Critical Reasoning Previous Year Questions (CAT) - Set 0011


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    Previous years`s CAT questions: Critical Reasoning

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    Question 1

    Rearrange the given sentences to form a coherent paragraph

    A. By reasoning we mean the mental process of drawing an inference from two or more statements or going from the inference to the statements, which yield that inference.

    B. So logical reasoning covers those types of questions, which imply drawing an inference from the problems.

    C. Logic means, if we take its original meaning, the science of valid reasoning.

    D. Clearly, for understanding arguments and for drawing the inference correctly, it is necessary that we should understand the statements first.

    a. ACBD

    b. CABD

    c. ABCD

    d. DBCA  (CAT 1998 )


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    Answer: option b


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    Question 2

    Choose that set in which the third statement logically follows from the first two.

    A. No bird is viviparous.

    B. All mammals are viviparous.

    C. Bats are viviparous.

    D. No bat is a bird.

    E. No bird is a mammal.

    F. All bats are mammals.


    a. ADC

    b. ABE

    c. FBA

    d. AFC   (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option b


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    Question 3

    Choose that set in which the third statement logically follows from the first two.

    A. No mother is a nurse.

    B. Some nurses like to work.

    C. No woman is a prude.

    D. Some prude are nurses.

    E. Some nurses are women.

    F. All women like to work.

    a. ABE

    b. CED

    c. FEB

    d. BEF   (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option C


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    Question 4

    Choose that set in which the third statement logically follows from the first two.

    A. Oranges are sweet.

    B. All oranges are apples.

    C. Some sweet are apples.

    D. Some oranges are apples.

    E. All sweet are sour.

    F. Some apples are sour.

    a. DAC

    b. CDA

    c. BCA

    d. FEC   (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 5

    Choose that set in which the third statement logically follows from the first two.

    A. Zens are Marutis.

    B. Zens are fragile.

    C. Marutis are fragile.

    D. Opels are fragile.

    E. Marutis are Opels.

    F. Opels are stable.

    a. ACB

    b. EFD

    c. CEA

    d. ABC   (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 6

    Choose that set in which the third statement logically follows from the first two.

    A. Dogs sleep in the open.

    B. Sheep sleep indoors.

    C. Dogs are like sheep.

    D. All indoors are sheep.

    E. Some dogs are not sheep.

    F. Some open are not sheep.

    a. AFE

    b. DCA

    c. ABE

    d. FBD   (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 7

    Arrange sentences A, B, C and D between sentences 1 and 6, so as to form a logical sequence of six sentences.

    1. Whenever technology has flowered, it has put man's language — developing skills into overdrive.

    A. Technical terms are spilling into mainstream language almost as fast as junk — mail is
    slapped into e-mail boxes.

    B. The era of computers is no less.

    C. From the wheel with its axle to the spinning wheel with its bobbins, to the compact disc and its jewel box, inventions have trailed new words in their wake.

    D. "Cyberslang is huge, but it's parochial, and we don't know what will filter into the large culture," said Tom Dalzell, who wrote the slang dictionary Flappers 2 Rappers.

    6. Some slangs already have a pedigree.

    a. BCAD

    b. CBAD

    c. ABCD

    d. DBCA    (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option B


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    Question 8

    Arrange sentences A, B, C and D between sentences 1 and 6, so as to form a logical sequence of six sentences.

    1. Until the MBA arrived on the scene the IIT graduate was king.

    A. A degree from one of the five IITs was a passport to a well-paying job, great prospects abroad and, for some, a decent dowry to boot.

    B. From the day he or she cracked the Joint Entrance Examination, the IIT student commanded the awe of neighbours and close relatives.

    C. IIT students had, meanwhile, also developed their own special culture, complete with lingo and attitude, which they passed down.

    D. True, the success stories of IIT graduates are legion and they now constitute the cream of the Indian diaspora.

    6. But not many alumni would agree that the IIT undergraduate mindset merits a serious psychological study, let alone an interactive one.

    a. BACD

    b. ADCB

    c. BADC

    d. ABCD   (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option C


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    Question 9

    Arrange sentences A, B, C and D between sentences 1 and 6, so as to form a logical sequence of six sentences.

    1. Some of the maharajas, like the one at Kapurthala, had exquisite taste.

    A. In 1902, the Maharaja of Kapurthala gave his civil engineer photographs of the Versailles Palace and asked him to replicate it, right down to the gargoyles.

    B. Yeshwantrao Holkar of Indore brought in Bauhaus aesthetics and even works of modern artists like Brancusi and Duchamp.

    C. Kitsch is the most polite way to describe them.

    D. But many of them, as the available light photographs show, had execrable taste.

    6. Like Ali Baba's caves, some of the palaces were like warehouses with the downright ugly next to the sublimely aesthetic.

    a. BACD

    b. BDCA

    c. ABCD

    d. ABDC   (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option D


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    Question 10

    Arrange sentences A, B, C and D between sentences 1 and 6, so as to form a logical sequence of six sentences.

    1. There, in Europe, his true gifts unveiled.

    A. Playing with Don Cherie, blending Indian music and jazz for the first time, he began setting the pace in the late 70s for much of what present — day fusion is.

    B. John McLaughlin, the legendary guitarist whose soul has always had an Indian stamp on it, was seduced immediately.

    C. Fusion by Gurtu had begun.

    D. He partnered Gurtu for four years, and 'natured' him as a composer.

    6. But for every experimental musician there's a critic nestling nearby.

    a. ABCD

    b. BCAD

    c. ADBC

    d. ABDC   (CAT 1997)


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