Statement and Argument

Directions to SolveEach 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.Give answer:
  • (A) If only argument I is strong
  • (B) If only argument II is strong
  • (C) If either I or II is strong
  • (D) If neither I nor II is strong and
  • (E) If both I and II are strong.

Q1: Statement: Should colleges be given the status of a university in India? Arguments:
  1. Yes. Colleges are in a better position to assess the student's performance and therefore the degrees will be more valid.
  2. No. It is Utopian to think that there will not be nepotism and corruption in awarding degrees by colleges.

A Both I and II are strong

B Only argument II is strong

C Neither I nor II is strong

D Either I or II is strong

E Only argument I is strong

ANS:D - Neither I nor II is strong

Explanation: Clearly, at the college level, all the students are assessed according to their performance in the University Exams and not on the basis of any criteria of a more intimate dealings with the students. So, argument I is vague. Also, at this level the awarding of degrees is impartial and simply based on his performance. So, argument II also does not hold.

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