Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) section is considered to be a game-changer and the most unpredictable section in the CAT Examination. So for DILR Preparation for CAT, while one can find a majority of the aspirants claiming that this is the most unpredictable and most difficult section among the trinity, it is far easier to excel in this section with the right approach and the right mindset. Hence right strategy plays an important role to work on the DILR preparation for CAT.
So before starting with preparations for DILR for CAT exam, let's first learn about DILR.
Up until CAT 2019, the DILR section carried 32 questions split across 8 Sets. In the past two years, the pattern has changed slightly. The CAT 2021 exam had 20 questions in the DILR section out of a total of 66 questions. Solving one set usually ensures that the candidate is able to answer all 4 to 6 questions of that set. While it is almost practically not possible 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 tentative exam pattern for the DILR section for CAT 2022-
Section | Detail |
Total Questions for DILR |
20 |
Multiple-choice Questions |
15 |
Type in the Answer (TITA) questions |
5 |
Total Time for Section |
40 minutes |
Division of questions |
4 sets of questions; 2 sets of 6 questions each and 2 sets of 4 questions each |
Marking Scheme |
+3 for a right answer |
Main Topics |
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 -
In the limited time, one must utilise the first few minutes (let's say 4 minutes) to skim through all the sets and note down what are the main topics of the sets.
Categorise them like (suppose)
Then decide the level of difficulty of each set as per one's 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 strategised 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-
CAT 2015 |
56 |
CAT 2016 |
43 |
CAT 2017 |
45 |
CAT 2018 |
44 |
CAT 2019 |
48 |
CAT 2020 |
34 |
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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