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Data Interpretation for CAT

The last few years have seen a tricky Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (LRDI) section in CAT. With the challenges faced in the level of difficulty of Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT many CAT aspirants have not been able to get a seat in their dream IIMs or other top MBA colleges even though they have managed to clear the overall cut-off. Thus, clearing sectional cut-off for CAT 2019 is as important as clearing the overall cutoff for CAT. LRDI section in CAT comprises of 32 questions out of which 16 questions or equivalently 4 sets are from Data Interpretation in CAT. In this article we will discuss various strategies for preparing for Data Interpretation for CAT.

Changes in Data Interpretation for CAT over the years

2015 saw a revamp of the CAT question paper. Earlier where there were only two sections in CAT 2014 -QA+DI and VA+LR, CAT 2015 came out with 3 sections – VARC, LRDI and QA as separate sections and also introduced non-mcq type of questions with no negative marking for these non-mcq questions. Since then the overall CAT paper pattern or structure has remained the same however, the level of difficulty has not. 2016 saw a soaring level of difficulty in Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT. Almost the same trend followed for 2017 and 2018 with respect to level of difficulty in Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT.

Impact of Higher Level of Difficulty in Data Interpretation for CAT

The rising level of difficulty in Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation also brought an advantage to the students- a drop in the sectional cut-off. The following table illustrates the previous year sectional cut-offs for Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT:

Year

VARC

DILR

QA

Overall

2015 78 56 67 180
2016 75 43 50 153
2017 73 45 78 173
2018 74 46 51 154

With the level of difficulty expected to remain along the same line for Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT it can be safe to assume that from overall 32 questions in the section of Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT you need to solve approx 15-17 questions with 100% accuracy i.e., only 50% of the entire section.

Types of Questions in Data Interpretation for CAT

Over the past three years the section of Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT has seen a mix of LR + DI sets making it difficult, to demarcate between the two types of questions. However a broader picture of LRDI section of CAT as seen over the last year can be summarized as:

  • Logical Reasoning for CAT: you can expect 2 sets /8 questions based purely on logical reasoning
  • Data Interpretation for CAT: Same as LR, you can expect 2 sets/8 questions based purely on data interpretation.
  • Logical Reasoning + Data Interpretation for CAT: The other 4 sets or 16 questions can be expected to be a mix of both LR and DI.

For Data Interpretation for CAT practice data tables, pie charts, bar graphs, data charts etc. with 3-4 variables, also practice numerous matrix sets. The aim of these types of questions in Data Interpretation for CAT is to check your analysis, interpretation skills and problem/puzzle solving skills.

How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT

  •  Write 1 Sectional Test every week
  • Invest in a reputed Test Series
  • Practice previous year papers of CAT (specially starting 2016 for logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT)
  • Solve 1-2 LR or DI set every day

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