Ancient History MCQ for UPSC SSC

Ancient History MCQ

Let us go through some of the important ancient history MCQ questions. These ancient history MCQ questions are very important because these questions have already come in the previous year papers. So from that point, these questions become very important for exams like UPSC, SSC other competitive exams.

Ancient History MCQ Questions

1. From where the earliest evidence of the use of iron in India has been discovered?

a) Hastinapur

b) Taxila

c) Atranjikhera

d) None of these

2. Gopatha Brahamana is associated with-

a) Samveda

b) Rig Veda

c) Atharvaveda

d) Yajurveda

3. Rig Veda is a collection of

a) Hymns

b) Stories

c) Text of wars

d) None of the these

4. What is the main theme of Upanishads?

a) social structure

b) State

c) Philosophy

d) Law

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5. What is the term Aryan denotes?

a) an ethnic group

b) a speech group

c) a nomadic people

d) a superior race


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1. c) Atranjikhera

The site was discovered by Alexander Cunningham in 1862 but it was excavated by Ramesh C. Gaur in 1962 near the Kali river, a tributary of Ganga.

2. c) Atharvaveda

3. a) Hymns

Rigveda is a collection of thousands of Vedic Sanskrit hymns.

4. c) philosophy

5. d) a superior race

Aryan is a term which means ‘noble’ and was used by Indo-Iranian people.

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6. The cultivation of cereals first started in which period –

a) Mesolithic period

b) Neolithic period

c)Proto- Historic period

d) Palaeolithic period

7. ‘Bhimbetka’ is well known for –

a) Buddhist statues

b) Minerals

c) 0rigin of Son river

d) Rock paintings

8. The first evidence of man in India was found in

a) Nilgiri hills

b) Shiwalik hills

c) Nallamala hills

d) Narmada valley

9. Navdatoli is located in which state –

a) Gujrat

b) Madhya Pradesh

c) Maharashtra

d) Chhattisgarh

10. Chalcolithic age is the another name of –

a) iron age

b) copper age

c) old stone age

d) new stone age

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6. b) Neolithic period

It was 1st produced in the Neolithic age, and it was this time that agriculture became known to humans.

7. d) Rock paintings

Bhimbetka is a archaeological site, 45 km west of Bhopal. Here you can find the earliest traces of human life.

8. d) Narmada valley

9. b) Madhya Pradesh

10. b) copper age

Copper Age is the another name of Chalcolithic Age, where copper was also used apart from stones.

11. The evidence of pit dwelling has been obtained from which site –

a) Burzahom

b) Brahmagiri

c) Koldihwa

d) Sanganakallu

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12. Maximum number of human skeletons have been found from which rock shelter of Vindhyas –

a) Morahana pahar

b) Ghagharia

c) Baghahi khor

d) Lekhahia

13. Which of the following is not a Harappan site –

a) Desalpur

b) Sohgaura

c) Chanhudaro

d) Kotdiji

14.  Indus Civilization people were characterized by –

  1. They possessed great places and temples.
  2. They worshiped both male and female deities.

2. They employed horse- drawn chariots in warfare.

select the correct answer using the code given below

a) 1 and 2

b) only 2

c) all of these

d) none of these

15. which of the following civilizations flourished on the bank of river Nile –

a) Roman civilization

b) Indus valley civilization

c) Greek civilization

d) Egyptian civilization


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11. a) Burzahom

12. d) Lekhahia

13. b) Sohgaura

14. b) only 2

15. d) Egyptian civilization

16. From which of these sites bone implements have been found?

a) Mahadaha

b) Sarai Nahar Rai

c) Both (a) and (b)

d) None of these

17. The first evidence of the use of iron in India has been found in which site-

a) Taxila

b) Atranjikhera

c) Kaushambi

d) Hastinapur

18. Which of the following Vedic literature talks about salvation –

a) Rig veda

b) Later samhitas

c) Brahmins

d) Upanishads

19. The Ochre-colored Pottery (O.C.P)  was christened at which site –

a) Hastinapur

b) Noh

c) Ahichhatra

d) Red fort

20.  National Human Museum is situated in –

a) Guwahati

b) Bhopal

c) Bastar

d) Chennai


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16. c) Both (a) and (b)

Both Mahadaha and Sarai Nahar Rai (located in Uttar Pradesh) are Mesolithic sites.

17. b) Atranjikhera

18. d) Upanishads

19. a) Hastinapur

The discovery and naming was done by B B Lal in 1951.

20. b) Bhopal

21.  Megaliths have been identified as – 

a) caves for hermits

b) burial sites

c) temple sites

d) none of the above

22. Which of these departments or ministries deals Archaeological Survey as an accessory office?

a) Tourism

b) Culture

c) HRD

d) None of these

23. Which of these is a Harappan port?

a) Alexandria

b) Nagapattinam

c) Lothal

d) None of these

24. Nishka an ornament was worn in the-

a) Ear

b) Arm

c) Nose

d) Neck

25. What is the number of Puranas?

a) 18

b) 22

c) 24

d) 16


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21. b) burial sites

22. b) Culture

ASI i.e., the Archaeological Survey of India was established as a separate department in 1871.

23. c) Lothal

Evidence of ports is found in Lothal only. Lothal is the site situated in present state of Gujarat.

24. d) Neck

Later Nishka was used as a coin.

25. a) 18

26. Where was the Buddhist Council held during the reign of Kanishka?

a) Kashmir

b) Magadha

c) Rajgir

d) Patliputra

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a) Kashmir

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