Strategy to crack the AILET Reasoning Section

In this article, you will learn how to prepare for the AILET logical reasoning section of the All India Law Entrance Test conducted by National Law University, Delhi. In this article we will cover the major areas, the approach for preparation and some actual paper questions along with their solutions.
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AILET Important Sections:
Following are the areas, which have a major coverage in the examination.
  • Critical reasoning
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Puzzles
  • Coding - Decoding
  • Blood Relations
  • Directions
  • Arguments
  • Syllogism
  • Connectives
  • Binary Logic
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AILET Reasoning: Importance
AILET contains 35 questions on reasoning out of a total of 150 questions. Although this section is considered relatively "difficult", the weightage (23.33%) of this section makes it important for you to give it special attention. Strong understanding of the basics and dedicated practice can help you boost your AILET score.
Go through the analysis of AILET 2016 Reasoning Section to get an overview:
Area No. of Questions
AR 14
Clock & Calendar 2
Alphanumeric 4
Verbal and Critical Reasoning 10
Situational Based 5
Total 35
AILET Reasoning: Past year paper analysis
Topics AILET 2014 AILET 2015 AILET 2016 AILET 2017 AILET 2018
Logical arguments 5 - - - -
Logical conclusions 2 5 - - -
Pattern identification 6 6 - 2 2
Fact inference judgement 2 - - -- -
Blood relations 3 3 - 3 -
Syllogisms 2 4 - - -
Conditional syllogisms - 3 - - -
Directions 3 3 - 2 2
Number series 4 - 4 4 2
Data sufficiency 2 - - - -
Analogies 4 - 14 8 12
Logical assumptions - 2 2 - -
Assertion reasoning 2 - - - -
Binary logic - 5 - - -
Logical actions - 4 5 - 2
Coding Decoding - - - 2 2
Critical and Verbal Reasoning - - 10 9 13
Input Output - - - 5 -
Total 35 35 35 35 35
As you can see in this table, the reasoning section contained a good mixture of questions from all the areas. Hence, it is essential that you know the concepts behind all question types and practice ample number of questions.
Suggestions & Tips for AILET:

We have come up with some suggestions and tips for a concrete preparation strategy to help you score well in this section of AILET:

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 30-32 questions from this section, once you are thorough with a clear understanding of concepts. Let us see a couple of questions from actual AILET exam:

Q.1 In a certain code '4 6 1' means 'where are you ' . '1 6 9' means 'you are good' and '8 6 5 2' means 'flower are not bad'. Then what is the code of 'good'?
  1. 4
  2. 1
  3. 6
  4. 6 or 1
  5. 9
Sol:  Here, the codes are given as 461 ? where are you ----(i) 169 ? you are good -----(ii)

The common codes are "6 & 1" and the common words are "are & you". This implies that one of those stands for 'are' and the other one stands for 'you'. The left code in the second sentence is '9' and the word left is 'good'. So that concludes the code for the word 'good' is '9'.


In this kind of question always compare the common words and common codes. Then one by one the codes are found for all the common words or letters and then the remaining codes are assigned to the remaining words/letters. This is always done logically to get the correct answer.

Q.2  Each question has a main statement, followed by four statements labelled I, II, III and IV. Choose the ordered pair of statements, where the first statement implies the second, and the two statements are logically consistent with the main statement.

Whenever Vijay reads late into the night, his grand-father reprimands him.

  1. His grandfather does not reprimand Vijay.
  2. Vijay reads late into the night.
  3. Vijay reads early in the morning.
  4. Vijay's grandfather reprimands him in the morning.
  1. III, IV
  2. II, IV
  3. I, II
  4. none of the above
Sol: The logic applicable in this question is that of cause and effect. "Vijay reading late into the night" is the cause and "his grand-father reprimanding him" is the effect. In this case, the conclusion would be valid in the following two cases.
  1. If the cause happens, then the effect would definitely happen.
  2. If the effect is not there, then the cause is definitely not there.

Based on this, if you analyze the options, you will see that the second option will be the answer. As the cause is there, then the effect would definitely be there.


These kinds of questions are based on connectives. There are two-three types of connectives statements possible.

  1. Cause and effect type
  2. x only if y
  3. either x or y.
You should solve the questions based on each of these types of connectives to gain expertise in the topic.
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2. Sufficient practice:

AILET 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 help to a great extent.

Key Learnings:
  • Strategies and tips to crack reasoning questions.
  • Past years' paper analysis shows that all the areas in reasoning section are important, therefore, you should not leave any topic untouched.
  • Basic understanding of all topics and sufficient practice is required to score well in AILET reasoning section.
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