Tricks to Solve Syllogism Questions using Venn Diagram for CAT and other MBA Exams



A syllogism is a kind of logical argument in which one proposition (the conclusion) is inferred from two or more others (the premises). 
Question based on syllogism forms an important part of Logical Reasoning section of various MBA exams and even job aptitude tests. Below are the tips which would be handy in solving syllogism problems:


Tip #1
Solve the questions through a Venn Diagram. Always make sure common areas are shaded do give you a correct answer.

Example of Solving syllogism using venn diagram:
Statement 1: All women are mothers.
This could be represented using venn diagram as


Explanation
In simple words this represents that mothers is a bigger group and women belongs to this group. There might be other members of Mothers group apart from Women. Hence all mothers are women would be incorrect.

Statement 2: All mothers are caring
This could be represented using venn diagram as (Caring is represented by the entire bigger circle outlined by black line)

Explanation
This represents that Caring is a bigger group and mothers belongs to this group. Looking at the venn diagram we can say that all Caring are not mothers. Furthermore looking it at the venn diagram it’s easy to conclude that:
All Women are caring
Reasons:
As all mothers are caring and all women are mothers => This implies All Women are caring (the same could be easily inferred from venn diagram as Caring is the biggest set and women is part of it as it is part of Mothers)
 

Tip #2
Shortcut rules (if Venn Diagrams are confusing you) between Statement 1 and Statement 2 in that order
All + All = All
All + No = No
All + Some = No Conclusion
Some + All = Some
Some + Some = No Conclusion
Some + No = Some Not
No + No = No Conclusion
No + All = Some not reversed
No + Some = Some not reversed


Tip #3
You can cancel out common terms in two statements given, then on the remaining terms apply the syllogisms rules and solve. E.g. Some dogs are goats, All goats are cows. Cancel out "goats" which leaves us with Some dogs are...all are cows. Important words remaining are ALL and SOME in that order. SOME + ALL = SOME, hence conclusion is SOME dogs are cows.


Tip #4
Interchange between reading the question as well as the conclusion before arriving at the answers. Always evaluate each and every conclusion to find out how many conclusions are possible.



Tip #5
Avoid using common knowledge as Syllogisms questions usually state unnatural statements

 
Tip #6
Remember some implications
All <=> Some, e.g. All A are B also implies Some A are B (being a subset) and Some B are A
Some <=> Some, e.g. Some A are B also implies Some B are A
No<=> No, e.g. No A are B also implies No B are A


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 The 2014 edition of Business Today's survey of India's top B-Schools, in partnership with MDRA, reveals campus dynamics. Below is list of top 247 MBA colleges rankings in India. The list of Indian B Schools below is sorted in order of ranking from 1 to 247. 

This list would surely be helpful to candidates aspiring to pursue MBA in coming years. 

1 - 50        50 - 100       101 - 150       151 - 200       201 - 247

Rank
College
State
Govt/Pvt
Zone
Overall Score

Gujarat
G
West
1
1
1861.8



West Bengal
G
East
2
2
1850.4



Jharkhand
P
East
3
3
1741.6



Delhi
G
North
4
4
1704.6



Maharashtra
P
West
5
5
1703.4



Haryana
P
North
6
6
1702.6



Kerala
G
South
7
7
1689.8



Madhya Pradesh
G
West
8
8
1688.6



Delhi
P
North
9
9
1676.8



Delhi
G
North
10
10
1644.3



Maharashtra
P
West
11
11
1642.7



Maharashtra
G
West
12
12
1595.2



Odisha
P
East
13
13
1587.6



Maharashtra
P
West
14
14
1577.9



Delhi
G
North
15
15
1576.2



Maharashtra
P
West
16
16
1566.4



West Bengal
G
East
17
17
1564.7



Karnataka
P
South
18
18
1563.8



Maharashtra
G
West
19
19
1523.1



Uttar Pradesh
P
North
20
20
1517.6


21
Maharashtra
P
West
21

1514.4



Gujarat
P
West
22
22
1513.2



Meghalaya
G
East
23
23
1511.4



Gujarat
P
West
24
24
1510.7



Goa
P
West
25
25
1497.6



Maharashtra
P
West
26
26
1495.1



Maharashtra
P
West
27
27
1492.2



Delhi
P
North
28
28
1467.8



Andhra Pradesh
G
South
29
29
1382.4



Tamil Nadu
G
South
30
30
1378.8



Karnataka
P
South
31
31
1354.1



Tamil Nadu
P
South
32
32
1352.8



Tamil Nadu
P
South
33
33
1349.3



West Bengal
G
East
34
34
1343.5



Tamil Nadu
P
South
35
35
1340.5



Jharkhand
G
East
36
36
1334.7



Delhi
P
North
37
37
1311



Uttar Pradesh
P
North
38
38
1309.5



Maharashtra
P
West
39
39
1304.9



Madhya Pradesh
G
West
40
40
1298.6



Maharashtra
P
West
41
41
1298.5



Kerala
P
South
42
42
1285.6



Karnataka
P
South
43
43
1277.5



Uttar Pradesh
P
North
44
44
1273.9



Andhra Pradesh
P
South
45
45
1272.4



Odisha
P
East
46
46
1269.1



Madhya Pradesh
P
West
46
46
1269.1



Odisha
P
East
48
48
1267.4



Delhi
P
North
49
49
1266.8



Uttar Pradesh
P
North
50
50
1266.3


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