Concept Application and Fact for Prelims Day-34

This is the Day-34 questions of the CAF Revision plan for prelims. The questions are based on the syllabus as provided in the schedule. Aspirants are requested to go through the detailed CAF strategy to understand the need of the UPSC prelims and to prepare well for the same. Attempt the questions honestly. The link to key answers and explanations of this test is at the end of the questions. The maximum time to attempt the 18 questions is 25 minutes.

Q.1) Consider the following pairs:

Tradition                                             State

1. Chapchar Kut festival —           Mizoram

2. Khongjom Parba ballad —        Manipur

3. Thong-To dance —                    Sikkim

Which of the pairs given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 1 and 2

(c) 3 only

(d) 2 and 3

Q.2) With reference to Manipuri Sankirtana, consider the following statements:

  1. It is a song and dance performance.
  2. Cymbals are the only musical instruments used in the performance.
  3. It is performed to narrate the life and deeds of Lord Krishna.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1,2 and 3.

(b) 1 and 3 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1 only

Q.3) Who among the following Bhakti leaders used the medium of dance and songs (Kirtans)to make one feel the personal presence of god near him?

(a) Shankaradeva

(b) Chandidasa

(c) Jnanadeva

(d) Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Q.4) With reference to cultural history of India, consider the following statements:

  1. Most of the Tyagaraja Kritis are devotional songs in praise of Lord Krishna.
  2. Tyagaraja created several new ragas.
  3. Annamacharya and Tyagaraja are contemporaries.
  4. Annamacharya kirtanas are devotional songs in praise of Lord Venkateshwara.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

(a) 1 and 3 only

(b) 2 and 4 only

(c) 1, 2 and 3

(d) 2, 3 and 4

Q.5) Musical instrument used by Amir Khusro was

(a) Sitar

(b) Sarod

(c) Tabla

(d) Flute

Q.6) Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the codes given below them:

List-I List-II
A. Nagarjuna 1. Founder of Kalmukha Sect
B. Lakulisho 2. Founder of Vira Saivism
C. Sankara 3. Founder of Advaita philosophy
D. Basava 4. Founder of Madhyamika
  5. Propagator of Pasupata Sect

            A          B          C          D         

(a)        4          5          3          2

(b)        3          1          5          4

(c)        2          1          4          3

(d)        1          2          3          4

Q.7) Which one of the following pairs is correctly matched?

(a) Bhaskaracharya —            Ashtanga Sangraha

(b) Bhatti —                            Sisupala Vadha

(c) Hemachandra —                Kathasaritsagara

(d) Sri Harsha —                      Naishadha Charita

Q.8) The painting of Bodhisattva Padmapani is one of the most famous and oft-illustrated paintings at

(a) Ajanta

(b) Badami

(c) Bagh

(d) Ellora

Q.9) Which of the following is not true about the paintings of Mughal period?

(a) Religious scenes were depicted

(b) Scenes of nature were depicted

(c) Court and cultural scenes were depicted to balance communal harmony

(d) Scenes of battles were depicted

Q.10) With reference to the cultural history of India, consider the following statements:

  1. White marble was used in making Buland Darwaza and Khankah at Fatehpur Sikri.
  2. Red sandstone and marble were used in making Bara Imambara and Rumi Darwaza at Lucknow.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.11) Which of the following are features of Mughal Style of architecture?

  1. Curvilinear roof
  2. Flat roof
  3. Domes
  4. Arches

Choose the correct answer from the codes given below:

(a) 1, 2 and 3

(b) 2, 3 and 4

(c) 1, 3 and 4

(d)1, 2 and 4

Q.12) The sculpture with the three faces of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh known as “Trimurti” appears in

(a) Ajanta caves

(b) Ellora caves

(c) Kalva caves

(d) Elephanta caves

Q.13) Bhakti Cult’ laid emphasis on

(a) Idol worship

(b) Universal brotherhood

(c) Devotion to God

(d) None of these

Q.14) Smarta tradition is a movement in

(a) Hindusim

(b) Jainism

(c) Sikhism

(d) Buddhism

Q.15) Ibadat Khana at Fatehpur Sikri was

(a) the mosque for the use of Royal Family

(b) Akbar’s private chamber prayer

(c) the hall in which Akbar held discussions with scholars of various religions.

(d) the room in which the nobles belonging to different religions gathered to discuss religious affairs.

Q.16) Which one of the following pairs does not form part of the six systems of Indian Philosophy?

(a) Mimamsa and Vedanta

(b) Nyaya and Vaisheshika

(c) Lokayata and Kapalika

(d) Sankhya and Yoga

Q.17) Consider the following statements:

  1. ‘Bijak’ is a composition of the teachings of Saint Dadu Dayal.
  2. The Philosophy of Pushti Marg was propounded by Madhvacharya.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.18) ‘Oxybenzone’ chemical often in news is used in the

(a) Pesticides

(b) Disinfectants

(c) Sunscreens

(d) preservatives

Q.19) What is ‘Kordylewski Dust Clouds’ often in news

(a) Dust Clouds formed during volcanoes

(b) extremely tiny dust particles of less than one-millimetre size which formed the hidden moon of earth.

(c) Clouds formed during water sprout

(d) Dust clouds formed during the tornadoes.

Q.20) Banjaras during the medieval period of Indian history were generally

(a) agriculturists

(b) warriors

(c) weavers

(d) traders

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