Civil Service Preliminary Paper-1 Previous Year Questions on Indian Culture - 2013

1) In the context of cultural history of India, a pose in dance and dramatics called ‘Tribhanga’ has been a favorite of Indian artists from ancient times till today. Which one of the following statements best describes this pose?
  1. One leg is bent and the body is slightly but oppositely curved at waist and neck
  2. Facial expressions, hand gestures and make-up are combined to symbolize certain epic or historic characters
  3. Movements of body, face and hands are used to express oneself or to tell a story
  4. A little smile, slightly curved waist and certain hand gestures are emphasized to express the feelings of love or eroticism


2) Consider the following Bhakti Saints:
1. Dadu Dayal
2. Guru Nanak
3. Tyagaraja
Who among the above was/were preaching when the Lodi dynasty fell and Babur took over?
  1. 1 and 3
  2. 2 only
  3. 2 and 3
  4. 1 and 2


3) Some Buddhist rock-cut caves are called Chaityas, while the others are called Viharas. What is the difference between the two?
  1. Vihara is a place of worship, while Chaitya is the dwelling place of the monks
  2. Chaitya is a place of worship, while Vihara is the dwelling place of the monks
  3. Chaitya is the stupa at the far end of the cave, while Vihara is the hall axial to it
  4. There is no material difference between the two


4) Which one of the following describes best the concept of Nirvana in Buddhism?
  1. The extinction of the flame of desire
  2. The complete annihilation of self
  3. A state of bliss and rest
  4. A mental stage beyond all comprehension


5) Which of the following statements is/are applicable to Jain doctrine?
  1. The surest way of annihilating Karma is to practice penance.
  2. Every object, even the smallest particle has a soul.
  3. Karma is the bane of the soul and must be ended.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
  1. only 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3
 

6) With reference to the history of philosophical thought in India, consider the following statements regarding Sankhya school:
  1. Sankhya does not accept the theory of rebirth or transmigration of soul.
  2. Sankhya holds that it is the self-knowledge that leads to liberation and not any exterior influence or agent.
Which of the statements given above is /are correct?
  1. 1only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2



7) With reference to the history of Indian rock-cut architecture, consider the following statements:
  1. The caves at Badami are the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India.
  2. The Barabar rock-cut caves were originally made for Ajivikas by Emperor Chandragupta Maurya.
  3. At Ellora, caves were made for different faiths.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3


8) Consider the following historical places:
1. Ajanta Caves
2. Lepakshi Temple
3. Sanchi Stupa

Which of the above places is / are also known for mural paintings?
  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 2 only
  3. 1, 2 and 3
  4. None

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