How to Prepare Logical Reasoning for CLAT 2020?

How to Prepare Logical Reasoning for CLAT

CLAT or the Common Law Aptitude Test is an entrance level test that takes place across India and held for the eligible individuals who seek admission in the UG and PG Law courses. The CLAT exam is conducted by NLUs (National Law Universities).

For the UG Course, the syllabus covers General Knowledge & Current affairs, English, Legal Aptitude, Maths, Logical Reasoning. Most students find difficulty in the Reasoning Section. So, this article is a must-read for them.

How to Prepare Logical Reasoning for CLAT 2020?

There is absolutely no need to get panicky for the preparation of the Logical Reasoning Section. Logic & Reasoning is something which can be built at any stage of life. All one needs is to have interest and keenness to understand the topics.

  • One of the best ways to improve Logic & Reasoning is to read about it. Read books, blogs, articles about it
  • Solve puzzles and not just one kind but different types and levels of puzzles
  • Students must target to complete all the questions within 25 minutes’ of time and to learn how to manage time, CLAT Mock Tests are a great help
  • Play games that require the use of logic
  • The Logical Reasoning Section carries a total of 40 marks and is segregated into Critical Reasoning & Analytical Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning is actually a very scoring subject if we compare it with other subjects in the CLAT Exam

The following table will give one an idea about the CLAT Exam Pattern which will be a help in understanding how to prepare for the exam and divide time appropriately:

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

CLAT Logical Reasoning (Important Topics)

Out of all the topics among CLAT Syllabus, there are some important topics of Logical Reasoning which are mentioned below.

  • Candidates must focus on these subjects separately
  • Do not miss anything when it comes to these topics
  • Try not to cram anything. Instead of that, understand the concept of the questions
Puzzles Seating Arrangement Verbal Reasoning
Syllogism Calendar Pairing
Directions Para-Jumbles Logical Sequences
Number-Test Coding-Decoding Blood Relation

Solving Previous Year Papers

The students who are preparing for the exam must compulsorily add solving the previous year papers to their preparation in order to fuel it:

how to prepare for clat logical reasoning

  • Practicing previous year papers will help form an idea about the kind of questions appear in the paper
  • Not just that, working on previous papers is a great way to learn time-management for any exam
  • Also, it makes one understand the exam’s pattern in a far better way than anything else
  • A lot of times, many questions have been observed from the previous year papers
  • It will give one an actual feel of the exam and it makes it better when the real exam is there
  • Solving previous papers are the best way to enhance knowledge regarding how the question paper appears

How to Prepare Logical Reasoning for CLAT 2020?

Read the following for the best way to prepare for the CLAT Logical Reasoning:

The Basics

  • It is very important that one’s basics must be very clear. Without that, it is difficult to crack the paper
  • Once the first step is done, start solving questions from a lower to a higher level of difficulty level and one will find the power of clearing basics
  • One must start with topics like family/blood relations, coding-decoding, calendar, direction, seating arrangement, etc. Once they are done, begin with the difficult ones
  • The tougher topics must be dealt with afterward or else they can affect the confidence of the candidates

Time Management

  • Set a timer every time you solve a previous year paper or mock test. And, see how much average time you’re spending on one paper. Then, mold your speed accordingly
  • One must not spend more than 25 minutes of their time in solving 40 problems
  • Moreover, in the paper, if a student is not able to crack any specific problem in the first attempt, they shall skip that question and deal with it later if there is time

Mock Tests

how to prepare clat reasoning section

  • Once a student has completed the syllabus and gone through all the topics from the reasoning section, they shall begin to attempt the mock tests
  • While one practices mock tests, they will come across new types of problems, which will give them new ideas to deal with a new sort of question and eventually increase the level of reasoning ability
  • Mock Tests are a great way to understand one’s own level, weak points, and best practice material
  • This will also assist the individuals to recognize their strong and weak areas via the analysis of the paper on which they can further study

Books

  • Students must select only good books when it comes to the Reasoning section for understanding the basic concepts of the topics. The books shall provide instructions (elaborated) and useful strategies for the topics. They must also have the solutions to the problems, check Best CLAT Books
  • Candidates shall not study from too many books at one point in time. It can develop confusion in mind and lower one’s productivity
  • Some recommended books are as follows:
    (a) A modern approach to verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal
    (b) Analytical Reasoning by M. K. Pandey

Short Cuts

  • Even though not all the topics have short cut methods but the ones which have shortcuts must be understood properly
  • Still, we would suggest candidates not to depend on the short cuts, just go through them once
  • If any sections of Logical Reasoning doesn’t have any short cut methods, there are several other effortless and easy techniques available in the books
  • These methods and short cuts will assist the student to solve the tricky problems in the exam without wasting much time

Logic Test

  • Many questions appear from this section, where a series of assumptions, arguments or statements are provided and one has to conclude an answer to the questions regarding them
  • While coming to a conclusion, the individual shall concentrate on what is provided in the statements and not depend on facts or any personal emotion and then answer the questions
  • Do not forget that the problems are based on the reasoning and logic that is already provided in the question. So, there is no requirement for looking anywhere else to seek answers

Practice

  • Practicing regularly will enhance one’s speed and also assist them to save a lot of time in the exam, which can actually be used in other sections
  • Reasoning Subject is not being taught in schools. So, a student has to put in a little extra effort in the beginning to overcome the toughness of this section. Practice with interest, it is actually a fun section if one studies with keenness
  • Once one gets comfortable practicing the sections and related problems daily, the problems will start to consume lesser time than usual
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