Crack the Logical Reasoning Section of MAH MBA-CET

The MAH-CET exam has approximately 75 questions of logical reasoning. This paper usually does not have negative markings; all the questions are of one mark. The other major difference in this exam as compared to the other entrance exams is that the questions of different sections are jumbled in this paper, i.e. these 75 questions would not be placed consecutively but rather in between the questions of quant, visual reasoning and verbal ability. The difficulty level of questions in this category is easy to moderate.

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In this section, most of the questions appear from the areas like analytical puzzles, alpha-numeric series, blood relations, coding-decoding, Symboperation, Input-output, Syllogism etc. Besides that, the questions on different areas of verbal reasoning, like implicit assumptions, courses of action and conclusions, also appear in a sufficient number. The question on deductive reasoning, known as syllogism appears with three statements and three conclusions or four conclusions as well. Revising the concept of complementary pairs in a syllogism is a must for solving all the syllogism questions. You are advised to revise the concept of the above-mentioned areas in a thorough manner.

Logical Reasoning Questions

Let us have a look at one of the questions, which was asked in one of the previous MAH-CET exams.

In the following questions symbols @, $, #, &, % are used with different meanings as follows.
P @ Q means P is neither smaller than nor equal to Q
P # Q means P is neither greater than nor equal to Q
P $ Q means P is neither greater nor smaller than Q
P % Q means P is not greater than Q
P & Q means P is not smaller than Q

In each of the following questions assuming the given statements to be true, find out which of the two Conclusions I and II given below them is /are true.

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Statements: A @ B, B $ C, C # D
Conclusions: I. A#D II. B@D

To answer these kinds of questions, just an understanding of the concepts is needed, i.e. you should be able to conclude that if P is neither smaller nor equal to Q, then it has to be greater than Q and so on.

The questions from syllogism also appear regularly in this paper. Let us look at one of the questions from the actual MAH MBA-CET, as reported by the students. It states

  1. Statements: Some red are blue. Some blue are grey.
    All grey are white. No white is black.
    Conclusions: I. No black is grey.
    II. Some blue are white.
    III. Some black are red.
    IV. No black is red.
    (1) Only I and II follow
    (2) Only either III or IV follows
    (3) Only I and either III or IV follow
    (4) Only I, II and either III or IV follow. 

This question cannot be called easy. First of all you need to make the diagram involving 4 diagrams, then you have to consider the various possibilities for their intersection. After deciding the conclusion, there is a further need to compare the pair, which can fit into the complimentary pair category. So it can be concluded that this is a tough question

Overall the level of difficulty of logical reasoning questions varies from easy to moderate. The question based on alpha-numeric series and coding can be put into the easy category. In contrast, the questions on Syllogism and analytical reasoning can be put into the medium category. To increase your speed and accuracy in this section, you must do sufficient practice with all types of reasoning questions. Though all areas of reasoning need to be covered, a careful study of the previous papers reveals that some topics are more important than others. Thus, it is recommended that you cover the entire syllabus, with a special focus on the areas mentioned above.

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