9 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 ‘Biologics’ which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. They are produced from living organisms.
2. Biologics also include vaccines.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 only
b) Both 1 and 2
c) 2 only
d) Neither 1 nor 2
Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Biologics, patents and drug prices

Q.2) With reference to the Base Rate, often seen in news related to the RBI, consider the following statements:
1. Base rate is the minimum rate set by the Reserve Bank of India below which banks are not allowed to lend to its customers.
2. Base rate is decided in order to enhance transparency in the credit market and ensure that banks pass on the lower cost of fund to their customers.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) Both 1 and 2
b) 1 only
c) 2 only
d) Neither 1 nor 2
Inspired by: RBI to link base rate with MCLR from 1 April

Q.3) Consider the following statements regarding the ‘Special Purpose Vehicle’:
1. It used to isolate financial risk.
2. It is a special type of Parent Company that makes its obligations secure even if the subsidiary company goes bankrupt.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) Neither 1 nor 2
b) 2 only
c) 1 only
d) Both are correct

Q.4) Consider the following:
1. Iran
2. Iraq
3. Kuwait
Which of the above is/are founding members of OPEC?
a) 1, 2 and 3
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1 and 2 only

Q.5) With reference to the Prithvi-II missile which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. It has a strike range of 350 km.
2. It was developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).
3. It is a surface-to-air missile
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1, 2 and 3
b) 1 and 3 only
c) 1 and 2 only
d) 2 and 3 only
Inspired by: Click2read

Q.6) Consider the followingstatements:
1. ‘Bijak’ is a composition of the teachings of Saint Dadu Dayal.
2. The Philosophy of Pushti Marg was propounded by Madhvacharya.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q.7) A community of people called Manganiyars is well­known for their
a) martial arts in North­East India
b) musical tradition in North­West India
c) classical vocal music in South India
d) pietra dura tradition in Central India

Q.8) What was/were the object/objects of Queen Victoria’s Proclamation (1858)?
1. To disclaim any intention to annex Indian States
2. To place the Indian administration under the British Crown
3. To regulate East India Company’s trade with India
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 2 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3


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