CAT odd one out practice question 12

Question 12:

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.

  1. One argument is that actors that do not fit within a single, well-defined category may suffer an “illegitimacy discount”.
  2. Others believe that complex identities confuse audiences about an organization’s role or purpose.
  3. Some organizations have complex and multidimensional identities that span or combine categories, while other organizations possess narrow identities.
  4. Identity is one of the most important features of organizations, but there exist opposing views among sociologists about how identity affects organizational performance.
  5. Those who think that complex identities are beneficial point to the strategic advantages of ambiguity, and organizations’ potential to differentiate themselves from competitors.
Option: 1

Statement 2 says that ‘others believe that complex identities…’. This statement suggests that there must be a similar but slightly contrary belief immediately in the sentence preceding sentence 2.

5 says complex identities are beneficial, while 2 says that complex identities confuse. Thus 5 and 2 form a pair.

4 introduces the idea of identity and thus becomes the opening sentence of the paragraph. Since 3 introduces the idea of ‘complex identities’, it must come before 52 pair.

Thus we have 4352 coming together to form a coherent paragraph. 1 is the odd one out.

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