IASbaba’s 60 Day Plan- Prelims Test 2018 HISTORY & CURRENT AFFAIRS [Day 48]

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  • May 7, 2018
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Hello Friends, 

Welcome to Day-48.

Importance of Self – Tracking: Learning from Last Year

Last year, aspirants used to comment their answers in the comment box on daily basis. There were huge participation in discussion. Putting answers in comment box has been very effective to self-track yourself after updating the score. In the end, you can cross check your performance through Disqus profile.

It was highly effective in the last edition of 60 Days that propelled aspirants to monitor their performance and learn through discussion. Let you solve these questions with full honesty and write your result in the comment box. Interact with peers to know your mistakes.

The importance of this initiative stands time-bound and aggressive reverse engineering to learn the concepts. Many of you must be busy with your own strategy but let us tell you honestly that in the last two months, it is very important to revise and consolidate your learning. Just reading won’t suffice.

So, take out few hours from your schedule and make it a revision exercise.

How can you make the best use of it?

Be honest to your effort and do not start competing with XYZ aspirants here just for the sake of marks. It is more important for you to introspect and check your learning than focusing on others. Try to answer the questions in 20 minutes only. 

Do not get into negative feeling that I don’t have enough knowledge to answer these questions. Feel like you are taking the real exam. What would be your response then?

The same will be replicated in UPSC exam. Here, you get marks only and nothing else matters. So, make effort to know the answers to all questions. Do not cheat 😛


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Q.1) Consider the following pairs about Sufi philosophy.

Philosophy Meaning
   1. Waḥdat al-wujūd Unity of Existence
   2. Waḥdat ash-shuhūd Unity of appearance
   3. Al-Wujūd Al-Munbasiṭ Self-unfolding Being

Which of the above pairs is/are correctly matched?

  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 2 only
  3. 1, 2 and 3
  4. 3 only

Q.2) Consider the following statements.

  1. Konark sun temple is known as ‘BLACK PAGODA’.
  2. The Jagannath Temple in Puri is called the “White Pagoda”.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. None

Q.3) Consider the following statements about Nayanars and Alvars.

  1. They drew upon the ideals of love and heroism as found in the Sangam literature (Tamil literature).
  2. They were sharply critical of the Buddhists and Jainas.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. None

Q.4) Which of the following pairs correctly matched?

Tradition Type of Sannyasi
   1. Advaita Vedanta tradition Dashanami Sannyasi
    2. Shaivism Trishuldhari Sannyasis
    3. Vaishnava Tridandi Sannyāsis

Select the correct answer using the codes given below

  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 2 only
  3. 1, 2 and 3only
  4. 2 only

Q.5) Arrange the administrative divisions of Vijayanagar Empire from grama (village) to Empire.

  1. Empire
  2. Nadus
  3. Mandalams
  4. Sthalas
  5. Grama

Select the correct answer using the codes given below

  1. 5-4-3-2-1
  2. 5-4-2-3-1
  3. 5-2-3-4-1
  4. 5-3-2-4-1

Q.6) With regard to social stratification during Vijayanagar rule, consider the following pairs.

Caste/varna Meaning
    1. Viprulu Merchants
    2. Matikaratalu Brahmins
    3. Nalavajativaru Agriculturists
    4. Rajulu Ruling dynasty

Which of the above pairs is/are correctly matched?

  1. 1, 2 and 3 only
  2. 1 and 2 only
  3. 1, 2, 3 and 4only
  4. 3 and 4 only

Q.7) Consider the following statements about Gol Gumbaz

  1. It is built of Marble and decorated plaster work.
  2. The dome is famous for whispering gallery.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. None

Q.8) Who of the following personalities gave the term ‘Harijans’ for lower castes?

  1. Mahatma Gandhi
  2. Narsinh Mehta
  3. Dr. B R Ambedkar
  4. Jyotiba phule

Q.9) Who of the following Bhakti Saints of Maharashtra is considered to be spiritual guru of Shivaji?

  1. Gyandev
  2. Namdev
  3. Tukaram
  4. Samarth Ramdas

Q.10) Surdas was follower of Krishna and one of the foremost saint of Saguna Bhakti order. Which of the following statements are correct regarding Surdas?

  1. It is believed that he was blind by birth.
  2. His collection of Dohas is called ‘Sur Sagar’ written in Awadhi.
  3. He stayed at Mathura and made it a popular religious center.

