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2) Ancient Indian History – Previous Year Questions UPSC Prelims (1995-2023)

Ancient Indian History Previous Year Questions – Topic Wise

Sr. No.Topic NamePrevious Year Questions
A)Politics and Society in Ancient IndiaClick Here
B)Architecture in Ancient IndiaClick Here
C)Literature in Ancient IndiaClick Here
D)Religion and Philosophy in Ancient IndiaClick Here
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Topic Wise Analysis of Ancient Indian History PYQs

Ancient HistoryNo. of Questions (2011-2023)No. of Questions (1995-2023% Weightage (2011-2023)% Weightage (1995-2023)
A) Politics & Society245832%34%
B) Architecture214728%27%
C) Literature82611%15%
D) Religion and Philosophy234030%23%

Ancient Indian History-Detailed Topic Wise Syllabus Based on PYQs

A) Politics and Society in Ancient India

This is the most important part of ancient history. Not just because a maximum number of questions have been asked from this section, but the study of all other topics in ancient history is based on this one. 

A very good understanding of the timeline of ancient history is most essential here. Further, the important rulers, battles, important terms in regard to political and social life etc. form the part of syllabus.

B) Architecture in Ancient India

This topic consists of Architectural sites, caves, rock edicts, temples,  inscriptions, ancient paintings, sculptures, pillars etc. from ancient India

C) Literature in Ancient India

Important literature, languages and scripts, classification of literature, important scholars and writers, translations etc. from ancient India

D) Religion and Philosophy in Ancient India

Vedic religion (Hinduism) and associated philosophies, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam and other heterodox sects from ancient India, religious texts, principles, and proponents of religion.

UPSC Prelims PYQ Book
  • Collection of more than 3200 Previous Year Questions (1995-2023)
  • All questions divided into 10 Subjects
  • Subject further sub-divided into more than 75 topics
  • All answers according to official answer key
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