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 import duty on all the electronic goods be dispensed with?


  1. No. This will considerably reduce the income of the government and will adversely affect the developmental activities.
  2. No. The local manufacturers will not be able to compete with the foreign manufacturers who are technologically far superior.

[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


Abolishing the import duty on electronic goods shall reduce the costs of imported goods and adversely affect the sale of the domestic products, thus giving a setback to the Indian electronics industry. So, argument II holds strong. Argument I does not provide a convincing reason.

Vishal said: (Sep 16, 2011)  
Abolishing duties will considerably reduce the income of the government and will adversely affect the developmental activities as it will help the country GDP.

Sachin said: (Sep 23, 2012)  
In this question argument 1 is also strong, reducing the import duty will reduce the govt income and hence reduction in the development.

Irfan said: (Jul 6, 2013)  
D is right as abolishing tax will hamper our economy as well as our domestic industries.

Vik said: (Nov 2, 2013)  
Following the logic of the author, if the making school education free (previous question) is the burden for a budget, then why abolishing of the import duty is not?

Gaurav said: (Sep 21, 2016)  
The second statement itself admits that foreign technology superior. By abolishing the import duty, local manufactures will be forced to improve the quality of their products to stay in the competition. Imposing import duty just to save local manufacturers with their sub-par quality products is not a wise decision.

The first statement on the other hand, presents a solid argument as abolishing the import duty with surely leave a large hole in the government's income.

Hence, the first state is the strong argument.

Prashant said: (Nov 15, 2018)  
The word considerably and adversely make statement 1 weak.

Pallavi said: (Jun 29, 2019)  
Here, What is the relationship between import duty and the quality of the product?

Rubbal said: (Jun 10, 2020)  
According to me, Both arguments are strong.

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