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Strategy to Crack the Reasoning Section of AILET

Expert tips to crack AILET reasoning section
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In this article, you will learn how to prepare for the logical reasoning section of the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) conducted by National Law University, Delhi. In this article we will cover the major areas, the approach for preparation and some actual paper questions along with their solutions.

Important Areas:

Following are the areas, which have a major coverage in the examination.

  • Critical reasoning
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Puzzles
  • Coding - decoding
  • Blood Relations
  • Directions
  • Arguments
  • Syllogism
  • Connectives
  • Binary Logic

AILET Reasoning: Importance

AILET contains 35 questions on reasoning out of a total of 150 questions. Although this section is considered relatively "difficult", the weightage(23.33%) of this section makes it important for you to give it special attention. Strong understanding of the basics and dedicated practice can help you boost your AILET score.

AILET Reasoning: Past year paper analysis
TopicsAILET 2014AILET 2015
Logical arguments 5-
Logical conclusions25
Pattern identification66
Fact inference judgement 2-
Blood relations33
Syllogisms 24
Conditional syllogisms-3
Directions33
Number series 4-
Data sufficiency2-
Analogies 4-
Logical assumptions-2
Assertion reasoning2-
Binary logic-5
Logical actions-4
Total3535

As you can see in this table, the reasoning section contained a good mixture of questions from all the areas. Hence, it is essential that you know the concepts behind all question types and practice ample number of questions.

Suggestions & Tips for AILET:

We have come up with some suggestions and tips for a concrete preparation strategy to help you score well in this section of AILET:

1. Know the Basics well:

Reasoning questions from areas like coding, directions, blood relations, syllogisms, etc. can be easily solved if you know the basics of these topics and identify the correct pattern. You can easily solve 30-32 questions from this section, once you are thorough with a clear understanding of concepts. Let us see a couple of questions from actual AILET exam:

Q.1
In a certain code '4 6 1' means 'where are you ' . '1 6 9' means 'you are good' and '8 6 5 2' means 'flower are not bad'. Then what is the code of 'good'?

1)
4

2)
1

3)
6

4)
6 or 1

5)
9

Sol:

Here,the codes are given as

461 ? where are you ----(i)
169 ? you are good -----(ii)

The common codes are "6 & 1" and the common words are "are & you". This implies that one of those stands for 'are' and the other one stands for 'you'. The left code in the second sentence is '9' and the word left is 'good'. So that concludes the code for the word 'good' is '9'.

Learning:

In this kind of question always compare the common words and common codes. Then one by one the codes are found for all the common words or letters and then the remaining codes are assigned to the remaining words/letters. This is always done logically to get the correct answer.

Q.2
Each question has a main statement, followed by four statements labelled I, II, III and IV. Choose the ordered pair of statements, where the first statement implies the second, and the two statements are logically consistent with the main statement.

Whenever Vijay reads late into the night, his grand-father reprimands him.

I. His grandfather does not reprimand Vijay.

II. Vijay reads late into the night.

III. Vijay reads early in the morning.

IV. Vijay's grandfather reprimands him in the morning.

1). III, IV
2). II, IV
3). I, II
4). none of the above
Sol:

The logic applicable in this question is that of cause and effect. "Vijay reading late into the night" is the cause and "his grand-father reprimanding him" is the effect. In this case, the conclusion would be valid in the following two cases.

(i) If the cause happens, then the effect would definitely happen.
(ii) If the effect is not there, then the cause is definitely not there.

Based on this, if you analyze the options, you will see that the second option will be the answer. As the cause is there, then the effect would definitely be there.

Learning:

These kinds of questions are based on connectives. There are two-three types of connectives statements possible.

(i) Cause and effect type
(ii) x only if y
(iii) either x or y.

You should solve the questions based on each of these types of connectives to gain expertise in the topic.

2. Sufficient practice:

AILET is essentially a speed based test. Hence, the real challenge lies in solving questions in a time efficient manner. Knowledge of fundamentals or basics alone is not enough unless sufficient practice of all question types is done. Solving previous years' papers and taking mock tests also helps to a great extent.

Key Learnings:
  • Strategies and tips to crack reasoning questions.
  • Past years' paper analysis shows that all the areas in reasoning section are important, therefore, you should not leave any topic untouched.
  • Basic understanding of all topics and sufficient practice is required to score well in AILET reasoning section.

  • If you have any question, suggestion or feedback, feel free to post it in the discussion box given below.

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