31 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 State Legislatures which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. The Constitution limits the number of Ministers in State cabinets to 15% of the total number of MLAs of the State.

2. The Constitution limits the number of Ministers in cabinet in Delhi Legislature  to 10% of the total number of MLAs.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) Neither 1 nor 2

b) 2 only

c) 1 only

d) Both 1 and 2

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] A path to executive power

Q.2) FAME scheme, often seen in news is related to which of the following sector?

a) Power sector

b) Agriculture

c) Coal Sector

d) Electric Vehicles

Inspired by: Click2read

Q.3) Which of the following agreement/declaration/convention is related to the WTO?
a) Bonn Agreement

b) Alpine Convention

c) Marrakesh Agreement

d) Fortaleza

Q.4) Consider the following statements regarding Sulphur Dioxide?

1. Sulfur dioxide is a light yellow color gas or liquid with a strong, choking odor

2.It is a gas covered under Kyoto Protocol

3. Sulfur dioxide is sometimes used as a food preservative

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 3 only

c) 2 and 3

d) All of the above

Q.5) The National agricultural policy (NAP), 2000 was targeted to which of the following?

1. achieve an agricultural growth of four percent per annum

2. to strengthen the rural infrastructure

3. to offer a decent standard of living to farmers

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) 1, 2 and 3

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1 and 3 only

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Framing the farming issue

Q.6) Supply of money remammg the same when there is an increase in demand for money, there will be

a) a fall in the level of prices

b) an increase in the rate of interest

c) a decrease in the rate of interest

d) an increase in the level of income and employment

Q.7) Fruits stored in a cold chamber exhibit longer storage life because

a) exposure to sunlight is prevented

b) concentration dioxide in the is increased of carbon environment

c) rate of respiration is decreased

d) there is an increase in humidity

Q.8) Consider the following fauna of India:


2.Leatherback turtle

3.Swamp deer

Which of the above is/are endangered?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None


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