29 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 the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) whch of the following statements is/are correct?
1. No South american country is a member of the OPEC.
2. The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has a Permanent Observer status at the United Nations.
Select the correct option using the codes given below.
a) Both 1 and 2
b) Neither 1 nor 2
c) 1 only
d) 2 only
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] The oil risk

Q.2) With reference to the Merchandise Export from India Scheme, consider the following statements:
1. The scheme was introduced through the Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) 2015-20.
2. It is implemented by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) Both 1 and 2
b) 2 only
c) Neither 1 nor 2
d) 1 only
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] How can the government revive manufacturing?

Q.3) With reference to the ‘Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN)’, consider the following statements:
1. It is an official United Nations Observer.
2. India is not its member.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Taking ASEAN to the bank

Q.4) With reference to the CLMV Countries which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. All the members of the CLMV are also the members of the ASEAN.
2. All the CLMV countries are landlocked.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) both 1 and 2
b) 1 only
c) 2 only
d) Neither 1 nor 2
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Taking ASEAN to the bank

Q.5) Which of the following was not a founding member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN)?
a) Indonesia
b) Myanmar
c) Malaysia
d) Philippines
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Taking ASEAN to the bank

Q.6) To obtain full benefits of demographic dividend, what should India do?
a) Promoting skill development
b) Introducing more social security schemes
c) Reducing infant mortality rate
d) Privatization of higher education

Q.7) In the context of cultural history of India, a pose in dance and dramatics called ‘Tribhanga’ has been a favourite of Indian artists from ancient times till today. Which one of the following statements best describes this pose?
a) One leg is bent and the body is slightly but oppositely curved at waist and neck
b) Facial expressions, hand gestures and make­up are combined to symbolize certain epic or historic characters
c) Movements of body, face and hands are used to express oneself or to tell a story
d) A little smile, slightly curved waist and certain hand gestures are emphasized to express the feelings of love or eroticism

Q.8) Annie Besant was
1. responsible for starting the Home Rule Movement
2. the founder of the Theo­sophical Society
3. once the President of the Indian National Congress
Select the 
correct statement/statements 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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