Critical Reasoning Previous Year Questions (CAT) - Set 0012


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    Previous years`s CAT questions: Critical Reasoning

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    Question 1

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

    1. India, which has two out of every five TB patients in the world, is on the brink of a major public health disaster.

    A. If untreated, a TB patient can die within five years.

    B. Unlike AIDS, the great curse of modern sexuality, the TB germ is airborne, which means there are no barriers to its spread.

    C. The dreaded infection ranks fourth among major killers worldwide.

    D. Every minute, a patient falls prey to the infection in India, which means that over five lakh people die of the disease annually.

    6. Anyone, anywhere can be affected by this disease.

    a. CADB

    b. BACD

    c. ABCD

    d. DBAC   (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 2

    Arrange the sentences A, B, C and D in a proper sequence so as to make a coherent paragraph.

    A. It begins with an ordinary fever and a moderate cough.
    B. India could be under attack from a class of germs that cause what are called atypical pneumonias.
    C. Slowly, a sore throat progresses to bronchitis and then pneumonia and respiratory complications.
    D. It appears like the ordinary flu, but baffled doctors find that the usual drugs don't work.

    a. ABCD

    b. BDAC

    c. ADCB

    d. BCDA   (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option B


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    Question 3

    Arrange the sentences A, B, C and D in a proper sequence so as to make a coherent paragraph.

    A. Chemists mostly don't stock it: only a few government hospitals do but in limited quantities.
    B. Delhi's building boom is creating a bizarre problem: snakes are increasingly biting people as they emerge from their disturbed underground homes.
    C. There isn't enough anti-snake serum, largely because there is no centralised agency that distributes the product.
    D. If things don't improve, more people could face paralysis, and even death.

    a. BCAD

    b. DBCA

    c. ABCD

    d. CABD    (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 4

    Arrange the sentences A, B, C and D in a proper sequence so as to make a coherent paragraph.

    A. But the last decade has witnessed greater voting and political participation by various privileged sections.
    B. If one goes by the earlier record of mid-term elections, it is likely that the turnout in 1998 will drop by anything between four and six percentage points over the already low polling of 58 per cent in 1996.
    C. If this trend offsets the mid-term poll fatigue, the fall may not be so steep.
    D. Notwithstanding a good deal of speculation on this issue, it is still not clear as to who benefits from a lower turnout.

    a. BACD

    b. ABCD

    c. DBAC

    d. CBDA  (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 5

    Arrange the sentences A, B, C and D in a proper sequence so as to make a coherent paragraph.

    A. After several routine elections there comes a 'critical' election which redefines the basic pattern of political loyalties, redraws political geography and opens up political space.
    B. In psephological jargon, they call it realignment.
    C. Rather, since 1989, there have been a series of semi-critical elections.
    D. On a strict definition, none of the recent Indian elections qualifies as a critical election.

    a. ABCD

    b. ABDC

    c. DBAC

    d. DCBA  (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option B


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    Question 6

    Arrange the sentences A, B, C and D in a proper sequence so as to make a coherent paragraph.

    A. Trivial pursuits marketed by the Congress, is a game imported from Italy.
    B. The idea is to create an imaginary saviour in times of crisis so that the party doesn't fall flat on its collective face.
    C. Closest contenders are Mani Shankar Aiyar, who still hears His Master's Voice and V. George, who is frustrated by the fact that his political future remains Sonia and yet so far.
    D. The current champion is Arjun for whom all roads lead to Rome, or in this case, 10 Janpath.

    a. ABDC

    b. ABCD

    c. DCBA

    d. CDBA     (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 7

    Arrange the sentences A, B, C and D in a proper sequence so as to make a coherent paragraph.

    A. Good advertising can make people buy your products even if it sucks.
    B. A dollar spent on brainwashing is more cost-effective than a dollar spent on product improvement.
    C. That's important because it takes pressure off you to make good products.
    D. Obviously, there's a minimum quality that every product has to achieve: it should be able to withstand the shipping process without becoming unrecognizable.

    a. BACD

    b. ACBD

    c. ADCB

    d. BCDA   (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option B


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    Question 8

    Arrange the sentences A, B, C and D in a proper sequence so as to make a coherent paragraph.

    A. Almost a century ago, when the father of the modern automobile industry, Henry Ford, sold the first Model T car, he decided that only the best would do for his customers.
    B. Today, it is committed to delivering the finest quality with over six million vehicles a year in over 200 countries across the world.
    C. And for over 90 years, this philosophy has endured in the Ford Motor Company.
    D. Thus, a vehicle is ready for the customer only if it passes the Ford 'Zero Defect Programme'.

    a. ABCD

    b. ACDB

    c. ACBD

    d. CDAB   (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option C


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    Question 9

    Arrange the sentences A, B, C and D in a proper sequence so as to make a coherent paragraph.

    A. But, clearly, the government still has the final say.
    B. In the past few years, the Reserve Bank of India might have wrested considerable powers from the government when it comes to monetary policy.
    C. The RBI's announcements on certain issues become effective only after the government notifies them.
    D. Isn't it time the government vested the RBI with powers to sanction such changes, leaving their ratification for later?

    a. ACDB

    b. ACBD

    c. BACD

    d. DACB  (CAT 1997)


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    Answer: Option C


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    Question 10

    Arrange the sentences A, B, C and D in a proper sequence so as to make a coherent paragraph.

    A. I sat there frowning at the checkered tablecloth, chewing the bitter cud of insight.
    B. That wintry afternoon in Manhattan, waiting in the little French restaurant, I was feeling frustrated and depressed.
    C. Even the prospect of seeing a dear friend failed to cheer me as it usually did.
    D. Because of certain miscalculations on my part, a project of considerable importance in my life had fallen through.

    a. ADBC

    b. BCDA

    c. BDCA

    d. ABCD   (CAT 1997)


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