Civil Service Preliminary Paper-1 Previous Year Questions on Indian History - 2012

1) The most effective contribution made by Dadabhai Naoroji to the cause of Indian National Movement was that he
1. Exposed the economic exploitation of India by the British
2. Interpreted the ancient Indian texts stored
3. Stressed the need for eradication of all the social evils before anything else.

Which of the statements given above is/ are correct?
(A) 1 only
(B) 2 and 3 only
(C) 1 and 3 only
(D) 1, 2 and 3


2) The congress ministries resigned in the seven provinces in 1939, because
(A) The Congress could not form ministries in the other four provinces
(B) emergence of a ‘left wing’ in the Congress made the working of the ministries impossible
(C) there wee widespread communal disturbances in their provinces.
(D) None of the statements (A), (B) and (C) given below is correct.


3) With reference to Ryotwari Settlement, consider the following statements:
1. The rent was paid directly by the peasants to the Government.
2. The Government gave Pattas to the Ryots.
3. The lands were surveyed and assessed before being taxed.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(A) 1 only
(B) 1 and 2 only
(C) 1, 2 and 3
(D) None


4) The Rowlatt act aimed at
(A) compulsory economic support to war efforts
(B) imprisonment without trial and summary procedures for trial
(C) suppression of the khilafat movement
(D) imposition of restrictions on freedom of the press


5) The Lahore session of the Indian national congress 1929 is very important in history because
1 the congress passed a resolution demanding complete independence
2 rift between the extremists and moderates was resolved in that session
3 a resolution was passed rejecting two nation theory in that session

Which of the statements given above is/ are correct?
(A) 1 only
(B) 2 and 3
(C) 1 and 3
(D) None of the above


6) Which of the following statements is/ are correct regarding Brahmo Samaj?
1. It opposed idolatry.
2. It denied the need for a priestly class for interpreting the religious texts.
3. It popularized the doctrine that the Vedas are infallible.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
(A) 1 only
(B) 1 and 2 only
(C) 3 only
(D) 1, 2 and 3


7) Consider the following:
1. Assessment of the land revenue on the basis of nature of the soil and the quality of crops.
2. Use of mobile cannons in warfare
3. Cultivation of tobacco and red chillies

Which of the above was/were introduced into India by the English?
(A) 1 only
(B) 1and 2
(C) 2and 3
(D) None


8) With reference to the guilds (Shreni) if ancient India that played a very important role in the country's economy, which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. Every guild was registered with the central authority of the state and the king was the chief admen authority on them
2 .The wages, rules of work, standards and prices were fixed by the guild
3. The guild had judicial powers over its own members.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
(A)1 and 2 only
(B) 3 only
(C) 2and 3 only
(D)1, 2 and 3



9) Which of the following is/ are the principal feature(s) of the Government of India Act, 1919?
1. Introduction of dyarchy in the executive government of the provinces.
2. Introduction of separate communal electorates for Muslims
3. Devolution of legislative authority by the centre to the provinces

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
(A) 1 only
(B) 2 and 3 only
(C) 1 and 3 only
(D) 1, 2 and 3


10) During Indian freedom struggle, the National Social Conference was formed. What was the reason for its formation?
(A) Different social reforms groups or organisations of Bengal region united to form a single body to discuss the issues of larger interest and to prepare appropriate petitions/ representations to the government.
(B) Indian National Congress did not want to include social reforms in its deliberations and decided to form a separate body for such a purpose
(C) Behramji Malabari and M.G.Ranade decided to bring together all the social reform groups of the country order one organisation.
(D) None of the statements (A), (B) and (C) given above is correct on this context.


11) Which of the following parties were established by DR. B. R. Ambedkar?
1. The Peasants and Workers party of India
2. All India Scheduled Castes Federation
3 The Independent Labour Party

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
(A)  1 and 2 only
(B) 2 and 3 only
(C) 1 and 3 only
(D) 1, 2 and 3


12) Mahatma Gandhi undertook fast unto death in 1932 mainly because
(A) Roundtable Conference failed to satisfy Indian political aspirations
(B) Congress and Muslim League had differences of opinion
(C) Ramsay Macdonald announced the Communal Award
(D) None of the statements (A), (B) and (C) given above is correct in this context.

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