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Indian History Objective Questions for UPSC, State PSC, SSC, Railway, Banking Exam

1. Which one of the following characteristics of Buddhism, distinguishes it from Jainism
A. Non-acceptance of the authority of the Vedas
B. Rejection of both extreme pleasures and self-mortification
C. Belief in the efficacy of action
D. Attitude of non-injury towards all beings

2. The Mitaksara Commentary on the Yajnavalkya Smriti, an important source of Hindu law was written by
A. Vijnanes vara
B. Apararka
C. Kulluka
D. Visvarupa

3. Consider the following foreign travellers:
A. Nicolo-de-Conti
B. Ferhao Nuniz
C. Barbosa
Among these travellers, those who gave a vivid description of Sati in the Vijayanagara Society included
a) A and B
b) A and C
c) A, B and C
d) B and C

4. Which one of the following Brahmana texts belongs to the Rigveda
A. Taittiriya Brahmana
B. Aitareya Brahmana
C. Gopatha Brahmana
D. Satapatha Brahmana

5. In the Rigveda, the largest number of hymns are on
A. Yama
B. Varuna
C. Agni
D. Visnu

6. Which one of the following statements about untouchability is not correct
A. The Rigveda does not show any acquaintance with it
B. It is clearly referred to in the Buddhist Jatakas
C. It was widely practised in the Indus Valley civilisation
D. It came to be applied to several casts only in the post-Gupta period

7. The largest number of discourses delivered by Buddha were at
A. Sarnath
B. Sravasti
C. Kausambi
D. Rajagriha

8. Which one of the following has been described in the Vedic literature as a form of Prajapati
A. Narsimha
B. Kapila
C. Vamana
D. Varaha

9. With respect to food-discipline of the Buddhist Sramanas, the Buddhist monks were permitted to
A. Beg
B. Accept invitation for meals
C. Accept offering sent to the monastery
D. Express their wish for any particular kind of food
Which of the above statements are correct?
a) A and B
b) A, B and C
c) A, B and D
d) C and D

10. The doctrine of the ‘manyness of reality ‘ is a characteristic feature of
A. Pasupata
B. Buddhism
C. Jainism
D. Both Buddhism and Jainism

Answer:
1. B) Rejection of both extreme pleasures and self-mortification
2. A) Vijnanes vara
3. D) B and C
4. B) Aitareya Brahmana
5. C) Agni
6. C) It was widely practised in the Indus Valley civilisation
7. B) Sravasti
8. B) Kapila
9. B) A, B and C
10. C) Jainism

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