7 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 to the Corporate tax which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. It is a direct tax.
2. In India, it is imposed at the National Level.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 2 only
b) Both 1 and 2
c) Neither 1 nor 2
d) 1 only
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Corporate income tax: a slippery slope, Budget 2018

Q.2) Which of the following are the functions of the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA)?
1. To implement and enforce the provisions of the Drugs (Prices Control) Order in accordance with the powers delegated to it.
2. To monitor the availability of drugs and identify shortages.
Select the correct answer using the codes gien below.
a) Both 1 and 2
b) 1 only
c) 2 only
d) Neither 1 nor 2
Inspired by: Demand for sub-category of stent

Q.3) Which of the following factors are responsible for coral bleaching?
1. Increased or reduced water temperature
2. Over fishing
3. Changes in salinity
Select the correct option from the codes given below:
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.4) Consider the following statements about land revenue settlements during British India:
1. In permanent settlement, land revenue was fixed.
2. In Mahalwari settlement, land revenue was revised periodically.
3. In ryotwari settlement, land revenue was neither fixed nor revised periodically.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 1 and 3 only
c) 1 and 2 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.5) With reference to the National Health Protection Scheme, recently announced, which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. The scheme will provide health coverage cost of up to Rs. 1 lakh annually(to a poor family).
2. Under the scheme, hospitalisation is allowed in any private hospital.
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: [op-ed snap] Making health insurance work

Q.6) Chaitra 1 of the national calendar based on the Saka Era corresponds to which one of the following dates of the Gregorian calendar in a normal year of 365 days?
a) 22 March (or 21st March)
b) 15th May (or 16th May)
c) 31st March (or 30th March)
d) 21st April (or 20th April

Q.7) With reference to the Indian history of art and culture, consider the following pairs:
Famous work of sculpture Site
1. A grand image of Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana with numerous celestial musicians above and the sorrowful figures of his followers below : Ajanta
2. A huge image of Varaha Avatar (boar incarnation) of Vishnu, as he rescues Goddess Earth from the deep and chaotic waters, sculpted on rock : Mount Abu
3. “Arjuna’s Penance” /”Descent of Ganga” sculpted on the surface of huge boulders : Mamallapuram
Which of the pairs given above is/ are correctly matched?
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only,
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.8) The Ghadr (Ghadar) was a
a) revolutionary association of Indians with headquarters at San Francisco.
b) nationalist organization operating from Singapore
c) militant organization with headquarters at Berlin
d) communist movement for India’s freedom with head­quarters at Tashkent


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