XAT 2016: LR DI


23 Questions MCQ Test Logical Reasoning (LR) and Data Interpretation (DI) | XAT 2016: LR DI


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QUESTION: 1

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Kamal Chinnappa, Vimal Rao, Ganesh Krishnan and Dinesh Kumar own a saloon each on the Barbil street. They are the only hairdressers on that street. Each of them offered three services viz. haircut, shaving and hairdye. One evening, all four of them met in a nearby teastall and agreed to charge ₹100 for any of the three services (haircut, shave and hair-dye) on weekdays. They also agreed to increase this rate to ₹115 on weekends and holidays. All verbally decided to implement the agreement.

The following day Kamal, being the most competent hairdresser on the street, was contemplating charging higher than agreed upon price.

Q. Which of the following would enable him to charge more with minimal violation of the agreement?

Solution:

He wants to charge more for his competence but with minimum violation of the agreement. So for the agreed services he cannot charge more. But for any new service he can charge more. Hence A is the correct answer. In B he is in violation of the agreement since the agreement was between people and not the shops. C and E is wrong since charging more for jumping the queue and extending work hours may increase revenue but will not enable him to showcase his competence (which is his objective). D is a wrong answer since giving free service is a violation of the agreement.

QUESTION: 2

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Kamal Chinnappa, Vimal Rao, Ganesh Krishnan and Dinesh Kumar own a saloon each on the Barbil street. They are the only hairdressers on that street. Each of them offered three services viz. haircut, shaving and hairdye. One evening, all four of them met in a nearby teastall and agreed to charge ₹100 for any of the three services (haircut, shave and hair-dye) on weekdays. They also agreed to increase this rate to ₹115 on weekends and holidays. All verbally decided to implement the agreement.

Vimal relies heavily on a bunch of loyal customers. He is concerned about retaining them.

Q. Which of the following options should he choose if he does not want to violate the agreement?

Solution:

A, B and C will end in violation of the agreement. C because the price per visit comes down by one third. D does not violate but does not solve the problem of retaining the loyal customers. The correct answer hence is E where the customers get a preference but pay the same.

QUESTION: 3

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Chatterjee, the MLA of Trikathapur, owes his election success to his close friend and businessman Ghosh. The victory had appeared unlikely for Chatterjee after the arrival of Bhowmick, a budding politician with hordes of money. However, his clean image along with Ghosh’s money ensured Chatterjee’s resounding victory.

After the elections, Ghosh requested Chatterjee to sanction the land adjoining his factory, for expansion. However, the requested government land was a green belt reducing harmful pollution from the factory.

Q. Which of the following is the BEST option for Chatterjee in these circumstances?

Solution:

E and C are wrong as they do not take care of Chatterjee’s duty to the city. B is wrong since the locals and not Ghosh are made responsible for the greenery; moreover the 20-30 trees in their respective locality may not be sufficient or even relevant to reduce pollution. D is wrong since Chatterjee is taking the responsibility to buy land from the proceeds of the sale and Ghosh gets the land with no riders (similar to C). A ensures that Ghosh first plants a stipulated number of trees and that too around the factory and the city, hence is the right answer.

QUESTION: 4

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Chatterjee, the MLA of Trikathapur, owes his election success to his close friend and businessman Ghosh. The victory had appeared unlikely for Chatterjee after the arrival of Bhowmick, a budding politician with hordes of money. However, his clean image along with Ghosh’s money ensured Chatterjee’s resounding victory.

Inspired by Bhowmick’s manifesto, Chatterjee is contemplating a green policy which can adversely affect Ghosh’s business interests.

Q. Which of the following actions from Ghosh is likely to convince Chatterjee NOT to pursue this policy?

Solution:

Chatterjee may not pursue the green policy unless his future interests are protected. Option A will not convince Chatterjee as it will not affect his future interests. Moreover, Policy framed in favour of his friend makes it unethical. Option C is unfounded assumption and hence is wrong. D may gain Ghosh some sympathy but it is not going to convince Chatterjee. E may affect Chatterjee, but it might backfire on Ghosh too. B appeals to Chatterjee’s stakeholders and hence is the right answer.

