[ACIO Answerkey] Part1/4: History & Polity MCQs solved with Explanation & References

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  1. Prologue
  2. History Questions from ACIO-2015
    1. History: Ancient India
    2. Modern India
    3. History: World
  3. Polity Questions from ACIO-2015


  • Intelligence Bureau (IB) had conducted written examination for requirement of Assistant central intelligence officer (ACIO) on 22nd February 2015.
  • I’m preparing the topic wise ACIO Answerkey in four parts.
  • First part: History and Polity MCQs.
  • Since IB refuses to disclose answerkeys or cutoffs under right to information act (RTI), so not much point in wasting another 10 rupees into that. One exam is over then it’s time to prepare for another exam.

ACIO Answerkey & Cutoffs

History Questions from ACIO-2015

  • It seems the examiner great liking for NCERT Class 10 India and Contemporary world – atleast 4 questions directly from it. (Trade unions, printing press, censorship and PremChand novel launch year.)
  • By and large- Modern India (Freedom struggle) portion easy, but Ancient and World history portion tough- because trivial GK type questions asked. Similar trend observed in previous examination held in 2013.
  • Strategy for future ACIO exam: For History portion, the base material should be LucentGK AND NCERTs. Although not much point in dwelling into world history given its bad cost:benefit.
  • And if you’re simultaneously preparing for UPSC, then skip the freedom struggle part from Lucent, directly prepare it from Spectrum’s Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir.

Anyways, let’s find the answers:

History: Ancient India

12. To which place Aryabhata, the great mathematician, went for advanced studies?

  1. Takshashila
  2. Patliputra
  3. Kashi
  4. Kaushambi

He went to Patliputra self-financed college. As per As per Bihar Government website

16. Where was Bhaskara, also known as Bhaskaracharya or Bhaskara II, an Indian mathematician & astronomer, was born?

  1. Kanchipuramii
  2. Thanjavur
  3. Bijapur
  4. Viadurai

He was born at Biddur, Bijapur Karnataka, says Britannica

44. The caste-system during early Vedic age prohibited

  1. Inter caste dining
  2. Inter caste marriages
  3. Both
  4. None of these

None because those righties begun only after post-vedic age period, says NCERT Sociology class12 Ch3

46. Which among the below mentioned Upper Palaeolithic places in India is wrongly matched with the state it is located in?

  1. Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh
  2. Betamcherla, Andhra Pradesh
  3. Inamgaon, Maharashtra
  4. Singh Bhumi, Himachal Pradesh

First three sites correctly matched with respective states, hence Singh Bhumi is wrong.

47. Kalidasa’s ‘Kumarasambhavam’ describes the story of the birth of which mythological character?

  1. Sanatkumar
  2. Kartikeya
  3. Pradyumna
  4. Abhimanyu

It describes the story of Kartikeya’s birth. Question lifted verbatim from Pearson guidebook for LLB.

48. Where and when was the 2nd Buddhist Council held?

  1. Patliputra in 250 BC
  2. Sri Lanka in the 1st century BC
  3. Vaishali in 383 BC
  4. Mandalay in 1871 AD

It was held at Vaishali,under Shishunaga dynasty, says Lucent GK page21

Modern India

35. In which year, Mahatama Gandhi travelled to Champaran in Bihar to inspire the peasants to struggle against the oppressive plantation system?

  1. 1914
  2. 1915
  3. 1916
  4. 1917

He went to Chamapran in 1917. Ref: Spectrum, Page 123 OR LucentGK Page 108.

36. With which objective, CR Das and Motilal Nehru formed the Swaraj Party within the Congress?

  1. Spearhead the mass struggles
  2. Forge Hindu-Muslim unity
  3. Participate in elections to the provincial council
  4. Organise legislative protests against Rowlatt

They did so, to Participate in election to enter in councils Spectrum, Page 136 OR LucentGK Page 108.

