How to Prepare Logical Reasoning for CLAT 2018?

How to Prepare Logical Reasoning for CLAT 2018? Tips, Tricks and Strategies for Logical Reasoning

How to Prepare Logical Reasoning for CLAT 2018?

Logical reasoning is the process of using a rational, systematic series of steps based on sound mathematical procedures and given statements to arrive at a conclusion.

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The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate’s ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It includes variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. However, visual reasoning will not be tested in CLAT as only Verbal and non-verbal reasoning will be part of the CLAT 2018 exam.

Subjects Number of Questions Maximum Marks
English including Comprehension 40 Questions 40 Marks
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 50 Questions 50 Marks
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) 20 Questions 20 Marks
Legal Aptitude 50 Questions 50 Marks
Logical Reasoning 40 Questions 40 Marks
Total 200 Questions 200 Marks

The exam is conducted for a duration of 2 hours. The CLAT 2018 has a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.

Logical Reasoning has two sub parts:

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning-
  1. Number and Letter Series
  2. Odd man out
  3. Coding and Decoding
  4. Venn Diagram
  5. Calendars
  6. Symbols and Notions
  7. Liner, Circular & Grid Arrangement
  8. Distribution
  • Verbal Reasoning
  1. Direction Sense and Blood Relations
  2. Syllogism
  3. Statement and Assumption
  4. Statement and Conclusion
  5. Strong and Weak Arguments
  6. Course of Action
  7. Assertion and Reason
  8. Critical Reasoning
  9. Decision Making

Level of Difficulty: Unlike Logical Reasoning section in Bank exams, SSC CGL or MBA, the level of difficulty of Logical Reasoning in CLAT will be relatively easier. Law aspirants don’t need to prepare for Logical Reasoning, the way Students often prepare for MBA. There is no mathematics involved in Law, therefore making this consideration, you need not worry about being very strong in logical reasoning as if you are trying for an MBA. The level of questions will be between Class 10 to 12.

Important Topics to Focus in Logical Reasoning for CLAT 2018:

The most popular topics asked in the Logical Reasoning section of CLAT Exam are:

Puzzles, Seating Arrangement, Logical Sequences, Number Test, Verbal Reasoning, Family/ Blood Relation, Ranking & Order, Coding Decoding , Syllogisms, Statement Conclusion/ Assumption, Pairing, Data Interpretation, Inference based question, Calendar, Directions, Para-jumbles.

How to Prepare Logical Reasoning for CLAT 2018?

  1. Classification: Easiest to solve
  2. Arrange words in Logical Order: Most candidates get this right if you know ABCD alphabets quite well. This is mere arrangement that can be build with good observation.
  3. Syllogism: Draw Venn Diagrams to avoid confusion. Read questions well to avoid mistakes as sometimes questions are tricky
  4. Verbal Analogies: A good Vocabulary will help you solve this section. Try to find the relationship between the two words in the right context.
  5. Analysis Judgment: It requires critical thinking and needs a lot time to solve. Questions include blood relation, Direction, Height and Sequence. Only good practice can help you to solve this quickly.
  6. Numerical Operations: Numerical Operations are easy if you are well versed with the formulae.
  7. Coding-Decoding: Coding-Decoding are very tricky questions and need time to solve.
  8. Non- Verbal Reasoning: Pictorial Analogies, Symbol series, symbolic operations, numeric patterns, spatial relations, space visualizations, Spatial Reasoning, mirror image and space image are examples of questions. Preparation will be of great help.
  9. Matrix and puzzles: The sections tests your unusual and creative ways of solving problems. It is difficult and time consuming. Preparation will be of great help.

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Recommended books for Reasoning:

  1. A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  2. Analytical Reasoning (English) by M K Pandey
  3. Quantitative Aptitude ebook (ALL Parts Solved) by R S Agarwal
  4. 501 Challenging Logical reasoning Practice Book

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