Puzzles might seem an easy topic but without the right practice, you can get them wrong. The logical Reasoning section in CLAT includes puzzles that must be solved incorrect method to get a good score. 

Wondering how to solve puzzles for CLAT? Well, might get this doubt and have a lot of queries on puzzled based questions. This post shall take you through tips, tricks, strategies to solve puzzles. You will also get sample questions and previous year questions based on puzzles. 

Importance of Puzzles in CLAT

Puzzles are important in the CLAT exam. In the LR section, you have questions based on different types of puzzles. They are generally easy to moderate levels of difficulty. 

You can get full marks easily if prepared well.

How to Solve Puzzles For CLAT 2021?

  • The first important thing to remember and follow is to read the given puzzle carefully and understand it. 
  • If there is a huge passage, then split it while reading. Understand step by step.
  • Keep an eye on statements that given definite information. Pay attention to vital information. 

Example: Statement A: X is to the right of Y;  Statement B: X is second to the right of Y. Statement B is definite while statement A is vague. The second statement gives the correct position of X while the first statement doesn't give. 

  • You can note down all the information provided in short words so that you don't have to read the statements or passage again.
  • You can imagine yourself in the puzzle which helps in a better understanding of the statement. 
  • You can draw diagrams or tables to solve the questions. With constant practice, you can get the puzzle-based questions for CLAT correct and score full marks. 

Example: There are 7 friends, P, Q, R, S, T, V, and W, each of whom likes a particular fruit apple, banana, pear, guava, orange, mango and watermelon. Also, each of them has a favourite city: Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Agra, and cochin.

The preferences of favourite city and fruit may not necessarily be in the same order. Q's favourite city is Chennai and likes mango. The one who likes watermelon also likes Pune. Favourite city of T is Kolkata. R likes Guava and his favourite city is not Mumbai. Favourite city of w is Cochin and he does not like either pear or banana. The favourite fruit of the one who likes Agra is orange. T does not like pear. The favourite city of P is neither Pune nor Agra. S does not like watermelon.

  • Who likes apples?
  • Which fruit does P like?
  • Which is R's favourite city?
  • Which is V's favourite city?
P Q R S T U V
Pear Mango Guava Orange Banana Watermelon Apple
Mumbai Chennai Delhi Agra Kolkata Pune Cochin

Answer: 

  • W likes Apples
  • P likes Pear
  • R's favourite city is Delhi
  • V's favourite city is Pune

You need to interpret the given statements properly in short notes or table format. 

Sample Puzzle based Questions for CLAT 2021

Eight persons live on separate floors of an eight-storey building. The ground floor is numbered one and the top most floor is numbered eight. F lives on an odd-numbered floor and G lives above D. E lives immediately above H. G lives immediately above l. Only one person lives between G and D. J lives above K. Only two persons live between K and J. K lives on the floor number five.

1. How many persons live between the floors on which H and I live?

  • Two
  • Three
  • Four
  • One

2. Who among the following lives on the floor immediately above K?

  • F
  • D
  • I
  • H

3. Which of the following statements is true?

  • Only one person lives between D and F.
  • F lives on the first floor.
  • E lives on the topmost floor.
  • Only two persons live between G and H.
  • K lives immediately above D.

4. Who among the following lives on the second floor?

  • H
  • G

5. Who among the following lives between I and F?

  • K
  • E
  • G
  • D

A building has ten floors numbered 1 to 10 in such a way that the ground floor is numbered 1, the floor above it numbered 2 and so on such that the topmost floor is numbered Ten people named A, B, C, D, E, P, Q, R, T and S are staying on different floors, not necessarily in the same order. There are two people staying between B and P. S is staying on the 1st floor. Three persons are staying between D and R. P is staying on an even-numbered floor. T stays on the eighth floor. C is staying on the floor immediately below T's floor and immediately above R's floor. Q is staying between the floors of E and P.

1. How many people are staying between E and S?

  • Two
  • Three
  • Four
  • Five

2. Who is staying on floor no. 9?

  • T
  • C
  • A
  • D

3. Who is staying between B and Q?

  • P
  • E
  • Q

4. If R and A exchange their floors, how many people will be staying between A and Q?

  • Two
  • One
  • Three
  • Four

5. The topmost floor is occupied by

  • D
  • T
  • C
  • R

FAQ's

How to prepare for Logical Reasoning Section of the CLAT syllabus?

You can prepare for the Logical Reasoning Section of the  CLAT syllabus in the following way-
Clear your concepts and understand the foundation of the topics that are included in the syllabus. Refer to good books that are well-approved. You must learn to manage time. You can do this by timing yourself when you solve practice question papers. Practice thoroughly on a regular basis and solve as many mock test papers and previous year papers as possible.

Which books to use for the preparation of Logical Reasoning section in CLAT?

The books to use for the preparation of Logical Reasoning section in CLAT Exam are provided below-

Some such books are mentioned below.

  • 501 challenging Logical Reasoning Practice Book
  • Universal’s Logical Reasoning for CLAT, LSAT, and other Law Entrance Exams by Jain Prateek
  • Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal

How to attempt CLAT Logical Reasoning Questions in the exam?

You can attempt the CLAT Logical Reasoning Questions in the exam in the following  way-

  • It is essential to recognize the conclusions and premises in a particular passage. 
  • The next step is to determine the tone or theme of the passage.If you have successfully decoded the theme or the point of the passage, then it will be easy for you to choose the answers.
  • You have to figure out the fine details and answer accordingly. The use of the word 'most' in the questions signifies that you have to pick an answer which best suits the question. 
  • It is important to read without any distractions and pauses.
  • They are most likely intended to test your adapting skills and your ability to soak in new facts and act accordingly without imposing previous knowledge.
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How to score good marks in CLAT Logical Reasoning Section?

Make sure to cover the topics provided in the syllabus. Attempt as many previous years' papers and CLAT Mocks that are available in the market and make sure to revise them on time. Hard work, consistency, and practice of papers can only help you score good marks in the CLAT Logical Reasoning Section.