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CMAT 2016 Logical Reasoning Preparation Tips

Last Updated - April 01, 2017

We are providing you step by step information regarding CMAT 2016Logical Reasoning (LR). As you are going to appear for CMAT exam, the first thing you need to understand what Logical Reasoning is? What are the different sections & topics according to CMAT Exam pattern, which aspect requires extra attention & time for preparation?

How to tackle problems in Logical Reasoning?

To solve any problem related to LR, you have to apply a good mathematical procedure step by step to draw a unique conclusion from given statements. But keep one thing straight that whatever conclusion you have drawn must satisfy all preordered statements.

How to prepare?

Before starting preparation you need to know different areas of reasoning & their applications. Why you need to study them? How it would help you in career prospects because you are supposed to become part of management field. To know about different areas go through CMAT Syllabus.

  • Why Logical Reasoning Test for upcoming Managers/Recruiters? (May be ‘YOU’)

After completing your MBA Degree, when you will be working as a manager or recruiter in a corporate. At that time this test will be required to taken by you to hire new employees. If you are very well prepared & know all the terms & tactics related to logical reasoning then only you will be able to lead & judge others.

  • Before attempting any question in Logical Reasoning things to be checked first:
  1. What is true? (Absolutely)
  2. What is mostly true? (90%)
  3. What is most likely true?
  4. What you think is true?
  5. What is NOT true?

Note: If any statement is true, then there are chances of possibilities depending upon extent of truth in the statement, whether it is completely true, likely to be true or almost true. And in case of false statement no possibilities can be considered.

  • Type of Logical Reasoning?

According to present test requirements Logical Reasoning is the common term which is used solely for different types of reasoning.

CMAT Logical Reasoning

  1. Deductive Reasoning:

This test analyze you on the basis of your ability of deducing genuine facts which is acceptable everywhere.

For e.g. Major Premise: All Human are mortal     

              Minor Premise: Socrates is human

              Conclusion: Socrates is mortal.

Explanation:As given in the below mentioned venn diagram that mortality is eternel & acquired by every human being. Socrates was human that is why he was mortal too

CMAT Logical Reasoning

Note: Always remember that in Deductive logic you are not gathering new information. You are just arranges the information which is already given in new way but acceptable in every situation

  1. Inductive reasoning:

This is somewhere related to mathematical induction which you have studied in earlier classes. To prove any statement we just followed a pattern more than one time, say ‘N’ number of times & then generalize the statement to give final answer.

Note: For conclusions based on inductive reasoning you may not be 100% sure. You have to conclude on the basis of trend pertaining.

Example.1: ALL swans are white

Explanation: This conclusion is drawn by considering large number of ‘white swans’ with no emphasis on whether any ‘black’ swan exists or not. But it is not acceptable with 10 0% surety that there is no ‘black’ swan exists in the world.

Inductive reasoning may be wrong, as in this case when a black swan is found it appears to be wrong. Most of the time answers satisfied the given situation.

Example.2: 6, 9, 12, 15, ?

Answer: The trend shown that the answer is 18.

Explanation: You may not be 100% sure for above answer. Because it is not mentioned that to which scale the series belongs, whether temperature, hours or some other scale.

  1. Abductive Reasoning:

This form is very similar to the second form ‘inductive’ reasoning. It is completely depends on guess work as its solution requires assumptions based on probability. The condition whose probability is more is considered to be more feasible.

Example: Major Premise: The box is filled with red balls.

                Minor Premise: James has a red ball in his hand.

                Conclusion: The red ball in James’s hand was taken out of the box.

Explanation: To solve this case we can perform only guess work. It is just a possibility that the red ball in James’s hand was taken from the box, but it is also possible that the ball is given by someone else to James.

Strategies to improve Logical Reasoning:

  1. Practice:

Keep practicing as much as questions as you can. Sometimes your attempting speed depends on logic, which is required to solve question at right time in right way.

Practice will help you a lot to manage time for different type of questions. You will be able to identify what type of question needs how much time.

  1. Categorization:

Classify your problem on time span & complexity level & devote time according to requirement.

  1. Learning:

Do not solve question in different way any time you attempting it. Just maintain your own method & stick to that only otherwise you will be confused.

  1. Make Notes:

When you start preparing make note of those problems which creates issue when you have been solving them.

What are the ways to attempt Questions in Logical Reasoning?

  1. Find out the classification of different arguments & their relationship with each other
  2. Identify flaws
  3. Recognize point of disagreement
  4. Identify principle & rules
  5. Collect supported statements to gather correct answer for your questions
  6. Draw relevant conclusion to analyze your answer

Ideal strategy for Logical Reasoning:

  1. Choose one subject first & cover that only in predefined time li it. In short finish your study material first.
  2. Revise syllabus by switching from one subject to another.
  3. Identify & mark important questions & topics subject wise.
  4. Prepare same topic from different complexity level.
  5. Start giving mock tests. It will help you to understand in which particular section of the subject, you need time to prepare.

Books for Logical Reasoning:

  1. A modern approach to logical reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal
  2. Pearson guide to logical reasoning
  3. Logical Reasoning & Preparation study guide, National Learning Corporation

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