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NMAT 2021 Logical Reasoning Pattern, Syllabus, & Marking Scheme

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Shekhar Sumann

Exams Prep Master | Updated On - Aug 3, 2021

NMAT 2021 Logical Reasoning is one of the intellectual and opinion-based sections where the candidate has to draw reason for the concerned argument or statement in a precise tonality to understand the strength and matter of factual analysis concerned. The Graduate Management Admission Council has started conducting its national level management entrance examination to secure admission to candidates into various renowned B-Schools across the nation and abroad.

Logical reasoning is an integral part of the entire preparation for the candidate which holds 50% of the total marks concerned to ace NMAT 2021 with ease. Earnest preparation and understanding about statements and the abstract situational based question will increase the chances of selection. NMAT 2021 Logical Reasoning needs to be given time for preparation being intellectual based & need to analyze and strategize the core structure and meaning of the question concerned.

NMAT 2021 Logical Reasoning Highlights

  • There will be 36 questions with the time frame of 42 minutes that will be provided to the candidate concerned.
  • It is particularly designed to measure the ability to draw logical conclusions based on arguments or statements and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of those arguments.
  • It usually consists of abstract, diagrammatic or inductive reasoning questions.
  • The shape sequences and logical patterns are used to test the mental ability of the candidate.

LR Exam Pattern

NMAT 2021 Logical Reasoning Exam Pattern

Number of questions 36
Time Frame 42 minutes
Question type MCQ or Objective type questions
Marking Scheme +3 for correct answer and -1 for negative answer
Difficulty Level Moderate

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LR Syllabus

NMAT 2021 Logical Reasoning Syllabus

NMAT 2021 Logical Reasoning tests the candidates intellectual and their response towards the situation and the statements concerned. The candidate has to reason every bit of the question with focus on the unorthodox or out of the box conclusion. The questions asked are primarily argumentative based or sometimes abstract following no set pattern or structure, thus the mental ability and reasoning becomes the initial stand to evoke the entire weightage on the section concerned. Solving practice papers effectively will increase the chances to ace the examination with flying colors.

Logical Reasoning syllabus is given below:

  • Family tree 
  • Multi-dimensional arrangements
  • Numeric grid
  • Coding and series
  • Syllogisms 
  • Strong arguments and weak arguments
  • Venn Diagram
  • Statement-conclusion
  • Puzzles
  • Data arrangement
  • Assumptions
  • Clocks and calendars

According to GMAC the important topics for Data Interpretation that are to be followed by the candidate are given below:

  • Bar Graph
  • Line Graph
  • Pie Chart
  • Tables
  • Caselets
  • Combination of Graphs
  • Data Sufficiency etc.

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LR Marking Scheme

NMAT 2021 Logical Reasoning Marking Scheme

Marking scheme enables the candidate to understand the crust of the paper and target them accordingly. With 108 questions with the time span of 120 minutes or 2 hours, choosing the correct answer evokes the sense of confidence inside. It is always advised to the candidate to read the question paper carefully; bifurcate the questions they are confident about thoroughly and solve them first. The marking scheme of NMAT 2021 Logical Reasoning is stated as follows:

  • +3 marks will be awarded to the students for marking every accurate answer.
  • No penalty will be charged for marking inaccurate or wrong answers i.e. negative marking is not applicable. Hence, no mark will be deducted from the total score.
  • No mark will be deducted from the score of the applicant for leaving a question blank or failure in attempting it.

LR Important Books

NMAT 2021 Logical Reasoning Important Books

Book Name Author/Publisher ISBN
The Official Guide for NMAT by GMAC Review 2017 GMAC 978-8126567225
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning R.S. Aggarwal 978-9352832194
MBA (XAT, IIFT, NMAT by GMAC, SNAP, CMAT) Gautam Puri 978-9389718805

LR Preparation Tips

NMAT 2021 Logical Reasoning Preparation Tips

Regular practice is the key to ace this section. 40 questions are expected to be attempted in 38 minutes that makes 1 minute for each question and less.

  • Questions will be based on Logical reasoning and Analytical reasoning
  • Read the questions carefully before marking the answer-answer choices can be confusing at times
  • Assumption does not work in reasoning-whatever information is provided in the question; answer has to be arrived at based on that only.
  • Pay specific attention to some words like- ‘all’ ‘some’ ‘none’ etc. This will help sought factual information provided in the question. 
  • While solving the question- try to make pictorial representation of the data given. This will be helpful in Venn diagram, arrangement questions or syllogism.
  • The logical reasoning section has 36 questions and the test-takers will be given 40 minutes, so you have less than a minute time to solve each question.
  • While preparing for the logical reasoning section, divide the total time practising for two sections, Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Reasoning.
  • While solving the exercises, do not assume or use any information, which is not presented in the question. Through LR section, your general knowledge will not be evaluated at all, so use only that information, which is mentioned in the statement to come to the right answer.
  • Candidates can practice all the topics with full concentration in case they refer to the previous year’s question papers.
  • Manage the available time smartly, focus on all the questions and sections as all are important.
  • For question-related to the directions, the test-takers can make a map showing all the directions that will help them to get the answers promptly.

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LR 2021 FAQs

NMAT 2021 Logical Reasoning FAQs

Ques. What does the Logical Reasoning section test in NMAT?

Ans. It is particularly designed to measure the ability to draw logical conclusions based on arguments or statements and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of those arguments.

Ques. How to prepare effectively for the Logical Reasoning Section for NMAT 2021?

Ans. The candidate should adhere to the following tips to prepare effectively for Logical Reasoning section:

  • Questions will be based on Logical reasoning and Analytical reasoning
  • Read the questions carefully before marking the answer-answer choices can be confusing at times
  • Assumption does not work in reasoning-whatever information is provided in the question; answer has to be arrived at based on that only.
  • Pay specific attention to some words like- ‘all’ ‘some’ ‘none’ etc. This will help sought factual information provided in the question. 
  • While solving the question- try to make pictorial representation of the data given. This will be helpful in Venn diagram, arrangement questions or syllogism.

Ques. Is there any negative marking for any incorrect answer in NMAT 2021?

Ans. GMAC has not defined any specific negative marking that the candidate will get for incorrect answers. 

Ques. What are the important topics that the candidate needs to study for Logical Reasoning?

Ans. The candidate needs to study the following topics to ace the examination:

  • Bar Graph
  • Line Graph
  • Pie Chart
  • Tables
  • Caselets
  • Combination of Graphs
  • Data Sufficiency etc.

Ques. What is the syllabus for NMAT Logical Reasoning?

Ans. NMAT 2021 Logical Reasoning syllabus is given below:

  • Family tree 
  • Multi-dimensional arrangements
  • Numeric grid
  • Coding and series
  • Syllogisms 
  • Strong arguments and weak arguments
  • Venn Diagram
  • Statement-conclusion
  • Puzzles
  • Data arrangement
  • Assumptions
  • Clocks and calendars

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.

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