Apart from English, Logical Reasoning and Analytical ability is the other section where students can hope to score. While Quantitative Ability requires students to utilize the time they saved in English section, LR is pretty much self-sufficient if prepared well. It must be remembered that SNAP requires you to answer 150 questions in 120 minutes giving each question exactly 48 seconds to answer correctly. The last word is an important addition because SNAP carries 1/4 negative marking. Therefore students must exercise diligence in answering the questions. Logical Reasoning is a wide scope in SNAP with the difficulty level on par with CAT. Unlike CAT however, there are no fixed topics that the questions could be asked from. The usual topics for Logical Reasoning are
- Blood Relations
- Seating Arrangements
- Constrains Based Arrangements
- Binary Logic
- Venn Diagrams
- Clocks and Calendars
- Team Formation
- Input- Output
- Number Tree
- Decision Making
- Space Visualization
- Visual Memory
True that there are also important topics in this. However, you can’t solely rely on their predictability. For that purpose, it is important that one verses themselves with all the topics under the syllabus while focusing on a few important ones.
Tips for Logical Reasoning and Ability
One thing you can rely on SNAP to do is to stick to the pattern they’ve been following. So, just as SNAP 2016 was, this year you can expect 30 questions for a total of 60 marks weighing in for 30% of the total score. Add to that the fact that logic doesn’t really borrow time from other sections, nor does it lend to other sections, this makes it the perfect section to ace if one prepares well. There is really no differentiation here while considering tips in the form of generic tips and subject wise tips. Some things to keep in mind while attempting Logical Ability are
- Despite such a huge scope, there are several topics that can be finished easily such as blood relations, directions, seating arrangement, binary logic, differences, odd-man-out etc. These take a remarkably big chunk of the syllabus if not the exam paper. This will serve to build your confidence levels that you are making progress, and help you cover topics that could boost up the score
- While in the exam, don’t rush to answer. When you choose an option, a brief explanation of why that answer is the correct one should flash in your mind. It must sound plausible on the logical front.
- For questions on binary series, number series etc., there really is no set rulebook. Practic5e enough that your mind automatically makes connections. There is no substitute for practice in this section. However, if you’ve prepared for CAT, that’s good enough
- Never assume any facts. If something is not given in the question stem, then it is not relevant to your decision. Even if you’re the subject matter expert, you are not to take for granted facts that would otherwise have been obvious. For example, if the passage about the movements of the earth around the sun, you’re not to assume that Sun rises in the east even if it makes your solution unless it is explicitly, or by virtue of elimination, mentioned in the passage.
- Venn diagrams solve half your problems in Quant and Logic. Work on them.
- Never assume a choice without pouring over the other choices. Sometimes, they might be so close that you’re forced to select options by virtue of elimination rather than correctness of the answer.
- This is one section where you’d need a rough paper almost as much as for Quant. Use it generously.
- Most of the questions are based on human intuition and common logic. However, this can sometimes be quite misleading. In such a scenario, ensure that you eliminate every other option available before you succumb to the human instinct.
All it takes is a dedicated amount of practice. This is one thing that won’t feel monotonous due to the varied nature of the same topic. That can be the con too because you can’t expect a routine in it. Solve a lot of mocks, read eminent authors’ works, and calm down because you’ve done everything is humanly possible for this section.