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Strategy to Crack Logical Reasoning Section

Tips to score well in the Logical Reasoning section of CLAT
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The Common Law Admission Test, CLAT is a computer based objective type test conducted every year since 2008. It is the gateway for admissions to various undergraduate and post-graduate courses in law in 17 prominent National Law Universities (NLUs) of India.

Of the 200 questions asked in CLAT, logical reasoning section constitutes 20% or 40 questions which test the candidate's ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. This section includes a variety of questions such as:

  • Syllogisms
  • Logical sequences
  • Number Test
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Verbal Reasoning: FIJ
  • Logical Reasoning: Statement Assumptions/ Conclusions/ Arguments/Actions
  • Blood Relations
  • Directions
  • Ranking
  • Arrangements
  • Calendar, etc.
Why is Logical Reasoning section important for CLAT?

Among all the 5 sections of CLAT, this section is considered relatively difficult. However, it can be easily mastered with dedicated practice. Also the number of questions, you encounter from this section in CLAT is high; therefore, you cannot afford to ignore this section. If your concepts are clear, this section can help you boost your overall CLAT score.

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

1. Know your 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. Although this section is considered as relatively tough, you can easily solve 33-37 questions from this section, once you are thorough with a clear understanding of concepts. Let us look at a few questions that were asked in previous years' CLAT:

Q.
Pointing to a photograph, a man said, "I have no brother or sister but that man's father is my father's son". Whose photograph was that?

A.
His father's

B.
His own

C.
His son's

D.
His nephew's

Q.
G,H, I,J, K, L,M, N are sitting around a round table in the same order for group discussion at equal distances. Their positions are clock wise. If M sits in the north, then what will be the position of J?

A.
East

B.
South-East

C.
South

D.
South-West

2. Sufficient practice:

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.

3. Plan of action:

You should follow a well organized action plan. Specific time has to be devoted exclusively for this section. You must reserve at least 45-60 minutes daily to focus your attention on this section and identify your areas of strength and weakness. This will solidify your preparation and will benefit you immensely on the CLAT exam day.

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