Critical Reasoning Previous Year Questions (CAT) - Set 0019


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    Previous years`s CAT questions: Critical Reasoning

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    Question 1

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

    A. This is probably one of the reasons why the number of women and men remain roughly equal in most societies.
    B. Fortunately or unfortunately, individual couples cannot really be concerned about this overall ‘error’.
    C. Population growth then can be considered the error of this central process.
    D. Purely at the human level, it appears that most couples like to have at least one living daughter and one living son when they are in the middle ages.

    (a) CBDA
    (b) DACB
    (c) DCBA
    (d) CDAB    ( CAT 1992 )


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    Answer: Option B


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    Question 2

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

    A. Against this background, the current target of 12.8 percent does not seem that high a figure.
    B. A better vantage point to evaluate the 12.8 percent target for export growth is our performance in the ‘golden years’
    between 1986 – 87 and 1990 – 91, during which time exports in dollar terms increased by 17.1 percent.
    C. In fact, the rate of growth would have to increase still further if we are to achieve the eighth plan target of export growth in value terms of 13.6 percent per annum.
    D. Even in 1990 – 91, the year of the Gulf War, exports went up by 9 percent.

    (a) BDAC
    (b) BCAD
    (c) DABC
    (d) ACBD
           ( CAT 1992 )


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 3

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

    A. Their growing costs and a growing economy-must be reckoned with realistically.
    B. Central programmes persist and in some cases grow.
    C. As demand expands, programmes expand.
    D. It is extremely difficult to curtail them.

    (a) CDAB
    (b) BCDA
    (c) DABC
    (d) ACBD
            ( CAT 1992 )


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    Answer: Option B


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    Question 4

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

    A. It was never denied and seemed to be integrated into the city life.
    B. The poverty was there right in the open in all the streets.
    C. But, somehow it did not depress me as much as I had feared.
    D. Indian society is associated with great poverty, and indeed I saw a lot of poverty in Bombay.

    (a) ADBC
    (b) BCAD
    (c) BCDA
    (d) DCBA
           ( CAT 1992 )


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    Answer: Option D


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    Question 5

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

    A. This has been going on now for nearly 200 years.
    B. They haven’t even been noticed much by central, state, or local governments, no matter how insolent or blasphemous or treasonous those writers may be.
    C. But writers of novels, plays, short stories or poems have never been hurt or hampered much
    D. Journalists and teachers are often bullied or fired in my country for saving this or that.

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


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 6

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

    1. India’s experience of industrialization is characteristic of the difficulties faced by a newly independent developing country.
    A. In 1947, India was undoubtedly an under – developed country with one of the lowest per capita incomes in the world.
    B. Indian industrialization was the result of a conscious deliberate policy of growth by an indigenous political elite.
    C. Today India ranks fifth in the international comity of nations if measured in terms of purchasing power.
    D. Even today however, the benefits of Indian industrialization since independence have not reached the masses.
    6. Industrialization in India has been a limited success; one more example of growth without development.

    (a) CDAB
    (b) DCBA
    (c) CABD
    (d) BACD
         ( CAT 1993 )


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    Answer: Option D


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    Question 7

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

    1. What does the state do in a country where tax is very low?
    A. It tries to spy upon the taxpayers.
    B. It investigates income sources and spending patterns.
    C. Exactly what the tax authority tries to do now even if inconsistently.
    D. It could also encourage people to denounce to the tax authorities any conspicuously prosperous neighbours who may be suspected of not paying their taxes properly.
    6. The ultimate solution would be an Orwellian System.

    (a) BADC
    (b) DBAC
    (c) ABCD
    (d) DCBA              ( CAT 1993 )


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 8

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

    1. It is significant that one of the most common objections to competition is that it is blind.
    A. This is important because in a system of free enterprise based on private property chances are not equal and there is indeed a strong case for reducing the inequality of opportunity.
    B. Rather it is a choice between a system where it is the will of few persons that decides who is to get what and one where it depends at least partly, on the ability and the enterprise of the people concerned.
    C. Although competition and justice may have little else in common, it is as much a commendation of competition as of justice that it is no respecter of persons.
    D. The choice today is not between a system in which everybody will get what he deserves according to some universal standard and one where individuals’ shares are determined by chance of goodwill.
    6. The fact that opportunities open to the poor in a competitive society are much more restricted than those open to the rich, does not make it less true that in such a society the poor are more free than a person commanding much greater material
    comfort in a different type of society.

    (a) CDBA
    (b) DCBA
    (c) ABCD
    (d) BADC
            ( CAT 1993 )


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 9

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

    1. The fragile Yugoslav state has an uncertain future.
    A. Thus, there will surely be chaos and uncertainty if the people fail to settle their differences.
    B. Sharp ideological differences already exist in the country.
    C. Ethnic, regional, linguistic and material disparities are profound.
    D. The country will also lose the excellent reputation it enjoyed in the international arena.
    6. At worst, it will once more become vulnerable to international conspiracy and intrigue.

    (a) BCAD
    (b) ADCB
    (c) ACBD
    (d) DBCA
           ( CAT 1993 )


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    Answer: Option A


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    Question 10

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

    1. The New Economic Policy comprises the various policy measures and changes introduced since July 1991.
    A. There is a common thread running through all these measures.
    B. The objective is simple to improve the efficiency of the system.
    C. The regulator mechanism involving multitude of controls has fragmented the capacity and reduced competition even in the private sector.
    D. The thrust of the new policy is towards creating a more competitive environment as a means to improving the productivity and efficiency of the economy.
    6. This is to be achieved by removing the banners and restrictions on the entry and growth of firms.

    (a) DCAB
    (b) ABCD
    (c) BDAC
    (d) CDBA
                ( CAT 1993 )


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