2 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 

Q.1) Consider the following statement about Article 239AA:

1. Art. 239AA provides that the Union Territory of Delhi shall now be called the National Capital Territory of Delhi and its administrator shall be known as Lt. Governor.

2. The President shall make appointments to the Council of Ministers including the Chief Minister.

3. It creates a legislative assembly for Delhi which can make laws on all matters of the state list and concurrent list including land except Police and Public order.

Which of the following statement is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2

b) 2 and 3

c) All of the above

d) 1 and 3

Answer: (a)

Article 239AA creates a legislative assembly for Delhi which can make laws on the state list and concurrent list except on these matters: public order, land and police.


Since DDA and MCD comes under the union Government (If you would have been following News, you must have come across news where Kejriwal is blaming Union Government for failures of MCD and DDA), therefore no way the delhi legislative assembly could have power to make laws on subject land. Once we eliminate statement 1 we will automatically get the answer by elimination method even without knowing other 2 statements.

Q.2) With reference to the NASA’s Fermi Space Telescope, recently seen in news, consider the following statements:

1. It is an X-ray telescope.

2. It helps in studying Dark Matter.

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

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

1. They are a class of exoplanets.

2. They have very long orbital period which is a same characteristic as Jupiter.

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) Both 1 and 2

b) 2 only

c) 1 only

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.4) Consider the following:

Trade Agreements                                          Stages of Economic Integration

1. Customs Union:                                           Third Stage

2. Free Trade Agreement:                            First Stage

Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched ?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.5) Which Indian company has recently signed an agreement for Gas-based power plant in Bangladesh, which represents the largest investment in Bangladesh’s energy sector?

a) Suzlon

b) Adani Power

c) Tata Power Company

d) Reliance Power

Q.6) Other than resistance to pests, what are the prospects for which genetically engineered plants have been created?

a) To enable them to withstand drought

b) To increase the nutritive value of the produce

c) To enable them to grow and do photosynthesis in spaceships and space stations

d) To increase their shelf life

Q.7) The most effective contribution made by Dadabhai Naoroji to the cause of Indian National Movement was that he

1. Exposed the economic exploitation of India by the British

2. Interpreted the ancient Indian texts stored

3. Stressed the need for eradication of all the social evils before anything else.

Which of the statements given above is/ are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.8) With reference to Dhrupad, one of the major traditions of India that has been kept alive for centuries, which of the following statements are correct?

1. Dhrupad originated and developed in the Rajput kingdoms during the Mughal Period)

2. Dhrupad is primarily a devotional and spiritual music)

3. Dhrupad Alap users Sanskrit syllables from Mantras.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3


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