Basics of Data Interpretation – Approximation

May 5th, 2020 by

Data Interpretation questions typically have large amount of data given in the form of tables, pie charts, line graphs or some non-conventional format. The questions are calculation heavy and typically test your approximation abilities. A very large number of these questions check your ability to compare or calculate fractions and percentages. If you sit down to actually calculate the answer, you would end up spending more time than required and most of us can't afford to lose precious time during competitive exams like CAT, XAT, IIFT etc.  Here are few ideas that you can use for approxim


How to prepare for Data Interpretation in 6 months for CAT 2019?

June 1st, 2019 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-Allegation


How to prepare for Logical Reasoning in 6 months for CAT 2019?

May 31st, 2019 by

Are you planning to appear for CAT’19 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


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

March 28th, 2019 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


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