How to Prepare for DILR section for CAT 2017

Rajat updated on : 31 Jul 2017

DILR section can be a game changer. Check out how you can prepare and ace data interpretation and logical reasoning section in CAT 2017.

How to Prepare for DILR section for CAT 2017

There have been a lot of changes in data interpretation and logical reasoning section since 2013. And it has been noticed that the difficultly level of this section has been slightly increased. So, this turns out to be a challenge for CAT aspirant for strategizing their CAT preparation 2017. Data interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR) was a separate section where the students were given a total of 32 questions and the tie duration was 60 minutes.  The students are required to excel at all sections. 

Let’s first understand the syllabus of Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for CAT 2017

 DILR is now a separate section in CAT exam and there is a time limit for this section. For four years, this section was included in verbal ability and quant. IIM Ahmedabad decided to make it separate section in 2015, and it became the third section of CAT. Later on the next year in CAT 2016, IIM Bangalore also followed it. Let's understand how to prepare for DILR section for CAT 2017 by first understanding its pattern. 

For CAT 2017, there are two parts of data interpretation and logical reasoning. In the first part, there will be questions on data interpretation and in the second part; questions from logical reasoning will be asked. If we look at the previous years’ questions papers of CAT, we will find that this section of DILR contained 24 MCQs along with 8 non MCQs

The syllabus pattern for data interpretation in CAT DILR is as follows:

-          Total share of Data Interpretation in DILR section is 50%

-          Total question asked on data interpretation : 16

-          Total number of multiple choice question: 4

Main topics which are covered in data interpretation:

1.       Data Charts

2.       Data Analysis

3.       Venn Diagram

4.       Pie Chart

5.       Line Graphs

6.       Bar Graphs

7.       Miscellaneous data types – spider, triangle, scatter diagram

-          There will be four set of questions including questions based on data analysis and data interpretation based on graphs, Venn diagram, text and charts. Data can be presented in tables, graphs or charts. Through this section, the student’s ability to interpret data is checked and also his ability to answer all these questions. The topics given are not exhaustive, they are inductive only.

The syllabus pattern of Logical Reasoning in DILR for CAT 2017 is mentioned below:

-          Total share of questions on logical reasoning in DILR is 50%

-          Total number of question asked on logical reasoning in CAT: 16

-          Total number of MCQs in this section: 12

-          Total number of non MCQs: 4

Main topics to be covered in Logical Reasoning Section

1.     Calendars

2.     Clocks

3.     Seating arrangement

4.     Binary logic

5.     Matrix arrangement

6.     Linear arrangement

7.     Conclusion

8.      Premise

9.      Logical sequence

10.   Blood relations

11.   Assumption

12.   Blood relation

13.   Statements

14.   Matching puzzles

-          As per the CAT syllabus, it’s been observed that this section can be in a 4 set questions or can be mentioned individually.

-          Previously in IIM CAT syllabus, the topics which were asked include Venn diagrams, files and folders arrangement, distribution and arrangement etc.

DILR section in CAT 2017 can be a Game Changer

This section is challenging for students but students can perform well here as compared to other sections. And those students, who can solve more questions from this section, have more chances of scoring high percentile as compared to others. As per the ability of the students, this section can either push your performance up or can lower it down, depending on which section is attempted in the given time limit. It is to be noted that the questions in data interpretation and logical reasoning consume more time thus it requires high speed and accuracy skills.

DILR section questions are in 4 to 5 question set which then are followed by a set of problem. These questions are supposed to be planned based on trickiness and completely problematic described in tabular or graphic forms. The other side logical reasoning questions are based on family, tree, seating arrangement, rows, directions, statements, arguments etc. These questions can be solved using a right strategy leading to better score.

What changes have been made in CAT data interpretation?

For four years (from 2010 to 2014), this section was combined with quantitative aptitude. And questions from this section used to be part of quant second where there are 10 MCQs. When IIM Ahmedabad held CAT 2015, it made changes. This section was separated and a separate section was introduced in the exam patter. This new section was named as Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. It was done to boost the diversity in the exam.

This section contained a total of 32 questions. This entire section is divided into two sub – section whereas data interpretation was given 16 questions and same portion is covered by logical reasoning. Thus both share 50% weightage. Moreover, this section contains both multiple choice questions and non – multiple choice questions.

How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT 2017

Couple of years back, this section wasn’t that much focused on, because quantitative aptitude and reading comprehension were given more weightage. But now this section too has become as important as the other one. Being a challenging one, this fetches good score. Thus, one should never skip this section. The way quant and verbal sections are prepared, same attention should be given to this section as well, because your call from IIM depends not only on your overall performance but also on your percentile in every section which has to be balanced and high. If any student has scored 98 percentile in quantitative aptitude and 97 percentile in verbal and reading comprehension but he only hit 78 percentile in data interpretation and logical reasoning section, so that student won’t be considered by IIMs for invitation as they need at least percentile of 80 to 85 in each of the sections.

