CAT is the exam to test the more aptitude rather than the Knowledge. The CAT exam paper consists of 100 questions which are divided into 3 major sections – DILR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning), QA (Quantitative Aptitude) and VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension). DILR section in CAT contributes 32% share of the total questions in CAT examination and is considered to be one of the tricky and the challenging section of the paper. We here share the details of CAT exam paper and DILR Preparation tips to score better in CAT 2018.
The CAT examination is considered to be one of the toughest MBA Entrance examinations to crack in the country, and this is mostly because of two major reasons, that are, amount of competition and the amount of time the candidate gets to solve the paper. Time management is the most important factor which has to be considered while preparing for CAT. In this article, we discuss on how to prepare for DI and LR so as to score better in CAT exam. The Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR) in CAT, is all about data and tests the ability of the candidate to analyse and establish the best resource in a given situation.
Logical Reasoning section of CAT is usually considered to be ‘hit or miss’ type of section, that is, if the student figures out the core of the problem, then he can answer almost all the questions that follow correctly, and if not, he might not be able to answer even a single one. That is because the problem and questions that follow are based on logic which is always a binary, either you get it, or you don’t. Hence, proper strategy about which questions to attempt first is very important.
It is often seen that students fail to solve a problem correctly even after investing 10-15 minutes on it, which is a lot. Since they fail to figure out the logic behind the problem, they cannot answer any question in the set correctly and all their efforts go into vain. Therefore, the decision to attempt or not to attempt a question set is very crucial. The success lies in understanding the basic fundamentals and practising regularly. “Practice makes man perfect!”
There are few major key points that might help candidates in the DILR preparation for CAT Exam 2018:
Reading Business Newspaper and Magazines
Business newspapers and magazines can play a major role in preparing candidates for DI and LR section as it helps candidates to analyse various pictorial and graphical representations like tables, charts, bar graphs etc. and enhances data interpretation skills and business aptitude of the candidate. Moreover, newspapers and magazines also sharpen the candidate’s ability to think and reason through different case studies and analyses.
Numbers associated with the graphs:
Data Interpretation: Candidates should be quick at calculations so as to improve their overall speed. They should try and do calculations mentally as much as possible. Before sitting for the CAT examination, candidates should memorise some basic calculations like squares at least till 30, cubes till 20, Sq. roots till 10, fractions to percentage conversions etc. which will eventually help them save a lot of time. Candidates can also try doing approximate calculations and figuring out the elimination method to get the closest answer, wherever it works.
Logical Reasoning: Candidates should make a note of different models of problems that they come across during their preparation in a separate notebook with the tricks to solve them so as to revise it later. In this way, candidates will be able to recall if they come across a similar question in the mock test or examination and hopefully, they can solve it quickly.
Familiarity with Case lets
Caselets are one of the important type of questions usually asked in the DI and LR section. A caselet basically comprises a detailed described situation followed by three to four questions. For LR, questions will be mainly on arrangements, blood relations, family tree, Venn diagrams etc and for DI, the questions will be in the form of line and bar graphs, pie charts etc. Sectional mock tests are a good way to become familiar with almost all types of case lets.
Solving logical reasoning questions asks a candidate to understand the unseen tricks in the question. brainstorming sessions such as solving Sudoku, riddles on blood relations, family tree, crossword puzzles etc. are also important and play a vital role in enhancing logical reasoning abilities of the students along with the regular preparations.
Comfort level with the DILR Section
Candidates should try to achieve a comfort level with the LR and DI sections and the best possible way to do it is by rigorously solving previous year CAT papers as well as mock tests. Candidates should always try to solve in which they are confident about and leave the questions they find unfamiliar for later.
Since there is no theoretical side to DI and LR section, the only strategy candidates have to sheath is practice. Practicing rigorously can help anyone excel the sections. The more candidates’ practice DI and LR questions, better is the probability for them to perform.
Attempting and Analysing Mock Test Results
CAT mock tests are practice tests that help students with their preparation and revision for the final examination. Performance analysis after attempting every mock test is more important than getting good scores in it as it helps the candidates to figure out their weaknesses and they should constantly practice and work hard to improve it. Candidates should utilize mock test papers very smartly and effectively for their preparation.
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