CAT Exam 2019 – CAT Logical Reasoning Hacks and Tips


Students somehow start off with the mentality that CAT Logical Reasoning is one of the toughest areas of CAT. But once they commence serious preparation, they notice that it is not really that hard because once the logic becomes evident, the whole series of questions that follow can be answered in a jiffy, and there aren’t many kinds of questions on CAT Logical Reasoning that can be in the CAT exam. Therefore, once you get hands of how the logic of a particular type of question works, you can be sure that you can put to rest learning the concept and focusing on how quickly you can apply that to any given question. Therefore, when it comes to tips and hacks for CAT Logical Reasoning, it is always both generic and specific type of tips that you need to employ. However, these tips generally merge together because there is only a fine line between them

Logical Reasoning in CAT Exam

  1. Practice a lot. This logic might sound like it’ll stay with you, but you’ll end up forgetting it. So keep practicing a lot. However, the only reason this requires arduous practice is to improve your speed. If you can do it within the specified time, you can relax and that will you give to other areas as well.
  2. This section is highly deceptive because critical information is given in parts of the passage that is easily unnoticed. So before you rush to answer the questions, spend some time in actually reading the question.
  3. Once you think you know the answer, a brief explanation of why that said answer is correct should come to your mind. And that answer should be plausible in the face of all other answers.
  4. The most important thing to know is that you should never assume any information that isn’t given in the question even if you’re the subject expert on the passage given in the question. Work with what is given.
  5. Topics like Blood Relations, Directions, Table arrangements etc. don’t take a lot of time. Finish them off. While they aren’t worth a lot, they will certainly give you an edge.
  6. For questions on seating arrangement, always map out the arrangements before you start working on the questions. If there are multiple possibilities from the get-go, prepare multiple diagrams. This will help you think clearly without having to keep track of your train of thought too.
  7. If a choice is eliminated, it should be because all the other choices were less likely.
  8. For questions that ask you to choose a valid conclusion, always choose the one that strictly follows the information given. Once again, do not assume anything outside of what’s given
  9. Pay attention to modifiers such as ‘only’ ‘or’ etc. These are critical to the question.
  10. The best part of this section is that there are only a limited number of questions that can be asked. Therefore the logic inherent becomes predictable. So, prepare previous years’ CAT papers to understand the level of difficulty and the extent of application required in this section. Apart from this, solve a lot of mock tests CAT papers.
  11. Brain teasers make it easier and better. Consider it the bitter medicine to your better health and solve sudoku, crossword etc.
  12. Venn diagrams can be quite confusing. Therefore, always practice interpreting the data. It helps when you are making your own inferences. Some opine that this section requires more usage of paper than Quantitative Ability. Therefore, when you’re doing Venn Diagrams, focus less on the formulae and focus more on the logical part of it. Make notes, make additive diagrams.
  13. Probability is important for some topics such as card games, dice, coins etc. While the inherent logic is similar, these, without sufficient practices can be quite a bummer. Topics such as these should be prepared with due care.
  14. Topics like clocks require sound arithmetic skills. Hence, ensure you are strong on that front too.

A lot depends on how you practice it. Where there are no easy tips and tricks, knowing what to focus on can certainly make things better and help you score better.

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