Best Book for Logical Reasoning (LR) and Data Interpretation (DI) preparation for CAT 2017 Exam

August 25th, 2017 by

A few years ago, CAT exam was divided into two sections – one was Quant and the other one was Verbal. Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation were typically given the treatment often reserved for a stepson by House Stark by the CAT exam. Let me add, it wasn’t just the CAT exam but also the CAT preparation coaching institutes and the students. 9 Data Interpretation questions used to be clubbed with 21 questions from Quantitative Aptitude and 9 Logical Reasoning questions were clubbed with Verbal Ability. But as Jon Snow rose among the ranks to become the Lord Commander and then the

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How to Solve Questions on Seating and Circular Arrangement for CAT 2017

August 21st, 2017 by

Arrangement Problems in Logical Reasoning Section of CAT can be most ambiguous of all the problems. This topic includes variety of different subtopics with multiple variation and integration of them. One such topic in arrangements is Seating (or sitting) Arrangements, which is one of the most important and consistent in CAT. I know Seating Arrangement questions can be confusing, Time-consuming and at times brainstorming questions in Logical Reasoning section. But don’t forget that around 3-4 questions are based on this topic in CAT, so answering them correctly can boost your percentile and

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How to solve Logical Reasoning questions based on Ranking and Ordering

August 1st, 2017 by

Logical reasoning questions based on ranking involve ordering people/objects based on certain characteristics like height/weight/score etc. In these types of questions, you are supposed to place people/objects in a decreasing or increasing order based on certain attributes. There is not one common method to solve ranking problems and strategy should vary with questions. But there are certain key-steps that can be applied while approaching such questions. They are: Online Coaching for CAT 2017 Convert written clues into visual clues so that you would not need to read the text agai

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Application of Quantitative Ability Concepts in Logical Reasoning Puzzles and Data Interpretation Sets

July 28th, 2017 by

In the recent CAT papers, we have seen questions in Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation section based on the concepts from Quantitative Ability. These questions can also be solved with simple logic but if solved with the Quantitative Ability concepts then solving becomes more convenient. Topics such as Mixture-Allegation, Percentages, Linear equations, numbers etc. are used to frame questions. In this post, we will look at some of the Quantitative Ability based applications in this section of CAT. We will not discuss the Quantitative Ability concepts in this post, rather we will im

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Cube Based Puzzles in Logical Reasoning for CAT Exam Preparation

July 21st, 2017 by

Cubes is one of the most frequently asked puzzle topics in CAT. These puzzles require us to think visually about the puzzle, which makes it somewhat tougher than other type of puzzles. We will discuss the basic concepts of the cube and few things that we would be using is majority of the puzzles related to cubes. Cube related puzzles are asked in a number of ways unlike selection or arrangement puzzles, where the primary pattern remains the same. We will illustrate some of the types of puzzles and the approach one should use to solve such problems. We will focus our discussion on what woul

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Games and Tournaments for CAT 2017 Logical Reasoning – Part 2

July 5th, 2017 by

In my previous post on games and tournaments, we discussed about two of the popular types of questions when it comes to games and tournament questions. So, if you are looking for questions on new types of data representation or questions based on seeding in a tennis tournament, probably you should read that. However, there is another popular type of questions with respect to Games & Tournaments and that is – Football / Hockey tournament questions in which we have to find out Goals scores, winners, ties, etc. In such tournaments, all competitors play a fixed number of matches. Poin

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Games and Tournaments for CAT 2017 Logical Reasoning – Part 1

June 30th, 2017 by

In Logical Reasoning very often we encounter problems based on games of tournaments. The first thing that as a CAT taker you need to realize is that such tournament based format offers the examiner a multitude of options. So, there cannot be a set formula for solving such kind of questions. However, if you look at the CAT papers of past few years – a pattern seems to emerge. Let us discuss couple of them.   Type 1: The questions are typically in a set where the data will be either in the standard tabular format or a format which you would never find on Cricinfo or for that matter

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Learn the Basics of Time, Speed & Distance for CAT 2017

June 23rd, 2017 by

  I guess my first fascination with problems of Time, Speed and Distance began when I first saw Heena. An important part of the story line  if you can call it that, saw Rishi Kapoor floating from India to Pakistan without drowning. I remember arguing with my friends that if could float for that long – he could swim back to India as well. My friends nullified the argument by saying: Speed River > Speed Rishi Kapoor I know that the reference is a little dated for most readers of this post, but Zeba Bhaktiyar made me look beyond reason. In this post we will discuss some of the id

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How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT 2017

June 16th, 2017 by

  In one of the earlier posts, we discussed strategy to prepare Logical Reasoning for CAT in 6 months. However, as we know that in previous two-year CAT papers, Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation was tested  under one common section. In order to get a high score in this section, we need to focus on both Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning simultaneously. Let us start Data Interpretation strategy with a list of topics that had been asked in CAT or in other words, the topics that you need to prepare for Data Interpretation. Caselets 1: Application of Mixture-All

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How to prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT 2017

June 14th, 2017 by

Are you planning to appear for CAT’17 and have absolutely no idea where and how to prepare for the logical reasoning section? Or you might not even have started preparing for it. Here is a 6-month study plan on how to prepare logical reasoning topics for CAT. Imagine, after 6 months you take your CAT exam and end up with an average score in Logical Reasoning/Data Interpretation section. Why did this happen? This can be due to many reasons – procrastination, lack of practice, unable to cover sufficient topics, lack of time to solve or wasted more time on one set in the exam. First of al

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