CAT 2017 VA-RC Slot-1: Question-28

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QUESTION-28: The five sentences (labelled 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) given in this question, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labelled with a number. Decide on the proper order for the sentences and key in this sequence of five numbers as your answer.

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.

Answer: 54132
Explanation for the Question:

In this case, step-1 is to identify the most generic opening sentence.
Both statements 5 and 4 fit the bill.
But then, statement 1 has a common reference to something being handed down. Hence, statements 41 form a mandatory pair in this case.
Now, the next pair is the set 32. Statement 3 introduces what every generation selects and statement 2 provides an example of that selection. ‘Selection’ is the common theme in this set.
Thus, we have two pairs 41 and 32.
Now if we look at the nature of content, statements 4132 form a connected set explaining traditions, how they are invested and handed down with changes.
Statement 5, the odd one out, is the opening sentence that introduces the topic in this case.
Thus, we have 54132 as the order in this case.

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