Logical Reasoning - Statement and Argument - Discussion

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.

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.


Statement: Should India engage into a dialogue with neighbouring countries to stop cross border tension?


  1. Yes. This is the only way to reduce the cross border terrorism and stop loss of innocent lives.
  2. No. Neighbouring countries cannot be relied upon in such matters, they may still engage in subversive activities.

[A]. Only argument I is strong
[B]. Only argument II is strong
[C]. Either I or II is strong
[D]. Neither I nor II is strong
[E]. Both I and II are strong

Answer: Option A


Clearly, peaceful settlement through mutual agreement is the best option, whatever be the issue. So, argument I holds strong. Moreover, the problem indicated in II can be curbed by constant check and vigilance. So, II seems to be vague.

Swapnil Shirsat said: (Feb 4, 2014)  
I feel argument I uses keyword only which makes it weak argument because there can be other ways to reduce the cross border issue.

Hence I feel none of the above are strong arguments.

Ishan said: (Apr 17, 2016)  
Option A is not the only way.

Vatsala said: (Dec 5, 2016)  
I chose option D as A is not the only way, but presumably its wrong.

Pranav said: (Aug 11, 2018)  
According to me, Option A is wrong.

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