5 Feb 2018 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & [Tikdams]

Dear student,

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 the KUSUM scheme, consider the following statements:
1. It is a scheme for promoting solar power production.
2. The time period of the scheme is 10 years.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) Both 1 and 2
c) Neither 1 nor 2
d) 2 only
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Q.2) With reference to the Ayushman Bharat Programme which of the statements given below is/are correct?
1. One of the component of the programme is to distribute essential drugs to the remote health centres in the country.
2. The National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) is a part of the programme.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) Neither 1 nor 2
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) 1 only
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Q.3) Keshav Chandra Sen
1. founded the Brahmo Samaj.
2. started Bamabodhini Patrika.
Select the correct statement/statements using the code given below.
a) Both 1 and 2
b) 2 only
c) 1 only
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.4) Fixed-dose combination (FDC) Drugs can’t be used against Virus/Bacteria of
2. Tuberculosis
Select the correct option using the codes given below.
a) Neither 1 nor 2
b) 1 only
c) 2 only
d) Both 1 and 2

Q.5) With reference to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), consider the following statements:
1. The standards are set by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
2. The measurement of air quality, under the NAAQs, is based on eight pollutants.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 2 only
b) Both 1 and 2
c) 1 only
d) Neither 1 nor 2
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Q.6) Mycorrhizal biotechnology has been used in rehabilitating degraded sites because mycorrhiza enables the plants to
1. resist drought and increase absorptive area
2. tolerate extremes of PH
3. Resist disease infestation
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.7) Who among the following constitute the National Development Council?
1. The Prime Minister
2. The Chairman, Finance Commission
3. Ministers of the Union Cabinet
4. Chief Ministers of the States
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
a) 1, 2 and 3 only
b) 1, 3 and 4 only
c) 2 and 4 only
d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Q.8) The national income of a country for a given period is equal to the
a) total value of goods and services produced by the nationals
b) sum of total consumption and investement expenditure
c) sum of personal income of all individuals
d) money value of final goods and services produced


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