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About a decade ago, computer engineering was a lot more popular than biotechnical engineering as a field of choice for graduate studies. However, in the last few years, biotech has risen rapidly in popularity. Therefore, universities must increase their efforts to gain more students in the field of computer engineering, since, after all, computer-based industries are still the largest in the world today.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?

A. Those who opt for computer engineering in their graduate studies course are most likely to apply for a job in the same field after they graduate.
B. Biotechnical engineering has seen an unprecedented growth in the number of new companies that have sprung up in the field over the last few years.
C. Most software companies insist on hiring only those people who have a master’s degree in the same field.
D. The total number of students opting for either computer engineering or biotechnical engineering as a field of choice for graduate studies has increased significantly over the last few years.
E. According to several prominent analysts, the computer-based industry is the largest in the world by far, with medicine and its related fields coming in at a distant second.
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About a decade ago, computer engineering was a lot more popular than biotechnical engineering as a field of choice for graduate studies. However, in the last few years, biotech has risen rapidly in popularity. Therefore, universities must increase their efforts to gain more students in the field of computer engineering, since, after all, computer-based industries are still the largest in the world today.

A. Those who opt for computer engineering in their graduate studies course are most likely to apply for a job in the same field after they graduate.
B. Biotechnical engineering has seen an unprecedented growth in the number of new companies that have sprung up in the field over the last few years.
C. Most software companies insist on hiring only those people who have a master’s degree in the same field.
D. The total number of students opting for either computer engineering or biotechnical engineering as a field of choice for graduate studies has increased significantly over the last few years.
E. According to several prominent analysts, the computer-based industry is the largest in the world by far, with medicine and its related fields coming in at a distant second.


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About a decade ago, computer engineering was a lot more popular than biotechnical engineering as a field of choice for graduate studies. However, in the last few years, biotech has risen rapidly in popularity. Therefore, universities must increase their efforts to gain more students in the field of computer engineering, since, after all, computer-based industries are still the largest in the world today.

A. Those who opt for computer engineering in their graduate studies course are most likely to apply for a job in the same field after they graduate.
B. Biotechnical engineering has seen an unprecedented growth in the number of new companies that have sprung up in the field over the last few years.
C. Most software companies insist on hiring only those people who have a master’s degree in the same field.
D. The total number of students opting for either computer engineering or biotechnical engineering as a field of choice for graduate studies has increased significantly over the last few years.
E. According to several prominent analysts, the computer-based industry is the largest in the world by far, with medicine and its related fields coming in at a distant second.


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Will go with D.
If the total # of students increases then the universities don't have to bother making efforts to gain more students in the field of Comp.Engg.
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About a decade ago, computer engineering was a lot more popular than biotechnical engineering as a field of choice for graduate studies. However, in the last few years, biotech has risen rapidly in popularity. Therefore, universities must increase their efforts to gain more students in the field of computer engineering, since, after all, computer-based industries are still the largest in the world today.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?

A. Those who opt for computer engineering in their graduate studies course are most likely to apply for a job in the same field after they graduate.
This strengthens the argument at the most. Albeit, this choice is out of scope.

B. Biotechnical engineering has seen an unprecedented growth in the number of new companies that have sprung up in the field over the last few years.
Okay, this explains why Biotechnical has grown in popularity. This doesn't point out as to why the university should refrain from admitting more computer science students.

C. Most software companies insist on hiring only those people who have a master’s degree in the same field.
At the most this strengthens the argument.

D. The total number of students opting for either computer engineering or biotechnical engineering as a field of choice for graduate studies has increased significantly over the last few years.
Correct. If the actual number of students is increasing then there is no need to emphasise on the admissions.

E. According to several prominent analysts, the computer-based industry is the largest in the world by far, with medicine and its related fields coming in at a distant second.
Out of scope.
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