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CAT 2016: Preparation Tips for Logical Reasoning

Last Updated - October 01, 2016

In CAT exam, Logical Reasoning has always been a game changer. To receive a call from any of the IIMs for the selection round, a candidate must have also scored a desired sectional cut off. Even if a candidate has the overall cut off percentile but lacks in sectional cut off, they will not be called for the GD-PI round. So it is very important to score section-wise cut off too.

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Often students find Logical Reasoning section tough and lengthy. This is mostly due to the lack of preparation and practice. If enough time is devoted to this section and prepared strategically, this section can help in scoring a good percentile in CAT 2016.

In 2015, Logical Reasoning was clubbed with Data Interpretation to form the second section of the test paper. There were a total of 32 questions in this section, 16 each from LR and DI. Though the number of questions are less but considering that each correct answer fetches +3 marks, it is important to focus equally on this section.

Generally, LR questions are framed in such a way that either you can answer all the questions asked from one set or you won’t be able to answer even a single question. Sometimes LR questions are such that even after investing 10-15 minutes to one question, a candidate is not able to retrieve any information from the information provided.

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So here we bring you tips on how to prepare and eventually crack the LR section in CAT exam.

Check the syllabus and prepare a list of topics

The first step is to check the complete syllabus of Logical Reasoning for CAT exam. To get an accurate idea of the topics, go through previous year papers and make a list of the types of questions asked. An overview of the type of questions asked in LR is given below:

  • Arrangements (circular and straight)
  • Cube Puzzles
  • Variations
  • Blood relation
  • Linear and matrix arrangement
  • Clocks
  • Syllogism
  • Number and Letter Series
  • Calendars

Prepare a strategy and analyze

Prepare a plan for LR preparation for a month and then analyze your performance at the end of the month. Then make plan for preparation for the next month. A planned strategy not only instills discipline but also helps you keep a track of your performance. It also helps you highlight the areas where you need to put in more effort.

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Practice mock tests and solve sample papers

It is important to solve at least one online mock test each week. It is important since it helps to develop a familiarity with the pattern of the online test. Practicing more and more questions will also help you develop speed and accuracy which is a must for those eyeing for a high percentile score.

Solve Riddles, Puzzles, Sudoku etc.

Solving riddles, puzzles, soduko etc. are a good way to improve performance in LR section. These are not just interesting methods to improve score in LR but also help develop an understanding of the concept behind LR questions.

Solve Previous Year CAT papers

One guaranteed method to feel at ease with LR section is to solve previous year CAT question papers. This will help you identify which questions are repeated often and which are not. It will also help you in identifying types of questions which are easy and/or quick to solve and can help you up your score.

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