QUESTION: 5

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

The City of Yashmund is served by licensed taxis operating on officially sanctioned metered rates and driven by licensed drivers who do not own the taxis hut pay a monthly rent to the taxi-owners. Shaliesh Nair, the mayor ofYashmund, perceived that most of these taxis do not offer sufficient comfort and safety to passengers.The Mayor wants the owners and drivers to care about comfort.

Q. Which of the following decisions, IF TAKEN, is MOST LIKELY to increase the comfort levels of passengers?

Solution:

A does not imply any punishment and therefore may not induce the drivers to care about comfort. B may not be taken up by the drivers if they are satisfied with the rents they currently receive and hence is not correct. C focuses on a specific market segment and may not solve the problem for the entire market. E does not ensure that the extra amount will be invested in comfort. D focuses on a measure of comfort and a penalty for lack of comfort based on the measure and hence is the correct answer.

QUESTION: 6

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

The City of Yashmund is served by licensed taxis operating on officially sanctioned metered rates and driven by licensed drivers who do not own the taxis hut pay a monthly rent to the taxi-owners. Shaliesh Nair, the mayor ofYashmund, perceived that most of these taxis do not offer sufficient comfort and safety to passengers.

The mayor wants to involve the car owners in finding a solution to the problem of comfort and safety. He is concerned that the customers may not be willing to pay more for safety.

Q. Which of the options below is MOST LIKELY to convince the owners?

Solution:

The customers are likely to pay more for comfort and not for safety. Taxi owners can be motivated to provide more comfort by allowing them to charge more, but only strong penalties would prevent safety violations. Only D addresses both safety and comfort concerns and therefore is the right answer. Option B and E focus on comfort but ignore safety (violation of traffic rule is only one aspect of safety rule). Moreover, Option E penalizes safety rule breakers by only denying the use of comfort related privilege. Penalty should be more with safety rule violation. Option C does not penalize safety violation. Moreover, the taxi owners may not require a secondloan. Option A is wrong since customers are not willing to pay more for safety.

QUESTION: 7

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Indian Institute of Research is a Government-established body to promote research. In addition to helping in policy making, it also provides free online access to all the articles to the public. It has a mission of publishing high quality research articles. Till 2010, the publication of articles was very slow because there was no incentive for researchers to publish. Researchers stuck to the mandatory one article a year. Most of the researchers engaged in offering consultancy and earned extra income. Since its inception, the institute was considered the best place for cutting edge research. The new director of the institute was not happy with the work done by researchers in silo and came out with a new research policy in 2013 to increase research output and improve collaboration among researchers. It was decided that extra benefits would be offered to researchers with new publications. As a result, the number of research articles increased fourfold in 2014. At the 2015 annual audit, an objection was raised against the new benefits scheme. Auditors' were not happy with increased expenses towards remuneration for researchers. Further, the Government opined that the publication was itself a reward and hence researchers need be paid nothing extra. The director tried to defend his policy but the response from the government was not encouraging.

The following facts were observed by an analytics team hired by the government to study the extant situation.

1. There was a four-fold increase in the number of researchers leaving the organization in 2014.

2. A researcher died while on duty.

3. The quality of articles published declined substantially.

4. The average number of people accessing an article decreased by 2%.

Q. Which of the following options would justify the government's intention to DISCONTINUE the scheme?

Solution:

Fact 1 cannot be the reason as a substantial increase in attrition is irrelevant for the government to take a decision regarding the quality of the scheme. Fact 2 cannot be the reason as one researcher could have died because of other reasons. Fact 3 corroborates the government’s reason for not equating publications with rewards (the quality of articles published has decreased). Fact 4 cannot be the reason as 2% decrease is not substantial enough. Hence the only possible answer is fact 3 making C as right choice.

