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How to Solve Blood Relation Questions for SLAT

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How to Solve Blood Relation Questions for SLAT

How to Solve Blood Relation Questions for SLAT

Blood relations is an important concept of Logical reasoning and often questions are asked from this portion. To understand this concept clearly, let us first understand what ‘Blood Relations’ actually refers to? Blood relations are basically relations that are made by virtue of birth or marriage. For instance, Blood relations by marriage include Husband, Wife, and Father in Law, Mother in law, sister in law, son in law, daughter in law etc. On the other hand Blood relations by birth include Mother, father, son, daughter, Uncle, Aunt, Grandfather, and Grandmother etc.​​ Blood relations usually involves deducing the relations between the various members of the family on the basis of information of the relations given.

While solving the questions related to the concept of Blood Relations,​​ always keep in mind that it is an area where you can score full marks. It is one of the easiest and relatable concepts of the Reasoning Section. The following set of Instructions and Tips will always help you solve the questions effectively, quickly and correctly:

  • It is often difficult for​​ us​​ to refer to these relations in​​ English language as more or less we are habitual of referring to uncles and aunts from other’s and father’s side as mama, bua, chacha, mausi etc. To make it simpler, use of terms like Maternal and Paternal are used. Any relation with the prefix as ‘ Maternal’ will always relate to your mother’s side of the​​ family​​ and whenever the term ‘Paternal’ is used, it refers to your father’s side of the family.

  • Spouse means the person you are married to. Your spouse would be your husband or wife, depending upon your gender. Also, all the person who are blood related to your spouse, will be your in laws. For​​ example, your spouse’s mother will be your mother in law, your spouse’s brother will be your brother in law.​​ 

Another example is,​​ your mother’s brother (Mama) will be your​​ father’s brother in law and your father’s sister (Bua) will be your mother’s sister in law.

  • Never assume the gender of a person by its name. To confuse you, they might give you a question where Asha could be a male and Dinesh will be a female.

  • Your father’s father is your grandfather and mother’s father is also your grandfather. To make it more specific, they might use the words ‘maternal’ and ‘paternal’ before it. It works out in the same way for grandmothers.

  • Also remember, your father’s grandfather will be your Great grandfather and it is similar for your mother’s side of the family as well.

  • Siblings refers to your brother and sister and in special circumstances, it includes your half-brother and half-sister. By half-brother and half-sister, we mean there is only one parent i.e. either mother or father, in common.

  • The child of your uncle or aunt is basically referred to as Cousin.

  • The son of your brother or sister will be your nephew.

  • The daughter of your brother or sister will be your niece.

  • The son/ daughter of your grandson or granddaughter will be your great grandson/ great granddaughter.

PRO TIP: To make these questions easier, always follow the practical approach of imagining the situation as being the​​ situation​​ in your family or in a family you know. For instance : When someone asks you ‘ How is Navya related to Navya’ maternal uncle’s wife’s Father in law?’, just imagine yourself to be Navya and therefore, your maternal uncle’s wife’s ​​ (Mami)​​ father in law, will be your maternal Grandfather. Therefore, Navya is the granddaughter of Navya’ maternal uncle’s wife’s Father in law.​​ 


First published on January 20, 2021.


Aditya Anand
Aditya Anand
Aditya is 93.1% sure that he knows Japanese. We think he speaks Japanese in Bhojpuri accent.


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