1 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) The Thar Link Express, recently seen in news, connects Pakistan and which of the following Indian States/ Union territory other than Rajasthan?
1. Haryana
2. Punjab
3. Delhi
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) None of the above
b) 2 only
c) 1, 2 and 3
d) 1 and 3 only
Inspired by: Pak. extends Thar Link Express for 3 years

Q.2) Which of the following countries are members of both ASEAN and RCEP:
1. Indonesia
2. Malaysia
3. Philippines
4. Singapore
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1, 2, 3 and 4
b) 2, 3 and 4 only
c) 1, 3 and 4 only
d) 1 and 2 only
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] The balancing act: ASEAN

Q.3) With reference to the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya Scheme which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. It is integrated in the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan program.
2. The scheme is for Scheduled Caste people only.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 2 only
b) Both 1 and 2
c) Neither 1 nor 2
d) 1 only
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] The high dropout rate of girls in India

Q.4) Insolvency proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code are undertaken by:
a) RBI
b) Finance Ministry
c) National Company Law Tribunal
d) CBI

Q.5) With reference to the ‘Mihir’ computer system, recently seen in news, consider the following statements:
1. It was launched by the ministry of earth science (MoES).
2. It is a Super Computer.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) Neither 1 nor 2
b) 1 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) 2 only
Inspired by: India launches high performance computer system Mihir

Q.6) Ball bearings are used in bicycles, cars, etc., because
a) the actual between the is increased area of contact wheel and axle
b) the effective between the is increased area of contact wheel and axle
c) the effective between the is reduced area of contact wheel and axle
d) None of the above statements is correct

Q.7) Consider the following phenomena:
1. Size of the sun at dusk
2. Colour of the sun at dawn
3. Moon being visible at dawn
4. Twinkle of stars in the sky
5. Polestar beingvisible in the sky
Which of the above are optical illusions?
a) 1, 2 and 3
b) 3, 4 and 5
c) 1, 2 and 4
d) 2, 3 and 5

Q.8) Rainbow is produced when sunlight falls on drops of rain.
Which of the following physical phenomena are responsible for this?
1. Dispersion
2. Refraction
3. Internal reflection
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3


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