[Topic wise IAS Ancient Indian History Question Bank (1979-2015)]: (11) Regional States during Gupta Era

[Topic wise IAS Ancient Indian History Question Bank (1979-2015)]: (11) Regional States during Gupta Era

Regional States during Gupta Era: The Kadambas, Pallavas, Chalukyas of Badami; Polity and Administration, Trade guilds, Literature; growth of Vaishnava and Saiva religions. Tamil Bhakti movement, Shankaracharya; Vedanta; Institutions of temple and temple architecture; Palas, Senas, Rashtrakutas, Paramaras, Polity and administration; Cultural aspects. Arab conquest of Sind; Alberuni, The Chalukyas of Kalyana, Cholas, Hoysalas, Pandyas; Polity and Administration; local Govern-ment; Growth of art and architecture, religious sects, Institution of temple and Mathas, Agraharas, education and literature, economy and society.

Polity and administration

1. Discuss critically the main aspects of polity and society under the Pallavas. [1981, 60m]

2. Trace briefly the history of the struggle between the Chalukyas and the Pailavas. Analyze its causes and bring out its importance. [1985, 60m]

3. How far is it true to say that the strength and vigour of Indian history during c. A.D. 500-750 lay in the south of the Vindhyas? [1995, 60m]

4. Give an account of the struggle for supremacy in South India between the Chalukyas of Badami and the Pallavas. [2000, 60m]

5. Did the triangular conflict between the Rashtrakutas, Gujara Pratiharas and Palas create a political vacuum in northern India which facilitated the invasions of Mahmud of Ghazni? [2001, 60m]

6. “The inferior cavalry of the Rajputs was not the only cause of their defeat at the hands of Turko- Afghans and Mughal.” Comment. [2001, 60m]

7. Give an account of the rise of the Chalukyas of Vatapi and their struggle with other rulers. Write a note on their patronage of arts. [2004, 60m]

8.  How could the local self-government under the Cholas adjust with their centralized administration structure? [2015, 10m]

Art and architecture

1. Discuss the contribution of the Pallavas to South Indian art. Was this art wholly indigenous? [1979, 60m]

2. Trace the origin and development of the political authority of the Chalukyas of Badami and discuss their contribution to religion and architecture. [1982, 60m]

3. Who were the Pallavas? Review briefly their contribution to art and administration [1983, 60m]

4. What was the contribution of the Chalukyas of Badami to Indian architecture? [1984, 20m]

5. Write a short essay on: “The contributions of the Pallavas to Indian architecture.” [1986, 20m]

6. Evaluate the importance of the contributions of the Pallavas in the history of the development of art and administration in South India. [1988, 60m]

7. Make a comparative study of the administrative system and development of art under the Pallavas of Kanchi and the Chalukyas of Vatapi. [1990, 60m]

8. In what ways would the period of the Pallavas of the Kanchi and that of the Chalukyas of Badami mark the beginning of a new historical phase in peninsular India? [1991, 60m]

9. Assess the achievements of the Pallavas in administration and art. [1997, 60m]

10. Bring out the regional variations in the early South Indian Temple’s architectural styles. [2009, 60m]

11. Assess Ellora as a unique art centre of the different cultural streams. [2011, 20m]

12.  Analyse  the  vibrant  cultural  activities  in  peninsular  India  during  550-750  CE.  Compare and contrast it with the situation in contemporary North India. [2012, 30m]

13.  Kailasa Temple built at Ellora marks the culmination of rock-cut architecture in India. Elucidate. [2015, 15m]

Arab conquest of Sind

1. Write a short essay on:  “Historical significance of the advent of the Arabs in India” [1995, 20m]

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