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ANSWER IS C

The Dean claimed that, as a result of continued cutbacks in the budget for pure science research, fewer students are choosing a career in physics, and therefore the number of postgraduate students studying physics is likely to decline.

Which of the following, if true, casts most doubt on the Dean’s conclusion?

Premise 1) Less money for research in pure science.
Premise 2) Therefore fewer master's student are choosing career in physics.
Conclusion :- Student's joining masters in physics will reduce.

WEAKEN :- WE HAVE TO SHOW THAT DESPITE NO MONEY FOR RESEARCH THE NUMBER OF STUDENT IN PHYSICS WILL NOT DECREASE, BECAUSE JOINING POSTGRADUATE COURSE IN PHYSICS IS NOT HARMFUL FOR THIER CAREER.

Which options say so :- OPTION C
C. Most postgraduate students of physics move to careers in computer science and engineering.

This clearly shows that even though there is no money in pure research but there is money in related and applied application of physics and thus student will CONTINUE reading physics.



A. The number of students majoring in physics at the undergraduate level has been increasing steadily over the years, a trend that is expected to continue.
B. The number of students studying chemistry declined even before cutbacks in research funding were noted.
C. Most postgraduate students of physics move to careers in computer science and engineering.
D. The Dean’s own university has recently increased the number of staff members teaching physics.
E. The budget cutbacks are less severe for the pure sciences than for applied sciences.


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The Dean claimed that, as a result of continued cutbacks in the budget for pure science research, fewer students are choosing a career in physics, and therefore the number of postgraduate students studying physics is likely to decline.

Which of the following, if true, casts most doubt on the Dean’s conclusion?


A. The number of students majoring in physics at the undergraduate level has been increasing steadily over the years, a trend that is expected to continue.
B. The number of students studying chemistry declined even before cutbacks in research funding were noted.
C. Most postgraduate students of physics move to careers in computer science and engineering.
D. The Dean’s own university has recently increased the number of staff members teaching physics.
E. The budget cutbacks are less severe for the pure sciences than for applied sciences.

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The Dean claimed that, as a result of continued cutbacks in the budget for pure science research, fewer students are choosing a career in physics, and therefore the number of postgraduate students studying physics is likely to decline.

Which of the following, if true, casts most doubt on the Dean’s conclusion?


A. The number of students majoring in physics at the undergraduate level has been increasing steadily over the years, a trend that is expected to continue.
B. The number of students studying chemistry declined even before cutbacks in research funding were noted.
C. Most postgraduate students of physics move to careers in computer science and engineering.
D. The Dean’s own university has recently increased the number of staff members teaching physics.
E. The budget cutbacks are less severe for the pure sciences than for applied sciences.


Here the Conlcusion is "the number of postgraduate students studying physics is likely to decline."
and is based on the premise that " fewer students are choosing a career in physics"

we need to undermine this conclusion
just prove that the number of postgraduate students studying physics are not likely to decrease.
what if the studends are taking jobs is other field after postgraduate

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A. IncorrectThe number of students majoring in physics at the undergraduate level has been increasing steadily over the years, a trend that is expected to continue.It is not relevant the present context. Sitmulus is talking abot Postgraduate studens whereas this option talks about undergraduate students. OFS
B. IncorrectThe number of students studying chemistry declined even before cutbacks in research funding were noted.Irrevelant. Chemestry??
C. CorrectMost postgraduate students of physics move to careers in computer science and engineering. This matches with our prethinking
D. IncorrectThe Dean’s own university has recently increased the number of staff members teaching physics.
Now way it is related and is not undermining the conclusion
E. IncorrectThe budget cutbacks are less severe for the pure sciences than for applied sciences.
Severeness of budget cutbacs in applied science is related to the present context and is not undermining the conclusion. "OFS"
Hence C
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The Dean claimed that, as a result of continued cutbacks in the budget for pure science research, fewer students are choosing a career in physics, and therefore the number of postgraduate students studying physics is likely to decline.

