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Sentence Rearrangement or Para jumble is a part of the Verbal ability section(VA). It is slightly tricky because sentences can have multiple constructions but we have only one correct answer in the exam. Forming sentence pairs is the best approach. Always look out for the link between sentences and try to order them. This is a medium level difficulty question. Go ahead, try out this question.Struggling with the VARC section of the CAT exam, here are sometips.

The sentences (labelled 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) given below, when properly sequenced would yield a coherent paragraph. Decide on the proper sequence of the order of the sentences and key in the sequence of the four numbers as your answer.

Question 25 : 1. The process of handing down implies not a passive transfer, but some contestation in defining what exactly is to be handed down.
2. Wherever Western scholars have worked on the Indian past, the selection is even more apparent and the inventing of a tradition much more recognizable.
3. Every generation selects what it requires from the past and makes its innovations, some more than others.
4. It is now a truism to say that traditions are not handed down unchanged, but are invented.
5. Just as life has death as its opposite, so is tradition by default the opposite of innovation.

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Explanatory Answer

41 is a link: 4 states that traditions are not handed down unchanged; 1 explains what that ‘handing down’ involves.

Similarly, 32 is a link: 3 states that every generation selects what is required from the past to make innovations; 2 adds to this, stating that the selection is apparent when Western scholars have worked on the Indian past.

In terms of flow of ideas, 41 leads on to 32.

5 is a general statement and it conveys the overarching idea of the paragraph. It is a good opening sentence. So, 54132 is the right order.

54132 is the correct answer.


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