37. The industrial working class did not participate in the Civil Disobedience Movement in large numbers, except in

  1. Nagpur region
  2. Madras region
  3. Surat region
  4. Calcutta region

Nagpur NCERT class10, India & Contemporary world ch3, Page 66

38. Dr B R Ambedkar clashed with Mahatma Gandhi at the 2nd Round Table Conference demanding

  1. Reservation for Dalits in Government jobs
  2. Reservation for Dalits in Ministries
  3. Separate citizen status for Dalits
  4. Separate Electorate for Dalits

They had difference of opinion over Separate electorate for Depressed classes (Dalits) Ref: Spectrum, 180

41. Who brought the printing Press for the first time to India in the mid-16th century ?

  1. Dutch cloth merchants
  2. British traders
  3. Portuguese Missionaries
  4. Arab manuscript writers

Portuguese missionaries brought printing press to India for the first time says NCERT Class10, Ch7 Print and Censorship

42. Measures in India to impose censorship on printed material were initiated in 1798 by the East India Company. It was directed against

  1. Bengali social reformers
  2. Englishmen in India
  3. Bengali writers
  4. Indian Princely States

Englishmen in India NCERT Class10, Ch7 Print and Censorship

77. The Radcliffe Line is named after its architect, Sir Cyril Radcliffe. It is a boundary demarcation line between

  1. Pakistan & Afghanistan
  2. India & Bhutan
  3. India & Pakistan
  4. India & Myanmar

Lord Mountbatten had appointed Radcliff commission for participation of Bengal and Punjab. Hence #3 is the answer. Ref: Spectrum Page 377.

History: World

13. The development of the world’s first practical design for an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile, A9/10, was undertaken in Nazi Germany during the World War II. It was intended for use in bombing

  1. London and other coastal cities of Britain
  2. Northern cities of France, including Venice
  3. New York and other American cities
  4. Interiors of USSR to cut off military supply lines to Moscow.

It was meant to target New York city, as per this Google book

34. The original name of Ho Chi Minh, the President of the Vietnam Democratic Republic, was Nguyen Van Thanh which he later changed to Ho Chi Minh before becoming the President. The literal meaning of Ho Chi Minh is

  1. He Who Leads
  2. He Who Fights
  3. He Who Enlightens
  4. He Who Protects

The meaning of his name is “He who Enlightens”, says  Britannica

40. Which famous leader once said, “we would not have made economic progress, if we had not intervened on very personal matters: how you live, the noise you make, how you spit…”

  1. Adolf Hitler, Germany
  2. Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  3. Mussolini, Italy
  4. Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore

Lee Kuan Yew made this statement, according to  this google book

83. French Revolution ended in 1790s with the ascent of

  1. Rousseau
  2. King Louis XVI
  3. Napoleon Bonaparte
  4. Robespierre

French Revolution ended with rise of Napoleon, says Tamilnadu State Edu. Book Class12 History, Page 269.

85. In his youth, Adolf Hitler aspired to be a/an

  1. Architect
  2. Painter
  3. Singer
  4. Footballer

He wanted to be a Painter, but couldn’t get admission in the prestigious acedmy for arts, says Telegraph news article

86. Many of the famous political leaders had a University Degree in Law. Which of the following world leaders didn’t have a Degree in Law?

  1. Nelson Mandela
  2. Fidel Castro
  3. Barack Obama
  4. John F Kennedy

John F Kennedy. Because other three’s biography pages on Britannica say they had completed Law degree.

87. Ernesto Che Guevara, the famous Marxist revolutionary of South America, was born in

  1. Bolivia
  2. Cuba
  3. Argentina
  4. Guatemala

He was born in Argentina says Britannica.

History part is over, now moving to the next topic:

Polity Questions from ACIO-2015

  • 13 out 14 questions can be solved directly from Indian Polity by M.Laxmikanth OR LucentGK. Similar trend observed in previous ACIO exam held in 2013 as well.
  • But many of them are factual type- which article number, which amendment number has so and so provision.
  • One trivial GK type question – symbol of Republican Party in USA.
  • Nothing asked from current affairs- land ordinance, insurance ordinance etc.
  • Niti Ayog was asked but I classify that under “Economy” questions.
  • Strategy for next ACIO Exam: just memorize any one of the following two books:
    • LucentGK (if you’re not competing for UPSC exam)
    • Indian polity by M.Laxmikanth (if you’re preparing for UPSC.) No need to refer to both books.

Anyways, let’s see the ACIO answerkey for Polity questions

49. In which among the following cases, the Supreme Court of India propounded the theory of basic structure of the Constitution?

