Previous Years UPSC Prelims Questions - Ancient Indian History [2013-2022]

The UPSC Prelims 2022 exam was held on 5th June 2022. The prelims results are expected to be released soon. Candidates can check their UPSC results from the official website of the Union Public Service Commission.

Ancient Indian history is an important segment of the IAS Exam. Aspirants should prepare thoroughly for this section as it aids in answering questions on Art and Culture.

Candidates who are preparing for the UPSC 2023 can refer to the Previous Years’ questions and get an idea of the type of questions asked in the exam. 

The Ancient Indian History Questions that were asked in the IAS Prelims Paper-I are provided to you in this article for the years 2013–2022. Candidates can download the questions and their answers PDF given in this article for the IAS Exam preparation.

UPSC Prelims Ancient Indian History Questions – UPSC Notes:- Download PDF Here

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Below we will present Ancient Indian History Questions through the years.

Ancient Indian History UPSC Prelims Questions (Year-Wise)

IAS Prelims Ancient Indian History Questions 2022
Anciient History Questions in UPSC Prelims 2021
UPSC 2022 Ancient Indian History Prelims Questions are given below.
1. According to Kautilya’s Arthashastra, which of the following are correct?
  1. A person could be a slave as a result of a judicial punishment.
  2. If a female slave bore her master a son, she was legally free.
  3. If a son born to a female slave was fathered by her master, the son was entitled to the legal status of the master’s son.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

2. With reference to Indian history, consider the following pairs:

Historical person                     Known as

  1. Aryadeva                            Jaina scholar 
  2. Dignaga                              Buddhist scholar
  3. Nathamuni                          Vaishnava scholar

How many pairs given above are correctly matched ? 

(a) None of the pairs

(b) Only one pair 

(c) Only two pairs 

(d) All three pairs

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UPSC Ancient History Of India Questions in Prelims 2022 – Answers 
1. d
2. c

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IAS Prelims Ancient Indian History Questions 2021

Anciient History Questions in UPSC Prelims 2021

Ancient History Prelims Questions of UPSC 2021 are provided below for your UPSC 2022 preparation.

1. Which one of the following ancient towns is well known for its elaborate system of water harvesting and management by building a series of dams and channelising water into connected reservoirs?

(a) Dholavira

(b) Kalibangan

(c) Rakhigarhi

(d) Ropar

2. From the decline of Guptas until the rise of Harshavardhana in the early seventh century, which of the following kingdoms were holding power in Northern India?

(1) The Guptas of Magadha 

(2) The Paramaras of Malwa

(3) The Pushyabhutis of Thanesar

(4) The Maukharis of Kanauj

(5) The Yadavas of Devagiri

(6) The Maitrakas of Valabhi

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1, 2 and 5

(b) 1, 3, 4 and 6

(c) 2, 3 and 4

(d) 5 and 6

3. With reference to the history of ancient India, which of the following statements is/are correct?

(1) Mitakshara was the civil law for upper castes and Dayabhaga was the civil law for lower castes. 

(2) In the Mitakshara system, the sons can claim the right to the property during the lifetime of the father, whereas in the Dayabhaga system, it is only after the death of the father that the sons can claim the right to the property. 

(3) The Mitakshara system deals with matters related to the property held by male members only of a family, whereas the Dayabhaga system deals with the matters related to the property held by both male and female members of a family. 

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1 and 2

(b) 2 only

(c) 1 and 3

(d) 3 only

4. With reference to the history of ancient India, Bhavabhuti, Hastimalla and Kshemeshvara were famous

(a) Jain monks

(b) playwrights

(c) temple architects

(d) philosophers

Ancient History Questions UPSC Prelims 2021 – Solutions
1. a 2. b 3. b
4. b

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UPSC Prelims Ancient History Questions Trend 2013-2020

IAS Prelims Ancient Indian History Questions 2020

1. Which of the following phrases defines the nature of the ‘Hundi’ generally referred to in the sources of the post-Harsha period?

(a) An advisory issued by the king to his subordinates

(b) A diary to be maintained for daily accounts

(c) A bill of exchange

(d) An order from the feudal lord to his subordinates

2. Who among the following rulers advised his subjects through this inscription?

“Whosoever praises his religious sect or blames other sects out of excessive devotion to his own sect, with the view of glorifying his own sect, he rather injures his own sect very severely.”

