1. The Dutch established their base at Masulipatnam in ?
A. 1510
B. 1605
C. 1661
D. 1690
Ans: B
1510- Portuguese, at Panaji
1639-British, at Madras
1673- French, at Pondicherry

2.British East India Company won Battle of Plassey in─
A. 1789
B. 1761
C. 1773
D. 1757
Ans: D
British became rulers of Bengal defeating Sirajudaula.

3.Supreme court was established by East India company in the year─
A. 1873
B. 1757
C. 1773
D. 1861
Ans: C

4.First Railway line (from Bombay to Thane) was laid in the year─
A. 1853
B. 1857
C. 1821
D. 1858
Ans: A
Under the governorship of Lord Dalhousie

5.The Bombay, Madras and Calcutta universities were set up in the year─
A. 1861
B. 1857
C. 1873
D. 1858
Ans: B

6.The Transfer of capital from Calcutta to Delhi took place in the year─
A. 1911
B. 1947
C. 1858
D. 1927
Ans: A

7.The first all India census was attempted in the year─
A. 1857
B. 1858
C. 1872
D. 1911
Ans: C
Thereafter, from 1881 decennial census became a regular feature.

8.At the beginning of modern industrial development. There were only two proper “industrial cities” in India. Which of the following is not among them?
A. Kanpur
B. Jamshedpur
C. Calcutta
D. All of the above
Ans: C
Kanpur (specializing in woolen & cotton textile) & Jamshedpur (specializing in

9.‘The writers ’ building which served as the chief the administrative office of the company was located in ─
A. Delhi
B. Madras
C. Bombay
D. Calcutta
Ans: D

10. Simla (present-day Shimla) was founded (1815-1816) during the course of ─
A. Gurkha war
B. Anglo Maratha War
C. Anglo Mysore War
D. World War I
Ans: A

11. In 1864, Which Viceroy officially moved his council to
Simla, establishing the practice of shifting capitals during summer ─
A. John Lawrence
B. Louis Mountbatten
C. Lord Wavell
D. Lord Chelmsford
Ans: A

12. Darjeeling was wrested from the rulers of Sikkim in the year─
A. 1861
B. 1872
C. 1835
D. 1858
Ans: C

13. Binodini Dasi, a pioneering figure in Bengali Theatre named her Autobiography as─
A. Binodini
B. Ahilya
C. Satyuki
D. Amar Katha
Ans: D
She was an actress, institution builder and Author.

14. Indians who could speak both English & local the language were known as─
A. Zarrin
B. Dubashes
C. Urbs Prima
D. Shinasai
Ans: B
They worked as agents & merchants, acting as intermediaries between Indian
society and the British.

15. After Wellesley’s departure, the work of town planning was carried on by ─
A. British Committee
B. Hunter Committee
C. Lottery Committee
D. Hilton-Young Committee
Ans: C
The Lottery committee formed in the year 1817, was named so because funds for
town improvement were raised through public lotteries.

Colonial cities colonial cities colonial cities

16. The Suez Canal was opened in the year─
A. 1869
B. 1879
C. 1861
D. 1872
Ans: A
It Strengthened Bombay’s links with the World Economy.

17. Consider the following statements:
I. From late 19th century, British tried to raise money for town
administration through systematic annual collection of Municipal
II. They were least concerned with collecting data.
Which of the above statement (s) is/are correct about colonial
A. Only I
B. Only II
C. Both I and II
D. Neither I nor II
Ans: A
The Colonial rule was based on the production of enormous
amounts of data.

18. Consider the following statements and mark the correct
A. In 18th century Mughal capitals, Delhi & Agra lost their political
power and New regional powers Lucknow, Hyderabad,
Seringapatam, Poona, Nagpur, Baroda, and Tanjore begin to grow.
B. By the end of the 18th century, the Land-based empires in Asia were
replaced by powerful sea-based European empires.
C. Neither A nor B
D. Both A and B
Ans: D

19. The census operation was riddled with Ambiguity because:
A. People refused to cooperate and gave evasive answers.
B. The census commissioners devised categories for classifying
different sections of the population, which failed to capture the fluid
and overlapping identities of people.
C. People were claiming identities they associated with higher status.
D. All are correct
Ans: D

20. Consider the following statements:
I. Bengal was the commercial capital of Colonial India.
II. Opium was grown in Malwa, Rajasthan and Sindh and was
exported to China.
Which of the above statement (s) is/are correct about trading
trends in Colonial India ?
A. Only I
B. Only II
C. Both I and II
D. Neither I nor II
Ans: B
Bombay was the commercial capital of Colonial India. The Bombay
Government and Indian merchants declared Bombay as Urbs
Prima in Indis (The most important city)

21. The Architectural style of Buildings in colonial Bombay was
usually European :
A. It expressed British desire to create a familiar landscape in an
alien country.
B. The British felt that European styles would best symbolize their
C. The European style buildings marked out the difference between
the colonial masters and their Indian Subjects.
D. All A, B, C are correct
Ans: D

22. Consider the following pairs:

1.Bombay -1661

2.Madras – 1639

3.Calcutta -1690
Which of the following settlements is/are correctly matched to
the year of Company Agents settling in?
A. 1 and 2 only
B. 2 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. All 1, 2 and 3
Ans: D

23.Consider the following pairs:

1.Elphinstone circle ─ Neo-Classical

2.University of Bombay ─ Neo-Gothic

3.Victoria Terminus ─ Indo-Saracenic
Which of the following Buildings is/are correctly matched to
their style of Architecture?
A. 1 and 2 only
B. 2 only
C. 2 and 3 only
D. All 1, 2 and 3
Ans: A
Victoria terminus is the most spectacular example of the Neo-Gothic style.

24.The Gateway of India, Built-in 1911 to welcome King George V and Queen Mary reflected which style of building?
A. Neo-Gothic
B. Neo-Classical
C. Traditional Gujarati Style
D. None of the above
Ans: C

25. The Taj Mahal hotel reflects Indo-Saracenic style. It was built by ?
A. Dhirubhai Ambani
B. Jamsetji Tata
C. Gautam Adani
D. Aziz Premji
Ans: B

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