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CMAT 2021 Logical Reasoning Section: Pattern, Preparation Tips & Reference Material
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Urvashi Singhal

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National Testing Agency (NTA) plans to conduct CMAT 2021 with the aim to place aspiring candidates in their dream management schools in the 4th week of January 2021. It will be a computer-based online entrance test which is designed to test a candidate in the areas of quantitative technique, logical reasoning, language comprehension and general awareness.

Logical Reasoning is often a highly decisive section for most candidates since there is very little space for ambiguity. There are a total of 25 questions from the Logical Reasoning section in CMAT 2021 and the total weightage for LR section will be 100 marks. Candidates first need to identify the important topics and understand CMAT 2021 Exam Pattern.

CMAT Logical Reasoning primarily consists of two sections:

  • Critical Reasoning: this includes questions based on Assumption-premise-conclusion, Assertion and Reason based questions, Statements and Assumptions, Strong and Weak Arguments, Inference based questions, Cause and Effect based problems, etc.
  • Visual Reasoning: It will have Linear Arrangements question, Family tree problems, Symbol based problems, Coding and De coding questions, Sequencing problems, Series problems, Blood Relations, Direction sense questions, etc.

CMAT 2021 Logical Reasoning Pattern and Syllabus
CMAT 2021 Logical Reasoning Pattern and Syllabus

Logical reasoning section has questions which involves logical thinking and reasoning ability. Certain aspects such as deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, argument, fallacy, argument and inference are put to test in this particular segment.

Logical Reasoning consists 25% of the entire CMAT Exam .Therefore, candidates need to identify and cover all the topics based on their weightage in the exam. While the section of logical reasoning is very vast, based on the recurring pattern of questions from different subtopics of this section, some important topics are listed below:

Logical Reasoning Syllabus
Assumptions, Premise, and Conclusion Assertion and Reasoning  Statements and Assumptions  Statement and Arguements  Inferences and Judgements  Number Series 
Ranking Test  Matrix Arrangement  Analogy Test  Cause and Effects  Non-Verbal Reasoning  Direction and Distance 
Symbol Based Problems  Coding and Decoding  Cause and Effect  Decision Making  Blood Relations  Input and Output

 To find out the important topics Check CMAT Exam Pattern 

How to Prepare for CMAT 2021 Logical Reasoning?
How to Prepare for CMAT 2021 Logical Reasoning?

Preparation for logical reasoning section can be done by regularly completing problem solving diagrammatic IQ tests and learning novel tricks. However, since this is a very diverse topic, it is advised that one should not stick to a certain topic for too long and instead divide their time equally among all topics. 

In order to excel in the LR section, there are a few factors which a candidate should keep in mind.

Understanding the Pattern

It helps to prepare for an examination if the recent pattern is known. It gives significant hint for a section and candidate can use it to prepare smartly. The same is true for questions appearing in Logical Reasoning section of CMAT.

Although a host of topics has been mentioned above, over the years CMAT has had fair share of questions from puzzles, statement & conclusions and cause & effect. Arguments, Assumption and Conclusions are other favorites of CMAT exam.

Number-Letter Series, direction sense, decision making do have a few questions but their appearance has shortened in recent years. While these topics cannot be ignored, candidates must give more attention to topics that carry more weightage.

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Time Management

Logical Reasoning questions are infamously time consuming. They can be dealt with the right preparation and strategic approach. Allocate time to each variety of questions (say 40 seconds to puzzle, 30 seconds to family relations). With regular practice, try to bring the individual time down. This, in turn, shall reflect in the overall timing. Also in lieu of a lucrative problem, a solvable question must not be ignored.

Needless to say, that in order to strategize in such fashion, a candidate must know his/her strengths and weaknesses. Something which only practice can offer.

Practice Sample Papers

Candidates must refer and practice from previous year CMAT question papers and sample papers to identify the type of questions usually asked in the LR section as well as to gain speed and accuracy in solving questions since most of the questions are in the form of puzzles that require logical thinking and problem solving approach.

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Other Important Preparation Tips

Some Important tips to improve candidate’s score in the logical reasoning section are mentioned below:

  • Enhance your problem-solving skills by regularly solving crosswords, puzzles and sudoku.
  • While solving a question, a candidate must look for suggestive words like, ‘including’, ‘only’, ‘other than’ and ‘unless’.
  • Similarly, pay attention to negative prefixes also, such as non-, un-, or dis-.
  • Don’t make any assumptions on your own while solving logical reasoning questions.
  • Make the habit of writing all the given information and data before proceeding to solve questions.
  • Look into the previous years’ question paper.
  • Keep a calm mind and rely on preparation. No puzzle can be budged if the mind is not relaxed.
  • Make your preparation reliable. Practice as many mock tests and sample papers as possible.

CMAT 2021 Logical Reasoning Reference Material
CMAT 2021 Logical Reasoning Reference Material

There are many books available in the market which provide complete preparation guide to CMAT aspirants. However, some books have a more focused approach and candidates may use them to enhance their logical reasoning.

Recommended books are:

  • A Modern Approach To Logical Reasoning By R. S. Aggarwal
  • The Hand On Guide To Analytical Reasoning And Logical Reasoning by Peeyush Bhardwaj
  • Analytical Reasoning by M K Pandey
  • How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit Sinha

Moreover, a candidate can use online resources to prepare for logical reasoning. Many websites have dedicated logical reasoning sections. Some recommended websites for LR preparation are: