20 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 

Note: Please comment your responses to questions in the comment section. It will help you in assessing yourself.

Q.1) Which of the following are the principles of ‘Panchseel Agreement’?

1. Mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

2. Mutual non-aggression.

3. Mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs.

4. Economic integration.

5. Peaceful co-existence.

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) 1, 2 and 4 only

b)1,2,3 and 5

c) All of the above

d) 1, 3, 4 and 5 only

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Raja Mandala: India and China — Rebuild the trust


There is no economic angle in Panchsheel. All the principles of Panchsheel are related to peace and national security. Once we use this logic we can easily solve this question. Economic integration cannot be part of Panchsheel once we eliminate that we will automatically get the answer without even knowing other 4 statements.

Q.2) The ‘Peace clause’, sometimes seen in news, is related to which of the following organisation?

a) WTO

b) United Nations Security Council



Inspired by: Food security: time to move to cash transfers

Q.3) Consider the following statement about Ransomware:

1. It is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.

2. The ransom demanded in each instance is to be paid in only dollars.

Which of the following statement is/are correct?

a)    Only 1

b)    Only 2

c)    Both1 and 2

d)    Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: [Op-ed snap For a safe cyberspace]

Q.4) With reference to the ‘National Clean Air Programme (NCAP)’ which of the following are its objectives?

1. to augment and evolve an effective ambient air quality monitoring network across the country

2. to ensure a comprehensive management plan for prevention, control, and abatement of air pollution

3. to focus on a collaborative and participatory approach comprising all sources of pollution and coordination between relevant central ministries, state governments, local bodies and other stakeholders.

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Inspired by: Centre formulates plan to tackle air pollution across the country

Q.5) With reference to the ‘Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill, 2017’ which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. It would amend the Indian Forest Act to exempt transportation of bamboo grown in non-forest areas from the state permit.

2. It would omit bamboos growing in non-forest areas from the definition of trees.

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) 2 only

b) Both 1 and 2

c) 1 only

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: Bill to amend Indian Forest Act tabled in Lok Sabha

Q.6) What is the role of ultraviolet (UV) radiation in the water purification systems?

1. It inactivates/kills the harmful microorganisms in water.

2. It removes all the undesirable odours from the water.

3. It quickens the sedimentation of solid particles, removes turbidity and improves the clarity of water.

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.7) Graphene is frequently in news recently. What is its important?

1. It is a two­dimensional material and has good electrical conductivity.

2. It is one of the thinnest but strongest materials tested so far.

3. It is entirely made of silicon and has high optical transparency.

4. It can be used as ‘conducting electrodes’ requires for touch screens, LCD’s and organic LED’s

Which of the statements given above are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 3 and 4 only

c) 1,2 and only

d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q.8) Lead, ingested or inhaled, is a health hazard) After the addition of lead to petrol has been banned, what still are the sources of lead poisoning?

1. Smelting units

2. Pens pencils

3. Paints

4. Hair oils and cosmetics

select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1, 2 and 3 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 4 only

d) 1, 2, 3 and 4


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