Objective Exams – Exam Hacks, Tricks and Cheat Codes That are Best, Brilliant and Simple

Every government competitive examination (like UPSC Civil Services, State PSC exams) is unique in its own way. But still, all such government competitive exams follow a few specific unique characteristics called Exam Hacks, Tricks and Cheat Codes. By knowing and analysing these special features, a few questions can be answered with 100% correctness though you don’t know anything about that question. These are called Exam Hacks, Tricks and Cheat Codes. Do not consider these as real cheat codes. It is just nomenclature. These are perfectly allowed legally and morally. But it involves a certain risk. In this article, such Best, Brilliant, and Simple Exam Hacks, Tricks, and Cheat Codes are explained with previous year questions real-time analysis. However, these hacks involve certain risks so care should be taken while exercising.

Hack #1 – Extreme Words

When extreme words are used in the statements, then these statements are most likely (about 99%) going to be wrong.  For example, All the states of India have a coastline. We know that this statement is obviously wrong. But even if you do not know about it, you can consider that the statement is most likely wrong. Words such as All, None, nothing, etc constitute extreme words.

Hack #2 – Elimination Technique

When one of the statements is wrong/correct, then a few multiple options can be eliminated. You just need to know only basic awareness. You don’t need to know anything about the question.

UPSC CSE 2016 Prelims GS-I Set-A Question #86

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

Logic: Though Carbon dioxide causes major pollution, AQI does not monitor it. This is odd. This has to be known. By applying this one point alone, all options are eliminated Except B. Hence answer is B.

UPSC CSE 2016 Prelims GS-I Set-A Question #94

Consider the following pairs:

Famous Place : Region

  1. Bodhgaya : Baghelkhand
  2. Khajuraho : Bundelkhand
  3. Shirdi : Vidarbha
  4. Nasik (Nashik) : Malwa
  5. Tirupati : Rayalaseema

Which of the pairs given above are correctly matched?

A)1, 2 and 4
B)2, 3, 4 and 5
C)2 and 5 only
D)1, 3, 4 and 5

If you observe all the 5 matchings, you would confuse. But make it simple. Analyze statement by statement. 4th statement – Nasik is in Maharashtra and Malwa is definitely NOT in Maharashtra. That implies the 4th statement is incorrect. Then all options are eliminated except C. This is the answer.

Hack #3 – Logically Deduce Answer

APPSC Group-III Panchayat Secretary 2019 Screening Test that was held on 21-04-2019.

What is the main objective of Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana?
(1) To increase forest cover
(2) Protection of wildlife
(3) Welfare of tribals
(4) Protection of rivers

Logic: The word ‘Van’ makes you think that it is something related to forests. The option (1) seems correct. However, the complete word ‘Vanbandhu’ means a relative of forests. Now you need to think logically. Who do you think are relatives of forests? The answer is those living in forests. They are forest dwellers and tribals. Hence the answer is going to be an option (3). This is how you can logically deduce an answer without knowing anything about the question.