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

March 16th, 2019 by

In the recent CAT papers, we have seen questions in Logical Reasoning and 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 impl


CAT Concepts – Introduction to Data Sufficiency

March 7th, 2019 by

Data Sufficiency questions often involve very simple calculations. This does not mean that the questions are simple. It just means that the chances to make conceptual mistakes and / or silly mistakes are a little higher than usual. You will need to pay attention to detail in such questions. In Data Sufficiency, you need to figure out whether or not the data given in the question / statements is good enough to find out a unique answer. Once again – is the data enough to find out a unique answer?  Please note that in Data Sufficiency: You do not need to find out the answer Yo


Games and Tournaments for CAT Exam Logical Reasoning – Part 2

May 29th, 2018 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 and 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. Points


Games and Tournaments for CAT Exam Logical Reasoning – Part 1

May 28th, 2018 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 any ot


How to prepare for LRDI (Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation) for the CAT 2019 Exam?

February 26th, 2018 by

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation has become the most important section of the CAT exam over the last few years if you are planning to attend one of the top business schools of the country. The reason behind that it is pretty simple and straightforward. The Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation section of the CAT exam has become bloody hard over the years. A lot of students who get a good overall score and percentile, somehow mess up the LRDI section in CAT. They are not even able to clear the sectional cutoff for LRDI in CAT and end up missing out a great opportunity and a busin


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


Cubes and Matchstick Problems

February 16th, 2013 by

Cubes and Matchstick Problems   ‘If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.’ – Tweedledee in Lewis Caroll’s Through the Looking Glass. If the above line confused you, trust me – you are not alone. Even God can vanish in a puff of logic. To know how, you can probably jump to the end of this post. To those who choose not to skip – let us discuss few common types of Logical Reasoning problems.   Type 1:  Cube problems:  A cube is given with an edge of unit ‘N’. It is painted on all faces. It is cut i