23 Feb 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with basic knowledge. Broadly speaking, there are 2 types:

  1. Elimination Tikdams: Extrapolate your basic knowledge to eliminate options which appear out of context. Zero down on 2 choices and then mark the question as per your risk appetite
  2. Estimation Tikdams: Read the question well and work out the answer from within the options – Most of the times UPSC plays with words or embeds clues within the question. A smart aspirant figures them out!

With strong basics and regular practice, you will be able to arrive at a very robust Tikdam framework of your own. To know more, read about this technique here, IAS 2016 by Dr. V & Tikdams 

Note: Please comment your responses to questions in the comment section. It will help you in assessing yourself.

Q.1) With reference to the SARAS, recently seen in news, consider the following statements:
1. It was recently inducted in the Indian Air Force.
2. It was designed by the National Aerospace Laboratories.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) Neither 1 nor 2
b) Both 1 and 2
c) 1 only
d) 2 only
Inspired by: Click2read

Q.2) With reference to the Indian Ocean which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. It doesn’t touch the Australian Continent.
2. It is the deepest ocean of the world.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) Both 1 and 2
b) 1 only
c) Neither 1 nor 2
d) 2 only
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] The game of chicken in the Arabian Sea

Q.3) Consider the following:
1. Shampoos
2. Photographic film
3. Capsules
Which of the above contain Gelatin?
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 1, 2 and 3
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 2 and 3 only

Q.4) Which of the following statements regarding the National Savings Certificates is incorrect?
a) They can be used as collaterals while taking loans from banks.
b) There is no limit on the purchase of NSCs.
c) No interest is paid under the NSC scheme.
d) All of the above are correct
Inspired by: Government proposes amendments in small savings schemes

Q.5) With reference to the Clinical Establishments Act, 2010, consider the following statements:
1. It has been enacted by the Central Government to provide for registration and regulation of all clinical establishments in the country.
2. It also applies to Clinical Establishments run by the Armed forcess.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) Both 1 and 2
c) Neither 1 nor 2
d) 2 only
Inspired by: Complaints over medical bills: Centre seeks states’ response

Q,6) In medieval India, the designations ‘Mahattara’ and ‘Pattakila’ were used for
a)military officers
b)village headmen
c)specialists in Vedic rituals
d)chiefs of craft guilds

Q.7) Lichens, which are capable of initiating ecological succession even on a bare rock, are actually a symbiotic association of
a)algae and bacteria
b)algae and fungi
c)bacteria and fungi
d)fungi and mosses

Q.8) If you travel through the Himalayas, you are likely to see which of the following plants naturally growing there?
1. Oak
2. Rhododendron
3. Sandalwood
Select the correct answer using the code given below
a)1 and 2 only
b)3 only
c)1 and 3 only
d)1, 2 and 3


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