25+ Important History Questions for CDS Exam, Download PDF

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Updated on: September 25th, 2023

25+ Important History Questions for CDS Exam: Questions of History carry a considerable weightage in the CDS exam. Every year, around 18-20 questions are asked from History in the General Knowledge section of the CDS exam. So, here are some important History questions based on the previous year papers of CDS exam

Go through these CDS history questions now, in order to understand the type of questions which are commonly asked in the Combined Defence Services exam from the history section and plan your preparation strategy accordingly. 

Important History Questions for CDS Exam!

History section basically comprises of 3 sub-sections, namely:

  • Ancient History
  • Medieval History
  • Modern History

We will now have a look at some of the history questions asked in the CDS exam in the previous years. We will also share some expected history questions for the CDS exam in the coming days. Meanwhile, study these CDS history questions thoroughly and go through the facts on which these questions are based from the recommended textbooks!

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The answers to the history questions of CDS shared below have been marked in bold. 

1. Consider the following statements: 
1). Battle of Buxar provided the key to the English to establish their rule in India. 
2). The Treaty of Allahabad concluded in 1765, enabled the British to establish their rule in Bengal. 
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(A) 1 only
(B) 2 only
(C) Both 1 and 2
(D) Neither 1 nor 2

2. Consider the following statements: 
1). B.G. Tilak founded the Home Rule League in April 1916 in Maharashtra. 
2). N.C. Kelkar was not associated with the Home Rule Movement. 
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(A) 1 only
(B) 2 only
(C) Both 1 and 2
(D) Neither 1 nor 2

3. Which one of the following statements about Rig Veda is not correct?

(A) Deities were worshipped through prayer and sacrificial rituals
(B) The Gods are presented as powerful, who could be made to intervene in the world of men via the performance of sacrifices.
(C) The Gods were supposed to partake of the offerings as they were consumed by the fire.
(D) The sacrifices were performed in the temples

4. The only inscribed stone portrait of Emperor Ashoka has been found at?

(A) Sanchi
(B) Amaravati
(B) Kanaganahalli
(D) Ajanta

5. Which among the following statements regarding Lord Ripon’s plan for local self-government in India is/are correct?
1). The district should be the maximum area served by one Committee or Local Board.
2). The Local Boards should consist of a large majority of nominated official members and be presided over by an official member as Chairman.
Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(A) 1 only
(B) 2 only
(C) Both 1 and 2
(D) Neither 1 nor 2

6. The basis of European Union began with the signing of which of the following?

(A) Maastricht Treaty
(B) Treaty of Paris
(C) Treaty of Rome
(D) Treaty of Lisbon

7. Which one among the following statements regarding Bal Gangadhar Tilak is not correct?

(A) He propounded the theory of the Arctic Home of the Aryans.
(B) He founded the Anti-cow killing Society.
(C) He set up the Home Rule League at Poona.
(D) He supported the age of consent Bill. 

8. Who among the following Governor Generals formed the Triple Alliance against Tipu Sultan?

(A) Warren Hastings
(B) Lord Cornwallis
(C) Lord Wellesley
(D) Lord William Bentinck

9. Which one among the following was not a demand of the Prarthana Samaj?

(A) Women education
(B) Widow remarriage
(C) Raising the age of marriage for boys and girls.
(D) Abolition of untouchability.

10. Which one among the following states was first annexed by Lord Dalhousie under the Doctrine of Lapse?

(A) Nagpur
(B) Jhansi
(C) Sambalpur
(D) Satara

11. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the lists: 
List-I (Social Reformer)
A) Iyothee Dass
B) Jyotiba Phule
C) John Rathinam
D) E.V. Ramaswami Naickar 
List-II (Association)
1. Satyashodhak Samaj
2. Dravida Kazhgam
3. Self-Respect movement
4. Dravida Mahajanasabha

(A) A-4; B-2; C-1; D-3
(B) A-3; B-1; C-2; D-4
(C) A-4; B-1; C-2; D-3
(D) A-3; B-2; C-1; D-4

12. Who among the following scholars were contemporary of Kanishka?
1) Ashvaghosa
2) Nagarjuna
3) Vasumitra
4) Chanakya

(A) 1 and 2 only
(B) 3 and 4
(C) 2 and 4
(D) 1, 2 and 3

13. Which of the following was/were reason/reasons for the success of European trading companies in South India during the 17th century?
1) The presence of the Mughals in the south was not as much as in the north.
2) The Vijayanagar kingdom had been overthrown in the late 16th Century.
3) The south had many small and weak states.