  1. Gopalan vs. State of Madras
  2. Golak Nath
  3. Keshvanand Bharati
  4. Minerva Mills

Answer is #3, In Keshvanand Bharti case, the Supreme court gave the theory of basic structure. Ref. Laxmikanth Page 7.3 / Lucent’s  GK  Page295 – The Doctrine of Basic Features

50. The 52nd amendment to the Constitution of India is most closely related to

  1. Extention of Reservation in Government jobs
  2. Provision for special status to Tripura
  3. Provisions for increasing age of eligibility for voting
  4. Provisions against political defections

Answer is #3 Ref. Laxmikanth Chapter 67 introductory line- the 52nd Amendment act of 1985 provides for ground of disqualification for defecting to another party.

51. Which among the following political party of India has an election symbol very similar to the election symbol of Republican Party of USA?

  1. Samajwadi Party
  2. Bahujan Samaj Party
  3. Janta Dal (United)
  4. Telugu Desam Party

Republican party symbol is elephant as per Britannica kids, so nearest match is Bahujan Samaj party.

52. How many members, the President of India can nominate to Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha, respectively?

  1. 12, 2
  2. 2,12
  3. 2, 10
  4. 10, 2

Answer is #2 Ref. Laxmikanth Page  17.8  Legislative power of president  / Lucent’s  GK  Page 299 President :- Legislative power

53. Which among the following amendments to the Constitution of India, designated Delhi as National Capital Territory (NCT)?

  1. 63rd Amendment Act
  2. 69th Amendment Act
  3. 74th Amendment Act
  4. 76th Amendment Act

Answer is #2 69th Amenment of 1991 accorded NCT status to Delhi. Ref. Laxmikanth Appendix VI, page No.AVI-6 / Lucent’s  GK   Page 277

54. On 29 August 1947, the Drafting Committee for Indian Constitution was appointed, with Dr B. R. Ambedkar as the Chairman along with six other members. Who among the following was not the member of the Drafting Committee?

  1. N. Gopalaswami Ayengar
  2. Jawahar Lal Nehru
  3. Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi
  4. Alladi Krishnaswamy lyer

Answer is #2. Nehru was not part of that Committee. Ref. Laxmikanth Page 2.4 Drafting Committee  / Lucent’s  GK Page 267
55. Part IV of the Indian Constitution deals with Directive Principles of State Policy. This feature of Indian Constitution was influenced by a similar feature of

  1. Canadian Constitution
  2. Australian Constitution
  3. American Constitution
  4. Irish Constitution

Answer is #4 DPSP were inspired from Irish Constitution. Ref. Laxmikanth Page  3.11 Constitution at Glance  / Lucent’s  GK Page 267
56. Which among the following schedules of the Indian Constitution deals with forms of Oaths or Affirmations?

  1. 2nd Schedule
  2. 3rd Schedule
  3. 4th Schedule
  4. 5th Schedule

Answer is #2 Third schedule deals with Oaths or affirmations. Ref. Laxmikanth Page 3.10 / Lucent’s  GK  Page 273
57. Which of the following is not a constitutional provision relating to Governors of States?

  1. Same person can be appointed as Governor for two or more States
  2. He shall be appointed by the President
  3. He shall hold office during the pleasure of the President
  4. He should have completed the age of 25 years

4th statement is wrong because he should have completed 35 years. Ref. Laxmikanth Page 26.4  / Lucent’s  GK  Page 313

58. Which Article of the Indian Constitution deals with special provision with respect to the States of Maharashtra and Gujarat?

  1. Article 370
  2. Article 371
  3. Article 371-A
  4. Article 371-B

371 deals with those two state. Answer is #2 Ref. Laxmikanth Page  Appendix A
59. Indian Constitution provides for promotion of international peace and security. Which of the following deals with this provision?

  1. Article 51 of the Directive Principles of the State Policy
  2. It is implied by the Preamble of the Indian Constitution
  3. The 12th Schedule of the Indian Constitution
  4. Article 392 empowers the President in this regard

International peace is provided under Article 51. Answer is #1 Ref. Laxmikanth Page Appendix I / Lucent’s  GK 269
60. Which Article of the Indian Constitution defines the Original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court?