QUESTION: 8

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Indian Institute of Research is a Government-established body to promote research. In addition to helping in policy making, it also provides free online access to all the articles to the public. It has a mission of publishing high quality research articles. Till 2010, the publication of articles was very slow because there was no incentive for researchers to publish. Researchers stuck to the mandatory one article a year. Most of the researchers engaged in offering consultancy and earned extra income. Since its inception, the institute was considered the best place for cutting edge research. The new director of the institute was not happy with the work done by researchers in silo and came out with a new research policy in 2013 to increase research output and improve collaboration among researchers. It was decided that extra benefits would be offered to researchers with new publications. As a result, the number of research articles increased fourfold in 2014. At the 2015 annual audit, an objection was raised against the new benefits scheme. Auditors' were not happy with increased expenses towards remuneration for researchers. Further, the Government opined that the publication was itself a reward and hence researchers need be paid nothing extra. The director tried to defend his policy but the response from the government was not encouraging.

The director still wanted to persuade the government to review its stand. He had framed the following arguments:

1. Most famous researchers in the world are also the highest paid.

2. American institute of research gives extra benefits to its scientists.

3. This year's highest paid researcher had won the Nobel Prize last year.

Q. Considering the Government to be reasonable which of the following options is UNLIKELY to convince the Government?

Solution:

That most famous researchers are also paid high does not imply that the highest paid researchers are always famous or that they will be productive. If an American Institute is giving extra benefits, it does not mean IIR should also follow it. The researcher may be getting the highest pay as a consequence of receiving the Nobel Prize, or there may be other reasons for the researcher to be highest paid. Hence E is the correct option.

QUESTION: 9

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Indian Institute of Research is a Government-established body to promote research. In addition to helping in policy making, it also provides free online access to all the articles to the public. It has a mission of publishing high quality research articles. Till 2010, the publication of articles was very slow because there was no incentive for researchers to publish. Researchers stuck to the mandatory one article a year. Most of the researchers engaged in offering consultancy and earned extra income. Since its inception, the institute was considered the best place for cutting edge research. The new director of the institute was not happy with the work done by researchers in silo and came out with a new research policy in 2013 to increase research output and improve collaboration among researchers. It was decided that extra benefits would be offered to researchers with new publications. As a result, the number of research articles increased fourfold in 2014. At the 2015 annual audit, an objection was raised against the new benefits scheme. Auditors' were not happy with increased expenses towards remuneration for researchers. Further, the Government opined that the publication was itself a reward and hence researchers need be paid nothing extra. The director tried to defend his policy but the response from the government was not encouraging.

The director wanted to promote good decision making at Indian Institute of Research. A few trusted colleagues offered the following suggestions:

1. Auditors need not be allowed to object to extra benefits schemes.

2. Auditors need not pin-point sudden increase in expenditure.

3. Auditors need not be consulted before taking any policy level decision.

Q. Which of the following combination of options should the director agree THE MOST with?

Solution:

As given in note 1 of the caselet, the auditor’s role is to verify accounts and not to make policies. The Director and other top officials are the best people to decide on policy related matters. As points 1 and 3 are policy related, D is the correct answer.

QUESTION: 10

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Purushottam Bhatnagar owns and operates a sweetshop Puru and Sons. He is about 60 years old and is eager to hand over the business to his sons Ratan and Pramod. He however, fears that his sons, fresh from college may not understand the tricks of the trade.

Purushottam sends a batch of sweets to the Police station across the street every day. Ratan construed it as a bribe and wanted to stop this practice.

Q. Which of the following arguments, IF TRUE, would BEST convince Ratan NOT to give up this practice?

Solution:

Option A and Option C are both wrong since in both cases Purushottam is “paying” the police for discharging their duties. Option B is wrong since the pettiness of the bribe cannot be a defence. Option E is wrong because you don’t become right just because others are also doing it. Option D is the best since Purushottam is sending a batch of sweets to many other social institutions and therefore can be argued as a goodwill gesture. Therefore, Option D is the correct answer.

