High Five With Tikdam

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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.

Prelims is just 162 days away now and your preparation should be at full swing now. We are with you in your quest to clear prelims and to ensure that we leave no stone unturned, here are high five questions from prelims 2016 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. 

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1. Regarding ‘Atal Pension Yojana’, which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. It is a minimum guaranteed pension scheme mainly targeted at unorganized sector workers.
  2. Only one member of a family can join the scheme.
  3. Same amount of pension is guaranteed for the spouse for life after subscriber’s death.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • a) 1 only
  • b) 2 and 3 only
  • c) 1 and 3 only
  • d) 1, 2 and 3


2. In the cities of our country, which among the following atmospheric gases are normally considered in calculating the value of Air Quality Index?

  1. Carbon dioxide
  2.  Carbon monoxide
  3. Nitrogen dioxide
  4. Sulfur dioxide
  5. Methane

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

a) 1, 2 and 3 only

b) 2, 3 and 4 only

c) 1, 4 and 5 only

d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5


3. Which one of the following books of ancient India has the love story of the son of the founder of Sunga dynasty?

a) Swapnavasavadatta

b) Malavikagnimitra

c) Meghadoota

d) Ratnavali


4. The FAO accords the status of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) to traditional agricultural systems. What is the overall goal of this initiative?

1. To provide modern technology, training in modern farming methods and financial support to local communities of identified GIAHS so as to greatly enhance their agricultural productivity.

2. To identify and safeguard eco-friendly traditional farm practices and their associated landscapes, agricultural biodiversity and knowledge systems of the local communities

3. The provide Geographical Indication status to all the varieties of agricultural produce in such identifies GIAHS

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


5. Which one of the following is the best description of  INS Astradharini, that was in the news recently?

a) Amphibious warfare ship

b) Nuclear-powered submarine

c) Torpedo launch and recovery vessel

d) Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier


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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