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CAT is the most anticipated exam in India. It is a portal for candidates seeking admission into the renowned IIMs and many other good business schools. By many of the aspirants, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) section is considered as the most time-consuming section. Though the questions seem tricky if the correct trick is applied, they become scoring.
Given below are some points to contemplate before moving to “How to Prepare Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for CAT?”-
The syllabus for CAT is of higher secondary or 10+2 level. It is as decided by the organizing IIM. The level of difficulty of CAT is considered the highest amongst all national level management exams. Lakhs of students apply for this exam which increases the level of competition more.
This section consists of about 32 questions, 16 each for LR and DI. The ratio of MCQ to Non-MCQ questions is 3:1. The questions asked in this section are usually formulated into sets. In CAT 2016 and 2015, questions were asked in sets of 4. There were about 6- 8 TITA questions equally distributed among the 2 parts.
The level of difficulty is moderate to high as some problems require a lot of calculation and take up time. Aspirants have to handle a large number of data, interpret diagrams and solve complex puzzles which is quite a daunting task. Even the most well prepared aspirants are perplexed on seeing the question paper.
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We have mentioned certain tricks and tips to solve questions on topics that have been the favorites of the examiners over the years.
Applicants can use this table to put the above rules into use for Inequality questions-
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|Soldier||≥ or ≤|
General Preparation Tips
The aim of this section is to derive information from a given set of data and answer the given questions. It is a very time- consuming sections hence students require a lot of practice in order to ace this section. The important topics from the syllabus are given below:
Some topics have been a favorite for the examiners and have been asked repeatedly over the past few years. The weightage given to these topics for the last 2 years is given below:
|Area||Set Description||Number of Questions||Level of Difficulty|
|Data Interpretation||Calculation-based involving ratios, percentages of movies in different languages||4||Moderate|
|Calculation-based involving percentage of male and female exam takers||4||Easy-Moderate|
|Reasoning-based involving male and female vegetarians and non-vegetarians||4||Easy-Moderate|
|Set theory based on gadgets bought||4||Easy-Moderate|
|Logical Reasoning||Puzzle on derangement of documents across folders||4||Easy-Moderate|
|Puzzle based on question paper with two sections and variable marking||4||Easy|
|Grouping- Conditionality involving train travel and fares||4||Moderate|
|Matrix arrangement involving persons and T-shirt colors||4||Easy|
|Area||Set Description||No of Questions||Level of Difficulty|
|Data Interpretation||Line graph and sets of Table||4||Medium|
|Reasoning and Calculation based Table Set involving percentage calculation and finding missing values of certain variables||4||Medium|
|Reasoning and Calculation based on principles of work||4||Medium|
|Set based on grid arrangements||4||Medium-Difficult|
|Logical Reasoning||Numerical Puzzle Set based on visualization of a geometrical figure||4||Medium -Difficult|
|Numerical Puzzle Set Based on finding missing values of the variables||4||Medium -Difficult|
|Numerical Puzzle Set based on 5 variables to determine missing values||4||Medium -Difficult|
|Set Based on Groupings and Arrangements||4||Medium|
There are plenty of preparation books and other resources available for CAT exam. However, the major problem comes while selecting the perfect book for CAT preparation. Here, we have enlisted some preparation books for DI LR-
|Book||Publisher’s/ Author’s name|
|How to Prepare for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for CAT||Arun Sharma|
|Guide To Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT||Nishit K Sinha|
|Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency||Ananta Ashisha|
|A modern approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal reasoning||R S Aggarwal|
|Trishna's Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT And Other MBA Examinations||TIME Publisher|
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