QUESTION: 11

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Purushottam Bhatnagar owns and operates a sweetshop Puru and Sons. He is about 60 years old and is eager to hand over the business to his sons Ratan and Pramod. He however, fears that his sons, fresh from college may not understand the tricks of the trade.

Purushottam's eldest son discovered that the shop repackaged sweets that were close to expiry and sold them at a discount under different names. These sweets usually get sold very fast. But his son was concerned about the possible consequences of this practice. Purushottam was thinking of the following arguments to convince his son.

1. These sweets are consumed the same day and therefore there is no cause for worry.

2. Reduced prices give enough indication about the sweets to the customers.

3. These products are preferred by those who cannot afford full price and, in a way, this is a service done to them.

4. In the past 30 years not a single person has reported ill because of consumption of these sweets.

5. Repackaging and selling sweets is a common practice.

Q. Which combination of arguments below is MOST LIKELY to convince Ratan?

Solution:

Statement 1 by itself is not a correct answer since “no cause of worry” is not supported by any evidence. This support comes from Statement 4. Therefore Statement 1 together with Statement 4 will convince Ratan. Therefore, Option B is the right answer.

QUESTION: 12

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Purushottam Bhatnagar owns and operates a sweetshop Puru and Sons. He is about 60 years old and is eager to hand over the business to his sons Ratan and Pramod. He however, fears that his sons, fresh from college may not understand the tricks of the trade.

Purushottam's younger son Pramod discovered that 10% of their customers whom Purushottam called privileged customers purchased sweets at prices fixed 10 years ago (which is significantly lower than the current prices). Purushottam told him, "This 10% are my core and loyal customers with whom I have personal connect and therefore they deserve this privilege". Pramod refuted his father's argument citing the following information.

1. These customers form the top 20% of the income bracket of the city.

2. These customers frequently purchase from other sweetshops at market prices.

3. None of them recognises and greets Purushottam at the shop or at anywhere else.

4. None of them was present at Pramod's marriage.

5. These customers actually buy sweets at Puru and Sons for others not part of the core and loyal customer group.

Q. Which of the following combination of the above will MOST LIKELY convince Purushottam to charge market price to all?

Solution:

Option A is not correct since discount cannot be discontinued just because customers are in the top income bracket. Options B, D and E are not correct since not being present at one event cannot be used against them. Option C is the right answer since the customers do not seem to be loyal and are also taking advantage of the discount in an unfair manner, since this is a select discount only to the loyal customers.

QUESTION: 13

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Nicky, Manoj and Benita are graduates from a top ranked B-school. They joined ABC corporation a year ago. ABC is known for its performance-oriented culture. This is the first time the organization recruited from a top ranked Bschool. They are part of a five-member team with two others from lower ranked B-schools. Nicky, Manoj and Benita draw 40 per cent higher salaries than other team members. This team reports to Amelia Ganeshmurthi, a senior executive.

Amelia is disappointed with the performance of Nicky, Manoj and Benita. She came to know that ABC was not their first choice and they had spent the first ten months applying to other organizations. However, they have now started liking ABC and promised to do their best henceforth. Amelia has to rate their annual performance and decide about their future. She has the following choices:

1. Fire them from ABC for insincerity and save the organization's time and money.

2. Give them average ratings with a year to prove their worth and fire them from ABC if they fail to show significant progress.

3. Impose a pay-cut of 15% since they have not delivered on the promise, but give them relatively high ratings.

4. Give them relatively poor ratings with one-year time to improve and fire them from ABC if they fail to show significant progress.

