13 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 ‘Trade Facilitation Agreement’, sometimes seen in news, which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. It is an accord to simplify customs regulations for the cross-border movement of goods.
2. The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) entered into force on 22 February 2017.
3. India has not ratified the agreement yet.
Select the correct option using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 1 and 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1 only
Inspired by: Click2read


The second statement looks tough, since student who is following newspaper may be aware of the TFA and its details but he may or may not be aware of factual things like when it entered into force. It is extremely tough to remember exact date when any agreement or accord entered into force. However ignore the date you can still solve this question without even knowing the exact date by using a bit of smartness.-If you are reading newspaper you must be aware with the fact that India has ratified TFA and not only India has ratified, it has also created Trade facilitation council for the implementation of the TFA. Thus once you eliminate statement 3 you will automatically get the answer without even knowing the first2 statements.

Q.2) The primary aim of the Australian Group, sometimes seen in news is to help member countries to identify those exports which need to be controlled so as not to contribute to the spread of which of the following types of weapons?
1. Chemical
2. Biological
3. Nuclear
Select the correct option using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 3 only
b) 1, 2 and 3
c) 1 and 2 only
d) 1 and 2 only
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] In an elite club: On India’s Wassenaar entry

Q,3) ‘The State of the World’s Children’ report, recently seen in news, was published by which of the following organisation?
a) Save the Children
c) Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation
d) None of the above
Inspired by: Click2read

Q.4) With reference to the ‘Advertising Standards Council of India’, consider the following statements:
1. It is a non-Government body.
2. Government has directed that ads violating ASCI code cannot be permitted on TV.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) Neither 1 nor 2
b) 2 only
c) 1 only
d) Both 1 and 2
Inspired by: Govt bans condom ads from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. because they are “indecent”

Q.5) Consider the following statements about Wassenaar Arrangement:
1. It was established in 1996 to contribute to regional and international security and stability by promoting transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies, thus preventing destabilizing accumulations.
2.All permanent members of UN Security Council are its members.
Which of the following statement is/are correct?
a) Only 1
b) 1 and 2
c) Only 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.6) What is the difference between the antelopes Oryx and Chiru?
a) Oryx is adapted to live in hot and arid areas whereas Chiru is adapted to live in steppes and semi­desert areas of cold high mountains
b) Oryx is poached for its antlers whereas Chiru is poached for its musk
c) Oryx exists in western India only whereas Chiru exists in north east India only.
d) None of the statements given above is correct.

Q.7) Which of the following can be threats to the biodiversity of a geographical area?
1. Global warming
2. Fragmentation of habitat
3. Invasion of alien species
4. Promotion of vegetarianism
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
a) 1, 2 and 3 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 4 only
d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q.8) Consider the following:
1. Black necked crane
2. Cheetah
3. Flying squirrel
4. Snow leopard
Which of the above are naturally found in India?
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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