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Testing Thursday : High Five With Tikdam – 7

 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. In the 3rd installment, questions were a bit tricky and many of you failed to read the entire question with all the options carefully to arrive ta the write answer.


    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 2010 (Moderate ones) 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. In order to comply with TRIPS Agreement, India enacted the Geographical Indications off Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999. The difference/differences between a ‘Trade Mark’ and a Geographical Indication is/are:
      1. A Trade Mark is an individual or a company’s right whereas a Geographical Indication is a community’s right.
      2. A Trade Mark can be licensed whereas a Geographical Indication cannot be licensed.
      3. A Trade Mark is assigned to the manufactured goods whereas the Geographical Indication is assigned to the agricultural goods/products and handicrafts only.
      Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
      a) 1 only
      b) 1 and 2 only
      c) 2 and 3 only
      d) 1, 2 and 3

    2. The SEZ Act, 2005 which came into effect in February 2006 has certain objectives. In this context, consider the following:
    1. Development of infrastructure facilities.
    2. Promotion of investment from foreign sources.
    3. Promotion of exports of services only.
    Select the correct answer using the code given below.
    a) 1 and 2 only
    b) 3 only
    c) 2 and 3 only
    d) 1, 2 and 3

    3. Consider the following statements:
    1. Biodiversity hotspots are located only in tropical regions.
    2. India has four biodiversity hotspots i.e., Eastern Himalayas, Western Himalayas, Western Ghats and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
    Select the correct answer using the code given below.
    a) 1 only
    b) 2 only
    c) Both 1 and 2
    d) Neither 1 nor 2

    4. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles produce one of the following as “exhaust”
    a) NH3
    b) CH4
    c) H2O
    d) H2O2

    5. Consider the following:
    1. Oxides of Hydrogen
    2. Oxides of Nitrogen
    3. Oxides of Sulphur
    Which of the above causes/cause acid rain?
    a) 1 and 2 only
    b) 3 only
    c) 2 and 3 only
    d) 1, 2 and 3


    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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  •  Sankalp Singh @sankalp-singh

    Tikdam used for Question 3:
    Biodiversity Hotspot is quiet a popular term with upsc aspirants because it has always been a hot topic so there is a possibility that you might be aware with biodiversity hotspots in India. Well, there are 4 but i havent heard Eastern Himalaya and A&N island before because they both are part of Indo-Burma and Sundaland BH.
    Statement 1 cannot be wrong, though i was confused but then i how someone can exclude java, sumatra, eastern coast of south america form BH list, as we know that these regions are famous for their biodiversity.
    Therefore, Option D is correct.

    •  Sankalp Singh @sankalp-singh

      Correction: Statement 1 is wrong, it was an typo.

  •  Sankalp Singh @sankalp-singh

    Question 1:
    Option 1 is undoubtedly correct and option 3 is wrong because electronic stone grinders in a south indian state has a GI Tag but in option 2 the word “License” is ambiguous and it has not been clarified about the license it talks. for instance, am i allowed to manufacture a Saree in Surat and sell it in a name of Benarsi Saree?
    at first my answer was B but then when i checked out the comments then i realised that i might be wrong somewhere and then i checked WIPOs website’s faq section which says “a trademark can be assigned or licensed to anyone, anywhere in the world, because it is linked to a specific company and not to a particular place. In contrast, a GI may be used by any persons in the area of origin, who produces the good according to specified standards, but because of its link with the place of origin, a GI cannot be assigned or licensed to someone outside that place or not belonging to the group of authorized producers.”.
    i am still confused, but my answer remains the same.

  •  Aditya Prakash @adi1357911

    1) A statement 2 meaningless
    2) A statement 3 use of only
    3) B statement 1 use of only
    4) C statement possibly water
    5) C statement 1 is meaningless

  •  kamana71 @kamana71

    1. A
    Bcz the word ‘only’ also I rem rasgulla is fighting for GI
    I eliminated 2 if it’s not a license den anybody can replicate that

    2. Statement 3 is wrong.. It’s goods so A

    3. D
    India has 4 .. But the 4th is sundaland
    Also. ‘only’

    4. I have eliminated a and b as there is no Nitrogrn and carbon used in the cell
    Must be D Bcz this is not promoted as a alternate green vehicle

    Oxide of H is water. Den it should be eliminated
    Ans. Must be C

  •  Aamir Atique @amir-atik

    1. A(eliminated 3 coz many handiworks and manufactured items also have GI status, eliminated 2 coz GI status without license is bit of illogical)

    2. A( eliminated 3 coz not only exports, internal domestic development is also achieved through it. Moreover 1;2 are basic functions of SEZs )

    3. B( eliminated 1 coz word only is there and there are favourable diversity in temperate zones as well, 2 can be correct as eastern himalayas are lushy green with rich biodiversity, western himalayas although snowy but contain important features like pine,spruce and mountain animals, rest two r known hotspots)