5. Give them high ratings and give them a second chance to prove their worth.

Q. Which of the following options rank the above choices in the order of MOST APPROPRIATE to LEAST APPROPRIATE?

Solution:

Action 1 is the third best and better than action 5 in which they get very high ratings for performance in a performance-oriented organization. Action 2 is the second-best action since the trio get average ratings instead of less than average ratings for their poor performance. Action 3 is the worst decision because this action sends mixed signals. Amelia is giving high ratings and simultaneously cutting salary. Action 4 is the best action because, poor rating reflects the poor performance of the trio in tune with the performance orientation of the organization while giving the trio enough time to improve. Action 5: The organization is right in giving them an opportunity but rating them high is wrong. This decision is better than action 3 since the communication is clearer and does notsend any mixed signal. Hence, the correct ranking is 4, 2, 1, 5, 3 Option C is in sync with the above logic and therefore is the correct answer.

QUESTION: 14

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Nicky, Manoj and Benita are graduates from a top ranked B-school. They joined ABC corporation a year ago. ABC is known for its performance-oriented culture. This is the first time the organization recruited from a top ranked Bschool. They are part of a five-member team with two others from lower ranked B-schools. Nicky, Manoj and Benita draw 40 per cent higher salaries than other team members. This team reports to Amelia Ganeshmurthi, a senior executive.

Recruiting Nicky, Manoj and Benita was part of a larger initiative to make the organization attractive to prospective employees. Recently Amelia’s boss informally told her that the trio’s perception of the organization might influence future recruitment from top B-schools. However, the trio had already expressed their unhappiness about the organization to Amelia. She suspected that her promotion due next year might depend on the trio!

Q. Which of the following is the BEST way for Amelia to deal with this situation?

Solution:

Ms Amelia “suspects” that the trio could affect her promotion. She should clear this suspicion by communicating the opinions of the trio to her boss. This will result in her boss reviewing his/her expectations from the trio and therefore also from Ms Amelia. Therefore, E is the correct answer. Options A, B and C do not serve the interests of the organization. While option A and option C might serve Ms Amelia’s short-term interests. Option D is wrong since it is her own perception and unfounded.

QUESTION: 15

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Nicky, Manoj and Benita are graduates from a top ranked B-school. They joined ABC corporation a year ago. ABC is known for its performance-oriented culture. This is the first time the organization recruited from a top ranked Bschool. They are part of a five-member team with two others from lower ranked B-schools. Nicky, Manoj and Benita draw 40 per cent higher salaries than other team members. This team reports to Amelia Ganeshmurthi, a senior executive.

'Nicky's performance on the job is disappointing though she is considered a very helpful person outside the workplace helping her teammates and others in the organization with their personal needs e.g., finding a place to rent, a good place to get homely food etc. On the other hand, Manoj and Benita are performing well in their respective jobs and are perceived by their teammates as important to the team. But they are not interested in helping outside the workplace. Amelia has to decide the future of the trio. She has the following options:

1. Inform the higher authorities about Nicky's poor performance and ask them to take a call.

2. Send Nicky for a one-month training earmarked for top performing employees.

3. Serve Nicky an ultimatum to improve within the next six months or get fired.

4. Even though they performed well, give Manoj and Benita average ratings because of their disinterest in helping outside workplace.

5. Give Manoj and Benita high ratings based on their performance.

Q. Which of the following combination of above options will be the MOST APPROPRIATE?

Solution:

ABC is a performance focused organization, punishing poor performance and rewarding good. Among the combination of decisions that are appropriate for the given situation, one decision from 1, 2 and 3 and one from 4 and 5 have to be chosen (1, 2 and 3 are about Nicky and 4 and 5 are about Manoj and Benita). Action 1: Amelia is running away from her responsibility with this action. Action 2: This decision rewards Nicky for non-performance. Action 3: Amelia is asking Nicky to focus on performance and gives her an ultimatum. This is a better decision compared to the actions 1 and 2. Action 4: This decision is wrong because Amelia is punishing Manoj and Benita for their behaviour outside workplace. Action 5: This decision rewards Manoj and Benita for their performance and is the right thing to do. Based on this rationale, the best combination would be 3 and 5 therefore Option E is the right answer.

