8 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 statement/s about the Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS-India) programme for certification of organic produce is/are correct?
1. It involves a peer-review approach of certification.
2. Farmers play a role in certifying whether the farms in their vicinity adhered to organic-cultivation practices.
3. It is implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture through the National Centre of Organic Farming.
Select the answer using the codes given below:
a) 1 and 3 only
b) 1 only
c) 2 only
d) All of the above
Inspired by: Come July, label mandatory for food certified as ‘organic’

Q.2) In which of the following cases of the Supreme Court of India the ‘Third Gender’ was recognized?
a) NALSA v. The Union of India (2014)
b) Joseph Shine v. The Union of India
c) Vishakha and Others vs. State
d) None of the above
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] This too is a right: the right to sexual privacy

Q.3) Which of the following are the objectives of the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP)?
1. To encourage the development of organic farming and organic processing.
2. To provide the means of evaluation of certification programme for organic agriculture and products.
3. To accredit certification programmes of Certification Bodies seeking accreditation.
Select the correct option using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 3 only
b) 1 and 2 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3
Inspired by: Come July, label mandatory for food certified as ‘organic’

Q.4) With reference to the Purchasing Managers’ Index(PMI) which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. It shows the economic health of Service Sector.
2. Employment environment is one of its major indicators on which it is based.
Select the correct option using the codes given below.
a) 2 only
b) Neither 1 nor 2
c) 1 only
d) Both 1 and 2
Inspired by: GDP growth seen slowing to 4-year low of 6.5% in 2017-18

Q.5) Which of the following country is not a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council?
a) Bahrain
b) Kuwait
c) Iraq
d) Qatar

Q.6) Due to improper / indiscriminate disposal of old and used computers or their parts, which of the following are released into the environment as e­waste?
1. Beryllium
2. Cadmium
3. Chromium
4. Heptachlor
5. Mercury
6. Lead
7. Plutonium
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1, 3, 4, 6 and 7 only
b) 1, 2, 3,5 and 6 only
c) 2, 4, 5 and 7 only
d) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7

Q.7) Acid rain is caused by the pollution of environment by
a) carbon dioxide and nitrogen
b) carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide
c) ozone and carbon dioxide
d) nitrous oxide and sulphur dioxide

Q.8) With reference to food chains in ecosystems, consider the following statements :
1. A food chain illustrates the order in which a chain of organisms feed upon each other.
2. Food chains are found within the populations of a species.
3. A food chain illustrates the numbers of each organism which are eaten by others.
Which of the statements given above is / are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 1 and 2 only
c) 1, 2 and 3
d) None


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