Critical Reasoning Previous Year Questions (CAT) - Set 0016


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    Previous years`s CAT questions: Critical Reasoning

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    Question 1

    Arrange the sentences A, B, C and D to form a logical sequence between sentences 1 and 6.

    1. Amount of published information available varies widely by industry.
    A. Unfortunately for the researcher, many industries do not meet these criteria, and there may be little published information available.
    B. Generally, the problem the researcher will face in using published data for analysing an economically meaningful industry is that they are too broad or too arranged to fit the industry.
    C. However, it is always possible to gain some important information about an industry from published sources and these sources should be aggressively pursued.
    D. Larger the industry, the older it is, and the slower the rate of technological change, better is the available published information.
    6. If a researcher starts a searching for data with this reality in mind, the uselessness of broad data will be better recognized and the tendency to give up will be avoided.

    (a) ACBD
    (b) CBAD
    (c) DACB
    (d) BDAC     (CAT 1992)


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    Answer: Option D


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    Question 2

    Arrange the sentences A, B, C and D to form a logical sequence between sentences 1 and 6.

    1. The main source of power in industrial undertaking is electricity.
    A. Electricity from water also requires enormous river valley projects involving huge expenditure.
    B. In contrast, electricity from atomic power stations will result in a tremendous saving in expenditure.
    C. Besides, the mineral resources of the world required for generation of electricity are being rapidly depleted.
    D. But the production of electricity needs huge quantities of coal.
    6. The installation of atomic plants will help in meeting the shortage of these resources.

    (a) ABDC
    (b) CBAD
    (c) DABC
    (d) BCAD   (CAT 1992)


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    Answer: Option C


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    Question 3

    Arrange the sentences A, B, C and D to form a logical sequence between sentences 1 and 6

    1. Intensity of competition in an industry is neither a matter of coincidence nor bad luck.
    A. The collective strength of these forces determines the ultimate profit potential in the industry where profit potential is measured in terms of long run returns on invested capital.
    B. Rather, competition in an industry is rooted in its underlying economic structure and goes well beyond the behavior of current competitors.
    C. Not all industries have the same potential.
    D. The state of competition in an industry depends on five basic competitive forces.
    6. They differ fundamentally in their ultimate profit potential as the collective strength of the forces differ.

    (a) CDBA
    (b) DCAB
    (c) BDAC
    (d) ABDC   (CAT 1992)


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    Answer: Option C


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    Question 4

    Arrange the sentences A, B, C and D to form a logical sequence between sentences 1 and 6

    1. The general enemy of mankind, as people have discovered, is not science, but war.
    A. It is found that there is peace, science is constructive; when there is war science is perverted to destructive ends.
    B. Science merely reflects the social forces by which it is surrounded.
    C. Until now, they have brought us to the doorstep of doom.
    D. The weapon which science gives us do not necessarily create war, these make war increasingly more terrible.
    6. Our main problem, therefore, is not to curb science, but to stop war, to substitute law for force and international governments for anarchy in the relations between nations.

    (a) ADBC
    (b) BADC
    (c) CDAB
    (d) DABC
       (CAT 1992)


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    Answer: Option B


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    Question 5

    Arrange the sentences A, B, C and D to form a logical sequence between sentences 1 and 6

    1. It will be foolish to deny that the countryside has many attractions to offer.
    A. One soon gets tired of the same old scenes and creatures day in and day out.
    B. But there is another side of the picture.
    C. The honesty and frankness of the country-folk, too, is a refreshing change from the dishonesty and selfishness we find in so many urban people.
    D. There is the lovely scenery, the interesting and varied wildlife, the long rambles through the woods and fields and the clean, healthy air.
    6. The loneliness and monotony in the countryside soon begin to make themselves felt and we long for the familiar sidewalks and street corners of the town.

    (a) ABCD
    (b) DCAB
    (c) DABC
    (d) DCBA
        (CAT 1992)


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    Answer: Option D


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    Question 6

    Arrange the sentences A, B, C and D to form a logical sequence between sentences 1 and 6

    1. A welfare state in the attainment of its objective must avoid coercion and violence.
    A. But communism implies the loss of freedom of expression and action and introduces a regimentation of life.
    B. Communism implies the loss of freedom of expression and action and introduces a regimentation of life.
    C. There are all serious disadvantages which perhaps outweigh the economic gains.
    D. Communism aims at the welfare state and perhaps the completest form of the welfare state in most respects.
    6. A true welfare state can develop only by following the path of peace and democracy.

    (a) CADB
    (b) ACDB
    (c) DCAB
    (d) DABC
       (CAT 1992)


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    Answer: Option D


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    Question 7

    Arrange the sentences A, B, C and D to form a logical sequence between sentences 1 and 6

    1. Human experience tends to show that the more we mix with a man, the more we come to dislike him.
    A. When the acquaintance with him ripens into intimacy, we are likely to become very keenly aware of his defects and imperfections.
    B. In the beginning, we may feel greatly attracted by someone because of certain qualities that we find in him.
    C. But on closer acquaintance we will begin to perceive his faults and shortcomings.
    D. The truth is that nobody is free from faults and weaknesses.
    6. But while a man makes a show of his strong points and his good qualities, he generally tries to conceal or cover his faults and defects.

    (a) ACBD
    (b) BCAD
    (c) CDBA
    (d) DCAB
        (CAT 1992)


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    Answer: Option B


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    Question 8

    Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the four given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.

    A. It is turning off the tap.
    B. And with no consensus of the exit policy, the government is damned if it supports loss making units and damned if it doesn’t.
    C. The private sector did the same in the past because securing legal sanction for closure was virtually impossible.
    D. After years of funding the losses of public sector companies, the government is doing the unthinkable.

    (a) DACB
    (b) CADB
    (c) DCAB
    (d) BDAC
         (CAT 1992)


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 9

    Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the four given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.

    A. Trade protocols were signed, the dollar as the medium of exchange was ignored, trade was denominated in rupees and the exchange rate between the two countries was to be fixed outside the ambit of free markets.
    B. A young India, some years after independence fashioning her foreign policy of nonalignment, found it prudent to stay close to the former Soviet Union.
    C. Once upon a time there was a super power named Soviet Union that attracted nations apprehensive of the global aspirations of the other superpower, the U.S.A.
    D. One way of doing this was to evolve a bilateral relations in trade that could be called upon provide a buffer against the arm-twisting by the U.S.A.

    (a) CBAD
    (b) BADC
    (c) BCAD
    (d) CBDA     (CAT 1992)


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    Answer: Option D


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    Question 10

    Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the four given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.

    A. I had heard that sort of thing before.
    B. He said that his generation was the first to believe that it had no future.
    C. A young American made earthling stopped by my house the other day to talk about some book of mine he had read.
    D. He was the son of a Boston man who had died an alcoholic vagrant.

    (a) CDBA
    (b) ABCD
    (c) CBAD
    (d) ABDC
       (CAT 1992)

     


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