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History Optional Online Test Series: 2017

NOTE: ADMISSION IS CLOSED FOR HISTORY OPTIONAL ONLINE TEST SERIES-2017. All India History Optional Online Test Series-2017 Total 6 Tests (Each Test of 250 marks and 3 hours time limit. Dates are flexible) First Test: World History: 15 August Click here for Question Paper and Answer Sheet Test I of World History Second Test: Modern […]

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Ancient India: Previous Years’ Questions with Solutions [UPSC]

Ancient India: Previous Years’ Questions with Solutions Click here to get enrolled to access previous years solved papers 1. Sources (i)  Archaeological sources: Exploration, excavation, epigraphy, numismatics, monuments (ii) Literary sources: Indigenous: Primary and secondary; poetry, scientific literature, literature, literature in regional languages, religious literature. (iii) Foreign accounts: Greek, Chinese and Arab writers. Q. Do […]

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Assess the achievements of the Pallavas in administration and art.

Assess the achievements of the Pallavas in administration and art. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: From the middle of the 6th to middle of the 8th centuries, the Pallavas were the dominant power in the Far South. Achievements of the Pallavas in Administration Central Government The Pallavas had a well organized administrative system. The king was at the centre […]

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How could the local self-government under the Cholas adjust with their centralized administration structure?

How could the local self-government under the Cholas adjust with their centralized administration structure? ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: The system of village autonomy with assemblies (Sabhas and Urs) and their committees (Variyams) developed through the ages and reached its culmination during the Chola rule. Uttaramerur inscriptions provide details of the formation and functions of village councils. Several works […]

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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.

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. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: The Chalukyas were the most important dynasty which brought about the political unification of the Deccan in the 6th century. The original dynastic name of the chalukya was chalkya […]

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Give an account of the struggle for supremacy in South India between the Chalukyas of Badami and the Pallavas.

Give an account of the struggle for supremacy in South India between the Chalukyas of Badami and the Pallavas. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: The political history of the South India from the period of 6th century to 8th century is marked by the struggle for supremacy between the Pallavas of Kanchi and Chalukyas of Badami. The struggle was […]

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Give an account of the Society in Northern and Central India since the death of Harsha to the Muslim conquest of North India.

Give an account of the Society in Northern and Central India since the death of Harsha to the Muslim conquest of North India. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: An account of the society in Northern and Central India in the early medieval period Division of the Society into Caste System Since ancient times the Indian society was divided into […]

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Highlight the achievements of the Gupta period in the field of literature, science and technology.

Highlight the achievements of the Gupta period in the field of literature, science and technology. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: The Gupta age has been generally marked as the ‘classical age’ for its art, architecture, and literature. It was a period of great developments in the fields of literature, science and technology. Achievements in the field of literature Sanskrit […]

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Write a short essay on: “Nalanda Mahavihara”

Write a short essay on: “Nalanda Mahavihara” ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Nalanda was an ancient center of higher learning in Bihar, India from 5th century to 12th century. Nalanda Mahavihara (university) was established in the 5th century AD. Its history begins under the Gupta Empire and a seal identifies a monarch named Shakraditya as its founder. Both Hieun […]

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Discuss the provincial and district administrative units of the Gupta Empire with the designations and functions of the officers.

What are the salient features of the administrative system of the Guptas? ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: The Gupta empire was essentially a monarchical state system as all the decision-making powers were in the hands of the Gupta monarchs. Salient Features of the administrative system of the Guptas – 1) The Central Administration King: –  The King was the […]

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