This question was asked in a famous (more than a million candidates appear) civil services exam of India. Interpretation of the word "steadily" has caused so much confusion. Following is the question :
Q. Consider the following statements :
- Tax revenue as a percent of GDP of India has steadily increased in the last decade.
- Fiscal deficit as a percent of GDP of India has steadily increased in the last decade.
Which of the statements given- above is/are correct ?
(a) 1 only (b) 2 only (c) Both 1 and 2 (d) Neither 1 nor 2
Statement 2 is wrong so no confusion there. As fiscal deficit decreased in recent years.
Confusion arises for statement 1, since Tax revenue as a percentage of GDP though largely increased in the last decade, but there was a slight dip in 2008-09 (Global Crisis being one of major reason). Now should this statement be right or wrong?
What would be the best interpretation of the word "steadily" here?
So much on stake of this word here. (around 50000 people will fail to make next round due to this answer)