UPSC General Studies Sample Paper General Studies Sample Paper-1

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    Consider the statements regarding Gupta Period.
    1. During this period, many new towns were raised, all old towns were fortified or atleast strengthened and no old towns declined in North India.
    2. Guptas possessed a large quality of gold and issued purest quality of gold coins.
    3. Images of Vishnu, Shiva and other Hindu Gods were fashioned for the first time during this period.
    Which of the statements) given above is/are correct?

    A)  Only 3             

    B)  2 and 3            

    C)  1 and 2           

    D)  1 and 3

    Correct Answer: A

    Solution :

    [a] Gupta Period is considered as the golden age of ancient India. This was mainly in the context that use of gold was maximum and art and culture flourished most widely. In economic field, many towns of North India show their downfall in this period. So, in economic context term 'golden period' can't be justified. Guptas possessed a large quantity of gold and issued the largest number of gold coins, but they were not the purest coins. Purest coins were issued by Kushans. In this period, art was largely inspired by religions The typical Hindu Gods like Vishnu, Shiva and others go place for the first time in images and architecture.

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