4 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 

Q.1) Consider the following statement about the Saubhagya scheme:

1. Saubhagya is a scheme launched to achieve electrification of all the villages in India.

2. The Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) is nodal agency for operationalisation of scheme throughout country.

3. All States and Union Territories of the country are required to complete the target of electrification in their respective jurisdiction by 31st March, 2019.

Which of the following statement is/are correct?

a) All of the above

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 2 only

d) 1 and 3 only


Even if you have not read the minute details of the scheme like who will be the implementing agency, By when states and U &T are required to complete the target still you can solve the question by using common-sense. The full form of Saubhagya scheme is Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, now as the name suggests it is definitely scheme for Household electrification and not village electrification. Village electrification is already being tackled by another scheme Deen Dayal gram jyoti Yojana. Why would Government launch another scheme with a same purpose? Thus once we eliminate statement 1 we will automatically get the answer using the elimination method without knowing the other 2 statements.

Q.2) The India Hypertension Management Initiative (IHMI) is collaborative project of which of the following organisation/ministry/government?

1. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

2. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW)

3. State Governments

4. World Health Organization (WHO)

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) 2, 3 and 4 only

b)  1, 2, 3 and 4

c) 1 and 4 only

d) 1, 2 and 3 only

Q.3) Consider the following statement regarding the ‘UNAIDS’:

1. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group.

2. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) Both 1 and 2

b) 1 only

c) 2 only

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.4) With reference to the ‘Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).’, sometimes seen in news, consider the following statements:

1. It is a Sea Zone.

2. It is governed by State Governments.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) Neither 1 nor 2

c) Both 1 and 2

d) 2 only

Q.5) Which of the following statements regarding the ‘BRICS’ members is/are correct?

1. Only 3 members of the BRICS are members of the G-20.

2. Brazil was the last member to join the Association.

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) Neither 1 nor 2

b) 1 only

c) 2 only

d) Both are correct

Q.6) How do you distinguish between kuchipudi and bharatnatyam dances?

1. Dancers occasionally speaking dialogues i found in kuchipudi dance but not in bharatnatyam.

2 . Dancing on the brass plate by keeping the feet on its edges is a feature of bharatnatyam but have such a form of movements.

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.7) Which of the following would include Foreign Direct Investment on India?

1. Subsidiaries of foreign companies in India

2. Majority foreign equity holding in Indian companies

3. Companies exclusively financed by foreign companies

4. Portfolio investment

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1, 2 , 3 and 4

b) 2 and 4 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3 only

Q.8) The Rowlatt act aimed at

a) compulsory economic support to war efforts

b) imprisonment without trial and summary procedures for trial

c) suppression of the khilafat movement

d) imposition of restrictions on freedom of the press


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