Odd one out-based questions in the VARC section is one of the simplest yet tricky ones that you could face in the CAT exam. This might seem easy as you can coherently form a passage, but the tricky part is, you need to find the odd one, where you may feel ambivalent. In the CAT previous year papers, we saw that there were around 2 to 3 questions on an average per slot from odd one out. Try this seemingly easy odd one out-based question from CAT previous year paper to smash your online CAT preparation.
Five sentences related to a topic are given below. Four of them can be put together to form a meaningful and coherent short paragraph. Identify the odd one out. Choose its number as your answer and key it in.
Question 33 : 1. Socrates told us that ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’ and that to ‘know thyself’ is the path to true wisdom
2. It suggests that you should adopt an ancient rhetorical method favored by the likes of Julius Caesar and known as ‘illeism’ – or speaking about yourself in the third person.
3. Research has shown that people who are prone to rumination also often suffer from impaired decision making under pressure and are at a substantially increased risk of depression.
4. Simple rumination – the process of churning your concerns around in your head – is not the way to achieve self-realization.
5. The idea is that this small change in perspective can clear your emotional fog, allowing you to see past your biases.
Option 1 is about the importance of self-examination and rumination. All other sentences argue against rumination. The sentence order 4325 makes a coherent paragraph about illeism or speaking about oneself in the third person.
1 is the correct answer.
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