The ‘GM Crops Regulatory Regime’ policy is hurting cotton the most because over 90 per cent of the crop area is under Bt-cotton seeds. While the existing Bt-hybrids are gradually losing their effectiveness- as part of the normal process- new ones are nowhere in sight to replace them. More importantly, the major pests of cotton, notably the American or pink bollworms, which were restrained by the Bt-cotton, are reemerging and even getting immune to the currently used killer genes. If the government doesn’t allow the evolution of new and better gene-engineered strains as alternatives to the existing ones, the cotton revolution may not endure for long.

Which of the following conclusions can be drawn from the paragraph above?

  1. The major pests of the cotton crop are reemerging stronger than before, and threatening the cotton revolution.
  2. The cotton crop is the most adversely affected by the government’s GM crops’ policy.
  3. The onus of the premature ending of the cotton revolution is on the government’s short-sighted GM crops’ policy.
  4. The government’s GM crops’ policy must allow the evolution of better gene-engineered strains of cotton seeds.


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  1. Mayank Khanna

    1- The idea of pest growing stronger is a sub idea of the text however the main idea is low immunity of cotten seeds which in turn helps the pest to become stronger
    2- I am not sure what exactly the policy states so not confident
    3- Again whether policy is short sighted or not is not very clear to me.
    4- I think it is most appropriate as it states that there is need for better engineered seeds to fight pest.

    1. TG.Prabhat

      Hi Mayank, option 4 is right! But your reasoning is not devoid of flaws. Do have a look at the answer’s explanation in my comment below 🙂

  2. The answer is option 4.One can narrow down to 2 options -3and 4.But option 3 talks about short sightedness of the policy which is something one cannot draw from the extract, moreover one doesn’t know whether it is a premature ending or not.Option 4 best fits the conclusion because the author wants to say that the govt must allow for new varieties of BT cotton seeds(the policy has some effect on BT cotton)since old varieties are no longer pest resistant and no alternatives are available.Hence option 4 is the best conclusion.

  3. TG.Prabhat

    The answer is 4. It is the primary piece of advice given in the paragraph. The rest of the statements in the paragraph function as premises for it.

    Options 1 and 2 can be eliminated since they are premises for the main point being made- the suggestion to allow the evolution of better gene-engineered strains of cotton seeds.

    Option 3 is inaccurate as per the paragraph, since it is not mentioned that the cotton revolution ended prematurely; only the risk of it ending prematurely has been hinted at.

    Mayank, Shubhra, Pranshu, Ridhima, Mankeerat, Harshit, Arushi, Abhipri, Prakash and Amitayu- Excellent! 🙂

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