– Divisha Agarwal (4th Year, GNLU)
I hope your preparations are going well and you all are solving as many mock-tests as possible. Now, as stated in my earlier blog, I have come up with in-depth sectional analysis for CLAT 2020; and in this article, I will be discussing all about ‘Logical Reasoning’ the major changes that took place, pattern of the questions and how you should go about it!
1. What are the major changes?
Earlier, the questions used to be a combination of verbal, non-verbal and critical reasoning. But now looking at the new paper pattern, it can be said that the section is more or less, full of critical reasoning.
Now, the section will test your comprehension and inferential reasoning. There are minimal chances that you will come across questions from topics such as directions, ratio-proportion, etc.
2. What will be the pattern of questions?
You will now be given a paragraph of around 300 words and based on each paragraph, 4-5 questions will be asked from you and you will have to answer accordingly. In totality, you can expect 30 questions from this section.
The paragraphs will be related to current editorials from newspapers or magazines; or general passages from various books on various concepts.
The questions will be based on premises and conclusions; you might have to identify the theme of the paragraph; or questions might be based on arguments; or you might be asked to assume a situation and identify further course of action, etc.
Therefore, you will have to follow the respective instructions and answer the questions.
3. How to prepare for the new pattern?
– Read the questions carefully. Because even though they will appear similar, the answers might be totally opposite. The questions will test your inferential reasoning, based on the paragraphs.
– Even though there is a change in the paper pattern, you cannot ignore others questions and topics of past year, such as syllogism, blood relations, assertion-reasons, etc., as these may very well be included in the paper.
– For better understanding of the new paper pattern, you can refer to LSAT papers. They are more or less similar.
– Since, the questions in this section will also be paragraph based; you can refer to such common sources for READING, from where you can prepare for all, ENGLISH, LEGAL & LOGICAL REASONING. (In my opinion, newspapers and articles from magazines will be the best source)
– You can solve sample questions and papers provided by the authentic sources and are qualitative, and refer to mock-test series available online for more practice and better preparation.
I hope you are now clear as to what all can be there in ‘Logical Reasoning’. Since solving mock tests on new paper is important, you can check Acing CLAT’s sample papers in the resource section after login. GNLU students have designed the mock test papers for the upcoming law students; who else will better guide you than those who have been there and done that!
All the best! J