With reference to the Maurya empire, which among the following statements is / are correct?
1. In Maurya period ring wells come into prevalence for the first time
2. The rulers of Maurya dynasty were characterized by their metronymics
3. The government of Mauryas was highly centralised in character
Choose the correct option from the codes given below:

Answer: [D] Only 3

Ring wells come into prevalence for the first time in Gupta period, so first statement is not correct. Metronymics means a name derived from the name of a mother or female ancestor. The Satavahana rulers had the names of their mothers with their names such as Gautamiputra Satkarni,he adopted ‘Gautami’ on the name of her mother ‘Gautami . Thus second statement is also not correct. Third statement is correct.

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