9 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) Which of the following is not a Bretton Woods institution?

a) International Monetary Fund

b) World Bank

c) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

d) All of the above


If you have some basic knowledge about the OECD, then you may know that OECD describes itself as ‘a
forum of countries describing themselves as committed to democracy and the market economy’. But
there is no such condition(for joining) in IMF and World Bank, as many planned economies are also part
of these two organisations. This makes a difference between IMF, World Bank and OECD. And thus, there
is a significant chance that Bretton Woods organisation should have same kind of
conditions(characteristics) for joining.

Q.2) With reference to the ‘Advance Pricing Agreement’, which was recently seen in the news, consider the following statements:

1. It is an agreement between a taxpayer and a tax authority.

2. They cannot be multilateral.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) Neither 1 nor 2

b) 1 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) 2 only

Inspired by: [pib] Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) signs two Indian Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) in November

Q.3) Consider the following statements regarding the geography of ‘Maldives’:

1. It is the smallest Asian country by both land area and population.

2. It touches the Laccadive Sea.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) Both 1 and 2

b) 2 only

c) 1 only

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Inspired by: [op-ed snap] Island hopping

Q.4) With reference to the ‘G4 nations’, sometimes seen in the news, which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. In G4, the common denominator is the economy and long-term political motives.

2. South Africa is one of its members.

Select the correct option 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] Let us be realistic about the UNSC

Q.5) Which of the following statements regarding ‘the Wassenaar Arrangement’, recently seen in news, is/are correct?

1. It is a multilateral export control regime.

2. All of its members are Nuclear Power States.

3. India is its member.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) 1 and 3 only

b) 1, 2 and 3

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1 and 2 only

Inspired by: Wassenaar Arrangement decides to make India its member

Q.6) Despite having large reserves of coal, why does India import millions of tonnes of coal?

1. It is the policy of India to save its own coal reserves for future and import it from other countries for the present use.

2. most of the power plants in India are coal based and they are not able to get sufficient applies of coal from within the country?

3. Steel companies need large quantity of coking coal which has to be imported

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Q.7) Recently there has been a concern over the short supply of a group of elements called rare earth metals. Why?

1. China, which is the largest producer of these elements, has imposed some restrictions on their export.

2. Other than china, Australia, Canada, Chile, these elements are not found in any country.

3. Rare earth metals are essential for the manufacture of various kinds of electronic items and there is growing demand for these elements.

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

Q.8) Consider the following protected areas:

1. Bandipur

2. Bhitarkanika

3. Manas

4. Sunderbans

Which of the above are declared Tiger Reserves?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 1, 3 and 4 only

c) 2, 3 and 4 only

d) 1, 2, 3 and 4


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