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There are three sections in CAT: Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal ability and Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. DILR section is considered to be the most time-consuming. Though the questions seem tricky, if the correct methodology is applied, it can help you to score high. CAT is an online entrance exam taken up by more than two Lakhs candidates every year to secure a seat in top-level management colleges of India.
Given below are some points to contemplate before moving to How to Prepare Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for CAT?
This section consists of about 32 questions, 16 each for LR and DI. The ratio of MCQ to Non-MCQ questions is 3:1. Questions asked in this section are usually formulated into sets. In CAT 2018 and 2017, questions were asked in sets of 4. There were about 6 – 8 TITA questions equally distributed among 2 parts.
Difficulty level of this section is moderate to high as some problems require a lot of calculation. Aspirants have to handle a large number of data, interpret diagrams, and solve complex puzzles which are quite a daunting task. Even well-prepared aspirants are perplexed on seeing the question paper.
We have formulated certain tips and tricks to solve questions on topics which are mostly asked in the exams over the past few years.
To solve questions based on inequality, we shall use the King, Soldier and Public technique. While doing so, we should remember the following points-
Applicants can use this table to put the above rules into use for Inequality questions-
|King||< or >|
|Soldier||≥ or ≤|
Aim of this section is to derive information from a given set of data and answer the given questions correctly. It is a very time-consuming section hence, students require a lot of practice in order to ace this section. The important topics from the syllabus are given below:
These were some important topics that have been favorite for the examiners and repeatedly asked over the past few years.
Complete paper analysis of CAT exam is done after the conclusion of exam. Candidates can go through the previous year exam analysis to get an idea about the difficulty level of the questions asked in DILR section.
|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 the 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 is faced while selecting the perfect book for CAT preparation. Here, we have enlisted some preparation books for DI LR that students must follow-
|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|
Online study materials are the best and convenient source of preparation for any of the exam. CAT features to be the toughest exam with pretty tough questions. Though the exam is highly standardized, candidates with proper guidance and better study material will succeed in the test, online study material is one of them. There are two major types of online preparation materials i.e. Online Mock Tests Series and Online Coaching Programs.
Since the exam is conducted in computer-based mode, solving online mock tests is really helpful as it enhances the efficiency to solve questions in online mode. Given below are the top 5 CAT test series that candidates may consider for their preparation.
Along with the online mock tests series, online coaching programs are also convenient source of preparation. Usually, online coachings are cheaper than that of offline one. Different coachings offer different features. Online solution to the query of students, all-time availability of study materials are few features offered by every online coaching programs. Below given are few renowned online coaching programs that students may consider.
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