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.

1. When the courts cancelled large numbers of telecommunications licenses because of questions about how they were handed out, many companies that had bought into the sector in good faith were penalized.
2. The government needs to begin viewing the telecom sector as an engine of growth or provider of essential services.
3.There have also been questionable regulatory decisions that incumbents felt helped the newcomers.
4. This makes it even easier for a cash-rich entrant to seek dominance.
5. As a consequence, few pools of capital will now want to enter a sector with obvious sovereign risk.

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  1. Mayank Khanna

    Other talks about regulations and it’s impact but 2 is general statement about telecom sector and how it should be looked upon.

  2. TG.Prabhat

    The answer is 2 since it makes a recommendation, in contrast to the other sentences which highlight the issues or problems of the telecommunications sector.

  3. Sir,i agree with your reasoning that the answer is out of context.But,I couldn’t find a proper sequence for the other sentences.Is there a possible sequence of other sentences?

    1. TG.Prabhat

      1354 is a plausible sequence for forming a paragraph, Shubhra. However, one’s main focus in parajumble questions must be to look for a sentence that incorporates a robust differentiating factor, one that is thematically different from the other sentences. Trying to form a paragraph and eliminating the sentence that doesn’t fit must be the last resort while solving parajumble questions.

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