(a) Ashoka

(b) Samudragupta

(c) Harshavardhana

(a) Krishnadeva Raya

3. With reference to the period of the Gupta dynasty in ancient India, the towns Ghantasala, Kadura and Chaul were well known as

(a) ports handling foreign trade

(b) capitals of powerful kingdoms

(c) places of exquisite stone art and architecture

(d) important Buddhist pilgrimage centres

Candidates can get the notes on the relevant articles from where the ancient history questions were asked in IAS Prelims 2020:

IAS Prelims Ancient Indian History Questions 2019

1. Which one of the following is not a Harappan site?

(a) Chanhudaro

(b) Kot Diji

(c) Sohgaura

(d) Desalpur

2. With reference to forced labour (Vishti) in India during the Gupta period, which one of the following statements is correct?

(a) It was considered a source of income for the State, a sort of tax paid by the people.

(b) It was totally absent in the Madhya Pradesh and Kathiawar regions of the Gupta Empire.

(c) The forced labourer was entitled to weekly wages.

(d) The eldest son of the labourer was sent as the forced labourer.

Candidates can get the notes on the relevant articles from where the ancient history questions were asked in IAS Prelims 2019:

IAS Prelims Ancient Indian History Questions 2018

1. With reference to Indian history, who among the following is a future Buddha, yet to come to save the world?

(a) Avalokiteshvara

(b) Lokesvara

(c) Maitreya

(d) Padmapani

Candidates can get the notes on the relevant articles from where the ancient history questions were asked in IAS Prelims 2018:

IAS Prelims Ancient Indian History Questions 2017

1. With reference to the difference between the culture of Rigvedic Aryans and Indus Valley people, which of the following statements is/are correct?

(1) Rigvedic Aryans used the coat of mail and helmet in warfare whereas the people of Indus Valley Civilization did not leave any evidence of using them.

(2) Rigvedic Aryans knew gold, silver and copper whereas Indus Valley people knew only copper and iron.

(3) Rigvedic Aryans had domesticated the horse whereas there is no evidence of Indus Valley people having been aware of this animal.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Candidates can get the notes on the relevant articles from where the ancient history questions were asked in IAS Prelims 2017:

IAS Prelims Ancient Indian History Questions 2016

1. Which one of the following books of Ancient India has the love story of the son of the founder of the Sunga Dynasty?

(a) Swapnavasavadatta

(b) Malavikagnimitra

(c) Meghadoota

(d) Ratnavali

2. In the context of the history of India, consider the following pairs:

Term Description
Eripatti Land, revenue from which was set apart for the maintenance of the village tank
Taniyurs Villages donated to a single Brahmin or a group of Brahmins
Ghatikas Colleges generally attached to the temples

Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?

(a) 1 and 2

(b) 3 only

(c) 2 and 3

(d) 1 and 3

Candidates can get the notes on the relevant articles from where the ancient history questions were asked in IAS Prelims 2016:

IAS Prelims Ancient Indian History Questions 2015

1. Which of the following kingdoms were associated with the life of the Buddha?

  1. Avanti
  2. Gandhara
  3. Kosala
  4. Magadha

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

(a) 1, 2 and 3

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1, 3 and 4

(d) 3 and 4 only

Candidates can get the notes on the relevant articles from where the ancient history questions were asked in IAS Prelims 2015:

IAS Prelims Ancient Indian History Questions 2014

1. Which of the following kingdoms were associated with the life of the Buddha?

  1. Avanti
  2. Gandhara
  3. Kosala
  4. Magadha

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a. 1, 2 and 3

b. 2 and 4

c. 3 and 4 only

d. 1, 3 and 4

Candidates can get the notes on the relevant articles from where the ancient history questions were asked in IAS Prelims 2014:

IAS Prelims Ancient Indian History Questions 2013

1. Which of the following characterizes/characterize the people of the Indus Valley Civilization?

  1. They possessed great palaces and temples
  2. They worshipped both male and female deities
  3. They employed horse-drawn chariots

Select the correct statement/statements using the codes given below:

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 2 only

c. 1, 2 and 3

d. None of the statements given above is correct

UPSC Prelims Ancient History Answers [2013-2020]

The answers to UPSC Ancient History Questions asked in Prelims from the year 2013 to 2020 is given in the table below:

2013-2020 IAS Prelims Ancient History Questions with Solutions
2020
  1. C
  2. A
  3. A
2019
  1. C
  2. A
2018
  1. C
2017
  1. C
2016
  1. B
  2. D
2015
  1. D
2014
  1. C
2013
  1. B

UPSC Ancient History Prelims 2013-2021 Questions and Answers:-Download PDF Here

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