[Topic wise IAS Ancient Indian History Question Bank (1979-2015)]: (8) Post – Mauryan Period (Indo-Greeks, Sakas, Kushanas, Western Kshatrapas)

Post – Mauryan Period (Indo-Greeks, Sakas, Kushanas, Western Kshatrapas): Contact with outside world; growth of urban centres, economy, coinage, development of religions, Mahayana, social conditions, art, architecture, culture, literature and science.


1. Brief out the salient features of the religious development in the Post-Maurya period. How was contemporary art influenced by it? [1988, 60m]

2. Write a short essay on “Indian participation in the silk trade through Central Asia.” [1990, 20m]

3. Write a short essay on: “Origins, chronology, characteristics and geographical spread of Gandhara art.” [1991, 20m]

4. Write a brief essay on: “Buddhist writing in Sanskrit in the post-Maurya period.” [1993, 20m]

5. “The centuries between c. 200 B.C. and c. A.D. 300 constitute a landmark in the socio-religious history of India.” Analyses the proposition. [1995, 60m]

6. Furnish a critical and comparative account of various schools of art in the Post -Mauryan period (c. 200 B.C. – c. 300 A.D.) [1998, 60m]

7. How justified are we in characterizing the post-Mauryan five centuries as the ‘Dark Period’ of Indian History? Give reasons in support of your answer. [2008, 60m]

8. Examine the significance of the deities depicted on coins of the Kushanas. [2010, 30m]

9. Explain  as  to  how  the  early  Buddhist  Stupa  art,  while  using  folk  motifs  and narratives  and  common  cultural  symbols,  succeeded  in  transforming  these  themes  for expounding the Buddhist ideals. [2013, 20m]

10.  Review  critically  the  evolution  of  different  schools  of  art  in  the  Indian  subcontinent between  the  second  century  BCE  and  the  third  century  CE,  and  evaluate  the  socio-religious factors responsible for it.  [2014, 20m]


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