Critical Reasoning Previous Year Questions (CAT) - Set 0005


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    Answer: Option 2


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    Question 6

    Choose the option that best captures the essence of the paragraph.

    Choose the option that best captures the essence of the paragraph.

    It is important for shipping companies to be clear about the objectives for maintenance and materials management– as to whether the primary focus is on service level improvement or cost minimization. Often when certain systems are set in place, the cost minimization objective and associated procedure become more important than the flexibility required for service level improvement. The problem really arises since cost minimization tends to focus on out of pocket costs which are visible, while the opportunity costs, often greater in value, are lost sight of.

    A. Shipping companies have to either minimize costs or maximize service quality. If they focus on cost minimization, they will reduce quality. They should focus on service level improvement, or else opportunity costs will be lost sight of.

    B. Shipping companies should determine the primary focus of their maintenance and materials management. Focus on cost minimization may reduce visible costs, but ignore greater invisible costs and impair service quality.

    C. Any cost minimization program in shipping is bound to lower the quality of service. Therefore, shipping companies must be clear about the primary focus of their maintenance and materials management before embarking on cost minimization.

    D. Shipping companies should focus on quality level improvement rather than cost cutting. Cost cutting will lead to untold opportunity costs. Companies should have systems in place to make the service level flexible.  

    (1) A

    (2) B

    (3) C

    (4) D   (CAT 2003 Retest)


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    Answer: Option 2


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    Question 7

    Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the options.

    A. A few months ago I went to Princeton University to see what the young people who are going to be running our country in a few decades are like.

    B. I would go to sleep in my hotel room around midnight each night, and when I awoke, my mailbox would be full of replies sent at 1:15 a.m., 2:59 a.m., 3:23 a.m.

    Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the options.

    A. A few months ago I went to Princeton University to see what the young people who are going to be running our country in a few decades are like.

    B. I would go to sleep in my hotel room around midnight each night, and when I awoke, my mailbox would be full of replies sent at 1:15 a.m., 2:59 a.m., 3:23 a.m.

    C. One senior told me that she went to bed around two and woke up each morning at seven; she could afford that much rest because she had learned to supplement her full day of work by studying in her sleep.

    D. Faculty members gave me the names of a few dozen articulate students, and I sent them emails, inviting them out to lunch or dinner in small groups.

    E. As she was falling asleep she would recite a math problem or a paper topic to herself; she would then sometimes dream about it, and when she woke up, the problem might be solved.  

    (1) DABCE

    (2) DACEB

    (3) ADBCE

    (4) AECBD   (CAT 2003 Leaked)


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    Answer: Option 3


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    Question 8

    Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the options.

    A. Four days later, Oracle announced its own bid for PeopleSoft, and invited the firm's board to a discussion.

    B. Furious that his own plans had been endangered, PeopleSoft's boss, Craig Conway, called Oracle's offer "diabolical", and its boss, Larry Ellison, a "sociopath".

    C. In early June, PeopleSoft said that it would buy J.D. Edwards, a smaller rival.

    Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the options.

    A. Four days later, Oracle announced its own bid for PeopleSoft, and invited the firm's board to a discussion.

    B. Furious that his own plans had been endangered, PeopleSoft's boss, Craig Conway, called Oracle's offer "diabolical", and its boss, Larry Ellison, a "sociopath".

    C. In early June, PeopleSoft said that it would buy J.D. Edwards, a smaller rival.

    D. Moreover, said Mr. Conway, he "could imagine no price nor combination of price and other conditions to recommend accepting the offer."

    E. On June 12th, PeopleSoft turned Oracle down. 

    (1) CABDE

    (2) CADBE

    (3) CEDAB

    (4) CAEBD   (CAT 2003 Leaked)


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    Answer: Option 1


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    Question 9

    Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the options.

    A. I am much more intolerant of a human being's shortcomings than I am of an animal's, but in this respect I have been lucky, for most of the people I have come across have been charming.

    B. Then you come across the unpleasant human animal-the District Officer who drawled, 'We chaps are here to help you chaps,' and then proceeded to be as obstructive as possible.

    Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the options.

    A. I am much more intolerant of a human being's shortcomings than I am of an animal's, but in this respect I have been lucky, for most of the people I have come across have been charming.

    B. Then you come across the unpleasant human animal-the District Officer who drawled, 'We chaps are here to help you chaps,' and then proceeded to be as obstructive as possible.

    C. In these cases of course, the fact that you are an animal collector helps; people always seem delighted to meet someone with such an unusual occupation and go out of their way to assist you.

    D. Fortunately, these types are rare, and the pleasant ones I have met more than compensated for them-but even so, I think I will stick to animals.

    E. When you travel round the world collecting animals you also, of necessity, collect human beings. 

    (1) EACBD

    (2) ABDCE

    (3) ECBDA

    (4) ACBDE   (CAT 2003 Leaked)


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    Answer: Option 1


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    Question 10

    Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the options.

    A. Surrendered, or captured, combatants cannot be incarcerated in razor wire cages; this 'war' has a dubious legality.

    B. How can then one characterize a conflict to be waged against a phenomenon as war?

    C. The phrase 'war against terror', which has passed into the common lexicon, is a huge misnomer.

    Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the options.

    A. Surrendered, or captured, combatants cannot be incarcerated in razor wire cages; this 'war' has a dubious legality.

    B. How can then one characterize a conflict to be waged against a phenomenon as war?

    C. The phrase 'war against terror', which has passed into the common lexicon, is a huge misnomer.

    D. Besides, war has a juridical meaning in international law, which has codified the laws of war, imbuing them with a humanitarian content.

    E. Terror is a phenomenon, not an entity-either State or non-State. 

    (1) ECDBA

    (2) BECDA

    (3) EBCAD

    (4) CEBDA    (CAT 2003 Leaked)


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    Answer: Option 4


 

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