Odd One Out, is a type of question where one odd answer has to be picked from given set of choices. This answer can be out of context of other sentences. In CAT examination, these type of questions can appear as a form of Para jumbles i.e., one statement which doesn’t fit in the paragraph is an odd one out.
It started to appear in CAT since 2012, after which, every year CAT verbal ability includes 3-4 questions. It tests your understanding of sentence fit in a context. It is also known as sentence elimination. Like CAT; IIFT, SNAP and NMAT also test on this concept. These questions are asked in considered as critical reasoning questions in other exams. You can expect about 1-2 questions in IIFT and 0-1 question in SNAP and 2-3 questions in NMAT.
Below shows the number of odd one out questions that have been asked in various MBA exams in recent years.
Below you will find certain Odd One Out questions for your understanding:
Q 1: Five jumbled up sentences, related to a topic, are given below. Four of them can be put together to form a coherent paragraph. Identify the odd one out and key in the number of the sentence as your answer:
[CAT 2020 Slot 3]
If the sentences were to be arranged in a paragraph, 2. would be the best opening sentence as it sets the context. 2 and 4 is a link: 2 talks about hate speech detection while 4 explains how it works. 1 and 5 is also a link: sentence 1 talks about biases arising due to training data. 5 gives an example of how flawed training data affects algorithms. 2,3,1,5 is a possible sequence.
3 is the odd one out.
Q 2: Five jumbled up sentences, related to a topic, are given below. Four of them can be put together to form a coherent paragraph. Identify the odd one out and key in the number of the sentence as your answer:
[CAT 2020 Slot 3]
The sentences relate to subject of being a woman versus being feminine. 5 and 2 is a link. The sentences are structured similarly and state what signifies what. Sentence 1 relates to the same idea. 1,5,2 is a possible sequence. Between 3 and 4, 4 fits better to the idea in 2–the measure of the feminine ideal.
3, which is about how the ‘make-over centric media’ set out to define ‘good’ and ‘bad’ ways to be a woman, is the odd one here.
Q 3: Five sentences related to a topic are given below. Four of them can be put together to form a meaningful and coherent short paragraph. Identify the odd one out. Choose its number as your answer and key it in.
[CAT 2019 Slot 1]
Let us link the sentences logically and find out which sentence does not conform to the main theme of the paragraph. It is clear that the paragraph is about “identity”, more specifically, identities of organizations. Sentence 4 is the introductory sentence since it introduces the theme of “identity” and the opposing views among sociologists about how identity affects organizational performance.
Sentence 3 follows sentence 4 by mentioning two types of identities that organizations have – some organizations have complex and multidimensional identities while other organizations have narrow identities.
Sentence 5 follows sentence 3 by mentioning “those” who think complex or multidimensional identities are more beneficial to organizations and sentence 2 will follow sentence 5 with “others” who feel the opposite – complex identities confuse audiences about an organization’s role or purpose.
Sentence 1 is about “actors” and not about identities at all. Secondly, it is more about “categories” than identities. It does not fit in with the rest of the sentences in the paragraph.
Hence, the correct answer is option 1.
Q 4: Five sentences related to a topic are given below. Four of them can be put together to form a meaningful and coherent short paragraph. Identify the odd one. Choose its number as your answer and key it in.
[CAT 2018 Slot 1]
This is a dubious question, and deserves a challenge. All the sentences can come together and form a coherent paragraph. ‘this factoid’ in statement 2 can be found in statement 5. Thus 5 and 2 form a pair. 1 opens the paragraph. Impossibility of translation in 3 and impossibility of bumblebee flight are connected. Thus 1523 form a coherent paragraph. Statement 4 can come in the concluding lines. This question has no odd sentence. The source of the passage can be found here.