18 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 correct?
1. Real GDP is gross domestic product (GDP) evaluated at current market prices
2. The main difference between nominal and real values is that real values are adjusted for inflation, while nominal values are not
3. Nominal GDP will often appear higher than real GDP
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 2 only
Inspired by: Budget 2018: Govt may assume 12% nominal GDP growth rate for 2018-19

Q.2) Recently, Justice Malimath Committee was in news. The committee is related to
a) Civil Justice System
b) Judicial Independence
c) Judicial pendency
d) Criminal Justice System
Inspired by: Government to revisit Malimath report on criminal justice system

Q.3) Which of the following statements defines the Real GDP?
a) evaluated at market prices of some base year
b) evaluated at market prices of current year
c) total current revenue from all types of taxes net of transfer payments
d) Non of the above
Inspired by: Budget 2018: Govt may assume 12% nominal GDP growth rate for 2018-19

Q.4) Banking ombudsman is appointed by:
a) Finance Ministry
b) Cabinet Secretary
c) Reserve Bank of India
d) Supreme Court

Q.5) Which of the following constitute Capital Account?
1. Foreign Loans
2. Foreign Direct Investment
3. Private Remittances
4. Portfolio Investment
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1, 2 and 3
b) 1, 2 and 4
c) 2, 3 and 4
d) 1, 3 and 4

Q.6) Consider the following historical places:
1. Ajanta Caves
2. Lepakshi Temple
3. Sanchi Stupa
Which of the above places is / are also known for mural paintings?
a) 1 only
b) 1 and 2 only
c) 1, 2 and 3
d) None

Q.7) With reference to the history of philosophical thought in India, consider the following statements regarding Sankhya
1 . Sankhya does not accept the theory of rebirth or transrmigration of soul.
2. Sankhya holds that it is the self­knowledge that leads to liberation and not any exterior influence or agent.
Which of the statements given above is /are correct?
a) 1only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.8) In the context of India, which of the following principles is/are implied institutionally in the parliamentary government?
1. Members of the Cabinet are Members of the Parliament.
2. Ministers hold the office till they enjoy confidence in the Parliament.
3. Cabinet is headed by the Head of the State.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3


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