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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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