CD Test Series Students – Get ready for the Current Affairs Test on 28th

Dear students,

What do you need to do to solve CA questions?

  • Stay up to date with daily news – YES. In fact, we recommend that you read from our FREE android app daily to get the top 10-15 news items relevant for UPSC – Click here to download.
  • Read the news for August and September
  • Read Yojana for August and September
  • And Tikdams! The art of reading the finer details of a question

Tikdams are not just guesses. They involve using your knowledge to make connections, instead of just using the facts you remember to tick the correct option. Click here to see they have been used to solve previous years UPSC questions.

Here are some questions from the upcoming test – 

Q.3) Recently, ‘Green steel technology’ was in the news. What is this technology all about?

a) It converts cast iron into environment-friendly green steel

b) It is simple modification in the conventional manufacturing process for steel

c) It is new technology that can be used to generate green energy

d) It will increase energy efficiency and sustainability of steel

Ans. b

Explanation: Green Steel technology controls the injection of granulated waste tyres in conventional Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) steelmaking and reduces the use of non-renewable coke

Benefits : It reduces the cost of EAF steelmaking and reduces the environmental footprint of the industry.

Tikdams: Option c can be easily eliminated as it only talks about green energy and not steel. Option a can also be eliminated as iron or steel by themselves are not harmful to environment, the process of making them is. By this thinking option b is most likely as the answer.

Source: Aug 1


Q.5)India has decided to roll out the ‘India Business Card’ for which of the following group of countries?





Ans. c

Explanation: The business card will be only given to prominent businessmen of the 8 SAARC countries (including Pakistan).

Tikdams: SAARC and ASEAN are regional organisations which promote trade among their members, hence answer will be one of the two.

Source: Aug 2


Q.53) Consider following statements with reference to ‘Hague Abduction Convention’

1.It is a multilateral treaty provides an expeditious method to return a child internationally abducted by a parent from one member country to another

2.India recently adopted this convention as an effective way to deal with abduction cases.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct? 

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 and 2

Ans. (a)

Explanation: The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction or Hague Abduction Convention is a multilateral treaty developed by the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) that provides an expeditious method to return a child internationally abducted by a parent from one member country to another.

The Convention was concluded 25 October 1980 and entered into force between the signatories on 1 December 1983.

The Convention was drafted to ensure the prompt return of children who have been abducted from their country of habitual residence or wrongfully retained in a contracting state not their country of habitual residence.

Titbit: India has not adopted this convention, so it is still not party to Hague convention.

Recently, US has urged India to join the ‘Hague Abduction Convention’ to create a more effective response to deal with such cases. Almost a hundred children born to Indian-American couples are facing an uncertain future due to the trauma of separation of their parents and the complex legal issues involved


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