Get ready for upcoming Ancient and Medieval History Prelims Test on 16th November – sample questions highlighting our methodology

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31st May 2020 is the D-day for all civil service aspirants.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.”

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The key philosophy of our prelims TS is Evidence-based question making: The 3600 questions you face in our mocks have their relevance established in UPSC’s trend analysis. We focus on themes that are important as per UPSC so that we maximize your chances of questions overlap with the actual UPSC Prelims.

This Ancient and Medieval History test contains questions from the following themes:

Nothing speaks more than the facts itself rather than a mere jargon. Here is a list of 5 sample questions from the upcoming test which will help you in identifying the standards and approach we follow. (you can skip this if you want to attempt these directly in the test). 

Noone but only you can assess how it will help you in being the top percentile of aspirants. You have to practice ruthlessly and civils Daily provides you with a platform to hone your skills.

Q.1) Consider the following statements about Ibadat Khana:

  1. It was set up to discuss religious and spiritual topics.
  2. It was opened only for the Muslim scholars and Sufi saints.
  3. The debates in the Ibadat Khana were discontinued during the reign of Aurangzeb.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1 only

b. 2 and 3 only

c. 1 and 2 only

d. All of them

WHY THIS QUESTION: In 2014 Prelims, UPSC asked:

Q. Ibadat Khana at Fatehpur Sikri was?

  1. the mosque for the use of Royal Family
  2. Akbar’s private chamber prayer
  3. the hall in which Akbar held discussions with scholars of various religions.
  4. the room in which the nobles belonging to different religions gathered to discuss religious affairs.


Q.2) With reference to ancient India, the term Brahmadeya refers to:

a. a tax-free land gifted to Brahmanas

b. land belonging to non-brahman peasants

c. a land allocated to build temples dedicated to Brahma.

d. a kind of tax levied on Brahmanas

WHY THIS QUESTION: In 2015 Prelims, UPSC asked:

Q. In medieval India, the designations ‘Mahattara’ and ‘Pattakila’ were used for:

  1. military officers
  2. village headmen
  3. specialists in Vedic rituals
  4. chiefs of craft guilds


Q.3) Consider the following statements:

  1. Hindu and Buddhist practices were assimilated into Sufism.
  2. All Sufi saints were nomads who did not work in the service of the State.
  3. There have been no woman Sufi saints across the world.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 2 and 3 only

b. 1 only

c. 1 and 3 only

d. None of the above

WHY THIS QUESTION: In 2012 Prelims, UPSC asked:

Q. With reference to the religious history of medieval India, the Sufi mystics were known to pursue which of the following practices?

1. Meditation and control of breath
2. Severe ascetic exercises in a lonely place
3. Recitation of holy songs to arouse a state of ecstasy in their audience

Select the correct answer using the codes given below :

(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3


Q.4) Consider the following statements regarding the Bhakti Saint/Poets:

  1. Surdas, the great bhakti poet of his times, is considered as one of the Ashtachhap.
  2. Ashtachhap were 8 poets of medieval north India, who were instrumental in spreading the idea of Bhakti.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both of them

d. Neither of them

WHY THIS QUESTION: In 2013 Prelims, UPSC asked:

Consider the following Bhakti Saints:

1. Dadu Dayal
2. Guru Nanak
3. Tyagaraja

Who among the above was/were preaching when the Lodi dynasty fell and Babur took over?

(a) 1 and 3
(b) 2 only
(c) 2 and 3
(d) 1 and 2


Q.5) Consider the following pairs:

Paintings Site
1. Mara Vijaya Ajanta
2. Padampani Bodhisattva  Ellora
3. Kiratarjuniya Lepakshi


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

a. 1 and 3 only

b. 3 only

c. 2 only

d. All of them


WHY THIS QUESTION: In 2014 Prelims, UPSC asked:

Consider the following pairs:

Famous shrine Location
1.  Tabo monastery and temple complex Spiti Valley
2.  Lhotsava Lhakhang temple, Nako Zanskar Valley
3.  Alchi temple complex Ladakh

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

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3


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