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Ancient & Medieval India

  1. Polity
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  1. Ancient India- R S Sharma
  2. Ancient India- Makkan Lal
  3. Medieval India- Satish Chandra


[2012 Prelims]

1)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 admin 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

[2014 Prelims]

1)With reference to the cultural history of India, the term ‘Panchayatan’ refers to
(a) an assembly of village elders
(b) a religious sect
(c) a style of temple construction
(d) an administrative functionary
2)In medieval India, the designations ‘Mahattara’ and ‘Pattakila’ were used for
(a) military officers
(b) village headmen
(e) specialises in Vedic rituals
(d) chiefs of craft guilds
3)Ibadat Khana at Fatehpur Sikri was
(a) the mosque for the use of Royal Family
(b) Akbar’s private chamber prayer
(c) the hall in which Akbar held discussions with scholars of various religions.
(d) the room in which the nobles belonging to different religions gathered to discuss religious affairs

[2015 Prelims]

1) Consider the following pairs :
Medieval Indian State Present Region
1. Champaka Central India
2. Durgara Jammu
3. Kuluta Malabar
Which of the above pairs is/are correctly matched?
(a) 1 and 2
(b) 2 only
(c)1 and 3
(d) 3 only
2)Consider the following :
The arrival of Babur into India led to the
1. introduction of gunpowder in the subcontinent
2. introduction of the arch and dome in the region’s architecture
3. establishment of Timurid dynasty in the region
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

3)With reference to Indian history, which of the following is/are the essential element/elements of the feudal system?
1. A very strong centralized political authority and a very weak provincial or local political authority.
2. Emergence of administrative structure based on control and possession of land
3. Creation of lord-vassal relationship between the feudal lord and his overlord

Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 3 only
(d)1, 2 and 3

[2017 Prelims]

1) Which one of the following was a very important seaport in the Kakatiya kingdom?

(a) Kakinada

(b) Motupalli

(c) Machilipatnam (Masulipatnam)

(d) Nelluru