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.

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Statement: Should there be an upper age limit of 65 years for contesting Parliamentary/ Legislative Assembly elections?

Arguments:

  1. Yes. Generally, people above the age of 65 lose their dynamism and will power.
  2. No. The life span is so increased that people remain physically and mentally active even up to the age of 80.

[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 D

Explanation:

The age of a person is no criterion for judging his mental capabilities and administrative qualities. So, none of the arguments holds strong.

Pranav Maddineni said: (Jul 4, 2011)  
Can you please give more information about it?

Shale said: (Nov 15, 2015)  
Where in the statement do they ever say they want an age limit because of possible deteriorating mental capabilities or administrative qualities.

I was thinking just because it is near retirement age, and they deserve to enjoy their retirement without the added stress.

Mayuri said: (Jun 11, 2016)  
Yes. There is a certain age limit for all human being to work, whether physical work or mental work. Otherwise, why Government itself declare retirement for all Govt. Servant. So politician must a have a certain age limit.

Uday said: (Jun 24, 2016)  
Contradicting to this there is an age limit for minimum qualification (age 25/30/35) to contest in Parliamentary/ Legislative Assembly elections. Why is that?

Since the explanation you provided says "The age of a person is no criterion for judging his mental capabilities and administrative qualities".

Then it implies even a college going student of; let's say class 12 (aged 18) can also contest!

Kartik said: (Dec 21, 2016)  
I agree @Uday.

Rahul said: (Aug 26, 2017)  
Yes, correct @Uday.

Bhawesh said: (Dec 27, 2017)  
I too agree @Uday.

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