Reasoning is a game of wits and presence of mind! Yes, it is true and it might seem as the greatest of the challenge after English Section’s surprises but yet this one can easily be dealt with. You just need correct practice and hardwire your brain to quickly make decisions of what to attempt and what to leave. Practice with these new pattern reasoning question for NICL AO Mains Exam.

Directions (1-5): Study the following information and answer the following questions:

A, B, C, D, E, G and I are seven friends who study in Career Power at three different branches namely Mukharjee Nagar, Dwarka, and Laxmi Nagar such that not less than two friends study in the same branch. Each friend also has a different favourite subject viz. History, Civics, English, G.K., Reasoning, Maths and Economics but not necessarily in the same order. Each of the students attends the classes of his favourite subjects at different time
B attends his classes at 10 AM. G attends his classes at 7 AM. A likes Maths and studies in the Mukharjee Nagar branch with only one other friend who likes G.K. I studies with two other friends. There is only one hour gap between the time of class of the persons from Dwarka and the one whose favourite subject is G.K. Both the friends who study with I like the same subjects, which can be either Reasoning or English. D studies in the Dwarka branch with only one person and does not like civics. The one whose favourite subject is Economics takes his class at 8 AM. I attends his class at 8 ‘O clock. The persons whose favourite subjects are Economics and History do not have their classes at the same time. E studies with only one friend. The one who likes history does not study in Mukharjee Nagar nor Dwarka branch. E does not like G.K. subject. C does not like English, Reasoning or Civics. A and the one whose favourite subject is Civics have their class at 11 AM. C attends his class after D.

Q1. Which combination represents E’s favourite subject and the branch in which he studies?
(a) Civics and Laxmi Nagar
(b) Economics and Mukharjee Nagar
(c) Civics and Dwarka
(d) History and Laxmi Nagar
(e) Economics and Laxmi Nagar

Q2. I attends his class at?
(a) 11 AM
(b) 8 AM
(c) 10 AM
(d) 9 AM
(e) None of these

Q3. Who amongst the following studies in the Laxmi Nagar branch?
(a) G
(b) C
(c) E
(d) D
(e) Either D or B

Q4. Which of the following combinations is definitely correct?
(a) I and Reasoning
(b) G and English
(c) C and G.K.
(d) B and Reasoning
(e) E and Economics

Q5. Which of the following subjects does G like?
(a) Either Maths or G.K.
(b) Either Reasoning or English
(c) Either Reasoning or Civics
(d) Either Reasoning or G.K.
(e) Either Civics or Economics

Directions (6-10): In each questions below is given a statement followed by three courses of action numbered I, II and III. A course of action is a step or administrative decision to be taken for improvement, follow-up or further action in regard to the problem, policy etc. On the basis of the information given in the statement, you have to assume everything in the statement to be true, then decide which of the suggested course of action logically follow(s) for pursuing.

Q6. Statement: The city council of Brownwood City has decided to install a plant of mineral water to provide the citizens mineral water bottles at \$ 1 per bottle as against bottles costing \$ 1.5 being sold by local private players.
Course of action:
I. All the local private companies selling bottled water in Brownwood City will have to close their operations.
II. The city council of Brownwood City will have to provide for the losses from this project in its budget.
III. The normal tap water supply of Brownwood City will have no taker and that will have to be discontinued.
(a) None of I, II or III follow
(b) Only II follows
(c) II and III follow
(d) All I, II and III follow
(e) Only I follow

Q7. Statement: Smuggling of valuable idols has increased and stealing of idols from the temples has become a common feature.
Course of action
I. Government should provide security for all the temples.
II. A special task force should be constituted to nab the persons involved in it.
III. With the help of different NGOs people's participation should be increased to save idols.
(a) II and III follow
(b) I and III follow
(c) All follow
(d) None follows
(e) None of the above

Q8. Statement: Poverty is increasing because the people, who are deciding how to tackle it, know absolutely nothing about the poor.
Course of action
I. The decision makers should go to the grass root levels.
II. The decision makers should come from the poorer sections of the society.
III. A new set of decisions makers should replace the existing one.
(a) Only I follows
(b) Only II follows
(c) Either I or III follows
(d) All follow
(e) None of the above

Directions (9-10): Each question below is followed by three/four arguments numbered I, II, III and IV. You have to decide which of the arguments is a ‘strong’ argument and which is a ‘weak’ argument.’

Q9. Statement: Should the rule of wearing helmet for both driver and pillion rider while driving a motorbike to be enforced strictly?
Arguments
I. Yes, it is a rule and should be followed strictly by all.
II. No, each individual knows how to protect his own life and it should be left to his discretion.
III. No, it does not ensure safety as only the head is protected and rest of the body is not.
IV. Yes, it is necessity as head, being most sensitive organ, is protect by the helmet.
(a) None is strong
(b) I and III are strong
(c) I and IV are strong
(d) II and IV are strong
(e) All are strong

Q10. Statement: should the income generated out of agricultural activities be taxed?
Arguments
I. No, mostly farmers suffer from natural calamities so agricultural activities should not be taxed.
II. Yes, majority of the population is dependent on agriculture and hence their income should be taxed to augment the resources.
III. Yes, many big farmers earn much more than the majority of the service earners and they should be taxed to remove the disparity.
(a) All are strong
(b) I and II are strong
(c) I and III are strong
(d) II and III are strong
(e) None of these

Directions (11-15): Study the information and answer the following questions:
In a certain code language
"hand over humble gift" is coded as "4B 3W 3V 13J"
"when the last book" is coded as "9I 15I 8B 9P"
"fiction takes its time" is coded as"8J 1B 10U 15J"

Q11.What is the code for ‘thinking’ in the given code language?
(a) 14I
(b) 13J
(c) 13L
(d) 13I
(e) None of these

Q12.What is the code for ‘basically' in the given code language?
(a) 24B
(b) 23A
(c) 43B
(d) 23B
(e) None of these

Q13.What may be the possible code for ‘electric ’ in the given code language?
(a) 2M
(b) 12M
(c) 2N
(d) 20M
(e) None of these

Q14. What may be the possible code for ‘small’ in the given code language?
(a) 17N
(b) 7O
(c) 7K
(d) 7N
(e) None of these

Q15. What is the code for ‘essays' in the given code language?
(a) 14T
(b) 24T
(c) 14U
(d) 14L
(e) None of these

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