GK Indian History Quiz

India, the seventh largest country in the world, has a rich history, which has given rise to one of the oldest and most influential civilizations, world leaders, scientists, great innovations and ideologies.

But how well do you know the nation’s history?

Learn with this Gk quiz on Indian history.

1. What was the staple food of the Vedic Aryans?

  1. Barley and rice
  2. Milk and milk products
  3. Rice and legumes
  4. Vegetables and fruits

2. Who first used the word “Hindu” to refer to the people of India?

  1. the Greeks
  2. the romans
  3. the Chinese
  4. the Arabs

3. Which Indian king was known to the ancient Greeks as Sandrocottas?

  1. Ashoka
  2. Chanakya
  3. Chandragupta Maurya
  4. Alexander The Great

4. Who among these founded the Haryanka dynasty?

  1. Ajatshatru
  2. Harshvardhan
  3. Bimbisar
  4. Ghananand

5. How long was Samudra Gupta’s reign?

  1. 335 – 380 AD
  2. 330 – 380 AD
  3. 325 – 380 AD
  4. 315 – 380 AD

6. Who was the Emperor of India when the Seleucus Nicator attacked India in 305 BC.

  1. Ashoka
  2. Chandragupta Maurya
  3. Abdour Razzaq
  4. None of them

7. Which Indian state was known in ancient times as “Magadha”?

  1. Madhya Pradesh
  2. Bihar
  3. Karnataka
  4. Uttar Pradesh

1. Milk and milk products

Cattle were the main source of livelihood for the early Vedic Aryans since they were herders. This indicated that the staple diet of the Aryans consisted of milk and its by-products. This is also why cattle were sacrificed to the gods as a sacrifice in the Vedic religion and were considered a sacred and auspicious animal.

2. The Greeks

The Greeks called the region and its inhabitants, who lived beyond the Indus River, Hindus or Indus.

3. Chandragupta Maurya

Chandragupta Maurya is called Sandrocottus in ancient Greek texts. The Mauryan dynasty in Patliputra was started by Chandragupta Maurya, who ruled from 322 to around 298 BC. He destroyed the Nanda dynasty with Chanakya’s help. Bihar, Bengal, the Deccan, parts of what is now Tamil Nadu, sections of northeastern India, eastern Afghanistan, Balochistan and the region around west of the Indus were all included in his immense empire.

4. Bimbisara

Bimbisara is considered the main founder of the dynasty. They are from the era of Mahabharat.

At the age of fifteen, according to the Buddhist tradition known as Mahavamsa, Bimbisara was crowned king by his father, Bhattiya. The Shishunaga dynasty succeeded this one in power.

5. 330 to 380 BC

The regional monarch of India from around 330 to 380 CE was Samudra Gupta (d. 380 CE). He is generally regarded as the ideal example of a ruler from the “golden age of Hindu history”.

6. Chandragupta Maurya

Previous satraps in Gandhara and eastern India were under Seleucus’ claim. The Seleucid-Mauryan War resulted from Chandragupta Maurya’s opposition to these goals, however (305–303 BC). The eastern satraps were eventually annexed by the Maurya Empire following a treaty that ended the battle.


Magadha in northeast India, an ancient kingdom, was once located in the present state of Bihar. Between the 6th and 8th centuries AD, it served as the foundation of many larger kingdoms or empires.