10 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) With reference to the Menstrual Hygiene Scheme (MHS) which of the statements given below is/are correct?
1. The scheme was launched by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
2. It was aimed to reach girls aged 10 to 19.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 only
b) Both 1 and 2
c) Neither 1 nor 2
d) 2 only
Inspired by: Use of sanitary pads sparse despite govt schemes: studies

Q.2) With reference to the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill of 2017, consider the following statements:
1. The amendments primarily seek to transfer the RBI’s balance equity in NABARD to the Central government.
2. It seeks to decrease private sector share in the NABARD.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 2 only
b) 1 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2
Inspired by: [oped snap] A boost to rural entrepreneurship

Q.3) The international Intellectual Property (IP) index is relased by
a) National Company of Industrial Property Attorneys (CNCPI)
b) European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
c) Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC)
d) Centre for International Industrial Property Studies (CEIPI)
Inspired by: India ranks 44 out of 50 nations in global IP index

Q.4) Quasars are amazingly bright due to:
1. Tectonic waves present in their periphery.
2. Supermassive black holes found at their centres.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) Both 1 and 2
b) Neither 1 nor 2
c) 1 only
d) 2 only

Q.5) The Operation Cactus, recently seen in news, was conducted by Indian Army in which of the following countries?
a) Sri Lanka
b) Bangladesh
c) Maldives
d) Myanmar
Inspired by: Click2read

Q.6) Ibadat Khana at Fatehpur Sikri was
a) the mosque for the use of Royal Family
b) Akbar’s private chamber prayer
c) the hall in which Akbar held discussions with scholars of various religions.
d) the room in which the nobles belonging to different religions gathered to discuss religious affairs

Q.7) In the context of food and nutritional security of India, enhancing the ‘Seed Replacement Rates’ of various crops helps in achieving the food production targets of the future. But what is/are the constraint/ constraints in its wider / greater implementation?
1. There is no National Seeds Policy in place.
2. There is no participation of private sector seed companies in the supply of quality seeds of vegetables and planting materials of horticultural crops.
3. There is a demand­ supply gap regarding quality seeds in case of low value and high volume crops.
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
a) 1 and 2
b) 3 only
c) 2 and 3
d) None

Q.8) With reference to ‘Eco­ Sensitive Zones’, which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. Eco­ Sensitive Zones are the areas that are declared under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 .
2. The purpose of the declaration of Eco­ Sensitive Zones is to prohibit all kinds of human activities, in those zones except agriculture.
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


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