12 Dec 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

One of these questions would have application of Tikdams. 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 ‘G33 countries’, sometimes seen in news, which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. All of its member countries are Developing Countries.

2. It deals with concerns regarding agriculture in relation to World Trade Organisation negotiations.

3.India is not a member of G33 group.

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) 1 and 3

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 2

d) All of the above

Inspired by: WTO: diverse views fuel bleak prospect for outcomes


It is very obvious that India as a leader of Developing countries is expected to be member of any coalition of developing countries in WTO. If you are reading news-papers carefully you must be aware with the fact that G33 is dominated by India and after/before every WTO ministerial summit there is always meeting among G33 countries and usually it is presided by India. Once you eliminate statement 3 you will automatically get the answer without even knowing other 2 statements.

Q.2) The ‘Digital Infopedia’ platform, recently seen in news, is established under

a) Digital India Initiative

b) World Trade Organisation

c) United Nations General Assembly

d) International Solar Alliance

Q.3) Which of the following characteristics best describe atomic/physical properties of ‘Heavy Metals’?

1. High Density

2. Low Atomic weight

3. Low Atomic number

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) 1, 2 and 3

b)1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1 only

Inspired by: Govt plans study to settle dispute over use of PET bottles for medicines

Q.4) Accoring to a decision by Health Ministry, state-run National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) will assess the health impact of the use of PET bottles to package medicines. PET bottles are made up of a

a) Heavy metal

b) Polymer

c) Light Metal

d) Metalloid

Inspired by: Govt plans study to settle dispute over use of PET bottles for medicines

Q.5) Consider the following statement about advertisement standards council of India:

1.It is a regulatory organization under the Ministry of information & broadcasting.

2.ASCI seeks to ensure that advertisement confirm to its Code for Regulation.

Which of the following statement is/are correct?

a)    Only 1

b)    Only 2

c)    Both 1 and 2

d)    Neither 1 and 2

Inspired by: Govt bans condom ads from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. because they are “indecent”

Q.6) Consider the following kinds of organisms:

1. Bat

2. Bee

3. Bird

which of the above is/are pollinating agent/agents?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.7) Which one of the following groups of animals belongs to the category of endangered species?

a) Great Indian bustard, Musk Deer, Red Panda and Asiatic Wild Ass

b) Kashmir Stag, Cheetah, Blue Bull, GIB

c) Snow Leopard, Swamp Deer, Rhesus Monkey, Saras (Crane)

d) Lion Tailed Macaque, Blue Bull, Hanuman Langur, Cheetah

Q.8) Consider the following statements:

If there were no phenomenon of capillarity

1. it would be difficult to use a kerosene lamp

2. one would not be able to use a straw to consume a soft drink

3. the blotting paper would paper would fail to function

4. the big trees that we see around would not have grown on the earth

Which of the following statements given above are correct?

a) 1, 2 and 3 only

b) 1, 3 and 4 only

c) 2 and 4 only

d) 1, 2, 3 and 4



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