QUESTION: 16

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Six people working at the Bengaluru office of Simsys are planning to buy flats at a real estate project at Whitefield. Their preferences are listed below:

They have identified 7 real estate projects with following facilities available (marked with V):

A person is 'satisfied' if a project meets all three preferences.

Q. Identify the project(s) where NONE of the 6 persons will be 'satisfied'.

Solution:

The satisfaction levels of all 6 persons for various real estate projects are shown below (D = dissatisfied, S = satisfied)

Hence the right option is C

QUESTION: 17

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Six people working at the Bengaluru office of Simsys are planning to buy flats at a real estate project at Whitefield. Their preferences are listed below:

They have identified 7 real estate projects with following facilities available (marked with V):

A person is 'satisfied' if a project meets all three preferences.

Q. Identify the project(s), where AT LEAST 3 of the 6 persons will be 'satisfied'.

Solution:

The satisfaction levels of all 6 persons for various real estate projects are shown below (D = Dissatisfied, S = satisfied)

Based on the previous table, Option D is the correct answer.

QUESTION: 18

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Six people working at the Bengaluru office of Simsys are planning to buy flats at a real estate project at Whitefield. Their preferences are listed below:

They have identified 7 real estate projects with following facilities available (marked with V):

A person is 'satisfied' if a project meets all three preferences.

The marketing managers of all the six projects have agreed to add a recreation club and a car parking facility to the projects.

Q. In this changed scenario identify projects where AT MOST 2 of the 6 persons will NOT be 'satisfied'.

Solution:

The new table is shown below

Hence, Option A is the correct answer.

QUESTION: 19

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Recently a private food testing agency reported the presence of a harmful chemical in Crunchy Chips, a product of a fast-moving consumer goods giant. The report sparked a nationwide outcry.

Rajan Shekhawat, the CEO of the company, feared this incident might affect the company's image among consumers. Rajan had the following options:

1. Apologizing publicly for this inconvenience and immediately withdrawing the products from all stores.

2. Communicate 'the correct findings' to the public.

3. Hire a reputed independent testing agency to verify the ciaitns of the report.

4. Establish internal mechanisms to prevent repetition of such incidences in future.

5. Give higher incentives to distributors and retailers for selling the company brands.

Q. Which of the following would be the MOST APPROPRIATE ORDER of options for Rajan, starting from the immediate?

Solution:

Veracity of leaked report has not yet been ascertained. It may be a good idea to first check the credibility of the report through an independent agency. Based on these findings a concrete action can be taken. Therefore 3 followed by 2 is the correct order. Therefore, B is the correct answer.

QUESTION: 20

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Recently a private food testing agency reported the presence of a harmful chemical in Crunchy Chips, a product of a fast-moving consumer goods giant. The report sparked a nationwide outcry.

Mukesh Routray, a shopkeeper in a remote village was surprised to read in the newspaper, his only source of information, about harmful chemicals in Crunchy Chips. He had stocked a large quantity of Crunchy Chips for the forthcoming festive season. He also realized that people in his village are completely unaware of this controversy. He had the following options:

1. Sell the entire stock at a discount before the news spreads.

2. Destroy the entire stock and advise customers not to buy this product from other shops as well.

3. Donate the entire stock of Crunchy Chips to a local orphanage.

4. Inform customers about the controversy but understate its seriousness.

5. Ignore the news and sell the stock at the forthcoming festive season as planned.

6. Explore the veracity of the report and then take decision.

Q. If arranged from ethical to unethical which of the following is DEFINITELY the WRONG order?

Solution:

Actions 1, 3, and 5 are unethical because Mukesh is capitalizing on information he is privy to. Action 4 is also unethical but to a lesser extent compared to 1, 3 and 5 though he is informing the consumers he is deliberately “understating the seriousness”. Whereas action 2 is ethical, 6 is not unethical. So, the correct order would be: 2 > 6 > 4. 1, 3 and 5 are all unethical with no definite ranking among them. This rules out Option A, C, D and E. Option B is definitely a wrong order and hence the correct answer.

