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How to prepare Reasoning/Aptitude for LPUNEST MBA/ PGDM?

Last Updated - March 29, 2017

Lovely Professional University conducts National Entrance and Scholarship Test (LPUNEST) for MBA aspirants. Candidates who have completed their graduation or appearing in the final year exam of their graduation can apply for LPUNEST 2017. The exam is conducted in two schedules- the first one is held in December-January while the second one is in April- May.

This test has an advantage as it is also a Scholarship Test. So apart from being the gateway to MBA programs, it can get you an extensive Scholarship up to `3 Lac rupees. LPU offers MBA, MBA Hons. and Specialized MBA. Following are the main specializations that may be offered in MBA and MBA (Hons.)- Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, International Business, Operations, and Information Technology while the Specialized MBA is offered in-Hospital & Healthcare Management, Agri - Business Management and E-Commerce etc.

LPUNEST is conducted in online mode only as per the schedule. The test comprises of 100 multiple choice questions of three sections, namely- English, General Aptitude and General Awareness. The time duration for the test is 150 minutes.  The General Aptitude section is composed of Mathematics and Reasoning. This article will help you in preparing the Reasoning section well as it offers Exam Pattern, Syllabus and preparation tips for the same.

LPUNEST Eligibility

Applicants appearing for LPUNEST MBA-2017 should have either completed or shall be appearing in the final year examination of Graduation from UGC recognized University/Institution, etc. Candidates should have passed with 50% aggregate marks in Graduation or equivalent.

Know More LPUNEST 2017 Application Form

LPUNEST MBA Exam Pattern

The questions paper of LPUNEST is conducted in computer based test mode only. The test duration is of 150 minutes (2 hrs. 30 min.) and consists of 100 multiple choice questions (MCQ) of the objective type. Following are the highlights of exam pattern-

Mode of ExamComputer Based Mode
Exam Duration150 minutes
Paper Sections3 (English, Aptitude and General Awareness)
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions
No. of QuestionsEnglish- 40 General Aptitude Test- 40 General Awareness- 20
Marking Scheme4 marks for each correct response
Negative MarketingNO Negative Marking

The approximate distribution of questions and marking scheme in all three sections are as follows

SubjectsNo. of questionsMarks per QuestionMaximum Marks
English40 questions3 Marks120 Marks
General Awareness20 questions3 Marks60 Marks
General Aptitude40 questions3 Marks120 Marks

The language of the question paper will be only English. 


Reasoning comes under the General Aptitude section of LPUNEST for MBA. Here is the common syllabus for General Aptitude section which also comprises Reasoning as well as Quantitative Aptitude.  Following topics are covered in this whole section-

Quantitative Aptitude Syallbus- Numbers, Percentage, Profit, Loss & Discount, Ratio & Proportion, Simple & Compound Interest, Permutation& Combination & Probability, Time & Distance, Boats & streams, Races & Games, Time & Work, Pipes & Cistern, etc.

Reasoning Syllabus- Calendar & Clocks, Area, Series completion & Coding – Decoding & Alphabet test, Direction sense test, Blood relations, Seating arrangements, Syllogism, Number, Ranking & Time sequence test, Arithmetical reasoning, Inserting the missing character, Data sufficiency, Cubes and dice, Non verbal reasoning.

Logical Reasoning is considered as one of the important sections in all the MBA entrance exams. So it is very necessary to understand the topics that are covered under this section. Following is the syalbus of LPUNEST MBA Reasoning:

  1. Analytical Reasoning- Number series, Letter Series, Series Missing Numbers, Odd one out, Blood Relation, Calender, Clock, Matrix, Cubes, Coding Decoding, Direction and Distance test, Ranking Tests, Sitting Arrangement, Linear Arrangements, Matrix Arrangements, Mathematical Puzzles and Venn Diagram.
  2. Verbal Reasoning- Strong & Weak Arguments, Statements Assumptions, Statements and Conclusions, Statements & Inferences, Logical Sequence of Words, Analogies, Verbal Classification (Odd one out), Syllogism, Logical Deduction (based on syllogism), Course of Action, Causes and Effects.

LUPNEST MBA Reasoning Important Topics

Although the topics mentioned above are the main topics of aptitude and reasoning section. Still, among these topics there are some topics that cover the most of the paper. Following are the important topics for LPUNEST MBA reasoning are-

  • Seating Arrangements
  • Blood Relations – family tree
  • Syllogism
  • Data Arrangement
  • Assumptions- Statements
  • Sets
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Clocks and calendars

General Preparation Tips

For reasoning section, candidates have to prepare well as it is a scoring section. Following are some general tips to score well in this section-

  • Understanding Tricks: Logical Reasoning is all about understanding the trick hidden in the questions. After you are done with your daily preparation and practice, take out some time for brainstorming exercises, like solving crossword puzzles, Sudoku, riddles on blood relations, family tree, etc.
  • Concept Clarity: It is essential that you have a clearer idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning. Make sure you have cleared your basics and concepts before starting the preparation because without that you cannot understand the reasoning section well. .
  • Make Notes: It is very important to make notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter, which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will surely make things easier at the time of revision.
  • Make Time Table: It is very important to make a proper timetable and stick to it. This will help you in  getting an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it. So, prepare according to the time allotted to each topic.
  • Seek Guidance: It is not possible for anyone to know everything in the syllabus. Sooner or later you will run into a topic or so which will trouble you so it is not bad if you seek guidance from a coaching institute. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long.
  • Sample/Previous Year Papers: Even though there may be a change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether, it is important that you practice the sample and previous years question papers of LPUNEST MBA .You will know the existing test pattern and can get a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time duration.
  • Mock tests: The paper pattern of LPUNEST MBA , type of the questions and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is something you will be able to understand  with the help of a Mock Test. So, regularly practice mock tests. Time management can also be learnt through practice these tests. The mock tests are available online.

LPUNEST MBA Reasoning Suggested Books

All the subjects in LPUNEST paper are comprised from NCERT and other competitive books. So, for Aptitude test you need to read some useful books. Few useful reference books for Reasoning section are:

Name of BookAuthor/Publication
Logical ReasoningArun Sharma
Verbal & Non Verbal ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal

LPUNEST MBA Important Dates

LPUNEST second shift for MBA begins from April 10. Following table shows the entire schedule for both the shifts for LPUNEST MBA 2017-

ParticularSchedule ISchedule II
Entrance examination dates10th Dec. 2016 - 10th Jan. 201710th April - 2nd May 2017
Registration Starts1st Oct. 20162nd January 2017
Last date to apply31st December 201628th February, 2017 31st March 2017
Slot booking for online examination15th Nov. 2016 onwards1st March 2017 onwards
Result3rd week of January 20174th May 2017
Call for GD and InterviewFebruary 2017 OnwardsMay 05, 2017 onwards
Result for GD and InterviewMarch 10, 2017Not announced yet
Last Date of AdmissionMay 31, 2017May 31, 2017

Candidates can check the LPUNEST MBA 2017 Results online on the official website, to be released in the first week of May, 2017. LPUNEST MBA result will also be sent to the candidates on their registered email id. LPUNEST MBA 2017 counselling process will begin a week after the declaration of LPUNEST Result.  



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