Question 136

Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.

A. Although there are large regional variations, it is not infrequent to find a large number of people sitting here and there and doing nothing.

B. Once in office, they receive friends and relatives who feel free to call any time without prior appointment.

C. While working, one is struck by the slow and clumsy actions and reactions, indifferent attitudes, procedure rather than outcome orientation, and the lack of consideration for others.

D. Even those who are employed often come late to the office and leave early unless they are forced to be punctual.

E. Work is not intrinsically valued in India.

F. Quite often people visit ailing friends and relatives or go out of their way to help them in their personal matters even during office hours.

[CAT 2001]


Of the given options starting with E or A, E seems to be a better introduction since it highlights the main idea of the passage. Between E- A or E - C, we observe that E- A  forms a mandatory pair since it moves from the general “India” to specific “regional variations”. We also notice that D-B also forms a pair with D discussing the "arrival" of employees at the office and then B adding about activities post-arrival (during office hours). F continues on the topic of mingling with relatives mentioned in B and hence, forms a block B - F. Thus, we are left with the arrangement EADBFC.

Option C is the correct answer. 

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