    4. B( very confused on this one, still if its hydrogen fuel then there may b presence of carbon, thus CH4)

    5. C( read it many times oxides of sulphur,nitrogem causing acid rain)

  •  Rishi ranjan @rishiranjan04

    1. A- Statement 1 is self explanatory as the reason behind GI tag is to preserve the products of a particular community/ geography. Statement 2 is ruled out because it defeats the very purpose why GI tag would be given. Unless licensing is allowed, how could the local community benefit and be protected. Statement 3 with “only” rules itself out. GI tags have been given to toys as well as far as I remember and its definitely not an agricultural produce. 2. A assuming that the purpose behind SEZ was to speed up investment with minimal regulations and trade barriers, 1 &2 become correct automatically. 3rd statement restricts SEZ to services only which cannot be true. 3. D- Not in tropical region only 4. 5. C

  •  Prerna Jaiswal @prerna-jaiswal

    1) B. GI tagged product can be manufactures as well. also in statement 3 the word “only” is used.
    2) A. in statement 3 “only” word is used. SEZ promotes export and import as well.
    3) D. biodiversity hotspots are present in temperate zone as well, not just tropical regions. Inida has 4 biodiversity hotspots in himalayas, indo-burma regions, western ghats and andaman nicobar islands.
    4) C. Hydrogen fuel will burn with oxygen to produce water, which makes it pollution free.
    5) C. since only oxides of hydrogen and sulphur dissociate in water to form weak acids.

  •  Narayana Sarma @narayanacbe

    1. A – 3 eliminated as there are manufactures having GI status as well Eg: Coimbatore Wet Grinder- 2 eliminated as protection without license is less logical
    2. A- We have SEZs at many places and not all are services hub- 3 extreme and hence eliminated
    3. D- Biodiversity max at equatorial regions- How tropical alone can come?- 1 Eliminated- Western Himalayas has less biodiversity- Snow!
    4. C- No way Nitrogen is involved in H2 Fuel Cell & so A eliminated- Carbon not possible too & so B eliminated- Water is most likely option
    5. C- H2O is an oxide of hydrogen- How can it be a cause of acid rain? – 1 Eliminated- 2&3 will come surely as evident from Coal emissions, Oil emissions..

  •  shiv panwar @shiv-panwar

    1.B (trademark is specific while geography proportional to any area+community, hence GI cannot be licensed)
    2.A ( both goods and services, ONLY= red light)
    3.D ( tropics+subtropics, only 2 hotspots in india= east him and west ghats)
    4.c ( read it many times)
    5.D ( carbonic acid is there as co2 also reacts with water, oxides of nitrogen and sulphur are obvious)

  •  Khemchand Gujjar @khemchand-gujjar

    1.B food products Rosgulla
    2.A. Only service wala statement is rong
    3.D. Difficult cold only eliminar 1st statement
    4.D. H2O2 difficult to find
    5.C. ALREADY DONE AND OXIDE OF Hydrogen not responsible

  •  Pradeep Singh @pradeep-singh


  •  Utkarsh Deep @utkarshdeep

    1. A (GI tag is a license of authenticity only. Also numerous non-agri or non-handicraft products are having GI tag)
    2. A (its for goods and services)
    3. D (only in tropical- doesn’t fit to the logic, A&N us not a hotspot)
    4. C (H2+o2-> H2O)
    5. C (I think oxide of H2 is nothing but water)

  •  Vaibhav Kalaskar @vaibhav-kalaskar

    1. A :- Third statement has “only”, further more “Tirupati Laddu” is neither an agricultural nor a handicraft product, but still it’s GI tag. And it seems that 2nd statement is meaningless; because without a license, how a community can show authority over a product??

    2. A :- “only” wala logic. Why would the GoI restrict its manufacturing sector from growth??

    3. B :- As far as I know, USA also has a biodiversity hotspot and it doesn’t lie in tropical zone. But here, I have a doubt. I’m confused how many hotspot India possesses?? Because I’ve read somewhere as 2, somewhere as 3 and somewhere as 4. But still I’d like to go with option B.
    Still the 2nd statement is an anomaly to what I’ve read. India has 4 hotspot.
    First: Western Himalaya
    Second: Eastern Himalaya extended up to Andaman.
    Third: Sundaland which includes our Nicobar.
    Forth: Western ghats and Sri Lanka.
    THUS ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR BELONG TO DIFFERENT HOTSPOTS. But 2nd statement says they are in same hotspot…… Confused…….But I hit option B.

    4. C :- H2 Fuel–> oxidation (means reaction in presence of O2–> Thus by basic chemistry we know that, on oxidation of H2, water is byproduct.

    5. C :- As discussed earlier…..

    Sir plz resolve my doubt regarding Biodiversity Hotspot…..

  •  Vaibhav Manocha @vaibhav-manocha

    1-a i think GI is licensed too. GI ka register he chennai me i think
    2- a
    3-d Himalayas are Hotspot. Indiahas 3 of them.
    4-c H2 oxidize hota he. H2O produce hota he.
    5-d oxides of hydrogen water nahi hota ? confused.


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