How to Solve ‘Course of Action’ Questions in CLAT 2020

Statement and​​ course of action

Course of Action is a common question type in​​ logical​​ Reasoning.​​ Course of action is a​​ decision which of person makes invariably in his life following a problems.​​ This type of questions are designed to test candidate’s decision making ability.​​ 

They appear quite often in​​ CLAT​​ exam papers.​​ In these questions a problem is given in the form of statement and is followed by two or more decisions in the form of course of action.

Sometimes, figuring out the right course of action in the question might seem difficult. Just like in real life.​​ But in reality these can be solved quite easily with the help of a logical mind frame. 

​​ A course of action is generally asked to test the analytical decision making skills of the examinee. So, in this lesson, we will explore the avenues with which we can solve these questions.

'Statement & Course of action' are asked to test the ability of aspirant to judge a problem correctly as well as to determine the root cause of the problem and then to prescribe a suitable course of action.​​ 

A course of action is a step or administrative decision to be taken up for improvement or follow-up for further action in regard to the problem, policy etc. on the basis of the information given in the statement.

 

To solve the questions of this type, the candidates are advised to keep in the mind following points:

  • Correct Course of action should either lesson the problem or improve the situation created by the problem.

  • Course of action should be feasible and should relate with the practical expect of life

  • Simple problem must have simple course of action and not a complex one which may create more problem then to solve or reduce it.

  • When the statement is an established fact.​​ i.e., It is acknowledged universally as a fact.

  • A suggested course of action may indeed solve a problem but in practical life, it may not be advisable or possible. If it is so, then the course of action is rejected.

 

Some important rules to solve these questions.​​ 

  • Have an unbiased and neutral mind frame. Individual perception must not be used to judge the course of action to be taken.

  • The first step should be to identify the root cause of the problem. Once the problem is solved, a logical mind-set should be employed to figure out the course of action.

  • There must be no extremity involved in the course of action.

 

A​​ clear understanding about this type of questions and method of solution can be developed by way of solving a variety of questions subsequently.

 

Examples​​ 

Directions :​​ In each of the questions below is given a statement followed by two courses of action numbered 1 and 2. ​​​​ On the basis of the information given in the statement you have to assume everything in the statement to be true, then decide which of the given courses of action logically follows.

Mark your answer as:

  • If only 1 follows.

  • If only 2 follows.

  • If either 1 or 2 follows.

  • If neither 1 nor 2 follows.

  • If both 1 &​​ 2 follows..

 

STATEMENT:

​​ Students are feeling irritated as libraries are not well equipped to provide the right information to the right user at the right time in the required format. Even the​​ students​​ are not aware about the various services available for them.

Course of Action :

1.All the information available in the library should be computerized to provide faster service to the students.

2.​​ Librarian and staff should be trained in the computer operation.

 

Answer – e. Both are feasible​​ and right course of action.

Computerization made definitely help the student to take best available information available in the library and training to the staff in computer can further add to betterment of service to the students.

 

STATEMENT:

Although the Indian economy is still heavily dependent on agriculture, its share in global agriculture trade is less than the share of agriculture exports​​ to total Exports.​​ 

Course of Action:

1.Efforts should be made to increase our agricultural production.

2.​​ The exports of non agricultural commodities should be reduced.

Answer-a​​ , only 1 follows.

Only by increasing our agriculture production we can have a better position in the international agriculture trade full stop reduction in non agricultural commodities will further worsen our position.

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