Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability
What is Analytical Reasoning ?
Analytical reasoning involves puzzles in which the
relationship among the groups of objects, people, cities and activities etc. is
given. In such questions, a bunch of information is given that creates a puzzle
in candidate’s mind. The candidates are required to keep in mind these
conditions, analyse the relationship and arrange them in suitable form to answer
the questions. Such questions may deal with sitting arrangement or scheduling
the activities etc.
(1) To solve these questions, candidates need to arrange the
complicated set of information. So, read them carefully.
(2) Rather using lengthy expressions, use initials and symbols to save time.
(3) While reading the set of information, highlight the key words.
(4) Now, arrange the set of information in list, table or diagram.
(5) Try to eliminate the answer choices, then work through the remaining choices
to get the correct answer.
Directions (Q. Nos. 1 to 5) Read the following
information carefully and answer the questions given below.
Six lectures A, B, C, D, E and F are to be organised in a span of seven days
from Sunday to Saturday, only one lecture on each day in accordance with the
(i) A should not be organised on Thursday.
(ii) C should be organised immediately after F.
(iii) There should be a gap of two days between E and D.
(iv) One day there will be no lecture (Friday is not that day), just before that
day D will be organised.
(v) B should be organised on Tuesday and should not be followed by D.
Example 1: Which of the following is the last lecture in the series ?
(d) Can’t he determined
Example 2:Which of the following information is not required in
finding the complete sequence of organisation of lectures ?
(a) (i) only
(b) (ii) only
(c) (i) and (ii) only
(d) All are required
Example 3: On which day there is no lecture ?
d) Can’t be determined
Example 4: How many lectures are organised between C and D ?
Example 5: Which day will the lecture F be organised
Solutions. (Q. Nos. 1 to 5)
Directions (Q. Nos. 6 to 7) P, Q, R and S are four gentlemen who are
friends of Eshan. On one Sunday, the four of them visited Eshan at his weekend
(i) The time of each visit was P at 3 O’clock, Q at 4 O’clock, R at 5 O’clock
and S at 6 O’clock.
(ii) At least one gentleman visited Eshan between P and Q.
(iii) At least one of R or S visited Eshan before P.
(iv) R did not visit Eshan between Q and S.
Example 6: Who visited Eshan first ?
Example 7: Who visited Eshan last ?
(d) Data insufficient
Solutions. (Q. Nos. 6 to 7) It is given that P visited at 3 O’clock.
Now, form st. 3, we conclude that P visited at 3 pm. Now, from statement (i), we
conclude that Q has to visit at 4 am otherwise nobody will be able to visit in
between P and Q. Now, if S were to visit at 6 pm, then statement (iv) will get
violated, hence we conclude that S visited at 6 am and R visited at 5 pm.
6. (b) 7. (c)
Directions (Q. Nos. 8 to 10) Refer the data below and answer the
questions that follow.
(i) P, Q, R, S, T and U are six students of Lovely University out of these 3 are
males and 3 are females.
(ii) Two of them study Economics, 2 study Language, one study Telepathy and one
study Dance in the group.
(iii) Q, T, R and P are two married couples, each having a different subject of
(iv) T, a Telepathy student, wear a black gown, is married to a Language student
who is in a brown suit.
(v) 2 people wear black clothes, 2 wear brown clothes and the remaining people
wear blue and gray each.
(vi) Both husbands and both wives wear the same coloured clothes respectively.
(vii) P is a male Economic student and S is his twin sister who is also an
(viii) Q is a Dancer.
Example 8: Which of the following are the two married ladies ?
(a) T and R
(b) Q and R
(c) Q and T
(d) R and S
Example 9: Who are the married couples ?
(a) PT, QR
(b) PQ, TR
(c) PR, QT
(d) None of these
Example 10: What colour dress does the unmarried lady wear ?
(d) Grey or Blue
Solutions. (Q. Nos. 8 to 10)
S is unmarried female and U is an unmarried male. Colours of dress of both
unmarried persons is not known, but it is Grey or Blue.
8. (c) 9. (b) 10. (d)