CAT / #Logical Reasoning

August 09, 2018

August 09, 2018 @ 11:24 AM


How to develop Critical Thinking process for CAT?

How to develop Critical Thinking process for CAT?

Critical thinking is an essential skill to possess in today’s world, characterised by the acronym VUCA, which stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous. The demand of the times is to look at things objectively, dispassionately, and in depth and deriving the relevant information through the process of observation, experience, reflection, reasoning and analysis.

1. Ask the right questions

Being curious and asking the right questions is an essential precursor to developing a critical process. The critical process begins with looking at the information to be processed inquisitively. Once you begin to ask questions to yourself, your mind starts to look at the information differently and in depth. You start to engage with the matter at hand from a different perspective and look at things which would otherwise not come to your notice. 

2. See beyond the obvious

To establish a critical thinking process, you have to learn to think beyond the most obvious. Successful people are able to instinctively interpret things in ways that are not common and derive different conclusions from the same set of information given to others. This is what sets them apart. The fine print is always difficult to interpret, it’s not for everybody to have the ability to read between the lines. But a person with critical thinking abilities is able to look beyond the things that everyone else notices, and identify what’s relevant and what’s not. 

3. Rely on your instincts

Critical Thinking Process is deeply instinctual. What you think naturally, from your guts, is what you should be relying on whenever you find yourself in any dilemma. Learning to trust your instincts in all situations comes in handy. This is because everything else depends on the external- your knowledge and the experiences you have, but your instincts define who you really are and will never let you down.  

4. Go through the evidence

Critical Thinking Process also involves thorough investigation of the evidence at hand. For instance, in CAT, the Reading Comprehension requires critical thinking skills from the candidates to comprehend the passage accurately. Analysis of the passage and looking for the right answers involves critical thinking. The DI section too involves the process of critical thinking, as the candidates need to interpret the given data, critically analyse it without any preconceived notions or bias, and use the right calculations to arrive at the right answer. 

5. Be systematic

In whatever you do, try to be systematic and organised. Critical Thinking Process happens when your mind is thinking in a clear and logical manner. The ability to organise your thoughts coherently is a necessary condition of critical thinking, which involves getting to the solution or conclusion in a step- by- step manner, such that the chances of arriving at the right answer increases and the possibility of going wrong decreases.

Essentially, critical thinking is engaging with the problem deeply and thoroughly. It involves complete attention to the problem, using the skills of observation and analysis. A lot of it comes naturally to a candidate but a hard-working candidate can develop this skill too. 

Related Articles

Logical Reasoning CAT 2018 Exam Details
5 best ways to improve on Logical Reasoning Reasoning By Analogy is a Process
CAT Exam Centres 2018 CAT Application Form 2018
CAT Result 2018 CAT Admit Card 2018
CAT Syllabus 2018 CAT Participating Institutes 2018

Stay informed, Stay ahead and stay inspired with MBA Rendezvous

Crucial Dates, You Should not Miss

IMI New Delhi
Admissions open for PGDM / PGDM(HRM) / PGDM(B&FS) at IMI New Delhi. Last date to apply is Dec 3rd, 2018.
Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH)
BIMTECH Admissions Open for 2019.
XIMB, XUB Admissions Open for 2019 at Xavier Institute of Management. Last date to apply December 7th, 2018.
MDI Gurgaon
Admissions Open for PGPM | PGPM-HRM | PGP-IM 2019 at MDI Gurgaon. Last date to apply November 23th, 2018
Admissions open for PGDM-C 2019-2021.
Goa Institute of Management
Admissions open for 2019-2021 at GIM. Last date to apply is November 30th, 2018
Admissions open for PGDM 2019-2021 at SDMIMD.
IMT Ghaziabad
Admissions open for 2 Year PGDM and MBA programs at IMT Ghaziabad- Application Deadline is November 22nd, 2018
ICFAI Business School
ICFAI Business School Accepting Applications for IBSAT 2018
Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management (LBSIM)
Admissions open for 2019 at LBSIM, New Delhi. Last date for applying Dec 15th, 2018
Experience@TAPMI Admissions Open for 2019
MDI Murshidabad
Admissions Open for PGP 2019-21 at MDI Murshidabad
SIBM, Bengaluru
Admissions Open for MBA 2019-21 at SIBM, Bengaluru
XAT 2019 Registration, Application Ends on November 30th, 2018. Exam Date January 6th, 2019