9 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 about the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is incorrect?

a) It is an inter-governmental body established by the Ministers of its Member Jurisdictions

b) It is a body created by the Government of India to streamline financial sector challenges

c) The objectives of the FATF are to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system

d) It is essentially a “policy-making body” which works to generate the necessary political will to bring about national legislative and regulatory reforms in these areas

Inspired by: US, Russia back India in bid to stop terror funding by Pakistan

Q.2) With reference to the ‘United Nations Convention against Torture’, recently seen in news, whiich of the following statements is/are correct?
1. India has already India signed the convention.
2. The convention forbids states to transport people to any country where there is reason to believe they will be tortured.
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

Q.3) Which of the following statements regarding the ‘Blue Economy’ is incorrect?
a) It is founded upon a systems approach, wherein renewable and organic inputs are fed into sustainably designed systems to fuel “blue growth.”
b) is envisaged as the integration of Ocean Economy development with the principles of social inclusion, environmental sustainability and innovative, dynamic business models
c) The concept of blue economy encompasses even maritime activities, such as shipping services.
d) All of the above are correct

Q.4) With reference to the proposed ‘National Testing Agency (NTA)’, which was recently in news, consider the following statements:
1. It will be registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act, 1860.
2. It will be an autonomous organsation.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) Neither 1 nor 2
b) 1 only
c) 2 only
d) Both 1 and 2

Q.5) Consider the following locations:
1. Chitradurga
2. Pashan
3. Wheeler Island
Which of the above is/are test ranges of DRDO ?
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.6) Consider the following pairs
National Park River flowing through the Park
1. Corbett National Park : Ganga
2. Kaziranga National Park : Manas
3. Silent Valley National Park : Kaveri
Which of the above pairs is/are correctly matched?
a) 1 and 2
b) 3 only
c) 1 and 3
d) None

Q.7) Consider the following organisms
1. Agaricus
2. Nostoc
3. Spirogyra
Which of the above is / are used as biofertilizer / biofertilizers
a) 1 and 2
b) 2 only
c) 2 and 3
d) 3 only

Q.8) Which of the following adds / add nitrogen to the soil?
1. Excretion of urea by animals
2. Burning of coal by man
3. Death of vegetation
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3


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