Testing Thursday : High Five With Tikdam – 3

 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.

    We started high five with tikdam to reinforce the importance of logical thinking and to get you into the habit of applying your mind while solving questions. In the first installment, there were five tough questions from 2016 paper which could be solved by tikdam.Individually none of you could get all five right but collectively you got all five right using tikdam.  In the 2nd installment, questions were easy to moderate and many more of you got answers right.


    How to practice – join the test series for more practice (600 tikdams) and one on one interaction with mentors (most important to take your thought process in right direction). It will help you get better in answering prelims questions and scoring 120 plus marks in CSE Prelims 2018.

    Further, we will be posting five questions (apart from prelims daily) from previous years papers on every Tuesday   9 a.m  (Testing Tuesday) and Thursday 9 p.m.(Testing Thursday)  to make you practice questions asked in exam so that you can yourself the judge of efficacy of tikdam.

    Here are high five questions from prelims 2014 which you can solve with your knowledge, logical thinking and tikdam.

    Please write your thought process/ method you applied to solve the question with the answers. We will get back to you as to how you can further refine your answer deriving capabilities. Note that this initiative will help you only if you apply your mind and write your thought process. Merely reading and learning the answers will not help.

    1. What are the significances of a practical approach to sugarcane production known as ‘Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative’?

    1. Seed cost is very low in this compared to the conventional method of cultivation.

    2. Drip irrigation can be practiced very effectively in this.

    3. There is no application of chemical/inorganic fertilizers at all in this.

    4. The scope for intercropping is more in this compared to the conventional method of cultivation.

    Select the correct answer using the code given below.

    a) 1 and 3 only

    b) 1, 2 and 4 only

    c) 2, 3 and 4 only

    d) 1, 2, 3 and 4 only


    2. With reference to technology for solar power production, consider the following statements:

    1. ‘Photovoltaics’ is a technology that generates electricity by direct conversion of light into electricity, while ‘Solar Thermal’ is a technology that utilizes the Sun’s rays to generate heat which is further used in electricity generation process.

    2. Photovoltaics-generates Alternating Current (AC), while Solar Thermal generates Direct Current (DC). 3. India has manufacturing base for Solar Thermal technology, but not for photovoltaics.

    Select the correct answer using the code given below:

    a) 1 only

    b) 2 and 3 only

    c) 1, 2 and 3 only

    d) None of the above


    3. Consider the following diseases:

    1. Diphtheria

    2. Chickenpox

    3. Smallpox

    Which of the above diseases has/have been eradicated in India?

    a) 1 and 2 only

    b) 3 only

    c) 1, 2 and 3 only

    d) None of the above


    4. “Other than poaching, what are the possible reasons for the decline in the population of Ganga River Dolphins?

    1. Construction of dams and barrages on rivers.

    2. Increase in the population of crocodiles in rivers.

    3. Getting trapped in fishing nets accidentally.

    4. Use of synthetic fertilizers and other agricultural chemicals in crop-fields in the vicinity of rivers.

    Select the correct answer using the code given below:

    a) 1 and 2 only

    b) 2 and 3 only

    c) 1, 3 and 4 only

    d) 1, 2, 3 and 4 only ”


    5. Which of the following are some important pollutants released by steel industry in India?

    1. Oxides of sulphur

    2. Oxide of nitrogen

    3. Carbon monoxide

    4. Carbon dioxide

    Select the correct answer using the code given below:

    a) 1, 3 and 4 only

    b) 2 and 3 only

    c) 1 and 4 only

    d) 1, 2, 3 and 4 only


    Dr. Vipin Garg is a medical doctor by training, economist by passion and an IAS (rank 20)officer by profession. He is one of the founding members of Civilsdaily and pioneered the concept of Tikdams (Smart Hacks) for IAS Prelims which form the bedrock of Civilsdaily’s Flagship Prelims Test Series.



