Up until CAT 2019, the DILR section carried 32 questions split across 8 Sets. In the past years, the
pattern has changed slightly. The CAT 2022 exam had 20 questions in the DILR section out of a total of 66
questions. This year the sets were split equally with 5 questions per set. While it is impossible to solve
all 4 sets, a candidate can begin solving the sets from easy to difficult levels so that they can score well
based on the easier questions.
Here is the exam pattern for the DILR section for CAT 2023-
Total Questions for DILR
Total Time for Section
Division of questions
4 sets of 5 questions each
+3 for a right answer
Bar graphs, arrangements, blood relations, missing data, puzzles(games), etc.
Before moving on to the right strategy to improve DILR. You must know that there is no 'one' right approach
or strategy to improve DILR. Every student has a different strategy of their own. However, here we will talk
about the most popular strategy.
It revolves around two things -
This implies that the candidate must decide the level of difficulty of each set as per their own capability
and finally move on to answer "What sets am I going to answer and in what order (from easy to hard)?"
This whole task shouldn't take more than 5 minutes. So, with an initial sacrifice of 5 minutes, a candidate has now strategized the next 35 minutes and the optimal course of action.
Now apart from choosing the right number of sets, one must keep in mind to solve one set, including all the questions, in 13-14 minutes max. This is more than sufficient time to solve all the sets chosen.
You should also try to include it in your mock tests and eventually set it according to your needs.
If you are planning on preparing for the CAT exam by yourself. Here are some books that can help you in preparing for this section-
The section of DILR for CAT has seen many changes across the years. Here is an overview of the past few years:
DILR for CAT is as important as the other sections of the CAT Exam. DILR preparation for CAT also makes an impact on the candidate's selections due to the sectional cut-off announcement by IIMs for Shortlisting Candidates. It’s a difficult and time-consuming section that results in low scores for candidates. So prepare for the section and develop a plan that works for you.
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