8 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 

Note: Please comment your responses to questions in the comment section. It will help you in assessing yourself.

Q.1) Consider the following statement about ‘International Solar Alliance:

1. The alliance is a treaty-based inter-governmental organization. 

2. The alliance’s primary objective is work for efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

3. Countries that do not fall within the Tropics cannot join the ISA .

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) All of the above

c) 2 and 3

d) 1 and 3

Inspired by: Solar Alliance comes into existence


If you would have been following newspapers, you must have been aware of the fact that India and France were the key architects of the International solar alliance. It is obvious that France is not a tropical country since it lies in Europe and no country in Europe is a tropical country. Since France is the founding member of the ISA, no way statement 3 can be correct. Once we eliminate statement 3,we will automatically get the answer by elimination method without even knowing other 2 statements.

Q.2) With reference to the ‘the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act,’ Consider the following statements:

1. The act is also applicable to Private Clinical Establishments.

2. The act has taken effect in all Indian States, except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) Both 1 and 2

b) 2 only

c) Neither 1 nor 2

d) 1 only

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Universal health coverage is the best prescription

Q.3) With reference to the ‘National Strategic plan (NSP) for control of Tuberculosis’, consider the following statements:

1. It was a part of the 12th Five year plan for the period 2012-17.

2. Under the plan, Government has announced the goal to eliminate TB by 2025.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) Neither 1 nor 2

b) 2 only

c) 1 only

d) Both 1 and 2

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Incentivizing new vaccine development

Q.4) Which of the following statements regarding the ‘Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction’ is/are correct?

1. India has acceded to the convention

2. It is a convention under the United Nations.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) 2 only

b) Neither 1 nor 2

c) 1 only

d) Both 1 and 2

Inspired by: Courts can turn down child repatriation, says Supreme Court

Q.5) The Finance Commission of India makes recommendations to the president with regard to:

1. The distribution of the proceeds of taxes between the union and the states.

2. The principles which should govern the grants-in-aid to be given to the states.

Select the correct option using the codes given below.

a) Both 1 and 2

b) 1 only

c) 2 only

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] New India formula?

Q.6) Consider the following:

1. Assessment of the land revenue on the basis of nature of the soil and the quality of crops.

2. Use of mobile cannons in warfare

3. Cultivation of tobacco and red chillies

Which of the above was/were introduced into India by the English?

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 2

c) 2 and 3

d) None

Q.7) With reference to the guilds (Shreni) if ancient India that played a very important role in the country’s economy, which of the

following statements is/are correct?

1. Every guild was registered with the central authority of the state and the king was the chief admen authority on them

2.The wages, rules of work, standards and prices were fixed by the guild

3. The guild had judicial powers over its own members.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.8) The distribution of powers between the Centre and the States in the Indian Constitution is based on the scheme provide in the

a) Marley­Minto reforms 1909

b) Montagu Chelmsford act 1919

c) Govt. of India act, 1935

d) Indian independence act 1947


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