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CMAT is conducted for offering admission to MBA program offered by top b-schools and colleges affiliated to AICTE. The computer based online entrance test is designed to test a candidate in the areas of quantitative technique, logical reasoning, language comprehension and general awareness. Logical Reasoning is often the decisive section for most candidates in management entrance tests.
Management aspirants preparing for CMAT 2017 can go through the syllabus, pattern of questions and important preparation resources for the Logical reasoning (LR) section in this article. There will be total 25 questions in the CMAT Logical Reasoning section and the total weightage for LR section is 100 marks.
Candidates first need to identify the important topics and understand the pattern of questions in the LR section. This section comprises Mathematical and Logical Ability type questions. Some of the major topics included in the LR section are Blood relation, seating/ circular arrangement, section & conditionals, mapping & best routes, puzzles, sets consisting of formal logic, sports, etc.
Logical reasoning section has questions which involves logical thinking and reasoning ability. Certain aspects such as deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, argument, fallacy, argument and inference are put to severe test in this particular test.
Logical Reasoning consists 25% of the entire CMAT Exam .Therefore, candidates need to identify and cover all the topics based on their weightage in the exam. While the section of logical reasoning is very vast, based on the recurring pattern of questions from different sub topics of this section, some important topics are listed below:
Preparation for logical reasoning section can be undertaken by engaging oneself in a regular problem solving of diagrammatic IQ tests and learning tricks. However this being very diverse topic it will be well advised to be involved in the preparation keeping in mind CMAT examination.
In order to excel in the LR section, there are a few factors which a candidate should keep in mind.
It helps to prepare for an examination if recent pattern is known. It gives significant hint for a section and candidate can use it to prepare smartly. The same is true for questions appearing in Logical Reasoning section of CMAT.
Although a host of topics have been mentioned above, over the years CMAT has had fair share of questions from puzzles, statement & conclusions and cause & effect. Arguments, Assumption and Conclusions are other favorites of CMAT exam.
Number-Letter Series, direction sense, decision making do have a few questions but their appearance has shortened in recent years. While these topics cannot be ignored, surely a candidate must give attention to more probable topics.
Logical Reasoning questions are infamously time consuming. This can be dealt with right preparation and strategizing the approach to solve questions. Allocate time to each variety of questions (say 40 seconds to puzzle, 30 seconds to family relations). With regular practice try to bring the individual time down which in turn shall reflect in the overall timing. Also in lieu of a lucrative problem a solvable question must not be ignored.
Needless to say, that in order to strategize in such fashion, a candidate must now his/her strengths and weaknesses. Something which only practice can offer.
Candidates must refer and practice from previous year CMAT question papers and sample papers to identify the type of questions usually asked in the LR section as well as to gain speed and accuracy in solving questions since most of the questions are in the form of puzzles that require logical thinking and problem solving approach.
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There are many books available in the market which provide complete preparation guide to CMAT aspirants. However some books have more focused approach and candidates may use them to enhance their logical reasoning. Recommended books are:
Moreover, a candidate can use online resources to prepare for logical reasoning. Many websites have dedicated logical reasoning sections. Some recommended websites for LR preparation are:
Some Important tips to improve for candidates to improve their score in the logical reasoning section are mentioned below:
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