1. The ancient Indian playMudrarakshasa of Visakhadutt has its subject on2002

(a) a conflict between Gods and Demons of ancient Hindu lore

(b) a romantic story of an Aryan prince and a tribal woman

(c) the story of the power struggle between two Aryan tribes

(d) the court intrigues at the time of Chandragupta Maurya


  • It refers to the Mauryan period though Vishakadatta was one of the gems in the court of Chandragupta II, the Gupta monarch. Rakshasa was a minister of the Nandas


2. ‘Mrichchhakatika’ an ancient Indian book written by Shudraka deals with “2003

(a) the love affair of a rich merchant with the daughter of  a courtesan

(b) the victory of Chandragupta II over the Shaka Kshatrapas of western India

(c) the military expeditions and exploits of Samudragupta

(d) the love affair between a Gupta King and a princess of     Kamarupa



3. Consider the following statements:2003

  1. Kitab-i-Nauras. a collectionof songs in praise of Hindu deities and Muslim saints, was written by Ibrahim Adil Shah II.
  2. Amir Khusrau was the originator in Indiaof the early form of the musical style known as Qawali.

Which of these statements is/are correct ?

(a)Only 1      (b)  Only 2        (c) Both 1 and 2       (d)    Neither 1 nor 2



4. Consider the following statements:2004

  1. The chinese piligrim Fa-Hien attended the fourth Great Buddhist Council held by Kanishka.
  2. The chinese piligrim Hiuen-Tsang met Harsha and found him to be antagonistic to Buddhism

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a)1 only    (b) 2 only  © Both 1 and 2   (d) Neither 1 nor 2



5. Who among the following was not a contemporary of the other three? 2005

(a)Bimbasara       (b)Gautama Buddha  ©Milinda  (d)Prasenjit





  1. D
  2. A
  3. B
  4. D
  5. C

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