In 2015, CAT authorities have separated the Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation sections from the Verbal and Quantitative section. Generally, Logical Reasoning for CAT section contains 34 questions or more with a sectional duration of 60 minutes. The CAT logical reasoning section is also a favorite section of numerous aspirants, but if not careful enough, candiates tend to make silly mistakes and eventually lose scores.
Practising different types of Logical Reasoning questions can be one way to reduce those mistakes. Also, being aware of them beforehand will help to avoid similar mistakes during the exam.
What is Logical Reasoning for CAT?
Logical reasoning is the ability to recognize and determine the meaning of patterns using a variety of information. It is the primary tool used in solving problems of every kind, including math problems. Every candidate has these skills and uses them in all aspects of daily life, sometimes even without consciously being aware of it.
Logical Reasoning questions are designed to measure an aspirant’s ability to understand a system of relationships and to draw appropriate conclusions about those relationships. Each question is based on a short passage or a set of conditions. These questions focus on Logical consistency as well as numerical reasoning based type questions. Logical reasoning requires drawing conclusions from a set of rules, statements or conditions that describe relationships among entities such as persons, places, or things.
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CAT Logical Reasoning Tips:
Here are some tricks and tips that might help the CAT candidates to improve the way to solve Logical Reasoning questions while practicing.
- Draw the LR Questions on Paper, not on the Mind
Logical Reasoning questions are mostly based on arrangement type questions, that will have certain conditions to fulfill. Great attention to detail helps to solve them in a very less time. Experts say to draw the conditions first and then start answering the given questions.
So, It is always better to draw the inferences drawn from the statements. There are certain smaller implications that become clear as and when the question progresses.
- Critical Thinking is critical to solve Logical Reasoning Questions
Consider this question –
There are four males sitting on a bench to be photographed.
They are sitting as per these conditions:
1. Vijay is sitting to the left of Ravi
2. Ram is sitting to the right of Ravi.
3. Sonu is between Ravi and Ram.
Question: Who would be 2nd to the left, in the photograph?
The Answer is Sonu. Read the question again – Who would be the 2nd to the left, IN THE PHOTOGRAPH?
When the sentence, in the Photograph comes, the seating arrangement will turn to 180 degrees.
So, Sonu would be 2nd to the left, in the photograph.
Had the question been – who is the person sitting 2nd to the left, for the photographer, then the arrangement would be – Ram, Sonu, Ravi and Vijay.
So, it is seen how these little things can affect the answers and ability to score the marks in CAT exam. Time and again, it has been stressed, the questions like this, consists of three to four questions which will be carrying more marks. If one condition is not looked upon critically, the whole arrangement will be wrong, which in turn will affect the marks.
- Put in Small Blanks to Fill Question Figures There
If the number of people is given in the question, then the figure must be drawn first. For example, if the question says, five people, sitting around the circle facing the center- then the sequence with 5 blank spaces should be quickly drawn.
Once the conditions of those questions are read, dissecting them bit by bit, will help to solve the Logical Reasoning questions faster. So, putting the pieces together and the right arrangement will be easily made.
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