This section is always the make it or break it section for most of the students as there is sectional cut-offs in most Top B-schools and hence plays a crucial role in getting the dream college. It is rather time consuming and tricky section compared to the other two. It consists of 32 questions out of the total 100 questions. Out of this 16 are on Data Interpretation and the other 16 on Logical reasoning.

Data Interpretation

This section consists of 12 MCQs with negative Marking and 4 Non-MCQs without Negative Marking. This part requires data comparison and data analysis which when correctly done would fetch you 4 correct answers in a jiffy and lose out on all 4 of them if even one goes wrong.

Important topics in data interpretation

  • Data analysis and comparison
  • Graphs
  • Data Tables, Data charts, Bar diagrams, Pie charts

Books to refer

  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation by Nishit Sinha: This book contains basic and advanced problems on the topic and also contains a lot of solved examples for better understanding.
  • How to prepare for data interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma: This books has the topics explained in detailed followed by solved examples and previous year papers to gain enough practice.

Preparation Tips

  • Practice: More questions practised will expose you to wider variety of the DI problems available. This will help solve even the new type of problem that might occur with more confidence.
  • Wide variety of problems: This will help one become familiar with question types and approach the solutions.
  • Working out all difficulty levels: It is very important to solve all easy, medium and difficult as one might encounter all these even in the actual exam paper.
  • More mocks: This will make the student very skilful in the approach towards the solution of different variety of questions; which is finite. Hence more questions done is more familiarity with the question variety.

Logical Reasoning

These consists of logical puzzles that are followed by questions to test your logical interpretation. It comprises of topics like Seating Arrangement, Circular Arrangement, Logical Connectives, Deductive Logic, Syllogisms, Logical Sequence, Number and Letter Series, Blood Relations and Family Tree, Tournament Based Questions, Mapping and Best Routes, Groupings and Patterns, Binary Logic, Calendars and Clocks.

Books to refer

A modern approach to Logical reasoning by R. S Agarwal: This book is well structured as it has the topics segregated for easy understanding of the problems and their relevant approach to the solutions.

Preparation Tips

  • Do not assume anything: This is one of the common mistake made by the students. The questions are generally prepared in a way to throw off students off track.
  • Careful analysis: Pay careful attention to those simple things. The little details mentioned below the diagrams are significant as much as the figures and tables.
  • Pay attention to keywords: The simple keywords can often change the entire meaning of the context of the problems and make all the difference in gaining or losing the 4 questions.
  • Pen down all the information: as trivial as it may sound, it is very important when it comes to this section to solve it step-by-step.
  • Wisely choose the questions: Often there are simple questions hidden between the difficult ones and solving this will help you gain on time and your score. Don’t remain stuck on any particular caselet, rather move on and revisit if here is enough time left.

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