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High Five With Tikdam

 Dr V
  • Hello everyone,

    We have been hammering on importance of logical thinking and art of tikdam along with sound preparation as essential ingredients of recipe to clear prelims examination for quite some time now. The flagship prelims test series is based on the same principles so is our prelims daily initiative.

    Prelims is just 162 days away now and your preparation should be at full swing now. We are with you in your quest to clear prelims and to ensure that we leave no stone unturned, here are high five questions from prelims 2016 which you can solve with your knowledge, logical thinking and tikdam.

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    1. Regarding ‘Atal Pension Yojana’, which of the following statements is/are correct?

    1. It is a minimum guaranteed pension scheme mainly targeted at unorganized sector workers.
    2. Only one member of a family can join the scheme.
    3. Same amount of pension is guaranteed for the spouse for life after subscriber’s death.

    Select the correct answer using the code given below.

    • a) 1 only
    • b) 2 and 3 only
    • c) 1 and 3 only
    • d) 1, 2 and 3


    2. In the cities of our country, which among the following atmospheric gases are normally considered in calculating the value of Air Quality Index?

    1. Carbon dioxide
    2.  Carbon monoxide
    3. Nitrogen dioxide
    4. Sulfur dioxide
    5. Methane

    Select the correct answer using the code given below.

    a) 1, 2 and 3 only

    b) 2, 3 and 4 only

    c) 1, 4 and 5 only

    d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5


    3. Which one of the following books of ancient India has the love story of the son of the founder of Sunga dynasty?

    a) Swapnavasavadatta

    b) Malavikagnimitra

    c) Meghadoota

    d) Ratnavali


    4. The FAO accords the status of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) to traditional agricultural systems. What is the overall goal of this initiative?

    1. To provide modern technology, training in modern farming methods and financial support to local communities of identified GIAHS so as to greatly enhance their agricultural productivity.

    2. To identify and safeguard eco-friendly traditional farm practices and their associated landscapes, agricultural biodiversity and knowledge systems of the local communities

    3. The provide Geographical Indication status to all the varieties of agricultural produce in such identifies GIAHS

    Select the correct answer using the code given below.

    a) 1 and 3 only

    b) 2 only

    c) 2 and 3 only

    d) 1, 2 and 3


    5. Which one of the following is the best description of  INS Astradharini, that was in the news recently?

    a) Amphibious warfare ship

    b) Nuclear-powered submarine

    c) Torpedo launch and recovery vessel

    d) Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier


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  •  Khemchand Gujjar @khemchand-gujjar

    1.C (bcz it is pension related and has to be for everyone universal)
    2.D All are measured i Think so
    3. (Not able to think any relevant point)
    4.C. (Talks about modern Practice so 1 gone, remaining two left.)
    5.B (it is INS so ship or submirine, india has only one nuclear power submarine INs arihant so B)

    •  Dr V @dr-v

      Good attempt. These were difficult questions.
      In 2nd just think can CO2 be a pollutant. We exhale CO2 every second. It’s a GHG not a pollutant. Just remove CO2 and you arrive at the answer. It’s very difficult to remember all 6 components of AQI otherwise.
      Look at the names carefully in q3, read them aloud. Break down the names, you would see the name of a boy and a girl in a book which would be the write answer.
      In 4, you very smartly eliminated option 1 but then you got complacent but look at 3 carefully, is it really possible to give GI status to all the varieties.
      Keep practicing
      good luck

  •  g@ur@v @gaurav47000

    2. co2 & ch4 are green house gases so they will responsible for temp variation not for pollution

  •  Narayana Sarma @narayanacbe

    1. C (Less chances for only one household)
    2. B (Carbon Di Oxide won’t come)
    3. B (Kalidasa who wrote Meghdoot was not a contemporary of Sunga; Ratnavali sounds like it is some type of praising work; Mitra means friend- its somewhat relatable)
    4. B (Heritage and Modern do not come together; GIs accorded by GI registry and not FAO)
    5. C (There is no aircraft carrier named Astradharini; There is also only one nuclear submarine INS Arihant as far as I know)

    @dr-v sir pls check and give suggestions

    •  Dr V @dr-v

      excellent. superb.
      read the name of books aloud. Malvika + agnimitra. Name of a boy and a girl. Sound like a love story, no?
      for q 5,
      Someone posted donw below. Astra – topedo

    •  Narayana Sarma @narayanacbe

      Thanks sir!

  •  Aamir Atique @amir-atik

    Hello sir,

    1.a ( because b and c seems contradictory and moreover pension amount gets reduced for spouse or after death as a general practice of pension schemes )

    2.b( carbon dioxide is exhaled by us.and inhaled by trees. it cant be termed as a maeasure to record AIQ)

    3.b( i read it somewhere and i remember associating the word agnimitra with a love story saga )

    4.b( the name itself suggests that its associated with heritage farm practices not the modern one..so i eliminated 1 and GI status, as per 3rd statement could have been given to a lot many crops, so its not possible )

    5.a ( only one submarine, m doubtful about this answer ,confused between a and c but i go with a)

    Sir, Please provide your valuable feedback.

    •  Dr V @dr-v

      but in 5th it’s about astra dharan karne wali. Topedo launch vessel is directly connected to astra.
      You got malvika agnimitra right. Read it aloud, Malvika and agnimitra. Love story, no?

    •  Aamir Atique @amir-atik

      Yes sir.
      Thanks a lot sir

  •  Sid Sonawane @legendarysonsid

    trick i applied is if i do not know even any INS carriers.

    ASTRADHARINI — here ASTRA means WEAPON and as far as i know only TORPEDO as a weapon we can take into consideration from options.

  •  Pradeep Singh @pradeep-singh



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