Firstly, Congratulations on deciding to take CLAT 2011! Now, one of the major concerns that my friends and I had when we wrote our exam, was the Critical Reasoning section of the paper.
I am sure that most of you are aware of the type of questions coming under this section. For those who are not, an example of a question would be where in accordance with the information in a given paragraph you have to determine the conclusion, inference or assumption of the author of that paragraph. Do not worry, we shall be providing you with examples and methods of solving them.
In terms of preparation for this section the only advice I have for all you aspirants is practice. This is a section that demands that you THINK in a certain kind of way which is different from the normal style of thinking. You have to develop this style of thinking by solving problems. I know this might sound a bit confusing now, but, as soon as you start practicing a few problems you will understand what I mean and we shall guide you through any problems you face.
In terms of where to begin practicing CR from: I am sure most of you have joined Coaching classes. They will give you material on CR. Most of my friends had ignored these modules and left it for the end. If you have not joined any coaching centre, DO NOT WORRY. We will be providing ample material online to help you. My advice would be just to solve maybe 10 CR questions in a week. Keep a simple aim which you can meet. The more problems you do, the better you get. It depends on your capacity. Solve the questions from your modules and also all the examples that we put up. Past Years papers also serve as a great source. That will tell you the CLAT format.
The books to be used for CR: I personally used “Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning” by R.S. Agarwal. It is a great book with excellent examples, quite a few of which match the CLAT style. I have solved it myself and it helped me immensely for my paper. However, R.S Agarwal is of a little higher standard than what you will receive in your CLAT paper so don’t feel discouraged if you are not getting all questions correct.
Initially, most of your answers, even the ones you thought were a sure-shot right, will turn out wrong. Don’t think the book is wrong. CR is like that. That is where the Style of Thinking comes in. Do not get discouraged at all. Treat it as a fun exercise and it will be easier for you. It’s like you are solving a riddle. As you get through more problems you will see a steady increase in the percentage of right answers.
And of course you can post questions on our site and we are there to answer them for you. While solving the questions we shall also tell you the THINKING behind it so you can understand the method.
I hope this article will give you a head start and pave the way towards your preparation for this section of the paper. All the Best!
The CLATGyan Team