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IAS Prelims 2014: Importance of Medieval History

Feb 25, 2014 16:07 IST

    IAS Prelims 2014 exam is going to be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 24 August, 2014. The exam process for this year’s Civil Services examination will start with the notification for IAS Prelims exam to be issued by the UPSC on 17 May 2014. The exam consists of two papers: General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II (CSAT). The GS Paper I syllabus has History as one of its important components within which Medieval History is included.

    Although the questions asked from the Medieval India section in the IAS Prelims exam have been decreasing and only 2-3 questions are asked each year, the section cannot be left uncovered due to two reasons.

    •    One, these couple of questions can make a difference and can determine the selection of the candidate in the exam.
    •    Two, the IAS Prelims exam is highly unpredictable as we cannot be sure which section would dominate in the next year’s exam.

    Therefore, it is very important to cover all the areas mentioned in the syllabus including Medieval History.

    Studying and understanding the Medieval History of the country is important for the candidates preparing for Civil Services in order to understand the past of our country. It is important to understand how the social, economic, religious, political and administrative systems of the country have evolved over the centuries, in order to get a complete understanding of these systems in the present times.

    Candidates can clear their exam related doubts and queries on of Myjosh.

    Some of the questions that have been asked in past few years in the IAS Prelims exam from Medieval History section are mentioned below:

    Q. 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
    Answer: (b)

    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

    Answer: (d)

    Q. The Chinese traveller Yuan Chwang (Hiuen Tsang) who visited India recorded the general conditions and culture of India at that time. In this context, which of the following statements is/are correct?
    1. The roads and river-routes were completely immune from robbery.
    2. As regards punishment for offences, ordeals by fire, water and poison were the instruments for determining the innocence or guilt of a person.
    3. The tradesmen had to pay duties at ferries and barrier stations.
    Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
    (a) 1 only
    (b) 2 and 3 only
    (c) 1 and 3 only
    (d) 1, 2 and 3
    Answer: (b)
    Q. With reference to Dhrupad, one of the major traditions of India that has been kept alive for centuries, which of the following statements are correct?

    1. Dhrupad originated and developed in the Rajput kingdoms during the Mughal period.
    2. Dhrupad is primarily a devotional and spiritual music.
    3. Dhrupad Alap uses Sanskrit syllables from Mantras.

    Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

    (a) 1 and 2 only
    (b) 2 and 3 only
    (e) 1, 2 and 3
    (d) None of the above is correct

    Answer: (b)

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