29 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 ‘Treasury bills’, consider the following statements:
1. Treasury bills are issued when the government need money for a shorter period 
2. T-bills are issued on behalf of the government by the SEBI
3. Treasury bills are presently issued in three maturities, namely, 91 day, 182 day and 364 day. 
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) All of the above
b) 1 and 2
c) 1 and 3
d) 2 and 3
Inspired by: Govt. to borrow more; fiscal deficit may widen


This question is factual in nature since the third statement is little tricky. It is tough to remember exact number + days of maturity period of T-bills. However, using bit of logic, you can easily solve this question. Now as we know that Monetary policy in India is entirely controlled by RBI. Treasury bill is part of Monetary policy as Buying/selling of T-bills decreases and increases Money supply in India. Therefore no way statement 3 can be correct. Once we eliminate statement 3 we will automatically get the answer.

Q.2) With reference to the ‘Gulf of Aden’ which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. It is located in the Arabian Sea.
2. It touches the famous Horn of Africa.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 only
b) Both 1 and 2
c) 2 only
d) Neither 1 nor 2
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Out at sea: on the Indian Ocean Region

Q.3) What is ‘Ekuverin’, recently seen in news?
a) Antimicrobial resistance drug against TB
b) Lightest material developed by the ISRO
c) India-Maldives joint military exercise
d) None of the above
Inspired by: Click2read

Q.4) Which of the following are responsible for Photo-chemical smog?
1. Nitrogen oxides
2. organic compounds
Select the correct code:
a)1,2 and 3
b) All of the above
c)2,3 and 4
d)1,2 and 4

Q.5) If government is borrowing funds through ‘Government Bonds’, then what will be its effect on Fiscal Deficit?
a) It will increase
b) It will decrease
c) No affect
d) First increase and then decrease

Q.6) Consider the following
1. Star tortoise
2. Monitor lizard
3. Pygmy hog
4. Spider monkey
Which of the above found in India?
a) 1, 2 and 3 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 4 only
d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q.7) Which of the following can be found as pollutants in the drinking water in some parts of India?
1. Arsenic
2. Sorbitol
3. Fluoride
4. Formaldehyde
5. Uranium
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 3 only
b) 2, 4 and 5 only
c) 1, 3 and 5 only
d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Q.8) With reference to Indian History, the Members of the Constituent Assembly from the Provinces were
a) directly elected by the people of those Provinces
b) nominated by the Indian National Congress and the Muslim League
c) elected by the Provincial Legislative Assemblies
d) selected by the Government for their expertise in constitutional matters


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