Select the code from following:

  1. 1 and 2
  2. 2 and 3
  3. 1 and 3
  4. All of the above

Q.11) It is believed that Adi Shankaracharya had established four Mathas. In which of the following places has he not established a Muth?

  1. Badrinath
  2. Puri
  3. Dwarka
  4. Shravanbelagola

Q.12) Urs is celebrated annually at the Dargah of a Sufi Saint. Urs is celebrated to commemorate which of the following events in Saints life?

  1. The death anniversary of Saint
  2. The birth anniversary of Saint
  3. The date of coronation of a Saint
  4. The date of building of saint’s Dargah

Q.13) Dwarasamudra was the capital of which of the following Kingdoms?

  1. Rashtrakutas
  2. Vijayanagara
  3. Hoysala
  4. Chalukya

Q.14) Who of the following kings was given the title ‘Zinda Peer’?

  1. Babur
  2. Dara Shikoh
  3. Akbar
  4. Aurangzeb

Q.15) With reference to the reign of Muhammad Bin Tughlaq, consider the following statements:

  1. He maintained diplomatic relations with far off countries like Egypt, China and Iran.
  2. He issued silver coins instead of copper coins due to shortage of copper.
  3. He set up a separate department for agriculture, ‘diwan-i-kohi’.
  4. He abolished the excessive and arbitrary tax that was imposed in the doab region by his father.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 3 only
  3. 2, 3 and 4 only
  4. 1, 2 and 4 only

Q.16) Consider the following statements with reference to Sufism in medieval India:

  1. They followed strict observance of the Sharia.
  2. They followed self-discipline, meditation, good actions, repentance for sins, performance of prayers and pilgrimages, fasting, charity and suppression of passions.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Q.17) With reference to economic history of medieval India, the term ‘Takkavi’ refers to

  1. Land assigned to officials
  2. Agricultural loan
  3. Rest house
  4. Token currency

Q.18) In the medieval India,  ‘Jizya’ means

  1. Land revenue
  2. Silver coin
  3. Tax levied on non Muslims
  4. Tax on houses

Q.19) Which of the following is/are true about Sangam Literature?

  1. Tolkappiyam deals with Tamil grammar.
  2. Silappathigaram provides information on political condition of the Sangam period.

Choose the correct answer:

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. None

Q.20) Consider the below pairs:

(Bhakti saint) : : (Associated Place)

  1. Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti : : Punjab
  2. Qutbuddin Bhaktiyar kaki : : Delhi
  3. Tukram : : Maharashtra
  4. Surdas : : Uttar Pradesh

Select the correct answer using the codes given below

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 3 and 4 only
  3. 2, 3 and 4 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3 only

Q.21) The land grants to religious functionaries in Gupta period were called:

  1. Vishyas
  2. Peth
  3. Agrahara
  4. Brahmadeya

Q.22) ‘EURORDIS’ is associated with

  1. Cyber Security
  2. Orphan Diseases
  3. Neglected Tropical Diseases
  4. European Union’s military alliance

Q.23) Which of the following statements correctly describes ‘Kabul Conference’?

  1. It is an inclusive peace process led by Afghanistan
  2. It is aimed at connecting Afghanistan to Central Asian Republics via road and rail connectivity
  3. It deals with Conservation of World Heritage Sites in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries
  4. It is a bilateral conference with India to promote education and skill development

Q.24) Which of the following countries are members of the ‘Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG)’

  1. United States of America
  2. Pakistan
  3. Afghanistan
  4. China

Select the correct code:

  1. 1, 2 and 4
  2. 2, 3 and 4
  3. 1, 2 and 3
  4. 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q.25) ‘Reciprocal Logistic Support Agreement’ was in news recently. It is associated with

  1. India and Israel
  2. Water desalinisation
  3. Dryland farming

Select the correct code:

  1. 1 and 2
  2. 1 and 3
  3. 2 and 3
  4. None of the above

Q.26) Consider the following statement about Exchange Traded Fund (ETF)

  1. It has higher daily liquidity and lower fees than mutual fund shares
  2. It trades like a common stock on a stock exchange
  3. It experience price changes throughout the day

Select the correct statements

  1. 1 and 2
  2. 2 and 3
  3. 1 and 3
  4. All of the above

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