List Indian Freedom Movements [1857 -1947] - For General Awareness

The topic of Indian freedom struggle Or Indian freedom movement holds relevance for the general awareness section of various competitive exams. 

Candidates preparing for upcoming Government exams such as SSC, RRB, Bank etc. must go through the list of Indian freedom Movements thoroughly as general awareness is a part of most of these exams.

Aspirants of UPSC exam also have to encounter questions based on Indian Freedom Struggle in UPSC Prelims, and GS 1 Mains exam.

What is the Indian Freedom Movement?

Indian freedom movement also called Indian Independence Movement are a series of activities that took place with the ultimate goal of bringing an end of British rule in India. The Movements during Indian Freedom struggle spanned for 90 years i.e From 1857 to1947. 

Hence the article aims to give a timeline of Indian Freedom Movements. Candidates will be able to download the list of Indian freedom struggles in PDF format for convenience in preparation. 

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Indian Freedom Struggle [1857 -1947] 

The Indian National Movement was organized as a mass movement. Given below is the list of Indian National Movements initiated to rule out British from India.  

List of Indian Freedom Movements [1857 to 1947]
Years Indian Freedom Struggles
1857 Revolt Of 1857, Sepoy Mutiny, began in Meerut, spread to Delhi, Agra, Kanpur & Lucknow
1885 Indian National Congress Formed
1905 Partition Of Bengal By Lord Curzon
1907 Split of Congress – The Radicals led by Tilak and The moderates led by Gokhle and Dadabhai Noroji. 
1906 Formation Of Muslim league (December 30)
1911 India’s Capital shifted From Kolkata to Delhi
1912 Delhi-Lahore Conspiracy – Assassination of Viceroy Of India, Lord Hardinge
1913 Ghadar Party was formed oversea to fight for independence
1914 -1917 Hindu-German Conspiracy
1915 Mahatma Gandhi returned from South Africa to India
1916-1918 Mohammad Ali Jinnah joined Indian National Congress, Local struggles occurred in the form of Peasant movements in Kheda (Gujarat), and workers’ movement in Ahmedabad 
1919 Rowlatt Satyagraha (March-April) – A significant movement under Gandhi’s leadership

Jallianwala Bagh massacre -13th April – General Reginald Dyer – 

Rowlatt Satyagraha – Gandhiji called for a countrywide campaign against the Rowlatt Act.

1919-1924 The Khilafat Movement – The movement of Indian Muslims, led by Muhammad Ali and Shaukat Ali
1920 -1922 Non-cooperation Movement – Gandhi contemplated this non-violent movement against oppressive British rule in India
1922 Chauri Chaura (Gorakhpur district) killing; Mahatma Gandhi called off non-cooperation.
1925 Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was founded
1927 Simon Commission – The British government appointed a commission to formulate further constitutional reforms for India under Sir John Simon
December 1928 Bhagat Singh killed a senior British police officer in Lahore
1929 Declaration of Poorna Swaraj in (Lahore session)
March-April, 1930 Beginning of Civil Disobedience Movement with Gandhi’s salt march to the sea at Dandi to oppose British taxes of salt (Also known as Dandi March)
November, 1930 The First Round Table Conference was held in London
December, 1931 Second Round Table Conference was held
1931 On 5th March 1931 the Gandhi-Irwin Pact was signed.
1932 Poona Pact between Gandhi and Ambedkar
1935 Government of India Act was passed
1939 All congress ministries resigned
1942 Quit India Movement (August) – Gandhi launched his third major movement against British rule.
1942 Cripps Mission was attempted by British government headed by Sir Stafford Cripps
1943 The great Bengal Famine was witnessed, which hit the Bengal province of pre-partition India causing the death of millions of people of starvation, malnutrition and disease
1947 India gained its freedom from British rule in August 1947

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Sample Questions On Indian National Movements

The Indian Nationalist Movements is an extremely relevant topic fro various government exams and its importance can only be understood by knowing the type of questions candidates can expect in the examination. 

Hence, go through a few sample questions to understand the variety of questions they might encounter in the government or competitive exams.

Q.1. Which act during the Indian freedom struggle was known as ‘ Black-Bill’?

  1. Government of India Act
  2. Indian Council Act
  3. Rowlatt Act
  4. Child Marriages Restraint Act

Answer (3)

Q.2. The provision for a separate electorate for Hindus and Muslims was made in___.

  1. Minto-Morley reforms
  2. Government of India Act, 1935
  3. Mountbatten Plan
  4. Montague Chelmsford reforms

Answer (1)

Q.3. ____ played an important role in the formation of Indian National Congress. Name the English Officer.

  1. Sir Stafford Cripps
  2. A O Hume
  3. Sir John Simon
  4. Lord Curzon

Answer (2)

Q.4. The Rowlatt Act enactment immediately preceeds____.

  1. Non- Cooperation Movement
  2. Simon commission Arrival
  3. Jallianwala Bagh Massacre
  4. Communal Awards

Answer (3)

Q,5. ____ remarked, “Nehru is a patriot while Jinnah is a politician”

  1. Abdul Gaffar Khan
  2. Maulana Azad
  3. Sir Mohammed Iqbal
  4. Mahatma Gandhi

Answer (3)

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he questions given-above are just for reference, candidates are advised to check the Previous Year Question Papers with solution PDF to get acquainted with the variety and scope of questions asked in the government exams related to the topic.

Candidates willing to appear for various competitive exams must have a clear idea of the entire syllabus for the various government exams and only then can they start their preparation systematically. So given below are a set of links they can refer to:

Aspirants of various government exams and especially candidates who are aspiring for a career in banking sectors can visit the Banking Awareness page for assistance in preparation.

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