  1. Article -129
  2. Article 130
  3. Article 131
  4. Article 132

Original jurisdiction provided under Article 131. Hence Answer is #3 Ref. Laxmikanth Page  Appendix I / Lucent’s  GK 271

62. The power to promulgate ordinances during recess of Parliament is vested with

  1. The Council of Ministers
  2. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urgent Enactment
  3. The President
  4. The Prime Minister

President can promulgate ordinances when parliament is in recess. Therefore, Answer is #3 Ref. Laxmikanth Page  17.8 (k)  / Lucent’s  GK 300

90. Who is non-member who can participate in the debate of Lok Sabha?

  1. Vice President
  2. Chief Justice of India
  3. Attorney General of India
  4. None of the above

Answer is #3 Ref. Laxmikanth Page 46.1  Rights of AG / Lucent’s  GK  303

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75 Comments on “[ACIO Answerkey] Part1/4: History & Polity MCQs solved with Explanation & References”


    1. You are new here…just go through the site…analysis already posted….

      1. Hello brother I m using this site last 3 year and I m also in IRS OK don’t teach me how I can go sorry for argument

        1. sir which batch and where are you posted ???

  2. nice work sir….very quick you are…

  3. gettting 71……..

  4. is there any negative marking in acio ?
    please reply

  5. Sir what is the usuall cut off for this exam. If any authentic way of knowing that. Or is this exam is fully based on merit basis ?

  6. I am getting 30 marks, category -SC, any chance ?

  7. Hello Mrunal Sir and Friends. I did a blunder in 22nd feb exam, instead of DOB i put exam date at the required space in OMR, although i made required correction scratching up the columns but not hopefull, is there any chance the scanner may accept it. PS. it was my 3rd attempt and have also given interview for 2013 :P please clear my doubts..thow some light plz.

    1. Sorry bro !! There were very less chances to bounce back , because they mostly rely on omr scanners rather than manual work. . Lot of applicants = less time = more number of students attempted exam = less number of evaluators = use of machines instead of human( ergonomics) which judges our fate . Lets be +ve bro , wait till results , dont panic. All the best !!


      1. hm luck is tough, no othr choice then to wait. Thanks anyway for your valuable input. :)

    2. no chance at all…prepare for the next exam..accept the reality,though it’s tough to accept….your such mistakes will prepare you for the bitter part of your life…my dear friend though it’s rude to reply in this way..but it’s the naked truth which strengtens your patience.you have to be very careful while filling such vital information…Be careful next time and check it twice before filling such OMR sheet…Have faith in you…Never regeret..”yes i have done it and it’s me who will rectify it and post a success story next time”.

  8. A9/10 Missile was a project by nazi for bombing over england..bcoz their aeroplans destroyed by britishers by radar system..so 13 Should be 1,

    1. Intercontinental ballistic missile range 10000 km.. Must b usa

  9. Hello sir, please upload the complete question paper.

  10. awesome sir!.. expecting answers for aptitude questions, can you please.

  11. There was no mention about negative mark either in the notification or in the admit card. The question paper itself did not mention anything about the negative mark. Amidst different exams which all have negative marking, it really was difficult to know anything about it in ACIO exam. Can anyone clear the doubt? Please !

    1. @ Anandh T R
      hello anadh .there is NO negative marking in this exam. you can take my words.

      1. Thank you sir ! Will keep this mind while attempting it next time. This time I am getting around 60, any hopes ?

        1. No one cqn give u the cutoff. But as a person who cleared it last year can throw some light.those who scored 60 and plus a good essay will have a very bright chance of getting an interview call

          1. Hi viswanath..
            how much u scored last time
            And which category do u belong to?

          2. Hello raghav,Acc to,mrunal key lsst year my obj score was 74 and general . I am,also,confident that my essay was good

          3. Thanks yaar!! u mentioned 60 .. that is for general or reserved?
            Do u have any idea of someone who is qualified last year(2013) with 50-55 and of SC category?

          4. No idea. I never asked such questions in training

          5. hey vishwanath……as this year paper was quite tough,,,,can we normalize last year’s 75 to 65 this year…..what do you say…….plz reply yar as m getting around 67

          6. Hello mr shamsher ,
            the cutoff is unpredictable.coming to your question , the cutoof as u know depends up on the number of candidiates vaccancies ,difficulty etc.67 is a good score. hope for the best and now focus on the other exams ahead.

    2. No negative marking….as always in acio exam.

  12. Getting 60 approx marks from various keys available. Any chances ?

  13. i am getting around 69…my essay did not go well..will i be able to clear ? ?

