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Situation and Reaction

Situation and Reaction section is for some the most fun and the most interesting section. It presents the candidate with a situation and asks the candidate to present a suitable reaction. The reaction has to be such that it doesn’t have any negative implications for the situation. It has to be well defined too. In the following space, many situations and their “proportional” reactions are present. Let us begin!

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Situation and Reaction

A situation is an event that is not over yet. For example, you are on a bus and the bus suddenly stops. What do you do? Do you call the police or the hospital or do you get down and get on another bus? These are all decisions. We will see this and many similar examples in the space below. You have to keep one thing in mind that each situation will have only one logically acceptable reaction. The rest will not be acceptable. Let us see the following example:

Example 1: You got to the railway station and found that the train you have to get on is about to leave the platform and you don’t have enough time to buy a ticket. What do you do?

A) Run and catch the train and buy the ticket at the next station.

B) Run to the train and get on with your journey.

C) Buy the ticket and then catch the train if it is still there on the platform.

D) Let the train go and wait for another train if there is any.

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Answer: As we said there is only one logically correct way of making the decision here. It doesn’t rely on your personal perception but rather on the achieving a goal. Here the goal is to get on to the train so of the four options the option that causes the least inconvenience or is the most suitable, has to be the correct choice. Here that choice will be the option A). Let us see how.

In the option B), you achieve the objective of getting on the train but there is a danger that you will get caught and will have to get off the train. The option C), will have the train leave by the time you get to the platform. If you follow option D) you will again miss the goal. Thus the only option that is suitable for the situation is A).

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Let us see the example that we have in the beginning.

Example 2: You are travelling on a bus and want to get to the office in time. The bus stops at a certain point. What do you do?

A) Get off and try and find another bus.

B) Call the police to get you out of the situation.

C) Contact your friend to come pick you up and drop you at the office.

D) Do nothing and wait for the bus to start moving again.

Answer: So what is your guess? Let us see each of the options one by one: The goal here is to get to the office.

If you follow the option A), you may or may not find another bus. So option A) is a wrong decision. Option B) presumes that this is an emergency situation and that something bad has happened. There is too much to speculate, so we will not choose it. Similarly, the option C) seems very doable. You might stop here and choose option C) but that would be wrong. Because option D) tells you that there is nothing wrong with the stop. It could be a normal traffic stop in which case you will just have to wait it out. So the correct option here will be D).

Example 3

You are driving down the road and suddenly you see a two thousand rupee note on the road. What action will you take?

A) Take it and spend it on food.

B) Leave it and move ahead.

C) Take the money and give it someone who needs it.

D) Go visit the nearest police station and deposit it there.

Answer: The answer is pretty straightforward here. All you need to do is keep in mind the fact that you are driving down the road and that the money is on the road. If you stop to pick it up, you will most possibly face an accident. Hence the correct option is to just leave it and move ahead. Therefore the correct option is B).

In the above example if the concept of the road is replaced with say a footpath, then the correct option would have been D).

Practice Questions

Q 1: A person is travelling on the train. In the far away part, he sees two men carrying guns holding a passenger down. What does he do?

A) Tries to fight the people and take away their guns.

B) Heroicly jumps at them and holds them down while the passenger escapes.

C) Runs away and calls the police.

D) Stays in his seat and cooperates with the people with the guns.

Answer: D) Stays in his seat and cooperates with the people with the guns. [Hint: Police carry guns].

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