Day 11: Daily Prelims Test Series | UPSC CSE 2020

DAY 9: Daily Test Series UPSC Prelims 2020

After the completion of History sylllabus in the Daily Prelims Test Series as per the 60 Days Intensive Prelims Revision Plan, we are now entering the Art & Culture Syllabus. We will revise it in the next 5 days.

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Q1. Consider the following statements:

  1. The world’s oldest bronze sculpture was found at Harappa.
  2. The figure is in a ‘tribhanga’ dancing posture.
  3. Harappan bronze statues were made using “Cire Perdue”.

Which of the above statements are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2, and 3

Q2. In what ways the Mauryan pillars were different from the Achaemenian pillars?

  1. Unlike the Achaemenian pillars, the Mauryan pillars are built of monolith.
  2. Unlike the Achaemenian pillars, the Mauryan pillars have a smooth surface.
  3. Lotus as a motif are found only on the Mauryan pillars.
  4. Maurya’s idea of inscribing proclamations on pillars is the unique feature that is absent on the Achaemenian pillars.

Select the correct option using the codes given below:

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 3 and 4 only

(c) 1, 3 and 4 only

(d) 1, 2, and 3 only

Q3. Consider the following statements:

  1. Stupas as the burial mounds have been existed in India from the Vedic period.
  2. Sanchi Stupa is one of the nine stupas that were erected after the death of Buddha.
  3. The core of the stupa is made of unburnt brick while the outer surface is made by using burnt bricks.
  4. Which of the above statements are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2, and 3

Q4. Consider the following statements:

  1. Unike Gandhara School, the Mathura School was developed indigenously.
  2. The sculptures of Amaravati School were made using white marbles whereas, the sculptures of Mathura and Gandhara Schools were made using sandstones.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q5. In which of the following ways are Ajanta caves different from the Ellora caves?

  1. Unlike Ajanta caves, the Ellora caves were patronaged by various guilds.
  2. Unlike Ajanta, Ellora has monasteries associated with all the three religions viz. Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
  3. Some of the Ajanta caves are of triple storeys which is absent at Ellora.

Select the correct option using the codes given below:

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2, and 3

Q6. Which of the following are the features of the Nagara style of architecture?

  1. The temples were generally built on raised platforms.
  2. Absence of assembly halls or mandaps in front of the principal shrine.
  3. The garbhagriha is always located directly under the tallest tower.

Select the correct option using the codes given below:

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2, and 3

Q7. Consider the following statements:

  1. Both Dravidians as well as Nagara temples are made in the panchayatan style.
  2. Unlike the Nagara temples, the Dravidian temples are surrounded by high boundary walls.
  3. The subsidiary shrines in the Dravidian architecture do not have vimanas, unlike in Nagara architecture.
  4. The presence of a water tank inside the temple enclosure are present in the Dravidian style, unlike in the Nagara architecture.

Which of the above statements are correct?

(a) 1 and 4 only

(b) 2, 3 and 4 only

(c) 1, 2, and 3 only

(d) 1, 2, 3, and 4

Q8. Consider the following statements regarding the Vesara Architecture:

  1. The most characteristic feature of Hoysala temples that the ground plan of these temples is like a star instead of panchayatana style.
  2. The Shikharas of Vesara temples are of the curvilinear shape.
  3. Apsara sculptures are found in almost all temples of the Kalyan Chalukya region except the Ishwara temple of Jalasangvi, Bidar.

Which of the above statements are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2, and 3

Q9. Which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. Humayun’s tomb is the first garden tomb built in India.
  2. Sultan e Garhi is the first Islamic Mausoleum built in India.
  3. The only new element in the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque that was introduced by the Muslims is the Arabic inscription.

Select the correct option using the codes given below:

(a) 3 only

(b) 1 and 2 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) None of the above

Q10. Which of the following pairs regarding the Medieval Indian Architecture is/are correctly matched?

  1. Dakhil Darwaza: Ahmedabad
  2. Chand Minar: Daulatabad
  3. Kirtistambha: Chittorgarh

Select the correct option using the codes given below:

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2, and 3

Q11. Term Arrokoth, recently in news, is related to__

(a) Malware 

(b) Farthest cosmic body.

(c) Hybrid vehicle technology.

(d) None of the above.

Q12. Shondol is a__

(a) Buddhist monastery in Arunachal Pradesh.

(b) Nomadic tribal community of Sikkim.

(c) Laddakhi dance festival.

(d) None of the above.

Q13. UNEP Colombo declaration is related to__

(a) Global nitrogen challenge.

(b) Emission gap reduction.

(c) Sustainable fishing.

(d) Combating desertification.

Q14. RUCO initiative is associated with__

(a) MoHFW.

(b) FSSAI.

(c) Ministry of women and child development.

(d) Ministry of road transport and highway.

Q15. Raisina dialogue, India annual flagship geopolitical event is organized by__

(a) Ministry of Defense .

(b) Prime minister office.

(c) Ministry of external affairs and Observer research foundation.

(d) CII and FICCI.

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