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Tricks to Prepare Elementary Mathematics and Logical Reasoning


Not even four months are left for the CLAT 2018. All the law aspirants, who are going to appear for different tests have to manage their time better now. 

Let's talk about the logical reasoning. Many of the students find this section to be very difficult as this section never finds a space in our school curriculum and most of the time we tend to improvise in this subject. This section finds a place in almost every objective and MCQs test in India and most of us prepare for this subject only for these exams. Most of us have appeared for different Olympiads which had questions from reasoning.

The CLAT paper consists of 40 questions on this topic and contains only Verbal Reasoning. So, first of all, never ever spend even a single minute of your preparation on Visual Reasoning, if CLAT is your aim. In CLAT'16, one question which was asked on Visual reasoning which was later discounted from the total marks and no credit was given for the same to even those who had got it correct. So if you find such a question, don't waste your time attempting it (In case the rule doesn't change). Let us also discuss a bit of Maths.

Let me delve into how to prepare the same. I would be dealing with the very basics and nothing else. Doing these would help you in understanding what to concentrate on and what all to read.

First of all, go through all the past year papers of CLAT, AILET and every other exam of the same nature. Better you buy a book on this and solve everything from this. Questions are repeated every year. Sometimes they are the copied till the last word, minor tweaks are made but the funda remains the same.

Then keep appearing for mock tests and sectional tests. I would recommend opting for test series by LegalEdge. This becomes important because the mode of the real exam would be online only. So you get the real feel of the exam while appearing for Mocks.

The part after giving a mock test is the most, and the entire exercise is futile if this is not done. From the very first question to the last question, every question has to be analyzed thoroughly and explanations must be read carefully. Solving a question and knowing its answer prepares you for only one question if the same is repeated. However, if you analyze all the answers, and go through the explanations carefully, you are prepared for many such questions of similar nature.

Now, while analyzing mocks-tests take care of all such questions in which you make mistakes most of the times. Read them carefully before attempting and practice more in the said area.

The material provided by the coaching classes (I referred material given by LegalEdge tutorials) is usually more than enough, but it will be suggested to once go through the relevant portions of M.K. Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning book.

Take care of these:-

·         Now, if you have found all your weaknesses, devote extra time to them while brushing up your strengths.

·         For maths, don’t mug-up but understand all the possible formulae before practicing the problems. Some of the basic arithmetic topics like Profit and loss, Simple/Compound Interest etc. Never bring your ego while solving the paper. Every question carries the same mark and solving a difficult question while wasting more time on it won’t reward you with you extra marks or certificate of bravery.

·         Also, some questions are very easy but time taking. Mark those questions for later. If you have time left with you, solve those marked questions.

·         There are some of the questions which you have no idea about, treat them like they never existed and move on.

·         For those, who haven’t opted for Mathematics, read a bit on basics of Permutation and Combination and Probability. Just go through the basics and nothing else.

·         Watch a few YouTube videos on all the topics which you consider are your weaknesses. This will definitely help.

·         For reasoning, practice a lot on few of these topics as they always find a place in the paper: Data Sufficiency, Coding-Decoding, Series completion, Syllogisms, Statement Conclusion, Seating Arrangement, and Distance Direction. People lose a lot of mistakes while solving questions Venn Diagrams,Questions of Facts, Judgment & Inference and Blood Relations. Especially read on Facts, Judgment & Inference as all of them seem to be similar.

·         Be assured what you’re preparing. Choose a single material, whether it is a Single Book(Guide) of any publication, or a book provided by your coaching, finish that before everything else. Wasting your time on purchasing and reading the same thing from the different material is wastage of time. This is because of more than depth, these entrance tests expect you to have a wide coverage. You can refer to multiple sources only if you’re unable to understand from one source, or you’re done with your basics and have a lot of time to practice.

·         Read Pratiyoigta Darpan for not only G.K. but also for logical reasoning and maths. There are many questions which are almost similar or entirely copied from questions in Pratiyogita Darpan. These are the questions asked in various exams. Model paper for various exams would also be helpful. Quantitative Aptitude book by R.S. Agrawal can be a good option to practice these problems. However, note that you have to solve only those maths and verbal reasoning questions which are relevant to CLAT. What is relevant depends on your judgment based on experience earned from solving previous years papers and mock tests. Again, do this only if you have covered everything before and your aim is practicing.

·         At least remember squares of number till 100 and tables as much as you are comfortable with.

·         And most importantly, don’t follow blindly what I say. Your experience might be different from what I have. Based on experience, if you find a better source or comfortable with any other method of preparation, go with it. Believe in yourself.

·         To sum it up, appear for mocks, analyze them and keep practicing.

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