IAS Prelims 2014: How to Prepare Logical Reasoning

Logical Reasoning is becoming the backstay of the IAS Prelims Examination.

As we know the preparation of IAS Prelims is heavily skewed towards CSAT because there is no certainty of the General Studies Paper I and on the other hand General Studies Paper II (CSAT) is more certain and hence marks fetching. Logical Reasoning and Analytical Aptitude is one of the major portions of the IAS General Studies Paper II (CSAT) in addition to the Reading Comprehensions.

How to Prepare

Logical Reasoning and Analytical Aptitude takes shape in the formative years of the person. The Logical Reasoning is the logical application of mind in the given situation such as what conclusions can be drawn from the given statements. It is the decision making under the given condition by building the information premises. It is the logical inferences which can be drawn from the given statements. It can be inductive as well as deductive.
The Candidates following points in mind during Preparation
•    Reading the statements is the most important part of question solving.
•    The candidates should practice as much as they can for the Logical Reasoning because there is no other way out.
•    By practicing the candidates will come to know the different set of inductive and Deductive reasoning and the set of related terms such as Corollary, logical relation, Contradiction and the likes.
•    The candidates should refer any standard book for the preparation of Logical Reasoning as there are n numbers of books the candidates can refer to. The candidates can also refer to CSAT Complete Manual from Jagranjosh.
•    The Candidates should also practice to make Assertion reasoning by themselves so that they can explore the possibilities of various interpretations.
•    The Questions also include the questions based on figures.

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Candidates can refer to IAS/PCS group of Myjosh for all kinds of doubts and queries related to exam preparation.

Question of 2013

Q. Consider the following statements:
I. A primary group is relatively smaller in size.
II. Intimacy is an essential characteristic of a primary group.
III. A family may be an example of a primary group.
In the light of the above statements, which one of the following is true?
a) All families are primary groups.
b) All primary groups are families.
c) A group of smaller size is always a primary group.
d) Members of a primary group know each other intimately.

Answer: d

Question of 2012
Q. Consider the following statements:  
1. All artists are whimsical.
2. Some artists are drug addicts.
3. Frustrated people are prone to become drug addicts.
From the above three statements it may be concluded that
(a) Artists are frustrated.
(b) Some drug addicts are whimsical.
(c) All frustrated people are drug addicts.
(d) Whimsical people are generally frustrated.
Answer: b

Question of 2011

Q. Consider the following three statements:
1. Only students can participate in the race.
2. Some participants in the race are girls.                 
3. All girl participants in the race are invited for coaching.
Which one of the following conclusions can be drawn from the above statements?
(a) All participants in the race are invited for coaching.
(b) All students are invited for coaching.                 
(c) All participants in the race are students.
(d) None of the statements (a), (b) and (c) given above is correct.

Answer: c

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