Decision Making – Rakesh, who hailed from Dhanbad, worked

XAT 2020 Exam Paper – Decision Making – Rakesh, who hailed from Dhanbad, worked

Read the situation below and answer the 3 associated questions:
Rakesh, who hailed from Dhanbad, worked in Jamshedpur with SPCIL, a government construction company. Although HR policies concerning job security & work-life balance attracted Rakesh to SPCIL, over time he found his work monotonous with no growth opportunities. However, the proximity to Dhanbad enabled him to visit his parents at his convenience.
Recently Rakesh applied to Grow and Prosper (G&P), a multinational company engaged in construction related operations, making inroads into many Indian states. G&P interviewed Rakesh and offered him three times his current salary at SPCIL.
Question 1
While considering G&P’s offer, Rakesh pondered over the following facts:

  1. A recent government policy made poor performance punishable by salary reduction or dismissal.
  2. The first assignment at G&P is a bridge construction project in a village near Dhanbad.
  3. With his current savings, Rakesh need not depend on regular income for at least six months.
  4. Though an exemplary performer, Rakesh has hardly been recognized at SPCIL.
  5. Based on the annual performance review at G&P, Rakesh will either earn double the salary or get fired. Which of the following combinations of the above facts will BEST help Rakesh decide on joining G&P?

  1. 5, 4, 2
  2. 1, 3, 4
  3. 1, 4, 5
  4. 2, 4, 3
  5. 4, 3, 5

Answer: A

Question 2
While mulling over the offer, Rakesh consulted Manikandan, his trusted senior at SPCIL. Manikandan, who had friends in G&P, disclosed that it preferred government employees for its projects in Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh. “Once the project is completed, G&P may not need your skills,” observed Manikandan.
Which of the following, if true, will BEST enable Rakesh to decide on the offer?

  1. During the interview, G&P quizzed if Rakesh would sustain his relationship with his former colleagues at SPCIL.
  2. Through social media, Rakesh discovered that Manikandan’s contact, who had left SPCIL to join G&P, is no longer with G&P.
  3. Senior-level employees at G&P, who began their career in similar projects, are now confined to their desk at the head office for almost a decade.
  4. As G&P also planned to enter two Southern states, it has decided to recruit people from those states.
  5. Manikandan stopped both of his sons from taking up private-sector jobs, given his loyalty to the government.

Answer: C

Question 3
Rakesh, in his current job, came across incidences of bribing by private sector officials. He wondered if he might have to bribe government officials while at G&P.
He reflected on his interview with G&P:
  1. The interviewers were puzzled how Rakesh could manage his EMIs with his current income.
  2. One interviewer was constantly probing how Rakesh managed to meet his project deadlines with little cooperation from his subordinates
  3. What would you do if your project has a fortnight’s deadline and it takes a month to obtain a permit?,” asked another interviewer.
  4. A question that intrigued Rakesh was, “Should a pack of dacoits share their loot with one of their gang, who had killed a bystander against their motto ‘Thou shalt not kill’?”

Which of the following sequences of the above statements is in the MOST appropriate DESCENDING order of bribing undertones?
  1. 3, 4, 1 ,2
  2. 4, 3, 2, 1
  3. 4, 1, 2, 3
  4. 1, 3, 2, 4
  5. 3, 1, 2, 4

Answer: E

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