Logical Reasoning - Statement and Assumption - Discussion

In each question below is given a statement followed by two assumptions numbered I and II. You have to consider the statement and the following assumptions and decide which of the assumptions is implicit in the statement.

Give answer

  • (A) If only assumption I is implicit
  • (B) If only assumption II is implicit
  • (C) If either I or II is implicit
  • (D) If neither I nor II is implicit
  • (E) If both I and II are implicit.

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Statement: The General Administration Department has issued a circular to all the employees informing them that henceforth the employees can avail their lunch break at any of the half-hour slots between 1.00 p.m. and 2.30 p.m.

Assumptions:

  1. The employees may welcome the decision and avail lunch break at different time's slots.
  2. There may not be any break in the work of the organization as the employees will have their lunch break at different time slots.

[A]. Only assumption I is implicit
[B]. Only assumption II is implicit
[C]. Either I or II is implicit
[D]. Neither I nor II is implicit
[E]. Both I and II are implicit

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

The employees' reaction to the new decision cannot be deduced from the statement. So, I is not implicit. However, II denotes the most probable consequence of the new decision. So, II is implicit.

Pawan Reley said: (Apr 27, 2011)  
Here why answer is not E, because the paragraph " henceforth the employee can avail their lunch break at any of the half hour" so it is depend on he employee that they welcome the decision or not, it means they may welcome it or may not. and option A is stating that they may welcome the decision and avail lunch break at any time slots.

Kari said: (Feb 27, 2012)  
'b' is'nt correct as its not clearly mentioned that they all will not sit together for lunch. They may sit and this will result in a break in org. Work. Please explain.

Dave said: (Aug 22, 2012)  
I don't see how the circular implies that all lunches cannot be taken at the same time?

Prabhanshu said: (Jan 4, 2016)  
The correct answer is E.

Because the 1st assumption says that 'the employees "MAY" welcome'. They may or they may not.

And as @Kari says that its not specified. Well its not specified that there will be no break. What if everyone takes lunch at same time. Then what?

Devvrat said: (Jan 17, 2017)  
Why do we forget that these questions are based on the assumption on which statements are made?

Hence won't it be normal to think that such decision to expand the time zone for having lunch would have been taken with some assumptions. And the top assumption would be that employees will like it and further it can also be assumed that in this way there will work going on throughout the time the office or department is open.

Charan Rawat said: (Feb 7, 2018)  
Organisation is presumably moving from single lunch break to multiple slots. This would obviously be liked by employees as it accommodates their timing needs. Thus I is justified.

However, since different employees could be at lunch at different slots, work is likely to be disrupted. Thus II does not hold.

Hence correct answer should be neither I nor II holds.

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