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In the effort to fire a Civil Service employee, his or her manager may have to spend up to $100,000 of tax money. Since Civil Service employees know how hard it is to fire them, they tend to loaf. This explains in large part why the government is so inefficient.
It can be properly inferred on the basis of the statements above that the author believes which of the following?
I. Too much job security can have a negative influence on workers.
II. More government workers should be fired.
III. Most government workers are Civil Service employees.
(A) I only
(B) I and III only
(C) II only
(D) I, II, and III
(E) III only

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I would go with option B

In the effort to fire a Civil Service employee, his or her manager may have to spend up to $100,000 of tax money. Since Civil Service employees know how hard it is to fire them, they tend to loaf. This explains in large part why the government is so inefficient.
It can be properly inferred on the basis of the statements above that the author believes which of the following?
I. Too much job security can have a negative influence on workers.-------(Since Civil Service employees know how hard it is to fire them, they tend to loaf), directly from the passage.
II. More government workers should be fired.----- This cannot be derived from the passage. The author is just giving a possible reason for inefficient governance.
III. Most government workers are Civil Service employees. -------(This explains in large part why the government is so inefficient.)

(B) I and III only
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IMO A (i.e. option I only)

I. Too much job security can have a negative influence on workers. -This is evident from statement "Since Civil Service employees know how hard it is to fire them, they tend to loaf"
II. More government workers should be fired. -Author never said that more govt. workers should be fired. He is only saying that "In the effort to fire a Civil Service employee"
III. Most government workers are Civil Service employees. -In last statement, the author is saying "This explains in large part ". By "large part" he mean to say that, this is one of the main reasons for govt being inefficient.
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My ans was also (B) but the OA is (A)
If we consider the below stmnt

III. Most government workers are Civil Service employees. -In last statement, the author is saying "This explains in large part ". By "large part" he mean to say that, this is one of the main reasons for govt being inefficient.
for the bold stmnt to be true the author has to assume that Most government workers are Civil Service employees

I think it should be (B)
Can anybody confirm?

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According to bigoyal's explanations, I guess I might go for A too.

but the main reason I choose option III also was that since the author him/herself thinks that the main reason for the inefficiency of government is the Civil Service employees, so they need to be in larger numbers to effect the entire functioning.

"...Since Civil Service employees know how hard it is to fire them, they tend to loaf. This explains in large part why the government is so inefficient."

Am I thinking too much.
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shrutisingh wrote:
My ans was also (B) but the OA is (A)
If we consider the below stmnt

III. Most government workers are Civil Service employees. -In last statement, the author is saying "This explains in large part ". By "large part" he mean to say that, this is one of the main reasons for govt being inefficient.
for the bold stmnt to be true the author has to assume that Most government workers are Civil Service employees

I think it should be (B)
Can anybody confirm?


I don't think we have enough information for option III. I would consider what author has mentioned about Civil service employees is just an example.

This is evident, when we choose option I - "Too much job security can have a negative influence on workers." By choosing 1st option, we are agreeing to the fact that a specific example of "civil services" can be applied in general for "all the workers".

Similarly, I would say the evidence can be applied as an example for option III. That means, the case should be applicable to most other employees in government service, having hefty job security. Hence, the reason for inefficiency is "job security having negative influence on govt employees" rather than "Civil service workers tending to loaf".

This is what my understanding is.
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Agree with A.
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iii talks about govt. but no where does it mention about govt. workers. There is just citation of civil services employees.

As it is a 'must be true' question, iii cannot be true.

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