[CSP-2020] Diagnostic Test 3


1. This test contains 25 items (questions). Each item comprises four responses (answers). You will select the response which you want to mark as your answer. In case you feel there is more than one correct response, mark the response you consider the best.

2. All items carry equal marks.


(i) There are four alternatives for the answer to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

(ii) If a candidate given more than one answer, it will treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happens to be correct and there will be same penalty as above to that question.

(iii) If a question is left blank, i.e., no answer is give by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.


#1. Who of the following described himself as a worshipper of Lord Vishnu in the Besnagar Pillar inscription?

(a) Hieun-Tsang

(b) Ardashir

(c) Heliodorus

(d) Megasthanese


#2. Which of the following texts supplied the literary material for the Buddhacarita of Asvaghosa?

(a) Mahavastu



(d) Lalitavistara


#3. Which of the following organizations was the first to be founded/established?

(a) Prarthana Samaj

(b) Satya Shodhak Samaj

(c) Arya Samaj

(d) Poona Sarvanajanik Sabha


#4. While Lord William Bentinck was the Governor General of British India, the famous Regulation XVII was passed. This regulation

(a) abolished the practice of Sati

(b) introduced civil services reforms

(c) allowed the trial of Europeans by Indian judges

(d) criminalized the practice of child marriage


#5. Which of the following pre-independence Indian states/kingdoms were annexed by applying the ‘Doctrine of Lapse’?

1. Awadh

2. Satara

3. Nagpur

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 1 and 3

(b) 2 and 3

(c) 2 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3


#6. Several movements against the British rule predate the famous revolt of 1857. Which of the following is/are among such movements?

1. Paika rebellion in Odisha

2. Naikada movement in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat

3. Kharwar rebellion in Bihar

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 3 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 only

(d) 1 and 2 only


#7. Which of the following fuelled the ‘Curzon-Kitchener’ controversy that finally saw the Governor General Lord Curzon resign?

(a) Opposition to the subservience expected of the Commander-in-Chief of the British Indian Army to the Governor General

(b) System of dual control of the British Indian Army which was found operationally ineffective by the Commander-in-Chief

(c) Meddling of the Governor General in the routine affairs of the British Indian army

(d) Refusal of the Commander-in-Chief to spare the army personnel to fight the wars waged by the Governor General


#8. Consider the following statements:

1. No woman addressed any congress session till Annie Besant presided over its session in 1917.

2. Bal Gangadhar Tilak did not preside over any session of the Indian National Congress.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2


#9. Amukta Malyada – a poem in which the author explains how a king should rule – was composed by a ruler of the

(a) Bahmani kingdom

(b) Vijayanagara kingdom

(c) Ganga dynasty

(d) Pallava clan


#10. Consider the following statement: 

1. Monpa is a dance form of Central India.
2. Gangte is a dance form of North-Eastern India.
3. Mamita is a dance form of Western India.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 2 only

(b) 1 and 3 only

(c) 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3


#11. What is the correct chronological order in which the following were formed?

1. Dutch East India Company

2. English East India Company

3. French East India Company

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 1-3-2

(b) 2-1-3

(c) 1-2-3

(d) 2-3-1


#12. Which of the following have been granted Geographical Indication tag in India?

1. Thanjavur Paintings

2. Mithila Paintings

3. Cheriyal Paintings

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3


#13. Along with who of the following did Bal Gangadhar Tilak founded the newspapers Kesari and Mahratta?

(a) G G Agarkar

(b) Asutosh Mukherjea

(c) Romesh Chandra Mitra

(d) Sisir Kumar Ghosh


#14. Consider the following statements:

1. Satyagraha Sabha was founded in the wake of the Rowlatt Act.

2. Satyagraha Sabha was founded by Mahatma Gandhi.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2


#15. ‘Satyameva Jayate’, the national motto inscribed at the base of the national emblem, was popularized by

(a) Gopal Krishna Gokhale

(b) Mahatma Gandhi

(c) Madan Mohan Malviya

(d) Aurobindo Ghosh


#16. Which of the following movements had its genesis in the anti-partition movement of Bengal?

(a) Quit India Movement

(b) Non-Cooperation Movement

(c) Swadeshi Movement

(d) Civil Disobedience Movement


#17. Consider the following lists:

                    List I                                                       List II

A. Bal Shastri Jambekar                1.   founded the Widow Remarriage Association

B. Tarachanda Chakravarti            2.   started a weekly Darpan

C. Vishnu Shastri Pundit                3.   rose to the principalship of the Sanskrit College

D. Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar      4.   was the first secretary of the Brahma Sabha

Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the codes given below:

        A     B     C     D

(a)   1     4     2     3

(b)   1     3     2     4

(c)   2     3     1     4

(d)   2     4     1     3


#18. The Ilbert Bill agitation led to the foundation of which one of the following?

(a) Indian Association

(b) All India National Conference

(c) British Indian Association

(d) Jatiya Sabha


#19. Who of the following started one of the earliest centres of revolutionary activity outside India in England known as Indian Home Rule Society?

(a) Bhikaji Cama

(b) Dadabhai Naoroji

(c) Rashbihari Bose

(d) Shyamji Krishna Varma


#20. Consider the following statements:

1. Pherozsshah Mehta was one of the founders of the Bombay Presidency Association.

2. When Pherozeshah Mehta retired from Imperial Legislative Council in 1901, G. K. Gokhale was elected in his place.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2


#21. With reference to the Indian classical dance form, ekaharya indicates

(a) a performance carried out without any break

(b) one dancer taking on many roles in single performance

(c) single performance packing many anecdotes

(d) a mudra where the dancer balances on a single toe


#22. The national emblem of India showing four lions and the ‘Dharmachakra’ has been inspired by an Ashokan edict at

(a) Lauriya Nandagarh

(b) Rampura

(c) Sarnath

(d) Didarganj


#23. Who of the following authored the historical play ‘Dev Chandra Gupta’?

(a) Shudraka

(b) Vishakhdutta

(c) Harisena

(d) Bhasa


#24. Vande Mataram, our national song, is an excerpt from which of the following novels of Bankim Chandra Chatterji?

(a) Rajsimha

(b) Kamalakanta

(c) Anand Math

(d) Durgeshnandini


#25. Lothal, a dockyard of the Harappans, was located in the present day district of

(a) Morbi

(b) Surat

(c) Ahmedabad

(d) Bharuch



Categories: CSP_GS I

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  1. Excellent Questions…

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