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 there be reservation in Government jobs for candidates from single child family? Arguments:
  1. No. This is not advisable as the jobs should be offered to only deserving candidates without any reservation for a particular group.
  2. Yes. This will help reduce the growing population in India as the parents will be encouraged to adopt single child norm.

A Either I or II is strong

B Only argument I is strong

C Neither I nor II is strong

D Only argument II is strong

E Both I and II are strong

ANS:D - Neither I nor II is strong

Explanation: The Government has already made provisions for reservation of jobs for the economically backward sections, which is a must. So, abolishing the practice of reservation altogether has no meaning. Thus, argument I is vague. Also, more reservations would lead to non-recruitment of many more deserving candidates. Besides, such a reservation, if implemented, will cater to the job requirements of only a small section of population and not a major part of it. So, argument II also does not hold strong.

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