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10 Jan 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

  • Dear student,

    One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. 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) Which of the following about the Ozone (O3) is correct?
    a) Ozone may exist in both troposphere as well as stratosphere
    b) Stratospheric ozone is hazardous for human health
    c) Tropospheric ozone is good for environment as well as human health
    d) All of the above
    Inspired by: [op-ed snap] The much-neglected pollutant: Surface Ozone


    We know ozone as a protector from UV rays as well as a pollutant and green-house gas. The
    surface ozone aids formation of photochemical smog. The only thing was to not confuse
    between troposphere and stratosphere. The tropospheric one is bad and the stratospheric one
    is good. Just this one line of info and you reach the exact answer.

    Q.2) With reference to the ‘Central Drugs Standard Control Organization(CDSCO)’ which of the following statements is/are correct?
    1. Its parent department is Minister of Health and Family Welfare.
    2. Drug Controller General of India(DGCI) is a body under the CDSCO.
    Select the correct option using the codes given below.
    a) 1 only
    b) Both 1 and 2
    c) 2 only
    d) Neither 1 nor 2
    Inspired by: DCGI bans import of drug ingredients from six Chinese firms

    Q.3) With reference to Ozone Gas, consider the following statements:
    1. Tropospheric ozone is a greenhouse gas.
    2. One of the primary components of photochemical smog is ozone.
    Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
    a) Neither 1 nor 2
    b) 2 only
    c) 1 only
    d) Both 1 and 2
    Inspired by: [op-ed snap] The much-neglected pollutant: Surface Ozone

    Q.4) Recently, the ‘Pratyush’ was seen in the news. It is a
    a) A destroyer of the Indian Navy
    b) Air-to-Air Missile
    c) Supercomputer
    d) Weather Satellite
    Inspired by: Click2read

    Q.5) With reference to the ‘Talanoa Dialogue’, recently seen in news, consider the following statements:
    1. It is a diaolgue of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
    2. India is not its participant.
    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: [op-ed snap] A sum of contributions

    Q.6) In which of the following States is lion­tailed macaque found in its natural habitat?
    1. Tamil Nadu
    2. Kerala
    3. Karnataka
    4. Andhra Pradesh
    Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
    a) 1, 2 and 3 only
    b) 2 only
    c) 1, 3 and 4 only
    d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

    Q.7) Some Buddhist rock­cut caves are called Chaityas, while the others are called Viharas. What is the difference between the two?
    a) Vihara is a place of worship, while Chaitya is the dwelling place of the monks
    b) Chaitya is a place of worship, while Vihara is the dwelling place of the monks
    c) Chaitya is the stupa at the far end of the cave, while Vihara is the hall axial to it
    d) There is no material difference between the two

    Q.8) Which one of the following describes best the concept of Nirvana in Buddhism?
    a) The extinction of the flame of desire
    b) The complete annihilation of self
    c) A state of bliss and rest
    d) A mental stage beyond all comprehension


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  •  Khemchand Gujjar @khemchand-gujjar

    1.A. both are harmful and found in both trop and stratosphere
    2.B it is similar to FDA and through DGCI controls drugs and medical devices
    4.D it is indias fastest supercomputer for climate and weather forcasting at iitm
    5.C india is a member, part of bonn meet
    6.A Western ghat region
    7.B from the name
    8.C moksha

  •  Utkarsh Deep @utkarshdeep

    1. D
    3. D
    4. C
    5. B
    6. A
    7. B
    8. A


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