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  •  Naresh Verma @nareshverma

    1.C eliminate 1 because new seed have observations and testing so never be law cost than conventional seed
    2.(A)eliminating 2 because photovoltaic generates direct current. And consider 1
    3. (B) because diphtheria and chicken pox are under vaccination
    4. (C) eliminating 2 because crocodile survives in river with other fishes
    5. (C) eliminating carbon mono oxide because steel making process have a high temperature at 1400 degree centigrade but CO is a product of uncomplete burning

  •  Dr V @dr-v

    1st rule of tikdam is to read the entire question carefully. None of you is focusing on the word PRACTICAL APPROACH in the 1st question. Practical approach makes extreme statements untenable ans answer would be clear.
    in 2nd question statement 2, Alternative v/s direct current. In the 1st option itself it is written it directly converts, i.e no turbine involved so think, photovoltaic is like yor battery so direct current
    in 3rd – chicken pox is so innocuous a disease. Many kids in your surroundings would have caught it. Small pox has been eradicated from the world more than 30 years back.
    4th Crocodiles in Ganges??? Dubki kaise lagaenge fir log ganga mai
    5th – think of impurities in carbon. What is the percentahe of carbon in highest grade anthracite carbon? what would those impurities be? everything. Also characterstics of Indian coal has been asked – sulfur and ash content (more or less find out).So answer is again clear.

    Read the questions again and try to attempt

    •  Pradeep Singh @pradeep-singh

      Sir plzz ans de dijiye

  •  Rhea Talapatra @rhea-talapatra

    1= C
    2= A
    3= B
    4= C
    5= C

  •  Aamir Atique @amir-atik

    Very confused in this session..

    1. b( i eliminated 3 because even in a sustainable model, there cannot be complete omission of inorganic fertilizers, the statement seems extreme)

    2. a ( the definition to both seems pretty convincing as thermal implies heating up and thus is relatable, however m not sure about statement 2, but statement 3,according to me, cannot be true as i have read many a times of photovaltic manufacture in India..so eliminating statement 3, i eliminated b,c and i eliminated d as i think that statemnt 1 is possibly correct. )

    3. d ( chickenpox and smallpox have not been eradicated as they r occuring diseases of general masses, hence i eliminated a,b,c)

    4. c ( statement 2 can possibly be wrong as the crocodiles, gharials are themselves much of a protected species which means they are not in abundance in India.. Have read about gangetic dolphins and somehow i can relate all three reasons being a threat to it, except the crocodile reason)

    5. d ( steel industries are one of the most prominent zones of indian industrial sector and hence contributing a large portion of pollution, i can relate all four with abundant pollutants and moreover i think that sulphur,nitrogen are used in steel making. with chemical reactions carbon monoxide will b a definite outcome and heating will obviously leave CO2..
    Although i am not sure in this one, but i think option d is worth a try )

    Sir, please provide your valuable feedback.

  •  Rishi @rohit-badola

    1. C
    1 = does seed cost has much to do with sustainability? I doubt. But then govt initiatives usually keeps the input price in mind. Confused.
    2 = can be
    3 = extreme statement but what if theoretically possible.
    4 = possible

    2. A
    1= true
    2 = don’t know
    3 = is it that difficult or unfruitful to manufacture photovoltaic cells even when govt is all in with its support.

    3. B
    1 = we are still running programme for Diphtheria (though we run programme even for those that we’ve eradicated)
    2= I have encountered people saying that they have chickenpox (but again people often inter change the name of disease with the most common one)
    3 = don’t know much

    4. D
    1,3,4 looks fine
    2 not sure but I am inclined of its being true

    5. A
    For me CO comes from burning almost anything
    Now I’ll see whether 1 is true? But then again from such industries oxides of Sulphur follows.
    Now to see whether 2 follows ? Not getting any tikdam here, just a gut feeling = negative.

  •  Dushyant @cdushyant3

    1 b (statement 3 is an extreme statement which states there is no application of chemical /inorganic fertiliser at all)

    2 a (statement 1 seems correct but statement 3 seems incorrect since investment would be made in both aspects of solar technology and not only one)

    3 b (diptheria is under universal immunisation program so is still prevalent, this eliminated a and c; smallpox no particular programs to fight it, so it can be concluded it has been eradicated )

    4 c (option 2 is incorrect as dolphins are equivalent to a tiger of a terrestrial ecosystem and moreover pollution is the main cause which has also led to a decrease in population of crocodiles in the river).

    5 d (statement 3, 4 are correct since use of coal leads to emission of these pollutants gives us option a and d to work with. Oxides of nitrogen are most probably emitted as they form a major and a common constituent of air pollution)


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