14 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) Consider the following statement about the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill (FRDI),

1. It provides for establishment of a resolution corporation with powers relating to transfer of assets to a healthy financial firm, merger or amalgamation, liquidation.

2. The Bill says that in case of a bank failure, the proposed corporation will not provide any kind of deposit insurance to the depositors.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 2 only

b) Neither 1 nor 2

c) Both 1 and 2

d) 1 only

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Perils of going cashless

Q.2) Moreh which is recently in news since it is a place from where India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) highway will begin is in which Indian state?

a) Manipur

b) Mizoram

c) Nagaland


Inspired by: Govt, ASEAN in talks to take IMT highway up to Vietnam

Q.3) With reference to the ‘Promissory note’ which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. It is a legal instrument.

2. In special circumstances, it is called Negotiable Instrument.

Select the correct opion using the codes given below.

a) Neither 1 nor 2

b) 1 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) 2 only

Inspired by: Electoral bonds likely to carry validity of 15 days

Q.4) With reference to the ‘Electoral Bonds’ which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. They cannot be issued against cheque.

2.  Required amendments to the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 (Section 31(3)) and the Representation of People Act, 1951 were already made, for the issuing of these bonds.

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) Both 1 and 2

b) 2 only

c) Neither 1 nor 2

d) 1 only

Inspired by: Electoral bonds likely to carry validity of 15 days

Q.5) Which of the following organisation publishes ‘Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS)’, sometimes seen in news?

a) Central Council of Indian Medicine

b) World Health Organisation

c) Students Working Against Tobacco

d) None of the above

Inspired by: Maharashtra FDA approaches law and judiciary dept over ban on e-cigarettes

Q.6) Consider the following agricultural practices:

1. Contour bunding

2. Relay cropping

3. Zero tillage

In the context of global climate change, which of the above helps/help in carbon sequestration/ storage in the soil?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None of them

Q.7) What would happen if phytoplankton of an ocean is completely destroyed for some reason?

1. The ocean as a carbon sink would be adversely affected)

2. The food chains in the ocean would be adversely affected)

3. The density of ocean water would drastically decrease.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 only

c) 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.8) Vultures used to be very common in Indian countryside some years ago are rarely seen nowadays. This is attributed to

a) the destruction of their nesting sites by new invasive species

b) a drug used by cattle owners for treating their diseased cattle

c) Scarcity of food available to them

d) a widespread, persistant and fatal disease among them



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