[Topic wise IAS Ancient Indian History Question Bank (1979-2015)]: (12) Themes in Early Indian Cultural History

Themes in Early Indian Cultural History: Languages and texts, major stages in the evolution of art and architecture, major philosophical thinkers and schools, ideas in Science and Mathematics.
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1. Discuss the ancient Indian contacts with South-East Asia with reference to causes, chronology and original home of the migrants. What was the impact of these contacts on the art of Kambuja and Java? [1980, 60m]

2. Discuss the cultural impact of India of the South-East Asia during the ancient period. [1982, 60m]

3. How far is it correct to say that the Indians of the ancient period indulged only metaphysical things and not in the development of pure sciences? [1982, 20m]

4. Discuss the scientific and technological developments in ancient India. [1991, 60m]

5. Trace the scientific and technological developments in India up to c. A.D. 750. [1994, 60m]

6. Examine the proficiency of the ancient Indians in various crafts, science and mathematics. [2002, 60m]

7. Discuss the major stages in the evolution of architecture during the ancient period. [2006, 60m]

8. Discuss the types of lands and the Science of agriculture mentioned in the literature and epigraphs of ancient India. [2011, 20m]

9. Assess  the  educational  system  in  early  India  and  identify  important  educational institutions of the period. [2012, 30m]

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