II of Tanjore
d) Raja of Mysore
Answer: b

Nizam of Hyderabad was the first Indian ruler to join Subsidiary Alliance. He signed the treaty in 1798. Raja of Mysore signed Subsidiary Alliance treaty on July 8, 1799.Serfoji II of Tanjore signed Subsidiary Alliance in 1799. Nawab of Awadh was forced to join Subsidiary Alliance in 1801.

20. The first lady to unfurl the Indian tricolour outside India was
a) Bikhaji Cama
b) Neelie Sengupta
c) Vijaylakshmi Pandit
d) Rani Gaidinlieu
[APSC CCE 1998]

Answer: a
Madame Bhikhaji Rustom Cama was a nationalist Indian freedom fighter from a traditional Parsi family. She unfurled the first Indian tricolor at the International Socialist Congress held in Stuttgart, Germany in 1907.

13 comments in “Indian History Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) Set – 1

  • Rafiqul Islam on

    1.sri gupta is regarded as the founder of the gupta dynasty.2. Chandra Gupta was the first king who adopted the title of Maharajadhiraj.3. Bhitri pillar Inscription is the only source to know that the close of Kumar Guptas reign was marked by war with Pushyamitras reign. 4. Kalidas has written Malvikagnimitram for the cele bration of Vasantotsava.

  • Rafiqul Islam on

    coins of guptas: chandra gupta-1:kumar devi type.Samudra gupta:standard type,archer type,tiger slayer typr.Chandra Gupta 2:lion type, umbrella type. Kumar Gupta1: rhinoceros type,peacock type, aashvamedha type. Skanda Gupta: horseman type,swordsman type.

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