QUESTION: 21

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Recently a private food testing agency reported the presence of a harmful chemical in Crunchy Chips, a product of a fast-moving consumer goods giant. The report sparked a nationwide outcry.

An independent and trustworthy confidante of Raj an Shekhawat, the CEO of the company, informed him that one of their main competitors had bribed the food testing agency to manipulate the report.

Q. Which of the following actions will BEST help Crunchy Chips to bounce back?

Solution:

The objective is to bounce back i.e., resurrect the damaged image of the company and dispel all the doubts about their products. The company should ensure that such incidents are not repeated. The root cause of the problem is that the testing agency engaged in an inappropriate action (whereas the agency was supposed to be fair and neutral) at the behest of the competitor and this should be nipped in the bud. Option A and C: The option does address the national outcry but does not address the proxy war by the competitor, which might recur. Option B: The decision is inappropriate and not addressing the problem at all. Option D: Their competitor is engaged in a proxy war. So, directly targeting the competitor will be a disaster. Option E: The decision is appropriate as it targets the testing agency and not the competitor. It also addresses the national outcry indirectly because only a brand confident of its product quality will file a defamation suit. This in a way reassures the consumer about the product quality. Therefore, Option E is the correct answer.

QUESTION: 22

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Geetha Gawde can cultivate up to 6 crops a year. Crop A and B arc ready for harvest in 2 months; crop C and D in 3 months, and crop E and F in 4 months. Crop A can be cultivated from January to June; crop B can be cultivated from April1 to September; crop C can be cultivated from May to December; crops D as well as E can be cultivated from August to December, and crop F from November to Mgy. If Geetha plans a change of crop the soil should be left fallow for one month; however, if the same crop is sown no fallow time is needed. Sowing takes place only at the beginning of a month. Geetha can only harvest a maximum of 1000 units of any crop at any point in time. The production cost per unit (incurred at the time of sowing) andpriceper unit of crop are as follows:

For Geetha soil preparation does not incur any cost. If a crop is abandoned before the scheduled harvesting, she gets no money. Geetha is preparing a cropping schedule to maximize her annual profits (i.e., price- cost). She plans to replicate the schedule in the coming years.

Q. Which of the following would DEFINITELY be a part of the ideal schedule?

Solution:

Though crop E generates the same profit, we cannot produce E from Sep to Dec because in that case, crop A cannot be cultivated from Jan. Hence, the correct answer is Option C.

QUESTION: 23

Analyse the following caselet and answer the questions that follow:

Geetha Gawde can cultivate up to 6 crops a year. Crop A and B arc ready for harvest in 2 months; crop C and D in 3 months, and crop E and F in 4 months. Crop A can be cultivated from January to June; crop B can be cultivated from April1 to September; crop C can be cultivated from May to December; crops D as well as E can be cultivated from August to December, and crop F from November to Mgy. If Geetha plans a change of crop the soil should be left fallow for one month; however, if the same crop is sown no fallow time is needed. Sowing takes place only at the beginning of a month. Geetha can only harvest a maximum of 1000 units of any crop at any point in time. The production cost per unit (incurred at the time of sowing) andpriceper unit of crop are as follows:

For Geetha soil preparation does not incur any cost. If a crop is abandoned before the scheduled harvesting, she gets no money. Geetha is preparing a cropping schedule to maximize her annual profits (i.e., price- cost). She plans to replicate the schedule in the coming years.

Q. Which of the following schedules would maximize her annual profit while minimising the costs, if Geetha decides NOT to repeat a crop in a calendar year?

Solution:

Hence, the answer is Option A.

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