2 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) With reference to ‘Bitcoin’, frequently seen in news, consider the following statements:
1. It is based on the Blockchain Technology.
2. Bitcoins can be purchased from other users.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) Neither 1 nor 2
b) 1 only
c) 2 only
d) Both 1 and 2
Inspired by: Govt warns against bitcoin trading, equates virtual currencies with ponzi schemes

Q.2) With reference to the ‘Capital adequacy ratio(CAR)’ which of the following statements are correct?
1. It is a measure of a bank’s capital.
2. It is expressed as a percentage of a bank’s risk weighted credit exposures.
3. It is used to protect depositors in Banks.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1, 2 and 3
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1 and 2 only
Inspired by: Govt. injects funds into 6 public banks

Q.3) Which of the following statements regarding the ‘Bio-CNG’ is incorrect?
a) Bio-CNG is a purified form of biogas with over 95% pure methane gas.
b) It is similar to natural gas in its composition and energy potential.
c) It is a fossil fuel.
d) None of the abvoe
Inspired by: Govt plans to set up bio-CNG plants and allied infrastructure

Q.4) The ‘Justice Srikrishna committee’, recently seen in news, is related to
a) Transparency and accountability of Municipal Corporations
b) Medical innovation in the Pharmaceutical Sector
c) Data Protection Law
d) Prompt corrective action (PCA)
Inspired by: Click2read

Q.5) “Which of the following mainly prohibits the formation of tropical cyclone near the Equator?
1. Lack of Coriolis force.
2. High variation of rainfall.
Select the correct answer using codes below:
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.6) Variations in the length of daytime and night time from season to season are due to
a) the earth’s rotation on its axis
b) the earth’s revolution round the sun in an elliptical manner
c) latitudinal position of the place
d) revolution of the earth on a tilted axis

Q.7) The Narmada river flows to the west, while most other large peninsular rivers flow to the east. Why?
1. It occupies a linear rift valley.
2. It flows between the Vindhyas and the Satpuras.
3. The land slopes to the west from Central India.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3
c) 1 and 3
d) None

Q.8) On the planet earth, most of the freshwater exists as ice caps and glaciers. Out of the remaining freshwater, the largest proportion
a) is found in atmosphere as moisture and clouds
b) is found in freshwater lakes and rivers
c) exists as groundwater
d) exists as soil moisture


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