6 Dec 2017 | 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 

Q.1) Which of the following countries is/are a member of GCC?
1.Saudi Arabia
Select the correct code:
a) All of the above
b) 1 and 4
c) 1,3 and 4
d) 1,2 and 3


People who have 0% idea about GCC could solve this question easily using some basic common sense. If you are reading our news-cards regularly you must be aware with the fact that Saudi Arabia and Iran does not see eye to eye with each other. Infact growing proximity of Qatar with Iran was one of the most important reason why UAE was suspended from GCC. Therefore, no way Iran and Saudi Arabia could be part of a same organization. Also, GCC is an organization of gulf monarchies and Iran is not a monarchy. Therefore, once you eliminate Iran from the equation only 1 option is left that is b which is also the answer.

Foreign Policy Watch: India-Middle East

Q.2) With reference to the ‘World Health Organization’ which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group.
2. It is responsible for the publication of the World Health Report.
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.3) Recenty, a Satellite ‘Sentinel-5P’, was in news. The satellite was designed for working in the area of
a) Gravitational Waves
b) Air Pollution
c) Astronomical observation
d) Water Pollution

Q.4) Which of the following statement is correct regarding the ‘Bail in’ clause of the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017 , recenlty seen in news?
a) It involves the rescue of a financial institution by internal parties, typically governments using taxpayers money
b) It involves the rescue of a financial institution by external parties, typically governments using taxpayers money
c) It is rescuing a financial institution on the brink of failure by making its creditors and depositors take a loss on their holdings
d) None of the above

Q.5) With reference to the ‘National Green Tribunal’, often seen in news, consider the following statements:
1. It follows the principles of Natural Justice
2. It was established under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) Neither 1 nor 2
b) Both 1 and 2
c) 2 only
d) 1 only

Q.6) Which of the following statements is/ are correct regarding Brahmo Samaj?
1. It opposed idolatry.
2. It denied the need for a priestly class for interpreting the religious texts.
3. It popularized the doctrine that the Vedas are infallible.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
a) 1 only
b) 1 and 2 only
c) 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.7) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) acts as a bankers’ bank. This would imply which of the following?
1 Other bank retains their deposits with the RBI.
2 The RBI lends funds to the commercial banks in times of need)
3 The RBI advises the commercial banks on monetary matters.
Correct statement(s) is/are?
a) 2 and 3 only
b) 1 and 2 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.8) Under which of the following circumstances may “capital gains” arise?
1. when there is an increase in the sales of a product
2 .when there is a natural increase in the value of the property owned)
3. when you purchase a painting and there is a growth in its value due to increase in its popularity.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 2 only
d) 1, 2 and 3


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