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Directions (Q. 1-5) In making decision about important question, it is desirable to be able to distinguish between ‘strong’ arguments are those which are both important and directly related to the question. ‘Weak’ arguments are those which are of minor importance and also may not be directly related to the question or may be related to a trivial aspect of the question. Each question below is followed by three arguments numbered (A), (B) and (C). You have to decide which is the arguments is a ‘strong’ arguments and which is a ‘weak’ argument.
1. Statement Should there be complete ban on setting up of thermal power plants in India?
(A) Yes, this is the only way to arrest further addition to environmental pollution.
(B) No, there is a huge shortage of electricity in most parts of the country and hence generation of electricity needs to be augmented.
(C) No, many developed countries continue to set up thermal power plants in their countries.
None is strong
Only (A) is strong
Only (B) is strong
Only (C) is strong
Only either (A) or (B) is strong
2. Statements: Should road repair work in big cities be carried out only late at night?
(A) No, this way the work will never get completed.
(B) No, there will be unnecessary use of electricity.
(C) Yes, the commuters will face lot of problems due to repair work during the day.
Only (B) and (C) are strong
Only (A) and (B) are strong
3. Statements: Should all the deemed universities be derecognized and attached to any of the central of state universities in India?
(A) Yes many of these deemed universities do not conform to the required standards of a full-fledged university and hence the level of education is compromised.
(B) No, these deemed universities have been able to introduce innovative courses suitable to the requirement of various industries as they are free from strict government controls.
(C) Yes, many such universities are basically money spinning activities and education takes a backseat in these institutions.
Only (A) and (C) are strong
All (A), (B) and (C) are strong
None of these
4. Statement: Should there be a cap on drawing groundwater for irrigation purposes in India?
(A) No, irrigation is of prime importance for food production in India and it is heavily dependent on groundwater in many parts of the country.
(B) Yes, water tables have gone down to alarmingly low levels in some parts of the country where irrigation is primarily dependent on groundwater, which may lead to serious environmental consequences.
(C) Yes, India just cannot afford to draw groundwater any further as the international agencies have cautioned India against it.
None of these
5. Statements: Should there be a restriction on the construction of high rise building in big cities in India?
(A) No, big cities in India do not have adequate open land plots to accommodate the growing population.
(B) Yes, only the builders and developers benefit from the construction of high rise buildings.
(C) Yes, the Government should first provide adequate infrastructural facilities to existing building before allowing the construction of new high rise buildings.