22 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) With reference to the ‘Deepor Beel’, recently seen in news, which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. It is a Ramsar Site.
2. It is a part of a wildlife sanctuary.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) Both 1 and 2
b) Neither 1 nor 2
c) 2 only
d) 1 only
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Reconsider the Rules

Q.2) According to the concept of ‘Impossible Trinity’ in economics which of the following are impossible to have at the same time(in an economy)?
1. a fixed foreign exchange rate
2. free capital movement
3. an independent monetary policy
4. a controlled fiscal deficit
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 2, 3 and 4 only
b) 1, 2 and 3 only
c) 1, 2 and 4 only
d) 2, 3 and 4 only
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] An impossible fiscal trinity for Arun Jaitley

Q.3) With reference to the ‘Hamesha Vijayee’ exercise, recently seen in news, consider the following statements:
1. It was a joint military exercise between India and Sri Lanka.
2. Indian Air Force also part in it, other than Indian Army.
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: Army-Air Force conduct exercise to gauge offensive capabilities in Southern theatre

Q.4) With reference to the ‘World Meteorological Organization (WMO)’ which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. Its supreme body is the World Meteorological Congress.
2. It is a specialised agency of the United Nations.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.5) Arrange the following places from north to south direction.
1. Tashkent
2. Ashgabat
3. Astana
4. Kabul
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1-3-2-4
b) 3-1-2-4
c) 3-2-1-4
d) 4-2-1-3

Q.6) Electrically charged particles from space travelling at speeds of several hundred km/sec can severely harm living beings if they reach the surface of the earth. What prevents them from reaching the surface of the earth?
a) The Earth’s magnetic field diverts them toward its poles
b) Ozone layer around the Earth reflects them back to outer space
c) Moister in the upper layers of atmosphere prevents them from reaching the surface of the Earth
d) None of the statements is correct.

Q.7) With reference to the scientific progress of ancient India which of the statements given below are correct?
1. Different kinds of specialised surgical instruments were in common use by 1st century AD.
2. Transplant of internal organs in the human body had begun by the beginning of 3rd century AD.
3. The concept of sine of an angle was known in 5thcentury AD.
4. The concept of cyclic quadrilateral was known in 7thcentury AD.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 and 4 only
c) 1, 3 and 4 only
d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q.8) With reference to the history of ancient India, which of the following was/were common to both Buddhism and Jainism?
1. Avoidance of extremities of penance and enjoyment
2. Indifference to the authority of the Vedas
3. Denial of efficacy of rituals
Select the correct answers using the codes given below:
a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3


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