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 council of ministers once appointed be kept the same for the entire period intervening two elections?


  1. No. Shuffling of ministers and portfolios is a healthy democratic process.
  2. Yes. The ministers do not get a hold on their portfolio unless they are kept for a longer duration.

[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


Shuffling of Cabinet ministers is just not a regular process, but a step to ensure proper working and implementation of schemes and avoid corruption. So, none of the arguments holds strong.

Mavric said: (Jun 25, 2013)  
None of the argument says shuffling of ministers is a regular process or not as given in the answer, 'proper working and implementation of schemes and avoiding corruption' is a healthy democratic process as given in argument 1.

Hitesh said: (Aug 15, 2013)  
If we go by the statement given, council of ministers, their portfolio & time gap between elections is stressed upon. Argument 1 holds strong since it mentions about democratic process that should be followed during the time gap between elections. Argument 2 also holds strong since it mentions about ministers portfolio.

Both arguments somewhere relates to statement given.

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