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CAT 2018 Paper Analysis for DI/LR: Section-wise Analysis

Updated On - March 9th 2018 by SOUMYA SEHGAL

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section ofCAT does not have a defined syllabus. It can consist of questions which involve high level of calculations and logic. For past two years, this section has been of very difficult level. Paper Analysis for DI/LR presents and assesses the difficulty level of this section for past few years.

About CAT 2018

  • CAT 2018 is scheduled to be conducted on last Sunday of November or first Sunday of December.
  • The conducting body is anticipated to be IIM Kozhikode.
  • CAT 2018 Application Form will be released in the second week of August.
  • As per the analysis for CAT 2018 by Collegedunia team, DILR is expected to be toughest, VARC to be moderate and QA should be the easiest. An attempt of total 63-67 will be considered good. 

CAT Paper Analysis 2017 for DI/LR 

  • CAT 2017 was held on November 26 in two slots- forenoon and afternoon.
  • The Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section consisted of 32 questions in total. 
  • There were 8 sets with 4 questions in each set.
  • All the sets were a mix of DI based LR or LR based DI.
  • The section had a time limit of 60 minutes.

CAT 2017 Slot 1 DI/LR Paper Analysis

SectionTopicNumber of QuestionsLevelGood Attempt
Data InterpretationHappiness indexDifficult2
Matrix4Moderate3
Routes 4Moderate2
Flight operation 4Moderate2
Logical ReasoningProjects 4Difficult1-2
Burgers/Fries4Easy4
Children survey4Easy4
PCM4Difficult1

ReadCAT 2017 Answer Key & Analysis

CAT 2017 Slot 2 DI/LR Paper Analysis

SectionTopicNumber of QuestionsLevelGood Attempt
Data Interpretation  and Logical ReasoningChessEasy - Moderate3-4
Pizza4Easy4
Dorms4Medium2-3
Asset Management4Medium2-3
 Airplane4Medium1-2
Biometric4Difficult1
Tea4Easy - Moderate2
Elective4DifficultToo difficult to attempt

ReadHow to Prepare Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for CAT?


CAT Paper Analysis 2016 for DI/LR 

  • CAT 2017 was held on December 04 in two slots- forenoon and afternoon.
  • The Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section consisted of 32 questions in total. 
  • Each of DI and LR had 4 sets with 4 questions in each set.
  • The section had a time limit of 60 minutes.

Slot 1 DI/LR Paper Analysis

SectionTopicNumber of QuestionsLevelGood Attempt
Data Interpretation Pass percentage Moderate 2-3
 Movies4Easy 4
Train4Difficult1-2
Veg/Non-Veg 4 Moderate- difficult1-2
Logical Reasoning Marks4 Easy4
 Folders4 Easy4
 T-shirt4 Easy3
 Venn Diagram (Laptop/Smartphone/Tablet)4 Moderate3

ReadCAT 2016 Answer Key

Slot 2 DI/LR Paper Analysis

SectionTopicNumber of QuestionsLevelGood Attempt
Data InterpretationModel for loan defaultModerate - Difficult1-2
Salary of 3 categories in an Org 4Easy-Moderate3-4
Rating of Restaurant4Difficult2
Rating of products P1/P2 4DifficultToo difficult to attempt
Logical ReasoningCoding Decoding4Easy3-4
Set Theory4Easy3-4
Lectures4Moderate - Difficult2
Water Supply problem4Moderate - Difficult1

ReadQuick Tips to Crack CAT 2018 Logical Reasoning


CAT Paper Analysis 2015 for DI/LR

  • CAT 2015 was held on November 29 conducted in two slots- forenoon and afternoon.
  • The Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section consisted of 32 questions in total. 
  • Each of DI and LR had 4 sets with 4 questions in each set.
  • The section had a time limit of 60 minutes.

Slot 1 DI/LR Paper Analysis

SectionTopicNumber of QuestionsLevel
Data InterpretationLine Chart(Quarters 1-4)4Easy
Table Chart(Plant Industry)4Easy
Table Chart(Time and Work)4Easy
Set Theory4Moderate
Logical ReasoningArrangement (Sudoku)4Moderate
Cubes based set4Moderate
Arrangement(9 children)4Easy
Arrangement (5 children)4Moderate

ReadCAT 2015 Analysis

Slot 2 DI/LR Paper Analysis

SectionTopicNumber of QuestionsLevel
Data InterpretationLine Chart(Names of People)Easy
Table(Cartridges)4Moderate
Table(Assets)4Difficult
Table(Drugs)4Difficult
Logical ReasoningExam Scores – 5 Student4Easy
Project Management Teams4Easy
Auction4Difficult
Scheduling- Professors and Courses4Difficult

CAT Paper Analysis 2014 for DI/LR

  • CAT 2014 was conducted on November 16 and November 24. 
  • DI was combined with QA and LR was combined with English.
  • Both DI and LR had 4 sets each. Each set consisted of 4 questions. 
  • There was no sectional time limit. Estimated time required to attempt each set of DI or LR was 10-12 minutes.
  • The level of questions of DI in the slot 2 was easier than the ones in slot 1.
  • A good attempt was of 10-12 question in DI and 12-14 questions in LR.

We hope you have gained ample information about the past year analysis for the DILR section in CAT. This will help give you an idea about the expected paper. CAT 2018 is scheduled in November in online mode. We wish you all the luck!


*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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