(A) 1, 2 and 3
(B) 1 and 2 only
(C) 2 and 3 only
(D) 1 only

14. In 1856 Awadh would not have been annexed with the British Empire if the Nawab of Awadh had:

(A) Allied with the British
(B) Not refused to introduce reforms as suggested by the British
(C) Fought against the British
(D) A natural heir

15. Which among the following was the most immediate factor for the spread of Swadeshi and boycott of foreign goods during the first decade of the last century?

(A) Curzon’s design to curtail the sphere of local self-government.
(B) Curzon’s attempt to control the universities.
(C) Curzon’s partition of Bengal.
(D) Curzon’s plan to curb the growing popularity of the Indian national congress

16. Which of the four linguistic regions in South India remained unaffected by the Non-Cooperation Movement{1921-22}?

(A) Kerala
(B) Tamil Nadu
(C) Andhra Pradesh
(D) Karnataka

17. Direction: The following items consist of two statements Statement I and Statement II. You are to examine these two statements carefully and select the answers to these items using the code given below:
Statement I: The annexation of Awadh by Lord Dalhousie in 1856 adversely affected the financial conditions of the sepoys.
Statement II: The sepoys had to pay higher taxes on the land where their family members stayed in Awadh.

(A) Both the statements are individually true and Statement II is the correct explanation of statement I.
(B) Both the statements are individually true and Statement II is not the correct explanation of statement I.
(C) Statement-I is true and Statement II is false.
(D) Statement-I is false but Statement II is true.

18. Which of the following sets of newspaper reflected the concerns of educated Indian Muslims during the Khilafat movements?

(A) Comrade and Hamdard
(B) Comrade and Hindustan Times
(C) Zamindar and Muslim voice
(D) Comrade, Hamdard, Zamindar and Al Hilal

19. Which of the following statements about the social reformer, Raja Rammohun Roy, is false?

(A) Rammohun Roy belonged to the gentry class whose power had been diminished because of the imposition of the Permanent Settlement.
(B) He studied both Vedantic Monism and Christian Unitarianism
(C) He translated the Upanishads into Bengali.
(D) His first organization was the Atmiya Sabha, founded in Calcutta in 1815.

20. Which one among the following sums up Marx’s view about History?

(A) History is a record of the wars between various people.
(B) History is a succession of the struggle between the oppressor and the oppressed classes.
(C) History is a faithful record of the past events.
(D) None of the above

21. The Russian revolutionaries derived their ideology from the doctrines of?

(A) Lenin and Stalin
(B) Marx and Lenin
(C) Marx and Engles
(D) Lenin and Engels

22. Fahien’s mission to India was to?

(A) Learn about the administrative system of the Gupta kings.
(B) Understand the social position of women during the Gupta period.
(C) Visit the Buddhist institutions and to collect copies of Buddhist manuscripts.
(D) Get full knowledge about the condition of peasants during the period of Gupta kings.

23. Under which one of the following systems of assessment, the British Government collected revenue directly from the farmers?

(A) Zamindari
(B) Ryotwari
(C) Annawari
(D) Desaiwari

24. Borobudur is the site of which of the following?

(A) A huge temple of Vishnu and Shive in Java, built in the 12th Century AD.
(B) An enormous Stupa in Java, built in the 8th Century AD.
(C) A magnificent palace of a Chola Kind in Tamil Nadu.
(D) A Jain Monastery in Gujarat.

25. What is the correct sequence of the following events?
1. Rowlatt Act
2. Gandhi-Irwin Pact
3. Morley-Minto Reforms
4. Ilbert Bill
Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(A) 1-2-4-3
(B) 4-3-1-2
(C) 4-1-3-2
(D) 3-4-1-2 

All the best for your exams,

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