Which of the following, if true, casts most doubt on the Deans conclusion?

A. The number of students majoring in physics at the undergraduate level has been increasing steadily over the years, a trend that is expected to continue.
B. The number of students studying chemistry declined even before cutbacks in research funding were noted.
C. Most postgraduate students of physics move to careers in computer science and engineering.
D. The Deans own university has recently increased the number of staff members teaching physics.
E. The budget cutbacks are less severe for the pure sciences than for applied sciences.
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The Dean claimed that, as a result of continued cutbacks in the budget for pure science research, fewer students are choosing a career in physics, and therefore the number of postgraduate students studying physics is likely to decline.

Which of the following, if true, casts most doubt on the Deans conclusion?

A. The number of students majoring in physics at the undergraduate level has been increasing steadily over the years, a trend that is expected to continue.
B. The number of students studying chemistry declined even before cutbacks in research funding were noted.
C. Most postgraduate students of physics move to careers in computer science and engineering.
D. The Deans own university has recently increased the number of staff members teaching physics.
E. The budget cutbacks are less severe for the pure sciences than for applied sciences.


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Cutback budgets for research in Pure Science -----> Fewer Students in Physics-----> Decline in Post Grads students


Stimulus states that Cutback in Budgets as the cause of Decline in Post Grad Physics students, but in reality Physics students are moving out to other departments...

Hence answer will be (C)

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I have a doubt here.
We could also interpret option C as Physics PG students moving to Comp and Prog as a result of low budget for science research and thus an alternative to Physics career.
Then how does C weaken the argument ?

Also,A option suggests that more people would choose Physics at an undergraduate level which weakens the premise: fewer students are choosing a career in Physics and weakens the conclusion that the number of PG students will decline.

Can you please elaborate ?
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I have a doubt here.
We could also interpret option C as Physics PG students moving to Comp and Prog as a result of low budget for science research and thus an alternative to Physics career.
Then how does C weaken the argument ?

Also,A option suggests that more people would choose Physics at an undergraduate level which weakens the premise: fewer students are choosing a career in Physics and weakens the conclusion that the number of PG students will decline.

Can you please elaborate ?


Correct Answer: C

Here is the Explanation:

The Dean concludes that the number of postgraduates studying physics is likely to decline. To weaken that conclusion we need to show that there need not be a decline. The best answer is C because it shows that physics students mainly choose careers in applied areas rather than a career in pure science, and it is the pure science that is affected by the cuts. The number of undergraduate students is really irrelevant unless we know something about the percentage that continue in the same field (eliminate A). What is happening in Chemistry is not clearly linked to Physics (eliminate B). Even if staff members increase we cannot be sure that postgraduate students will increase as the staff might be teaching undergraduates or the move might be to improve the staff/student ratio (eliminate D).
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sakshamgmat wrote:
I have a doubt here.
We could also interpret option C as Physics PG students moving to Comp and Prog as a result of low budget for science research and thus an alternative to Physics career.
Then how does C weaken the argument ?

Also,A option suggests that more people would choose Physics at an undergraduate level which weakens the premise: fewer students are choosing a career in Physics and weakens the conclusion that the number of PG students will decline.

Can you please elaborate ?


Once again a typical GMAT-like structure - please refer to the post below:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/a-marriage-c ... l#p1807654

Here X: budget cut.
Y: students not opting for physics.

The conclusion here is that budget cut causes not opting for physics. (X causes Y)
Option C indicates that students are moving out of physics department (,and because of low number of students, the budget cut is implemented.) (Y causes X)

The part is blue is not explicitly stated in option C, but in the real GMAT, you may expect an explicit relation stated between X and Y.

Option A is wrong because it deals only with the conclusion. The correct answer must attack the LINK between the premise and conclusion (i.e. the argument) and not the conclusion in isolation. If you examine option A, you would realize that it has no bearing with the premise of the argument.
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