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 the tuition fees in all post-graduate courses be hiked considerably?


  1. Yes. This will bring in some sense of seriousness among the students and will improve the quality.
  2. No. This will force the meritorious poor students to stay away from post-graduate courses.

[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 B


A hike in fees is no means to make the students more serious in studies. So, argument I is vague. However, with the increase in fees, poor meritorious students would not be able to afford post-graduate studies. So, argument II holds.

Harry said: (Oct 25, 2014)  
I didn't agree with this. It's fair to assume that students would take courses more seriously if they pay more money.

Dallas said: (Sep 27, 2015)  
I don't agree with this either. If the explanation holds true, then this does not justify the price Harvard and Yale students pay for their education.

Another example: French students who pay very little and don't take their studies seriously at all.

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