Direction (Q. 1 - 5) : In making decisions about important questions, it is desirable to be able to distinguish between "Strong" arguments and "Weak" arguments insofar as they relate to the question. "Strong" arguments are those which are both important and directly related to the question. "Weak" arguments are those which are of minor importance and also may not be directly related to the question or may be related to a trivial aspect of the question.
Instructions: Each question below is followed by two arguments numbered I and II. You have to decide which of the arguments is a strong argument and which is a weak argument.
Statement: Should'Information Technology'be made a compulsory subject for all students in secondary school certificate (SSC) examination in India ?
Arguments: I. No, it will be an imitiation of western models.
II. Yes, this is an era of information technology and we are excelling in this field very rapidly.
Statement: Should 'literacy' be the minimum criterion for becoming a bus driver on the road of metropolitan cities ?
Arguments: I. Yes, illiterate bus drivers are less likely to understand the traffic rules and signals.
II. No, driving needs mechanical skill only.
Statement: Should bullock carts be banned from running on the busy city roads ?
Arguments: I. Yes, they are slow-moving vehicles and compound the traffic problems for fast-moving ones.
II. No, it is a cheap medium of transportation as well as environment-friendly.
Statement: In view of the Enron disaster should there be a global set of norms for auditing firms ?
Argument: I. Yes, in this way no such disaster will happen again.
II. No, this will give chances to developed countries to fulfil their vested interests.
Statement: Should banks be allowed to offer different interest rates in India ?
Arguments: I. Yes, this is the only way to eventually lower interest rates in the country.
II. No, this will discourage the customers and' they might be compelled to switch over from one bank to another.
Direction (Q. 6 - 10) : Each of the following questions consists of unmarked figures followed by five figures marked 1,2,3,4 and 5. Select a figure from the marked figures which will replace the question mark so that a series be established by the unmarked figures.