Unlike any other MBA Entrance Exam, your performance in the logic questions of the MBA/MMS CET can actually be the deciding factor of your rank in the test.
The management CET is about a month away and it is imperative that your preparation during this last month be highly productive if you want to score well. Speaking of production, the best way to utilize this month is preparing for the logic questions in the exam. Here’s why:
1) Of the 200 questions asked in the CET, 100 are logic based questions. That makes this section as important as the math and English sections combined.
2) The math questions in the CET are easy when compared to those in other management entrance tests. Thus, the only opportunity to perform exceptionally well is provided by the logic questions.
3) It takes months to improve English scores ad weeks to maximize in math. But logic can virtually be improved overnight if you can think in the right manner. The flip side however, is that you may never really get it and your logic score could languish forever.
Popular question Types:
Logic is too broad term. In the CET, luckily, there are only a few popular logic questions that have been repeated over the years. Here is a quick look at them:
Visual Reasoning: Without doubt, the toughest question type in the exam. Students have to identify the odd figure, or find the next figure in the series or choose another set of analogous figures from a set of given figures. The CET has 30 visual reasoning questions to be answered which make this question type most important.
Syllogisms: This question type tests the deductive reasoning abilities of a student. Candidates have to evaluate whether certain outcomes can be deduced from one or more given statements. The good thing about the15 odd syllogisms questions that appear in the exam is that every student gets an answer and that too quickly. The bad thing however is that answer is usually wrong. Since opinion is embedded in deductive reasoning, some students protest the subjectivity of this question type. However, this is only a waste of time. A winner immediately adapts her / his reasoning to deduce the right answer for the exam.
Decision making: This question type, also popularly known as Eligibility Criteria should be the easiest 10 marks that you score in the CET. But that does not happen often. The reasons for this being (1) Students misread the question and more importantly (2) Assume information that is provided. If you can avoid these two errors, you can max in these questions.
Sequential Output tracing: Also known as Input Output Tracing this questions type evaluates your ability to think like a computer program – in sequential steps. Students have to carefully observe data that is manipulated in multiple steps and recognize the pattern. They then have to extrapolate that pattern and predict the output for different strings of data. Other than the 60 marks covered by the four question types described above, the CET tests candidates on 40 additional logic based questions. These tend to be a mix of puzzles, codes, question about direction relationship (e.g. my father’s son is not my brother, how?) and more. The underlying thread in these questions is the same your ability to recognize patterns think beyond the obvious and shed your narrow mindedness. If you can do that, then you can target at scoring about 65-70 out of 100 in the logic questions of the CET. This score along with good performance in the math an English sections is usually enough to get into the best management institutes in the state including JBIMS.
So make sure you work on your CET logic and you will be rewarded well. In case still wondering about the answer to the father relationship question: Well, my father’s son is not my brother in case I am only son. That wasn’t so tough now, was it? Good Luck.