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28 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) In nitrogen cycle the nitrogen is converted into multiple chemical forms as it circulates among which of the following ecosystems?
1. Atmosphere
2. Terrestrial
3. Marine 
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: Mobile phone radiation harmful for a cockroach’s health: Study

Q.2) With reference to the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. The Act creates a non-justiciable right to mental healthcare.
2. The Act provides persons with mental illness protection from cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
3. The Act has decriminalized suicide attempts by ‘reading down’ the power of section 309 of the Indian Penal Code.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 2 and 3 only
b) 1 and 3 only
c) 1, 2 and 3
d) 1 and 2 only
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Mental Healthcare Act: A paradigm shift

Q.3) Which of the following organisation has recently released the ‘World Development Indicators’?
a) IMF
b) OECD
c) World Bank
d) United Nations
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Countering growing inequality

Q.4) With reference to the ‘Compensatory and Afforestation Fund (CAF) Bill’ which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. The Bill came into existence after an SC’s order.
2. The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA), establised under the bill, is a temporary body.
Select the correct option using the codes given below.
a) Neither 1 nor 2
b) 1 only
c) 2 only
d) Both 1 and 2
Inspired by: ₹40,000-cr. forest fund in limbo

Q.5) Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) handles its cases using which of the following Tribunals?
1. NCLT(National company law tribunal)
2. Debt recovery tribunal.
Select the correct option using the codes given below.
a) 1 only
b) Neither 1 nor 2
c) 2 only
d) Both 1 and 2

Q.6) With reference to the history of Indian rock­cut architecture, consider the following statements:
1. The caves at Badami are the oldest surviving rock­cut caves in India.
2. The Barabar rock­cut caves were originally made for Ajivikas by Emperor Chandragupta Maurya.
3. At Ellora, caves were made for different faiths.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.7) Recombinant DNA technology (Genetic Engineering) allows genes to be transferred
1. across different species of plants
2. from animals to plants
3. from microorganisms to higher organisms
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.8) The Chinese traveller Yuan Chwang (Hiuen Tsang) who visited India recorded the general conditions and culture of India at that time. In this context, which of the following
statements is/are correct?
1. The roads and river­routes were completely immune from robbery.
2. As regards punishment for offences, ordeals by fire, water and poison were the instruments for determining the innocence or guilt of a person.
3. The tradesmen had to pay duties at ferries and barrier stations.
Select the correct answer 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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