TS3: Open Discussion + Good Scores + 5 Most Tricky Questions with Tikdams

The TS3 went LIVE on 26th September.

TS3 = Current Affairs Test covering news from the month of june and July. Available to attempt for the Flagship, Advanced and CA only students at prelims.civilsdaily.com

This is an open discussion thread for those who attempted the paper. Talk around ingenious tikdams which you deployed to solve some questions or silly mistakes which you learnt from.

5 Most Tricky Questions as per user attempts

Q.1) India recently joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), consider the following statements w.r.t MTCR:

1. It seeks to limit proliferation of missiles and missile technology

2. It was established in 1987 by the G7 industrialized countries

3. It is a treaty which imposes legally binding obligations on members countries


Which of the statements given above is/are Correct?

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 1 and 2 only

d) 1,2 and 3

Ans. c

Explanation: MTCR is not a treaty and does not impose any legally binding obligations (therefore it is a voluntary and informal understanding) on member countries.

By, eliminating 3 and adding 2 we can reach to an answer.

Source: June 28th


Tikdam – Export control regimes are not treaties, statement 3 eliminated and you reach the answer

Learning – Export control regimes <search CD, nice write up is there>

Q.2) ‘Vidyanjali’, a new scheme launched by Government of India, aims

a) To enable volunteers to reach out to govt. school and devote time & efforts

b) at providing affordable and quality education for free

c) at an integrated education and livelihood Initiative for the Minority Communities

d) Training-cum-placement programme for unemployed youth in Jammu and Kashmir


Ans. a

Explanation: Vidyanjali will be implemented under the overall aegis of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, envisaged to enhance the community involvement in Government run elementary schools and effectively engage children in reading, creative writing, public speaking, play acting, preparing story books etc.

Source: June 15


Tikdam – VIdya plus Anjali , Anjali means divine offering, donation, You are donating education, Answer is clear

Q.3) With reference to India’s first National Civil Aviation Policy, consider the following statements.

1. Policy  envisaged towards increasing air connectivity and allowing new domestic airlines to fly abroad quickly

2. India has 9th largest civil aviation market in the world

3. Government of India will enter into ‘Open Sky policy’ on a reciprocal basis with SAARC countries and countries located beyond 5000 km from Delhi

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?  

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Ans. d

Explanation: All statements are correct.

Source: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=146238

Q.4) Recently, China launched its first “dark sky reserve” in the Ngari, bordering Nepal and India, what is its purpose?

a) For astronomical observation

b) To study dark black holes

c) To study meteorological phenomenon

d) To study solar winds in upper atmosphere of the sun

Ans. a

Explanation:  China has launched its first “dark sky reserve” for astronomical observation in the Tibetan prefecture of Ngari, bordering Nepal and India. Ngari is among the best sites for astronomical observation on earth, due to its high altitude and large number of cloudless days throughout the year.

Source: June 23


Q.5) Which of the following can be used to produce second generation ethanol?

1. Biomass

2. Bamboo

3. Rice straw

4. Wheat straw

5. Cotton straw

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

a) 1, 2 only

b) 1,2 and 4 only

c) 2 and 4 only

d) 1, 2, 3 ,4 and 5

Ans. d

Explanation: Ministries  of  renewable  energy  and  science  and  technology has found a  way  to  produce  second generation ethanol from biomass, bamboo, rice straw, wheat straw, and cotton straw etc. to power vehicles.  To promote second generation ethanol govt is planning to take up ethanol blending in petrol to 22.5 percent and in diesel to 15 percent.

Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/draft-policies-on-coal-based-urea-ethanol-in-3-weeks-nitin-gadkari/articleshow/53068730.cms         

Tikdam – All 5 options are similar, all biomass; so all have to be correct or incorrect simultaenously

Learning – Learns generations of biofuels <1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th>