English - Verbal:
Directions : Each question given below consists of a statement, followed by two arguments numbered I and II. You have to decide which of the arguments is a ‘strong’ argument and which is a ‘weak’ argument.
1. Statements : Should agriculture in rural India be mechanized?
Arguments : I. Yes. It would lead to higher production.
II. No. Many villagers would be left unemployed.
2. Statements : Should girls learn arts like judo and karate?
Arguments : I. Yes. It will enable them to defend themselves from rogues and ruffians.
II. No. They will lose their feminine grace.
3. Statements : Should be political parties be banned?
Arguments : I. Yes. It is necessary to teach a lesson to the politicians.
II. No. It will lead to an end of democracy.
4. Statements : Should the educated unemployed youth be paid “unemployment allowance” by
Arguments : I. Yes. It will provide them some monetary help to either seek employment or
to kickstart some ‘self-employment’ venture.
II. No. It will dampen their urge to do something to earn their livelihood and thus
promote idleness among the unemployed youth.
5. Statements : Should foreign films be banned in India?
Arguments : I. Yes. They depict an alien culture which adversely affects our values.
II. No. Foreign films are of a high artistic standard.
6. Statements : Should all the practising doctors be brought under Government control so that
they get salary from the Government and treat patients free of cost?
Arguments : I. No. How can any country do such an undemocratic thing?
II. Yes. Despite many problems, it will certainly help minimize, if not
eradicate, unethical medical practices.
7. Statements : Should higher education be completely stopped for sometime?
Arguments : I. No. It will hamper the country’s future progress.
II. Yes. It will reduce the educated unemployment.
8. Statements : Should there be more than one High Courts in each state in India?
Arguments : I. No. This will be a sheer wastage of taxpayers’ money.
II. Yes. This will help reduce the backlog of cases pending for a very long time.
9. Statements : Are nuclear families better than joint families?
Arguments : I. No. Joint families ensure security and also reduce the burden of work.
II. Yes. Nuclear families ensure greater freedom.
10. Statements : Should India give away Kashmir to Pakistan?
Arguments : I. No. Kashmir is a beautiful state. It earns a lot of foreign exchange for India.
II. Yes. This would help settle conflicts.
11. Statements : Should students take part in politics?
Arguments : I. Yes. It inculcates in them qualities of leadership.
II. No. They should study and build up their career.
12. Statements : Should there be concentration of foreign investment in only few states?
Arguments : I. No. It is against the policy of overall development of the country.
II. Yes. A large number of states lack infrastructure to attract foreign
13. Statements : Should luxury hotels be banned in India?
Arguments : I. Yes. They are places from where international criminals operate.
II. No. Affluent foreign tourists will have no place to stay.
14. Statements : Should India engage into a dialogue with neighbouring countries to stop cross order
Arguments : I. Yes. This is the only way to reduce the cross border terrorism and stop loss of
II. No. Neighbouring countries cannot be relied upon in such matters, they may still
engage in subversive activities.
15. Statements : Should a total ban be put on trapping wild animals?
Arguments : I. Yes. Trappers are making a lot of money.
II. No. Bans on hunting and trapping are not effective.
16. Statements : Should system of offering jobs only to the wards of government employees be
introduced in all government may stand to lose in the long run.
Arguments : I. No. It denies opportunity to many deserving individuals and government
may stand to lose in the long run.
II. No. It is against the principle of equality. Does not government owe its
responsibility to all its citizens?
17. Statements : Should young entrepreneurs be encouraged?
Arguments : I. Yes. They will help in industrial development of the country.
II. Yes. They will reduce the burden on employment market.
18. Statements : Should the sex determination test during pregnancy be completely banned?
Arguments : I. Yes. This leads to indiscriminate female feticide and eventually will lead to
II. No. People have a right to know about their unborn child.
19. Statements : Should government jobs in rural areas have more incentives?
Arguments : I. Yes. Incentives are essential for attracting government servants there.
II. No. Rural areas are already cheaper, healthier and less complex than big
cities. So, why offer extra incentives!
20. Statements : Should there be only one rate of interest for term deposits of varying durations
Arguments : I. No. People will refrain from keeping money for longer duration resulting
into reduction of liquidity level of banks.
II. Yes. This will be much simple for the common people and they may be
encouraged to keep more money in banks.
21. Statements : Should all refugees, who make unauthorized entry into a country, be forced to
go back to their homeland?
Arguments : I. Yes. They make their colonies and occupy a lot of land.
II. No. They leave their homes because of hunger or some terror and on human
grounds, should not be forced to go back.
22. Statements : Should new big industries be started in Mumbai?
Arguments : I. Yes. It will create job opportunities.
II. No. It will further add to the pollution of the city.
23. Statements : Should government stop spending huge amounts of money on international sports?
Arguments : I. Yes. This money can be utilized for upliftment of the poor.
II. No. Sports persons will be frustrated and will not get international exposure.
24. Statements : Should the oil companies be allowed to fix the price of petroleum products
depending on market conditions?
Arguments : I. Yes. This is the only way to make the oil companies commercially viable.
II. No. This will put additional burden on the retail prices of essential
commodities and will cause a lot of hardships to the masses.
25. Statements : Should there be a maximum limit for the number of ministers in the Central
Arguments : I. No. The political party in power should have the freedom to decide the
number of ministers to be appointed.
II. Yes. The number of ministers should be restricted to a certain percentage of
the total number of seats in the parliament to avoid unnecessary