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MCQs on Deccan and Sangam Dynasties in Indian History

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Regularly asked objective questions in UPSC, SSC, IBPS and other competitive exams on Deccan and Sangam Dynasties in Indian History are listed as MCQs in this post. These questions with answers are extremely useful in preparing for all possible competitive exams conducted in India. Sangam and Deccan dynasties played vital role in shaping ancient Indian History. Secure best ranking by practicing objective questions on Deccan and Sangam Dynasties.

1. The chief feature(s) of the Chola architecture was/were
A. replacement of bricks by stone structure
B. massive vimanas or towers
C. temples became vast complexes
D. spacious courtyards


Answer: Option B
Explanation : Vimana is the structure over the garbhagriha or inner sanctum in the Hindu temples of South India and Odisha in East India. In typical temples of Odisha using the Kalinga style of architecture, the Vimana is the tallest structure of the temple, as it is in the shikhara towers of temples in West and North India.

2. During the reign of which Pallava ruler began the long drawn struggle between the Pallavas
and the Chalukyas?
A. Mahendravarman-I
B. Simhavishnu
C. Narasimhavarman-I
D. Mahendravarman-II


Answer: Option A
Explanation : Pallavas became a major power during the reign of Mahendravarma I (571 – 630 CE) and Narasimhavarma I (630 – 668 CE) and dominated the Telugu and northern parts of the Tamil region for about 600 years until the end of the 9th century. Throughout their reign they were in constant conflict with both Chalukyas of Badami in the north and the Tamil kingdoms of Chola and Pandyas in the south and Pallava were finally defeated by the Chola Aditya I in the 9th century CE.

3. What does the Sangam age owe its name to?
A. Village assembly
B. Jain Influence
C. Confluence of rivers
D. A literary guild


Answer: Option D
Explanation : The Sangam means an ‘association’. Here, it refers to Tamil Sangam, an association of Tamil poets, which flourished in ancient history of South India. These Tamil poets composed the Sangam literature and the period in which it was composed is called Sangam Age.

4. The Cholas were the only known rulers in the history of India to have undertaken successful overseas naval expeditions. Who of the following Chola rulers successfully invaded Laccadives, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Sumatra?
A. Parantaka-I
B. Rajaraja-I
C. Rajendra-I
D. Both (b) and (c) above


Answer: Option C
Explanation : Rajendra Chola I or Rajendra I was a Chola emperor of South India (Present day Tamilnadu, Andhra pradesh, Kerala, Part of karnataka and Telangana) who succeeded his father Rajaraja Chola I to the throne in 1014 CE. He is considered as one of the greatest emperors of India. During his reign, he extended the influence of the Chola empire to the banks of the river Ganga in North India and across the Indian ocean to the West and South East Asia, making the Chola Empire one of the most powerful empires of India. Rajendra’s conquests included Sri Lanka, Maldives, and he successfully invaded the territories of Srivijaya in Malaysia, Southern Thailand and Indonesia in South East Asia.

5. Ravikirti, a Jain, who composed the Aihole Prashast, was patronized by
A. Pulakeshin-I
B. Harsha
C. Pulakeshin-II
D. Kharavela


Answer: Option C
Explanation : The inscription is found at Aihole in Karnataka state, India. The Aihole inscription was written by the Ravikirti, court poet of Chalukya King, Pulakeshi II who reigned from 610 to 642 CE. The poetic verses (Shilalekh) of Ravikirti, in praise of the king, can be read in the Meguti temple, dated 634 CE.

6. The Chola king, who after successfully raiding Bengal took the title of Gangaikonda and also founded a new capital (Gangaikonda Cholapuram) was
A. Rajaraja-I
B. Rajendra-I
C. Rajadhiraj-I
D. Rajendra-II


Answer: Option B
Explanation : Rajendra Chola I or Rajendra I was a Chola emperor of South India who succeeded his father Rajaraja Chola I to the throne in 1014 CE. He is considered as one of the greatest emperors of India.

7. During the second decade of the 18th century numerous independent dynasties were founded in different parts of India. The dynasty founded by Chin Qulich Khan (popularly known as Nizam-u1-mulk) in the Deccan was known as
A. Qutb Shahi
B. Asafjahi
C. Adil Shahi
D. Muhajamjahi


Answer: Option B
Explanation : The Asaf Jahi Dynasty was founded by Mir Qamar-ud-Din Siddiqi, a viceroy of the Deccan under the Mughal Empire from 1713 to 1721. He is also known by his titles Chin Qilich Khan (awarded by emperor Aurangzeb in 1690–91).

8. How was Burma (now Myanmar) known to ancient Indians?
A. Malayamandalam
B. Yavadwipa
C. Suvarnabhumi
D. Suvarnadwipa


Answer: Option C
Explanation : Suvarnabhumi is a Sanskrit term meaning the ‘Golden Land’ or ‘Land of Gold’, coined by the ancient Indians which refers broadly to Southeast Asian region across Gulf of Bengal and Eastern Indian Ocean, Lower Burma, Lower Thailand, Lower Malay Peninsula, and Sumatra. Although it seems to cover vast region in Southeast Asia, it is generally accepted that the name Suvarnabhumi was first used to refer more specifically to Lower Burma.