4 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) Consider the following statements about the official language of the United Nations:

1. English is the official language of the UN

2. A delegate at the UN may or may not choose to speak in the official language

Which of the statements above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: Spat over Hindi as official language at UN 


English is spoken by most people so it is obvious that it would be one of the official languages. So statement 1 is right. Also, there are more than 190 member nations at the UN. Obviosly, not everyone would know English or the other of official languages. So he must be permitted to speak in any other language aling with translation for others to understand. Compare Indian Parliament- members can address in any of the laguages and the translation is provided. So even statement 2 goes logically correct. And there we are, at the answer!

Q.2) With reference to Horticulture which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. In contrast to agriculture, horticulture does not include large-scale crop production.

2. It also includes science of growing flowers.

Select the correct answer using the codes gives below.

a) Both 1 and 2

b) Neither 1 nor 2

c) 1 only

d) 2 only

Inspired by: Horticulture crop output seen at record 305.4 mt in 2017-18

Q.3) With reference to the ‘Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017’ which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. The Bill would allow the government to take up infrastructure projects within prohibited areas around protected monuments.

2. The Bill seeks to have a new definition of “public works” under the Act.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) Neither 1 nor 2

b) 1 only

c) 2 only

d) Both 1 and 2

Inspired by: Click2read

Q.4) With reference to the ‘Electoral Bonds’, provisions of which are recently launched by the Indian Government, consider the following statements:

1. Bonds would be a bearer instrument in the nature of a promissory note

2. They can be used to make donations to registered political parties that have secured not less than 1% of the votes polled in the last election to the Lok Sabha or Assembly.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) Neither 1 nor 2

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) 1 only

Inspired by: Arun Jaitley notifies electoral bonds for political donations

Q.5) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) is related to

a) BRICS Countries

b) World Trade Organisation

c) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

d) None of the above

Q.6) The demand for the Tebhaga Peasant Movement in Bengal was for

a) the reduction of the share of the landlords from one­half of the crop to one­third

b) the grant of ownership of land to peasants as they were the actual cultivators of the land

c) the uprooting of Zamindari system and the end of serfdom

d) writing off all peasant debts

Q.7) The Parliament can make any law for whole or any part of India for implementing international treaties

a) with the consent of all the States

b) with the consent of the majority of States

c) with the consent of the States concerned

d) without the consent of any State

Q.8) In the grasslands, trees do not replace the grasses as a part of an ecological succession because of

a) insects and fungi

b) limited sunlight and paucity of nutrients

c) water limits and fire

d) None of the above


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