1.) Which one of the following provisions was not made in the Charter Act of 1833 ?

(a) The trading activities of the East India Company were to be abolished.

(b) The designation of the supreme authority was to be changed as the Governor-General of India in Council.

(c) All law-making powers to be conferred on Governor-General in Council.

(d) An Indian was to be appointed as a Law Member in the Governor-General’s Council.

Answer (d)

Charter Act of 1833 provides for the appointment of a law member but not necessarily an Indian.

2.) With reference to colonial rule in India, what was sought by the Ilbert Bill in 1883?

(a) To bring Indians and Europeans at par as far as the criminal jurisdiction of courts was concerned.

(b) To impose severe restrictions on the freedom of the native press as it was perceived to be hostile to colonial rulers.

(c) To encourage the native Indians to appear for civil service examinations by conducting them in India.

(d) To allow native Indians to posses arms by amending the Arms Act.

Answer (a)

Ilbert Bill was introduced during the viceroyality of Lord Rippon.

3.) In India, the first Bank of limited liability managed by Indians and founded in 1881 was:

(a) Hindustan Commercial Bank

(b) Oudh Commercial Bank

(c) Punjab National Bank

(d) Punjab and Sind Bank

Answer (b)

The first entirely Indian joint stock bank was the Oudh Commercial Bank, established in 1881 in Faizabad. It collapsed in 1958. The next was the Punjab National Bank was established in Lahore in 1895, which has survived to the present and is now one of the largest banks in India.

4.) Which of the following pairs are correctly matched?

List-I (Period)

  1. AD 1767–69
  2. AD 1790–92
  3. AD 1824–26
  4. AD 1845–46


  1. First Anglo-Maratha War
  2. Third Mysore War
  3. Second Sikh War
  4. First Anglo-Burmese War

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:


(a) 2 and 4 (b) 3 and 4 (c) 1 and 2 (d) 2 and 3

Answer (d)

First Anglo-Maratha War – 1775-1782; First Anglo – Sikh War – 1845-1846; Second Anglo – Sikh War – 1848-1849;

5.) Which one of the following pairs is not correctly matched?

(a) Pitt’s India Act : Warren Hastings

(b) Doctrine of Lapse : Dalhousie

(c) Vernacular Press Act : Curzon

(d) Ilbert Bill : Ripon

Answer (c)

Vernacular Press Act was passed by Lord Lytton in 1878 and it was repealed by Ripon in 1882.


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