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.

8. 

Statement: Should all the annual examinations up to Std. V be abolished?

Arguments:

  1. Yes. The young students should not be burdened with such examinations which hampers their natural growth.
  2. No. The students will not study seriously as they will get automatic promotion to the next class and this will affect them in future.

[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 E

Explanation:

Clearly, neither the students can be burdened with studies at such a tender age, nor can they be left free to take studies casually, as this shall weaken their basic foundation. So, both the arguments follow.

Pranav Maddineni said: (Jul 4, 2011)  
I think annual exams upto 5th must be conducted. Then they will get adusted for reading such an enormous syllabus at a time in the future. In our state andhra pradesh the students are the most hard working students in our country. The no of intelligent people may be less but no. Of hard working people are more. For an example see the IIT rank every year. Majority of the top ranking students are from andhra pradesh. The reason is the student will be polished from the eaarlier classes itself.

Sidhant said: (Oct 24, 2012)  
I don't think they should be abolished. They can be made optional and may not be the basis of promoting a child to the next level. But again when I was in std 5 I dint find the exam overburdening. Its the fault of the parents that they send their children for tuition at such a tender age. They should take care of their studies themselves and allow their kids to take it easy by not forcing them.

Vik said: (Nov 2, 2013)  
How could yes and no answers (which contradicts each other) be both correct ? should not it be the case for using "either".

Rajiv said: (Dec 4, 2013)  
Please explain different cases (rules) which would help us understand when to mark option C and when to mark option E. Confused! : (.

Prashant said: (Mar 2, 2014)  
I do not think they must be abolished but at the same time the annual examinations must not only be the criteria for promoting the students to next class. A fine balance must be maintained between the studies and extracurricular activities so that they can experience the best of the both worlds and their performance in both academic and non academic must be taken into account to promote them.

Albertanny said: (Aug 12, 2014)  
Abolishing is not the only remedy for reducing burden, so I feel option A is vague and option B should be the answer not both.

Jaydev said: (Oct 6, 2014)  
As long as the arguments concerned, facts presented in arguments are important to determine weather the argument is strong or weak. If the exam requires mugging syllabus, it is surely burdensome for students and should be abolished.

For the second argument; students are not supposed to be serious at this age. Instead of showing fear of exam, innovative learning modules should be arranged to make students learn. I don't think argument B is strong.

V Ananthi said: (Apr 4, 2015)  
Each student must be assessed by various skills such as listening speaking reading writing life skill physical fitness leadership qualities helping sharing skills etc. . So I agree option E.

Trishul said: (Jul 10, 2015)  
I find argument 1 quite vague. What exactly is meant by natural growth? Doesn't a lack of competition itself hampers growth and development in general?

Due to lack of better argument for the statement, I find option B more suitable.

Naresh Kumar Meena said: (Oct 9, 2015)  
Well but I found option B is not suitable because till class V no student able to understand importance of education.

So where seriousness is count infect instead of this option should B like that: No because it will make there basic of primary education and they will suffer in future. This will be more appropriate.

Shubham Soni said: (Jan 5, 2016)  
Exams should conduct but children should not be burdened with excessive study. In their tender age parents should not expect them too much. They must devote time to find their own interest and to make career in their selective interest.

Riya said: (Sep 3, 2016)  
Exams are not the only way to flourish natural growth and therefore should not be considered as a strong argument.

Faraz Arif said: (Jan 4, 2017)  
I don't believe that Statement 1 follows since it is fairly vague in stating that natural growth will be hampered (which is unjustified and clearly did not hamper our natural growth when we were younger). Statement 2 is still strong as it justifies itself by giving a good reason.

Jai said: (Mar 7, 2017)  
According to me, education is not burden parents should take initiative to create interest in study.

Anshuman Sethy said: (Apr 11, 2017)  
I think 2nd argument is correct. A new born baby we can say a complete white paper. What we write on them that is the future of them. So parents and school teachers have to take the responsibility for the students to familiar with the annual exam. Because there is no filter in small children so they absorb things very quickly.

If they don't give annual exam for 5 years and suddenly in 6th standard they give annual exam that takes more pressure to them. So the school authorities have to apply less percentage pass marks and checking the copies lightly and ensure that all students pass their standards so that they are acquainted with the exam which helps them in future.

Pratyush Raj Singh said: (Apr 27, 2017)  
I think option b is correct because no child will study till 5th std. And if this happens he/she would face problems in future.

Rohan Shetty said: (Sep 11, 2017)  
Annual Examinations upto class 5 is not a burden!

B should be the answer.

Pooja said: (Nov 14, 2017)  
Both the statements are contradictory to each other so how to decide.

Avinash said: (May 25, 2018)  
The Answer should be C.

Amjad said: (Nov 11, 2018)  
Both statements have a different direction of conclusion, so it should be C option.

Anandan said: (Jun 20, 2019)  
There should be examinations (may be a mix of oral and written) at least from class-1 because at that stage of life, the child would get into the habit of studying.

After Class-5, it will be very difficult for the child to adjust with examination curriculum and many of the students may lag behind.

Yash said: (May 25, 2020)  
I think option B is correct.

Karmesh Gupta said: (Aug 11, 2020)  
Option C should be correct because they are opposite to each other. Either conduction of exams is good or bad.

Darling Kamali said: (Jan 21, 2021)  
Option C is the correct answer.

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