21st October, 2016 (CSAT)



In a famous experiment at the IISC campus, when a cat smelled milk, it salivated. In the experiment, a bell was rung whenever food was placed near the cat. After a number of trials, only the bell was rung, whereupon the cat would salivate even though no food was present. Such behaviour has been observed in other animals such as dogs, monkeys, etc. and is a vital input for training domesticated animals.

1. Which of the following conclusions may be drawn from the above experiment?

(a) The ringing of a bell was associated with food in the mind of the cat.

(b) Cats and other animals can be easily tricked.

(c) A conclusion cannot be reached on the basis of one experiment.

(d) Two stimuli are stronger than one.



Goodricke Group Ltd is planning to give top priority to core competence of production and marketing of tea in 2007. The company intends to increase the production of orthodox varieties of tea. Goodricke is planning to invest Rs. 10 crore to modernise the factories. The company has announced a net profit of Rs. 5.49 crore for 2006 as against Rs. 3.76 crore in 2005.

2. Which of the following can be deduced from the caselet?

(a) Core competence can be used for furthering company’s interests.

(b) Production and marketing is core competence of Goodricke Group.

(c) Increase in production of existing products enhances core competence.

(d) Core competence leads to modernisation.

Tomorrow: Next questions for practice

For previous questions refer yesterday’s post

Click on MAINS and PRELIMS pages also.