Preparation for data interpretation for CAT 2017 requires little extra efforts. Basically, if any student gives correct answers of 10 questions of this sub – section out of total 16 questions, his way to clearing this entire section is greatly cleared. The total time for this section is 60 minutes so there is enough time in hands to proceed and every question is attended with almost two minutes. You are required to be accurate with good speed. Again, it all depends on how well you have prepared. No doubt, with good preparation you can easily fair well.

Take a look at some of the best books to read for data interpretation for CAT 2017

-          How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT and other Management examinations written by Arun Sharma

-          Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency for CAT written by Dinesh K Sinha

-          Data interpretation and Logical Reasoning for CAT 2017 Common Admission Test written by Gautam Puri

-          Logical Reasoning and Interpretation for the CAT written by Nishit K Sinha

-          Data Interpretation: Practice Book for the CAT and Other MB Entrance Examinations written by Nishit Sinha

 Check out the must read books for CAT 2017

What changes have been made in logical reasoning section of CAT?

Previously this section was combined with VA section in CAT (verbal ability) for four years i.e. from 2010 to 2014. There were only 10 MCQs in this section till 2013. But in 2014, there was a little change in the pattern and the numbers of questions asked in logical reasoning were increased to 16 but it was still a part of verbal ability and reading comprehension section in CAT.  When IIM Ahmedabad conducted this exam for admission in MBA, it made a change and separated it, making it an entire new section. The third section which was introduced was Data Interpretation and Logical Reading. This section (DILR) contains 32 questions and logical reasoning has 16 questions which mean half of the entire section. Also, it contains both MCQs and non MCQs. There are 12 numbers of MCQs with answers and 4 non MCQs where the answer may be given or may not be given.

How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT 2017

The logical reasoning section in CAT includes all types of questions based on reasoning, and they can be answered by using logical thinking and human instincts easily. Most of the reasoning questions asked CAT and other MBA entrance examinations are based on the notion that these questions can be solved by human brain on the basis of logics and reasoning. IIM entrance exam patterns focuses on the logical abilities and thinking power of the students that they can find out what is wrong and what is right depending on the situation, also they can select things based on the relevancy that what thing is more relevant that other. Such questions can be easily solved by a regular practice and by using common human logical instincts.

The question and exam pattern of logical reasoning section in common admission test has become highly advanced. The key point here to evaluate the reasoning and decision making power of the students which the students have to take based on his or her logical thinking. There, the questions can be little tricky, the students are required to be sharp minded and for this they can do their regular practice by taking online mock tests for CAT. They can download question papers of reasoning from internet free of cost for regular practice.

There are some good books which are recommended and every CAT aspirant should read them to prepare logical reasoning section strongly.

-          The Great Book of Puzzles and Teasers written by George J Summers

-          How to Prepare for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for CAT written by Arun Sharma

-          How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma, published by Tata McGraw Hill.

-          The Pearson Guide to Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (Pearson) written by Nishit Sinha.

Take a look at some basic tips for Logical Reasoning section in CAT

-          First of all read the question peacefully and try to understand it completely. Don’t direct jump to the conclusion.

-          Avoid assuming anything which isn’t provided in the question.

-          Focus on some specific words like unless, other than, all, none, useless etc.

-          Make decisions on the basis of relevancy, using human instincts and logical thinking.

-          Use your logical instincts to solve that question, using the information given in the question.

If you can solve 10 questions in logical reasoning section out of total 16, you have almost cleared this section. This section has a significant role in CAT. If you score well in this section, it can help you in in your percentile which ultimately helps you entering the best business schools. Students usually don’t pay that much attention to this section as they focus more on verbal ability and quantitative aptitude section. However, as these questions are based on the logics and basic human instincts, these questions are easy to be solved.

It’s always good to practice different types of logical reasoning problems. The list which has been mentioned above almost covers the entire the section, but it’s not just limited to those topics only. The main thing is that you will have to understand the questions logically. And that can be done only by regular practice as much as you can. That’s why diversity in questions is required so that you can get exposed to several forms of questions related to logical reasoning.

For better preparation, always look at the previous CAT exam papers and CAT mock tests. Once you start practising them, you will start to get more ideas on how the questions can be asked in the entrance exam. And once you are familiar with the methodology, you can easily solve any type of question. The section not only tests your logical skills but it also checks your mathematical abilities. Such questions based on logical reasoning are found in almost every exam.

Your performance in data interpretation and logical reasoning section in CAT 2017 depends on how strong is your preparation. As you won’t find any dedicated aspects, thus regular practice is the only option you have here. Solve at least 5 sets everyday along with time limit. And evaluate this every day against your accuracy and speed. At times, logical reasoning questions can take little longer time as you will find it really hard to get the logic at once in the question. The first thing you should improve is your calculation skills as the question related to data interpretation section requires lot of mathematical skills. No doubt the questions of data interpretation and logical reasoning in CAT 2017 can be little time consuming, but if you practice regularly, you will master over them and you will certainly ace in CAT 2017. 

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