  14. Getting 61 general caregory…wrote intelligence essay.. did well…any chances.is there individual cutoff

    1. No cutoffs are diaclosed by mha …clearly mentioned in this post as well…why asking again.

  15. Getting 55 and general category any chance ???
    What would might be the cut off aprox.???

  16. My score is 42 obc catg. I wrote a gud essay on inclusive growth. What is my chances ?? Plz tell..

  17. am scoring 70/100….any guess about cutoff??

  18. There is nothing mentioned regarding reservation of ex servicemen in the notification. However, to the best of my knowledge acio II is a group c non gazetted post. Please, throw some light on this.That is, is their any reservation for ex servicemen in the selection.

    1. There are reservations for ex servicemen for this poatBecause i know some of my collegues who came from airforce service

  19. 46 marks according to mrunal key any chances in list??
    plzz reply

    1. ur score is ok rest depend upon ur essay..all the best! :)

      1. Hi Bro..
        Do u have any idea of someone who is qualified last year(2013) with 50-55 and of SC category?
        And hope ur paper wil get vaild.

        1. well ya but it should be followed by a decent essay..

          1. Hi..
            Can u be little more specific like how much they scored & about their essay(if u have frnds or someone in that category who wrote the exam and got selected for interview)?

  20. Im getting 51/100 ST.any chance??

    1. yeah… chances are more than 90%..
      But don’t neglect the upcoming exams which u want to attempt.

      1. Raghav have u been qualified last year?

        1. NO yaar.. but my friend did qualify…
          he got around 55 – 57. general category…

          1. Thnx dude..

  21. Question # 90: The question asks who among the following can “participate” in the debates of Loksabha…..Answer should be “None of the above” because Attorney General of India can only sit in Loksabha during the sessions…can not participate in the debates or other proceedings.

    I may be completely wrong but this is just to clarify my doubt.

  22. the question of kesavnandbharti case .. the same has written on the minerva mills case wiki (promulgates the basic structure of indian constitution) , in my opinion both these options are correct .. pls look on it and reply !

  23. The paper was same throughout the day, Evening Shift aspirants can cheat easily by knowing answers from morning shift aspirants. Its totally an unbiased way of examination

  24. Bpsc types of Q.
    Which types of here

  25. Sir economics basics .I want to study .I m a beginner what should I do

  26. QUESTION-37: ANS must be (2) Madras region

    1. yes…..answer of question 37 is Madras Region as it was the only region who refuse to join the sepoy mutiny as they were benifited by the british govt.

  27. 40 SC category , should I prepare myself for next round ?

  28. Sir I think answer of Q83 should be Robespierre ….. because in 1790 Napoleon was only a soldier he ascend as late as 1798 and officially corronated in 1804 ….

  29. pls dont waste your time on trivial arguments and asking questions which will waste the time of Mrunal, alrady he is burning his midnight candle for us. Just go through the site you will get most of the things. Once Mrunal appealed to all the site users that “aspirants should not waste time in posting comments and replying to comments, unless its very important”

  30. getting 67 honestly accrding mrunal bhai………kuch ho sakta h kya

  31. how can a bill be withdrawn that has been passed by one house(LS) to another(RS)??? question in the ref. of the news made in The Hindu.

    1. Hi rahul….i have the same question in my mind……. how a bill can be withdrawn…..

  32. Sir, there were few question of science, I am very confuse regarding there question plz give answer

  33. what hey ask in the interview , will it be based on essay or whether they ask current affair related questions? plz specify

  34. Sir, iam getting 55 in objective plus a good essay..OBC category..what are the chances…please reply

  35. i have lost my roll no. so may i know how to retrieve it????

  36. when they are going to publish result of 2015 ??
    anybody is having any idea….

  37. when they are going to publish result of 2015 ??
    anybody is having any idea….


  39. I hv qualified for acio interview.. thnku mrunal sir for ur valuable guidance.. kindly guide for interview process…

  40. Please provide the link to download admit card for interview, if anyone found it.

  41. There is correction in 35th question answer.
    Q No. 35 Answer should be 3rd i.e 1916 according to NCERT class X Hitory chapter 3 page number 55
    In 1916 he travelled to Champaran in Bihar to inspire the peasants to struggle against the oppressive plantation system.

  42. Sir,I am in F.Y.B.A. now I will starting study of civil service.now which book read?

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