12 Jan 2018 | 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) Which of the following statement/s is/are correct?
a) India and Myanmar have an open border policy to facilitate smooth movement of ethnically related Naga population
b) An Agreement on Land Border Crossing between India and Myanmar has been approved to restrict the flow of people and goods across the border
c) The Agreement will safeguard the traditional rights of the largely tribal communities residing along the border which are accustomed to free movement across the land border
d) All of the above
Inspired by: [pib] Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Myanmar on Land Border Crossing


This is a very easy elimination question, if only you know the single fact that India-Myanmar do not have an OPEN BORDER but a FREE MOVEMENT REGIME. Open Border exists between India-Nepal. This way you eliminate a) and even option b) as the border already has movement restrictions and there can only be facilitation in such case and not restriction which would jeopardise already troubled tribal livelihoods. The only option that remains then is c) as d) is out of question at the moment we eliminated a).

Q.2) With reference to the ‘Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY)’ which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. The scheme is exempted from Goods and Services Tax (GST).
2. The scheme covers only senior citizens.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) Both 1 and 2
b) 1 only
c) 2 only
d) Neither 1 nor 2
Inspired by: [pib] Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY)

Q.3) With reference to the ‘Mission Raftaar’ of the Indian Railways, consider the following statements:
1. It covers all the routes of the Golden Quadrilateral.
2. The mission envisages a target of doubling of average speed of freight trains.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) Both 1 and 2
b) Neither 1 nor 2
c) 2 only
d) 1 only
Inspired by: [pib] Mission Raftar of Indian Railways

Q.4) With reference to kala-azar disease which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. It is caused by a bacteria.
2. It affects bone marrow of the patient.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) Neither 1 nor 2
b) 1 only
c) 2 only
d) Both 1 and 2
Inspired by: India misses Kala Azar elimination deadline

Q.5) Consider the following Mangroves:
1.Bhitarkanika Mangroves
2.Pichavaram Mangroves
3.Sundarbans Mangroves
Which of the above is/are Ramsar sites?
a) 1 and 3 Only
b) 3 Only
c) 2 and 3 Only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.6) The Reserve Bank of India regulates the commercial banks in matters of
1. liquidity of assets
2. branch expansion
3. merger of banks
4. winding­up of banks
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 4 only
b) 2, 3 and 4 only
c) 1, 2 and 3 only
d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q.7) An increase in the Bank Rate generally indicates that the
a) market rate of interest is likely to fall
b) Central Bank is no longer making loans to commercial banks
c) Central Bank is following an easy money policy
d) Central Bank is following a tight money policy

Q.8) In India, deficit financing is used for raising resources for
a) economic development
b) redemption of public debt
c) adjusting the balance of payments
d) reducing the foreign debt


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