17 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 statement/s given below is/are correct?
1. The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) is the highest advisory body to advise the Central and State Governments in the field of education
2. Operation Digital Board is aimed at providing better digital education in high focus schools in India
Select the correct option:
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2
Inspired by: Operation Digital Board in the offing

Q.2) Which of the following are the key roles of the Finance Commission in India?
1. It determines the principles of governing the grants in aids of the revenues of states out of the consolidated fund of India.
2. It distributes of proceeds of Income-tax between the union and the states.
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: Northern states may benefit under 15th Finance Commission

Q.3) With reference to the ‘Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana’, consider the following statements:
1. It is a Central Plan scheme.
2. The pattern of funding is 100% Central Government Grant.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) Both 1 and 2
c) Neither 1 nor 2
d) 2 only
Inspired by: Panel sets out an action plan to make agriculture profitable

Q.4) ‘Vajra Prahar’ is a joint millitary between which of the following countries?
1. India
2. Nepal
3. USA
4. United Kingdom
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1, 2 and 4 only
b) 2, 3 and 4 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1 and 4 only
Inspired by: Joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ to be held in

Q.5) Who is the Chairman of the Central Advisory Board of Education?
a) Seretary, Union Ministry of Human Resource Development
b) Union Minister of Human Resource Development
c) Chairman, CBSE
d) Chairman, NCERT
Inspired by: Operation Digital Board in the offing

Q.6) With reference to the food chains in ecosystems, which of the following kinds of organism is / are known as decomposer
1. Virus
2. Fungi
3. Bacteria
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.7) The most important fishing grounds of the world are found in the regions where
a) warm and cold atmospheric currents meet
b) rivers drain out large amounts of fresh water into the sea
c) warm and cold oceanic currents meet
d) continental shelf is undulating

Q.8) Which of the following is/are unique characteristic/characteristics of equatorial forests?
1. Presence of tall, closely set trees with crowns forming a continuous canopy
2. Coexistence of a large number of species
3. Presence of numerous varieties of epiphytes
Select the correct answer using the code given below:
a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3


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