Logical Reasoning is one section in CAT that tests your logical abilities. In CAT, Logical Reasoning questions generally appear in the form of sets, with each set carrying 2 to 4 questions. Going by the pattern of the online CAT exam for the last two years, Logical Reasoning has been clubbed with the Verbal Ability Section. In the current form, generally 9 Logical reasoning questions appear, clubbed in 3 sets of 3 questions each.
The basic idea that operates behind these questions is to test a candidate on his ability to make decisions and establish what would be the best recourse in different situation. Each set of question generally consist of multiple conditions and one is supposed to use these clues to solve the questions.
Logical reasoning questions can be clubbed into various categories such as:
- Seating Arrangement problems
- Circular Arrangements
- Blood Relations
- Selection and Conditionals
- Sets based on grouping and patterns
- Mapping and best routes
- Miscellaneous sets consisting of formal logic, testing, sports events etc.
Some Tips for to keep in mind while solving Logical Reasoning Questions:
- Some tips to keep in mind while solving LR questions:
- Read the question carefully and make sure you establish why an option is incorrect. Read all the response choices carefully before choosing one.
- DO NOT ASSUME information that is not given in the questions. Use only those facts that have been provided.
- A valid conclusion is the one that definitely follows from the information you are given. An invalid conclusion is the one that definitely does not follow from the information. Please keep these two trivial facts in mind.
- Make sure you pay special attention to words such as: “all” “some”, “none”, “other than”, “only” or “unless”.
Logical Reasoning: Set 1 to 30
Logical Reasoning: Set 31 onwards
Puzzles for CAT
Though a topic that does not directly appear in CAT, puzzles form an important part of a student’s preparation strategy. Solving a lot of puzzles will definitely enhance your logical reasoning abilities and these single question problem sets can actually act as stepping stones for solving full-fledged LR sets. Explore some puzzles here.