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Testing Tuesday: High Five With Tikdam – 2

Hello everyone,

We have been hammering on importance of logical thinking and art of tikdam along with sound preparation as essential ingredients of recipe to clear prelims examination for quite some time now. The flagship prelims test series is based on the same principles so is our prelims daily initiative.

We started high five with tikdam to reinforce the importance of logical thinking and to get you into the habit of applying your mind while solving questions. In the first installment, there were five tough questions from 2016 paper which could be solved by tikdam. Individually none of you could get all five right but collectively you got all five right using tikdam. Inference is very simple – USE HAVE TO PRACTICE TO GET BETTER AT DERIVING ANSWERS FROM THE QUESTION USING YOUR AVAILABLE KNOWLEDGE.

How to practice – join the test series for more practice and one on one interaction with mentors. It will help you get better in answering prelims questions and scoring 120 plus marks in CSE Prelims 2018.

Further, we will be posting five questions (apart from prelims daily) from previous years papers on every Tuesday and Friday to make you practice questions asked in exam so that you can yourself the judge of efficacy of tikdam.

Here are high five questions from prelims 2015 which you can solve with your knowledge, logical thinking and tikdam.

Please write your thought process/ method you applied to solve the question with the answers. We will get back to you as to how you can further refine your answer deriving capabilities. Note that this initiative will help you only if you apply your mind and write your thought process. Merely reading and learning the answers will not help.


  1. The term ‘IndARC’, sometimes seen in the news, is the name of

a) an indigenously developed radar system inducted into Indian Defence

b) India’s satellite to provide services to the countries of Indian Ocean Rim

c) a scientific establishment set up by India in Antartic region

d) India’s underwater observatory to scientifically study the Arctic region

2. What can be the impact of excessive/inappropriate use of nitrogenous fertilizers in agriculture?
(1) Proliferation of nitrogen-fixing microorganisms is soil can occur.
(2) Increase in the acidity of soil can take palce.
(3) Leaching of nitrate to the ground-water can occur.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.
a) 1 and 3 only
b) 2 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

3. With reference to ‘fly ash’ produced by the power plants using coal as fuel, which of the
following statements is/are correct?
(1) Fly ash can be used in the production of bricks for building construction.
(2) Fly ash can be used as a replacement for some of the Portland cement contents of concrete.
(3) Fly ash is made up of silicon dioxide and calcium oxide only, and does not contain any toxic
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
a) 1 and 2
b) 2 only
c) 1 and 3
d) 3 only

4. With reference to Congress Socialist Party, consider the following statements :
(1) It advocated the boycott of British goods and evasion of taxes.
(2) It wanted to establish the dictatorship of proletariat.
(3) It advocated separate electorate for minorities and oppressed classses.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 1, 2 and 3
d) None

5. Amnesty International is
a) an agency of the United Nations to help refugees of civil wars
b) a global Human Rights Movement
c) a non-governmental voluntary organization to help very poor people
d) an inter-governmental agency to cater to medical emergencies in war-ravaged regions


Dr. Vipin Garg is a medical doctor by training, economist by passion and an IAS (rank 20)officer by profession. He is one of the founding members of Civilsdaily and pioneered the concept of Tikdams (Smart Hacks) for IAS Prelims which form the bedrock of Civilsdaily’s Flagship Prelims Test Series.



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By Dr V

Doctor by Training | AIIMSONIAN | Factually correct, Politically not so much | Opinionated? Yes!