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History GK Questions and Answers: Why General Knowledge in History is Important for Competitive Exams

Competitive exams require detailed knowledge of history and general knowledge related to historical events. Candidates must have in-depth knowledge of topics like Ancient History, Modern Indian History, Indus Civilisation, Gupta Empire, Dynasties and Capitals, etc.

This is why it is necessary to have a good grasp of history GK questions in order to crack these exams. To help candidates prepare, we have compiled the top 50 history GK questions and answers.

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Top 50 History GK Questions and Answers for Competitive Exam Preparation

Top 50 History GK Questions and Answers

Q: Recently which of the following School students detected eight asteroids?

Answer: Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya

Q: In whose time Malik Muhammad Jayasi composed ‘Padmavat’?

Answer:  Akbar

Q: Where is Humayun’s tomb?

Answer:  Delhi

Q: Bibi Ka Maqbara is located in India?

Answer: Aurangabad

Q: Who among the following Indian rulers was a contemporary of Akbar?

Answer: Rani Durgavati

Q: _____ is also known as ‘The Light of Asia’.

Answer:  Buddha

Q: Pietra Dura, the inlay technique of architecture can be found in which of the following monuments?

Answer: Taj Mahal

Q: Who was the first interim President of the constitutional assembly, in whose leadership the first meeting of the constitutional assembly took place on 9 Dec 1946?

Answer:  Sachidanand Sinha

Q: India’s first mission to the moon was launched in which year?

Answer:  2008

Q: Which law was passed by the British to curtail nationalist and revolutionary extremist activities, especially for targeting Ghadr party activists?

Answer:  Defence of India Act, 1915

Q: What was the real name of Mumtaz Mahal?

Answer: Arjumand Banu Begum

Q: Name the only President to have been elected for two consecutive terms.

Answer: Rajendra Prasad

Q: The Gandhi – Irwin pact was signed in the year

Answer: 1931

Q: The name of the first bank established in India was

Answer: Bank of Hindustan

Q: Who served as the first Deputy Prime Minister of independent India?

Answer: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Q: The first Governor-General of India was?

Answer: Lord William Bentick

Q: Which of the following movement began in 1942?

Answer: Quit India Movement

Q: Under whose leadership was the all-India Muslim League set up?

Answer: Sayyid Ahmed Khan

Q: Who among the following rulers had stamped the figure of Goddess Lakshmi on his coins and had his name inscribed in Nagari Characters?

Answer: Iltutmish

Q: Rajatarangini, a book that generally recorded the heritage of Kashmir in the 12th Century, was written by:

Answer: Kalhana

Q: At which place did Gautam Buddha give his first sermon?
Answer: Sarnath.

Q: On which of the following systems of Hindu Philosophy, Shankaracharya wrote a commentary in the 9th century AD?
Answer: Uttarmimansa.

Q: Which of the following Vedic texts is mentioned the eastern and western seas for the first time?
Answer: Satpath Brahmana.

Q: Mir Hassan Dehlavi was in the court of which of the following?
Answer: Alauddin Khilji

Q: In which state is India’s first dinosaur museum located?
Answer: Arunachal Pradesh

Q: Who started the tradition of building a garden with running water?
Answer: Babur.

Q: Which Mughal ruler was coronated twice?
Answer: Akbar.

Q: Where was the coronation of Akbar?
Answer: Kalanaur.

Q: Which Rajput dynasty did not surrender to Akbar?
Answer: Sisodia dynasty.

Q: Who was adorned with the title of ‘Jarikalam’ by Emperor Akbar?
Answer: Mohammad Hussain.

Q: What was the real name of Chanakya?
Answer: Vishnu Gupta.

Q: Which was the first National News Agency of India?
Answer: The Free Press of India

Q: Azad Hind Fauj was founded in 1943 in _______.
Answer: Singapore.

Q: Gandhiji started Satyagraha in 1919 to protest against the ________.
Answer: Rowlatt Act.

Q: “We cannot fight new wars with old weapons”, who said this?
Answer: Acharya Vinoba Bhave.

Q: Who described the Government of India Act, of 1935 as a new charter of bondage?
A: Pt.Jawaharlal Nehru

Q: The most powerful woman in business in India as rated by ‘Fortune’ for the year 2012 is-
Answer: Chanda Kochhar.

Q: Which of the following was the first Law Minister of Independent India?
Answer: Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar.

Q: The Chola Empire of the South emerged in the:
Answer: 9th century AD.

Q: The British ruled India for nearly:
Answer: 200 years.

Q: Where did the Chipko movement first start in India?
Answer: The Chipko movement first started in Uttarakhand, then known as Uttar Pradesh.

Q: The Prime Minister who led India during the 1965 war with Pakistan is:
Answer: Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Q: The reign of the____dynasty has been described as the golden age of Indian civilization.
Answer: Gupta.

Q: Under Buddhism, Chaitya is __________.
Answer: Prayer hall.

Q: Which Veda contains Gayatri Mantra?
Answer: Rigveda.

Q: Who founded the All-India Muslim League?
Answer: Sir Aga Khan, Nawab Salimullah Khan, and Nawab Waqar-ul-Mulk.

Q: The attack on the Chittagong armory was led by?
Answer: Surya Sen.

Q: Who constructed GT Road?
Answer: Sher Shah Suri.

Q: “Vijayi Vishv Tiranga Pyara” slogan was given by whom?
Answer: Shyamlal Gupta “Parshad.

Q: Who among the following leaders is also known as Desh Ratna?
Answer: Dr. Rajendra Prasad.

Q: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was awarded the Keshar-e-Hind Award in 1915 by Penshurst for his contribution to ambulance services in South Africa.

Answer: Lord Hardinge

Q: The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, also known as the Amritsar Massacre, took place at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, Punjab on ______.

Answer: 13 April 1919

Q: The Maratha and The Kesri were the two main newspapers that were started by the following people?

Answer: Bal Gangadhar Tilak

A: As a result of the partition under the Mountbatten Plan of 3rd June 1947, the membership of the Constituent Assembly was reduced to

Answer:  299 members

A: Which of the following acts is officially known as the Anarchical and Revolutionary Crimes Act, of 1919?

Answer: Rowlatt Act

A: Who was the first Indian woman to swim across the English Channel?

Answer: (A) Aarti Saha

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