15 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) Recently PSLV-C40 launched 31 satellites, including Cartosat-2. Which of the following is/are incorrect about the Cartosat-2?
a) It is a remote sensing satellite
b) Its imagery will be used to develop various land and geographical information system applications
c) It is to be placed in a polar sun synchronous orbit
d) It is to be placed in a geo-synchronous orbit
Inspired by: ISRO successfully launches 42nd PSLV

Q.2) The Coastline of Israel touches which of the following seas?
1. Mediterranean Sea
2. Red Sea
3. Yellow Sea
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 1 and 3 only
c) 1, 2 and 3
d) 2 and 3 only
Inspired by: Ties with India intact, says Israeli Ambassador

Q.3) With reference to the ‘Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI)’ which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. Investment by an FPI investor cannot exceed 10 per cent of the paid up capital of the Indian company.
2. The investment in unlisted entities by the FPIs is treated as FDI.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) Neither 1 nor 2
b) Both 1 and 2
c) 1 only
d) 2 only
Inspired by: [pib] FDI policy further liberalized in key sectors

Q.4) With reference to the ‘Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP)’, consider the following statements:
1. All Indian States are covered under the project, except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
2. The project will help capacity augmentation of navigation on National Waterway-1 (NW-1).
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 2 only
b) Both 1 and 2
c) 1 only
d) Neither 1 nor 2
Inspired by: [pib] Cabinet approves Jal Marg Vikas Project

Q.5) The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) can conduct the auditing of:
1. Receipts and expenditure from the Consolidated Fund of India and all the Union Territories.
2. Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies
3. Accounts of stores and stock kept in Government offices or departments
4.Contingency fund of each state
Select the correct option from codes given below:
a) 1 and 3 Only
b) 2,3 ,4 Only
c) 1, 3 and 4 Only
d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q.6) Which one of the following terms describes not only the physical space occupied by an organism, but also its functional role in the community of organisms?
a) Ecotone
b) Ecological niche
c) Habitat
d) Home range

Q.7) Photochemical smog is a resultant of the reaction among
a) NO2, 03 and peroxyacetyl nitrate in the presence of sunlight
b) CO, 02 and peroxyacetyl nitrate in the presence of sunlight
c) CO, CO2 and N02 at low temperature
d) High concentration of N02, O3 and CO in the evening

Q.8) Consider the following minerals
1. Calcium
2. Iron
3. Sodium
Which of the minerals given above is/are required by human body for the contraction of muscles?
a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3


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