History Optional Paper Solution- 2016 (Q. 1: Map Based Questions)

Q.1 Identify the following places marked on the map supplied to you and write a short note of about 30 words on each of them. Locational hints for each of the places marked on the map are given below:



(i) A Mesolithic site – Sarai Nahar Rai  (Other possibilities- Mahadaha,Chopani Mando)

(ii) A neolithic site – Daojali Hading

(iii) A Megalithic-Chalcolithic site – Adichanallur

(iv) A Neolithic site – Kuchai

(v) A Neolithic site – Maski ( may be Brahmagiri also according to Ignou booklet)

(vi) A Megalithic site – Junapani

(vii) A site known for Buddhist remains – Sanghol

(viii) A Harappan site – Banawali ( possibility for Rakhigarhi is very low)

(ix) A Harappan site – Kalibangan

(x) A Harappan site – Harappa mst probably ( No famous IVC site nearby)

(xi) A Neolithic site – Mehrgarh

(xii) A Harappan site – Rojdi

(xiii) A Capital city – Ujjain (since no other famous capital nearby)

(xiv) A rock-cut cave site – Bagh caves

(xv) A late Harappan site – Manda (Akhnoor)

(xvi) An educational site – Nalanda (Posssibility for Vikramshila is quite low)

(xvii) A terra-cotta art centre – Chandraketugarh

(xviii) A seaport – Muziri

(xix) A capital city – Amravathi ( Vengi also nearby )

(xx) A capital city – will be updated soon

Note: Any suggestion for correction (with explanation) is welcome.


18 Comments Add yours


    (v) Takkalakota or Maski; not Brahmagiri;

    (xiv) Udayagiri caves near Vidisha

    (xiii) Madhyamika or Tambavati; second capital of avanti


  2. Harshit Tiwari says:

    Xii- it must be bagasra not rojdi…rojdi is near to coast line..
    Xiii- it can’t be Ujjain..it could be chittorgarh because it was also a capital.


  3. xerxesyo says:

    thank you Selfstudyhistory team


  4. Hello,

    I have some moderations regarding few questions.

    4. A Neolithic site- it should be Borudih (p. 78)
    5. A Neolithic site- it should be Sanganakalli (p. 78)
    6. A Megalithic site- it have to be Naikund or Mahurjhar (p. 121)

    Source- Prehistory and Protohistory of India: An Appraisal by V K Jain.


    1. ramesh rathod says:

      how to access that book online


      1. This book is not available online. You can buy this book, Its a very good book, you don’t need to anywhere for Pre and ProtoHistory. Map in this book is also relevant for Optional paper.


  5. Preamble says:

    Thanks a lot Sir… Plz share answers of some difficult questions came in exam…


    1. Will upload answers soon


  6. A says:

    16 no has to be vikramshila..(Bhagalpur district)which is in the eastern part of Bihar..
    Nalanda university is in gaya district which is clearly in south bhihar….


  7. Tushar says:

    XX) Kangra


  8. sanil goel says:

    20 th should be thaneshwar
    why 2nd cannot be sebalgiri2 and why rangpur cannot be right instead of rojdi?


  9. soumya says:

    Sir please start daily program for history..and what could be the ans for harappa question..groundwater salinity..


  10. Jashan says:

    It is billing not muziris. Muziris is way south than the given site. Source spectrum


  11. iram Ansari says:

    Thank you sooo much selfstudyhistory team….


  12. Ankush Uttam Chavhan says:



  13. Rohit says:

    Sir please make a telegram group.


  14. heisenberg2017 says:

    iv Barudih
    v Sangana Hallu/ Takkalakota
    xii Prabhas Patan
    xx Thaneswar


  15. Abhijit says:

    (v) must be Anegudi rather than Maski because Maski is a bit northwards


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