3 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) Which of the following areas are parts of the Indian ocean?

1.    Gulf of aden

2.    Red sea

3.    Lombok strait

4.    Senkaku Island

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a)    All of the above

b)    1,2 and 3

c)    2,3 and 4

d)    1,2 and 4


-The questions looks tough since it is tough to remember the exact area of Indian ocean. Some of the places mentioned here are not very common places. However, using a bit of common sense, you can easily solve the question. If you would have following newspaper or our APP , You must be aware with Senkaku Island as both China and Japan are claiming this Island. Now neither Japan nor China are part of Indian ocean,Therefore no way Senkaku Island can be part of Indian ocean, Once we eliminate statement 4 we will automaticaly get the answer.

Q.2) Which of the following organisms come in the category of Microbes?

1. Bacteria

2. Archaea

3. Fungi

4. Protists

5. Viruses

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

b) 1, 3 and 4 only

c) 1 and 5 only

d) 2, 3, 4 and 5 only

Inspired by: Astronauts identify unknown microbes in space for first time

Q.3) Symbiodinium provides coral host with photosynthetic products in return for nutrients and shelter. The Symbiodinium is basically a/an

a) Virus

b) Amoeba

c) Algae

d) Macroscopic Animal

Inspired by: Ancient jumping genes may control coral bleaching in warming oceans

Q.4) With reference to the Tetramorium krishnani, an insect recently seen in news, consider the following statements:

1. Scientists have recently discovered it in the Andaman Islands.

2. It is basically an Ant.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) Neither 1 nor 2

b) 1 only

c) 2 only

d) Both 1 and 2

Inspired by: Click2read

Q.5) With reference to the ‘International Union for Conservation of Nature’ which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. IUCN has observer status at the United Nations.

2. Its headquarters are in Gland, Switzerland.

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) Neither 1 nor 2

b) Both 1 and 2

c) 1 only

d) 2 only

Inspired by: Species we lost in 2017 and the ones that managed to hold on

Q.6) Consider the following pairs:

1. Nokrek Bio­ sphere Reserve : Garo Hills

2. Logtak (Loktak) Lake : Barail Range

3. Namdapha National Park : Dafla Hills

Which of the above pairs is/are correctly matched?

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None

Q.7) Consider the following:

1. Electromagnetic radiation

2. Geothermal energy

3. Gravitational force

4. Plate movements

5. Rotation of the earth

6. Revolution of the earth

Which of the above are responsible for bringing dynamic changes on the surface of the earth?

a) 1, 2, 3 and 4 only

b) 1, 3, 5 and 6 only

c) 2, 4, 5 and 6 only

d) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

Q.8) Which of the following bodies does not/do not find mention in the Constitution?

1. National Development Council

2. Planning Commission

3. Zonal Councils

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3



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