30 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) The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) 2018 is produced jointly by Yale University and Columbia University in collaboration with
a) United Nations Environment Programme
b) IMF
c) World Economic Forum
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Red alert on the green index

Q.2) Which of the following statements explain/explains about the meaning of the ‘Credit Rating’?
1. It is an evaluation of the debt issuers likelihood of default.
2. It evaluates the credit worthiness of an issuer of specific types of debt.
Select the correct option using the codes given below.
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both are correct
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.3) The Indrajit Gupta Committee is related which of the following?
a) State Funding of Elections
b) Credit rating agencies
d) None of the above
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] A vote for state funding

Q.4) With reference to the United National Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. India is a signatory to the convention.
2. All the UN members are parties to the convention.
Select the correct option using the codes given below.
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2
Inspired by: Acid attack victims to get quota in central govt jobs

Q.5) Which one of the following groups of items is included in India’s foreign­exchange reserves?
a) Foreign­currency assets, Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) and loans from foreign countries
b) Foreign­currency assets, gold oldings of the RBI and SDRs
c) Foreign­currency assets, loans from the World Bank and SDRs
d) Foreign­currency assets, gold holdings of the RBI and loans from the World Bank

Q.6) The Ilbert Bill controversy was related to the
a) imposition restrictions the Indians of certain to carry arms by Indians
b) imposition of restrictions on newspapers and magazines published in Indian languages
c) removal of disqualifications imposed on the Indian magistrates with regard to the trial of the Europeans
d) removal of a duty on imported cotton cloth

Q.7) A rise in general level of prices may be caused by
1. an increase in the money supply
2. a decrease in the aggregate level of output
3. an increase in the effective demand
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 only
b) 1 and 2 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.8) Which one of the following is likely to be the most inflationary in its effect?
a) Repayment of public debt
b) Borrowing from the public to finance a budget deficit
c) Borrowing from banks to finance a budget deficit
d) Creating new money to finance a budget deficit


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