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5 Steps & Tricks to Solve Odd One Sentence Out Questions for CAT Exam

5 Steps & Tricks to Solve Odd One Sentence Out Questions for CAT Exam
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Odd One sentence out is a recent addition to CAT Verbal Ability Section; it did not exist until CAT 2012; and because it did not exist until CAT 2012, we have little practice odd sentence out questions available. Many are not even aware of what exactly the question demands. The students must get accustomed to reading the Question Direction before attempting any question. Attempting the questions without reading the question directions could prove fatal.

Here is what the Odd one sentence out Question Direction has to say: 

Four sentences are given below; three of them, when arranged in a logical sequence, form a coherent paragraph, but one of them does not fit into the sequence. Pick the sentence that does not fit into the sequence.

In short, Odd Sentence out is nothing but a new way of testing the old concept of Parajumbles.

So, what should be the students’ strategy to surmount the challenges thrown by Odd Sentences out in CAT? I would recommend the student to first go through our article on Parajumbles.

Steps to solve odd one sentences out questions:

  1. Look for the sentence that is most likely to start a paragraph, that sentence which introduces an idea, or a concept, and that which is not abrupt often starts a paragraph.
  2. Your next step should be to establish a connecting link; here the parajumbles come into the picture. The sentence that is taking the idea forward on similar lines will come next in the sequence. See whether the subjects in the sentences are linked or not.
  3. Repeat Step 2 mentioned above; check if there is some coherence to the paragraph that is formed after the logical arrangement of the sentences.
  4. The sentence that you find difficult to fit into the sequence is the odd sentence, and often the right answer.
  5. Don’t go just by appearances. The subject matter of the odd sentence out may be very similar to that of the other sentences, but it is not just about subject matter. We must ask the question: Are they logically related. Even if the sentences are not logically related, they all might be independently grammatically correct, and yet they may not form a coherent paragraph.
Here is the recording of the live session I took on CAT Odd Sentences

An example will make things clear.

Four sentences A, B, C and D are given below; four of them can be arranged to form a coherent paragraph, but one does not fit into the sequence. Pick the sentence that does not fit into the sequence
  1. Bradley and his friends achieved a notable victory in the academic field: philosophic authority and influence passed largely into their hands in all English-speaking universities.
  2. It has passed from insular dogmatism to universal bewilderment; and a chief agent in the change has been Bradley himself, with his scornful and delicate intellect, his wit, his candor, his persistence, and the baffling futility of his conclusions
  3. In this early book we see him coming forth like a young David against every clumsy champion of utilitarianism, hedonism, positivism, or empiricism.
  4. After fifty years, an old milestone in the path of philosophy, Bradley’s Ethical Studies, has been set up again, as if to mark the distance which English opinion has traversed in the interval.

Step 1: Spot the sentence that is most likely to start the paragraph.

Sentence B starts with the pronoun ‘it’. It should have some reference. See if you find the reference. The reference is there in statement D. ‘It’ in statement B speaks of the book ‘Ethical Studies’ in statement D. C also has the phrase ‘in this book’.

Step 2: Apparently, I feel that statements B, C and D are somehow connected. A seems to be the odd one out.

Step 3:  The logical arrangement is as follows: D starts the paragraph, introducing the book; B takes it forward, speaking about the book and introducing Bradley; C follows B, praising Bradley further.

Step 4:  Statement A, too, has ‘Bradley’, but the point here is the logical connection. It is too abrupt to start the paragraph. D is a better start, and B,C and D all speak about Bradley and his book, and not Bradley and his friends.

Statement A, therefore, is the odd sentence out.

Video solutions of odd sentence out questions from CAT 2017

The Students have to patient while tackling such questions; even a little haste can cost you a question. So long as you are not convinced of the logical connection, so long you should not mark the answer.

What should you do to get such questions correct?

  1. Develop your reading habit.
  2. Practice as many good questions as possible

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