Tips to crack SLAT Logical Reasoning

Just like other exams, logical reasoning plays an important role in the Symbiosis Law Admission Test, i.e., SLAT as well. Since, the law is all about reading the legislation, rules, regulations, by-laws, etc., understanding the logical basis of the same and giving them apt interpretation, hence, a separate section is devoted to logical reasoning.
In this article, you will get the tips to crack the SLAT logical reasoning section of SLAT entrance examination. The points that will be covered in this article will help you to crack SLAT logical reasoning section comfortably.
Logical reasoning plays a crucial role in exams pertaining to different fields nowadays. As a subject, it can be very scoring if you practice enough and understand what all comes under this section, which brings us to an important question, which is,
‘What is logical reasoning?’
Logical reasoning, simply quoted, is that branch which checks as to how well you can analyze the problem given and arrive at a logical conclusion. It aims at identifying whether as a straight-thinking person if you have the ability to understand the problem and reach the desired conclusion.
In logical reasoning, just like maths, you will either discern the right answer or there will be no answer at all. Hence, there is no scope of guess-work here. All you need is practice and practice!
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Important Areas: First of all, understand the areas from which the questions usually appear in this section.
  • Series - Numeric and Alphabetic.
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Blood Relations
  • Directions
  • Puzzles
  • Arguments
  • Syllogism
  • Analogies - Vocabulary based and Alphabets based
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Misc reasoning
There are 2-3 questions on each of these areas in the SLAT exam. You must cover the basics of all the reasoning topics, with special reference to the above-mentioned areas, as the questions are more likely to appear from these areas.
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We have come up with some suggestions and tips for a concrete preparation strategy to help you score well in this section of SLAT:
1. Know the Basics well:  Reasoning questions from areas like coding, directions, blood relations, syllogisms, etc. can be easily solved if you know the basics of these topics and identify the correct pattern. You can easily solve 25-27 questions (out of 30 questions) from this section, once you are thorough with a clear understanding of concepts. You can see the level of the questions, which have appeared in the real SLAT- exam over the previous years.
Illustration 1: What will come in the place of question mark in the following question? 6, 13, 28, 59, ?
  1. 111
  2. 113
  3. 122
  4. 114
Sol: The logic applied here is 6 x 2 + 1 = 13, then 13 x 2 + 2 = 28, after that 28 x 2 + 3 = 59. Now the answer will be 59 x 2 + 4 = 122.
Learning: In this logic the multiplicative number is a constant value but the additive number is increased by 1 every time. Similarly the logic could be that that multiplicative number is changed every time and the additive is same. Even both the multiplicative and the additive numbers could be changed to create a question.
Illustration 2: What will come in the place of question mark in the following question? QPO, SRQ, UTS, WVU, ?
  1. YXW
  2. XVZ
  3. ZYA
  4. VWX
Sol: The logic applicable in this question is that the three consecutive letters are written in the reverse order and the first letter of every group of letters is the last letters of the next group i.e. QPO, the first letter is Q, which is the last letter of the next group and thus the SLAT will be SRQ. Now this group start with S, which will be the last letter of the next group and the group will become UTS and so on. The last SLAT given is WVU, the first letter is W, which will be the last letter and that is given only in the first option, which will be your answer, or the complete SLAT will be YXW, three letters in the reverse order.
Learning: The position of all the alphabets is important. Sometimes the logic used in the question is simple; you just need to compare all the given letters/numbers to crack the logic. Knowing the position of alphabets could prove to be handy in this case, which you can remember by using the word EJOTY, where E is the fifth letter, J is the 10th letter, O, T and Y occupy position number 15, 20 and 25 respectively.
2. Sufficient practice: SLAT is essentially a speed-based test. Hence, the real challenge lies in solving questions in a time efficient manner. Knowledge of fundamentals or basics alone is not enough unless sufficient practice of all question types is done. Solving previous years' papers and taking mock tests also helps to a great extent.
Though the overall level of questions in this section varies from medium to difficult, but still there are a few questions, which are very easy and could be called 'sitters'.
The questions asked in this section involve almost all the areas of reasoning. You should practice around 40-50 questions of each area to solve the questions in a quick span of time. You can practice these questions and learn the concept with the help of our online chapter wise tests and articles.
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