5 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 about the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) is incorrect?
a) It is a fund created under an Act of the Government of India
b) Currently, funds collected under CAMPA directly go into the Consolidated Fund of India (CFI)
c) These funds are meant to be used by states to implement agro-forestry in non-forest land to compensate for felled forest
d) None of the above
Inspired by: Key ministries disagree over CAMPA fund


The name of the fund itself makes clear its intent and hence option (c) is eliminated.
Now, if one has followed current affairs in recent past, then at least the fact that it is part of an Act should be clear so even option (a) is eliminated.
Then there is choice between (b) and (d). If one has covered Laxmikanth then s/he should know that there are definite heads of funds which go to the Consolidated Fund of India and this fund doesn’t appear in that list. So answer comes to be option (b). Another way to think is that, if this is a separate fund itself, created by a statute, then there’s no chance it can go to the Consolidated Fund of India.

Q.2) Recently, the Union cabinet has approved a new model concession agreement (MCA), consider the following statements regarding it:
1. It will be applicable for new projects conceived under the Sagarmala programme.
2. The new agreement is based on private public partnership (PPP).
Select the correct option using the codes given below.
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Neither 1 nor 2
d) Both 1 and 2
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Q.3) With reference to the ‘Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN)’, consider the following statements:
1. ASEAN is an official United Nations Observer.
2. There is no official language of the ASEAN.
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.4) Which of the following is/are not (an)official language of the United Nations?
1. Arabic
2. Chinese
3. German
4. Spanish
5. Greek
Select the correct opiton using the codes given below.
a) 1, 2 and 4 only
b) 3 and 5 only
c) 1, 3, 4 and 5 only
d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Inspired by: Spat over Hindi as official language at UN

Q.5) With reference to the ‘Consolidated Fund of India (CFI)’ which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. Indian state governments do not maintain their own consolidated funds.
2. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India audits these funds.
Select the correct answer using the codes givne below.
a) 2 only
b) Both 1 and 2
c) Neither 1 nor 2
d) 1 only
Inspired by: Key ministries disagree over CAMPA fund

Q.6) Which one of the following is the correct sequence of ecosystems in the order of decreasing productivity?
a) Oceans, lakes, grasslands, mangroves
b) Mangroves, oceans, grasslands, lakes
c) Mangroves, grasslands, lakes, oceans
d) Oceans, mangroves, lakes, grasslands

Q.7) Contour bunding is a method of soil conservation used in
a) desert margins, liable to strong wind action
b) low flat plains, close to stream courses, liable to flooding
c) scrublands, liable to spread of weed growth
d) None of the above

Q.8) The Government enacted the Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas (PESA) Act in 1996. Which one of the following is not identified as its objective?
a) To provide self­governance
b) To recognize traditional rights
c) To create autonomous regions in tribal areas
d) To free tribal people from exploitation


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