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Quick Tips to Crack CAT 2016 Logical Reasoning

Last Updated - December 02, 2016

With only two days left to CAT exam, candidates can polish their preparation by powerful tips. Few changes are introduced in this section. DILR section has been created in CAT 2016. In this section, candidates will have to answer for both data interpretation and logical reasoning questions. Many candidates considered that Logical reasoning is the toughest section of CAT exam as it consists of logical puzzles followed by several questions. This section consists of Mathematical and Logical ability type questions.

Logical reasoning section includes Blood relation, seating/ circular arrangement, section & conditionals, mapping & best routes, puzzles, sets consisting of formal logic, sports, events etc.


CAT 2016 Important Dates

Candidates appearing for CAT exam can check the following table for important dates:

CAT 2016 Exam DateDecember 04, 2016
Last date to apply for all IIMsDecember 31, 2016
CAT 2016 ResultJanuary 2017

CAT Logical Reasoning Important Topics

Candidates appearing for CAT 2016 must know about the important topics having high weightage in the logical reasoning section. They need to mainly focus on the following topics to score good in this section:

Basics of SyllogismsBlood Relations
InequalitiesDirections
Painted sides of a cubeAnalytical reasoning
Linear Analytical ReasoningCoding & Decoding
Circular seating arrangementInput Output
Symbol & OperationsAlphanumeric series
PuzzlesChart & Graph
AssumptionsClock & Calendars

CAT 2016 Exam Strategy for Logical Reasoning?

Candidates have to read the questions and apply their own logic for answering these questions. There is no particular formulae for most of the questions. Here, we are providing some amazing tips to score good marks in logical reasoning section of CAT 2016 is as follow:

  • To solve an LR Problem, write down all of the information given in the question. These questions usually contain several statements which serve as clues to solving the problem.
  • Candidate needs to attempt the problem in a methodical manner and solved it step by step. If they will try to look at all information at once then they got confused.
  • Give some seconds over a question and read it carefully. A proper image of why each choice is correct or incorrect should go to into mind. If candidates can follow this method in sample reasoning questions, they will do well on the actual assessment.
  • The right selection of reasoning questions to solve first is even more crucial than in DI. If candidates fail to solve after spending 5-minutes, they need to do smart thing and switch to another set of questions.
  • Candidate should be sure to read all the responses before eliminating. They should be very wise in their decision of leaving the question. As they can always come back later on the question if they have the time.
  • Candidate need to pay special attention to words like ALL, SOME, NONE, OTHER THAN, UNLESS or ONLY. These words can play a critical role for false assumption.
  • In a single set, the questions are very similar. Candidate should read the question until they understand that what they are required to answer from each question.
  • Candidate should be careful if any response choices contain ALL or NONE. In both practice question and in the CAT assessment test. Both words are not signs of wrong choices. They will appear in both correct and incorrect response choices.
  • The questions in the assessment is vary in difficult level and typical questions will be mixed with easier ones. Also, keep in mind that you can stop working on a tough question temporarily and come back to it later. It could be done only if the section has not been changed.

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