The Vedic Era and Mahajanapadas MCQ in English

The Vedic Era and Mahajanapadas MCQ Questions in English for the preparation of competitive exams. Important GK question answer from the previous year examinations of UPSC, SSC CGL, UPSSSC PET.

The Vedic Era and Mahajanapadas MCQs Practice Set

Qns 1: The earliest evidence of the use of iron in India has been discovered from

(a) Taxila
(b) Atranjikhera
(c) Kaushambi
(d) Hastinapur

Ans : (b) Atranjikhera

Qns 2: In the ancient period chief-livelihood of the Aryans was

(a) Agriculture
(b) Hunting
(c) Artcraft
(d) Business

Ans : (b) Hunting

Qns 3: Meaning of the term ‘Arya’ in classical Sanskrit is

(a) believer of the God
(b) a hereditary cast
(c) a believer in particular religion
(d) a Noble man

Ans : (d) a Noble man

Qns 4: Which of the following rivers was known as Purushni in the Vedic Period?

(a) Ravi
(b) Sutlej
(c) Beas
(d) Chenab

Ans : (a) Ravi

Qns 5: The Vedic river Kubha was located in

(a) Afghanistan
(b) Chinese Turkistan
(c) Kashmir
(d) Punjab

Ans : (a) Afghanistan

Qns 6: Vedic river Askini is identified with which one of the following rivers?

(a) Beas
(b) Ravi
(c) Chenab
(d) Jhelum

Ans : (c) Chenab

Qns 7: Which one of the following rivers was earlier known as ‘Vitasta’?

(a) Tista
(b) Jhelum
(c) Tungabhadra
(d) Bharatpuzha

Ans : (b) Jhelum

Qns 8: Gayatri Mantra is found in which book?

(a) Upanishad
(b) Bhagavad Gita
(c) Rigveda
(d) Yajurveda

Ans : (c) Rigveda

Qns 9: Who composed the Gayatri Mantra?

(a) Vasishtha
(b) Vishwamitra
(c) Indra
(d) Parikshit

Ans : (b) Vishwamitra

Qns 10: The word Gotra occurs for the first time in

(a) Atharvaveda
(b) Rigveda
(c) Samaveda
(d) Yajurveda

Ans : (b) Rigveda

Qns 11: The largest number of the Mantras in Rigveda belongs to

(a) Agni
(b) Varuna
(c) Vishnu
(d) Yama

Ans : (a) Agni

Qns 12: Which of the following rivers mentioned in the Rigveda gives the due to relations of Aryans with the Afghanistan?

(a) Askini
(b) Parushni
(c) Kubha, Kramu
(d) Vipasha, Shutudri

Ans : (c) Kubha, Kramu

Qns 13: Rights and Rituals related to Yajnas are mentioned in

(a) Rigveda
(b) Samaveda
(c) Brahmin Granth
(d) Yajurveda

Ans : (a) Rigveda

Qns 14: ‘Nachiketa’ Legend finds mention in

(a) Atharvaveda
(b) Satapatha Brahmin
(c) Kathopanishad
(d) Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Ans : (c) Kathopanishad

Qns 15: ‘Satyamev Jayate’ which is engraved on the Indian Emblem has been taken from

(a) Rigveda
(b) Bhagavad Gita
(c) Mundakopanishad
(d) Matsya Purana

Ans : (c) Mundakopanishad

Qns 16: Panini, the first Grammarian of Sanskrit language in India, lived during the

(a) 2nd century BC
(b) 6th-5th century BC
(c) 2nd century AD
(d) 5th-6th century AD

Ans : (b) 6th-5th century BC

Qns 17: Ashtadhyayi was written by

(a) Ved Vyas
(b) Panini
(c) Shukadeva
(d) Valmiki

Ans : (b) Panini

Qns 18: Which of the following is the correct order of the Vedic literature?

(a) Vedic Samhitas, Brahmins, Aranyakas and Upanishads
(b) Vedic Samhitas, Upanishads, Aranyakas and Brahmins
(c) Vedic Samhitas, Aranyakas, Brahmins and Upanishads
(d) Vedic Samhitas, Vedangas, Aranyakas and Smritis

Ans : (a) Vedic Samhitas, Brahmins, Aranyakas and Upanishads

Qns 19: The battle of Mahabharata is believed to have been fought at Kurukshetra for

(a) 14 days
(b) 16 days
(c) 18 days
(d) 20 days

Ans : (c) 18 days

Qns 20: ‘Nishka’ in ancient India was known as

(a) Gold ornament
(b) Cows
(c) Copper Coins
(d) Silver Coins

Ans : (a) Gold ornament

Qns 21: Boghaz-Koi is important because

(a) It was an important trading centre between Central Asia and Tibet.
(b) Inscriptions were found which mentioned the names of Vedic Gods and Goddesses.
(c) Original Texts of the Vedas were composed here.
(d) None of the above

Ans : (b) Inscriptions were found which mentioned the names of Vedic Gods and Goddesses.

Qns 22: Originally the Mahabharata was known as

(a) Brihatkatha
(b) Brahmins
(c) Brihatsamhita
(d) Jayasamhita

Ans : (d) Jayasamhita

Qns 23: Which among the following is considered as the centre of Aryan civilisation during post-Vedic Period?

(a) Anga, Magadha
(b) Kosal, Videh
(c) Kuru, Panchal
(d) Matsya, Surasena

Ans : (b) Kosal, Videh

Qns 24: Who founded Pataliputra?

(a) Udayin
(b) Ashoka
(c) Bimbisara
(d) Mahapadmananda

Ans : (a) Udayin

Qns 25: In ancient India, the earliest capital of Magadha kingdom was at

(a) Pataliputra
(b) Rajgir
(c) Vaishali
(d) Varanasi

Ans : (b) Rajgir

Qns 26: First ruler of Magadha from the Haryanka Dynasty was ………

(a) Ashoka
(b) Prasenajit
(c) Bimbisara
(d) Ajatashatru

Ans : (c) Bimbisara

Qns 27: What was the name of the dynasty of Ajatashatru?

(a) Maurya
(b) Haryanka
(c) Nanda
(d) Gupta

Ans : (b) Haryanka

Qns 28: Which Magadha ruler was known as ‘Seniya’?

(a) Bimbisara
(b) Ajatashatru
(c) Mahapadma Nanda
(d) Chandragupta Maurya

Ans : (a) Bimbisara

Qns 29: Which emperor of Magadha is known as ‘Aparoparashurama’?

(a) Bindusar
(b) Ajatashatru
(c) Kalashoka
(d) Mahapadma Nanda

Ans : (d) Mahapadma Nanda

Qns 30: Alexander invaded India in ……

(a) 326 BC
(b) 326 BC
(c) 232 BC
(d) 323 AD

Ans : (a) 326 BC

Qns 31: Alexander the Great died in 323 BC in ……

(a) Pharus
(b) Babylon
(c) Macedonia
(d) Taxshila

Ans : (b) Babylon

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