How to prepare for CAT 2021 DI & LR
How to prepare for CAT 2021 DI & LR- To ace CAT 2021, every aspirant must follow an effective preparation strategy to have a good score both section-wise and overall. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning is one of the most challenging section in CAT 2021. As the name suggests, CAT DILR section assesses a candidate’s ability in problem solving. Regular and vigorous practice helps one to get an edge in this section. So how do you prepare for CAT DI and LR questions? Well, one must begin with understanding the basic concepts of CAT DI and LR. The logical reasoning and data interpretation section of CAT has a sectional time limit of 40 minutes in which candidates have to answer 24 questions (as per CAT 2021 exam pattern). Careers360 brings you details on all the aspects of how to prepare for CAT DI and LR questions.
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How to Begin your Preparation for CAT DI and LR section?
To begin the preparation of Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning sections you must start practicing CAT study materials or any coaching modules. You must start with solving the basic concepts like ranking, seating arrangements, quantitative reasoning, Venn diagram and so forth. Such topics will help you to build the concepts strong for CAT 2021.
Preparation strategy for CAT 2021 at different levels
Beginners:Students who have never solved the puzzles, logical reasoning questions or sudoku must begin by solving the basic sets of questions from study materials or online websites.
Intermediate:Students who are generally interested in solving questions can skip solving the basic sets and raise the difficulty level of sets by solving questions from rankings, arrangements and matrices.
Expert: Students who have earlier attempted CAT and are confident enough with the basic concepts of the LRDI can begin their preparation by solving previous year questions of SIMCAT, AIMCATs andCAT previous year mock papers and so forth.
Once you are done with solving the basic sets of questions, the next step is to have a good test strategy. Some of the effective test strategies are:
Scan the test:While you solve the practice papers or mock tests don’t start over with the first set provided. Give 4-5 minutes to read all the questions of DI LR and pick the few sets which you can solve quickly. Pick 1-2 sets which are easy to solve first and then move to difficult sets.
Set selection: In every paper, there are easy to difficult sets of LR DI. Identify the easier sets and attempt them first. Make sure you don't leave the easy sets and get stuck to difficult sets. Regular practice from each type of set will help you identify the difficulty level. For instance, pick the sets which have few people or less number of variables in questions and leave questions with heavy information for later.
Move ahead:While solving the questions of CAT LRDI it is very important to leave the questions from which you are not able to derive the answer. Not all questions are meant to be solved as some are tricky questions. If you are not able to solve the question in the prescribed period move to the next question without wasting any time.
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Steps to Solve CAT DI and LR Questions
Before solving the CAT DILR, be familiar with the time limit for each section in CAT 2021. To solve the DILR questions of CAT don’t just focus on practicing more and more number of questions. Instead focus on the right approach to be used for solving the questions. Some of the important steps to solve the DI LR questions are:
Analyze the type of questions:Before beginning with your CAT 2021 preparation, know the important topics of DILR sections. Knowing the complete CAT DILR syllabus will come handy when you will solve CAT questions within the time limit of 40 minutes. With the sectional time limit, it becomes imperative to select the type of sets that can be solved with high accuracy.
Know the tricks to solve different types: Each type of set has some trick to solve. One can find these tricks in the study materials of various publishers or coaching institutes. Take the note of these tricks and ensure that while you attempt the CAT questions from any particular type you must apply the trick. Knowing the trick to solve the questions helps to save time and effort. With the frequent application of the tricks, they become automatic responses to the stimuli and maintain the pace.
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Build mental legend:DILR section includes questions like arrangements, puzzles, Venn diagrams and so forth. Such topics include a lot of information which becomes difficult to retain while solving the complete question. Hence, students are advised to note the keys to all the abbreviations and symbols before getting confused. Mental legends can vary from person to person. Its sole importance is to avoid any kind of silly mistake or confusion.
Decode constraints: DILR questions for CAT say more than what appears on the surface, often tricking the students. Hence, while solving the CAT DILR section, it is important to find the hidden meaning or information. If you are unable to solve the question there might be some information that you are missing upon.
Tips to Answer Logical Reasoning Questions in CAT 201
Check the following tips on how to tackle Logical Reasoning questions in CAT 2021:
- During preparation days, candidates are advised to give equal importance to the information provided in the question and the factual data
- Before choosing the correct option, candidates should read the choices carefully
- While answering the Logical Reasoning question, candidates must understand first the information provided in the question
- Do try to utilize the provided table, graph or chart to organize your information
- There are lots of videos available on the internet of CAT toppers on how to prepare for CAT Logical Reasoning section. So, during preparation days one should watch such videos for conceptual clarity
- On the D-day, if a candidate facing the problem of Logical Reasoning question, then in such case it is good to skip that one
- When the exam date is nearby, try to take CAT mock test as much as one can and also solve previous year CAT question paper to understand the exam structure
Other Important Tips: How To Prepare for CAT DILR
Brainstorming activities: Questions of Logical reasoning and Data Interpretation are all about hidden information in the question. Don’t limit yourself to the questions provided in the study material rather utilize your leisure time by solving Sudoku and puzzles. Also, you can enhance your skills by playing mobile games like 2048. Such activities help in brainstorming and simpler ways to prepare for the LR section.
Take Frequent Mock Test:CAT mock test helps aspirants to become familiar with the exam environment and structure. Further, mock tests will help you formulate a strategy on how to move from easy to difficult questions within the prescribed time limit. Additionally, mock tests help you provide valuable feedback which should be incorporated to score more.
Manage time: As CAT 2021 will include a sectional time limit of 40 minutes for each section, students must formulate their strategy as per the exam pattern. Don’t get stuck on the questions which you are not able to solve within the time limit you have set for each question. Move to the next question and solve all the easy questions first.
Previous year exam papers:Past year question papers act as an extremely good source for preparation. Solving the questions papers will help you develop the necessary skills. Not only it will help you get familiar with the types of questions and the difficulty level but also it acts as a great source of question bank with good questions.
Analyse your performance:After having solved a number of questions from previous year papers or mock test, now is the time to analyse your strengths and weaknesses. Make a category of problem types and identify which questions you are comfortable and with which you are not. By categorizing you will be able to know which topics require more attention.
Improve your performance:After analysing your performance now work upon to improve your speed and focus on mental calculations to consume less time dor DI questions. Preferably students are suggested to learn the square at least till 30, a cube at least till 20, square roots at least till 10 and conversion from fraction to the percentage for quick calculations.
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Questions related to CAT
hello i have completed 12th as well as diploma and i have got admission in my ug on the basis of diploma marks and they are good as compare to my 12th marks so which marks should i feel for cat examination
See if you have good performance in Diploma which is considered as equivalent to 12th than you should go with diploma details while filling your CAT application form. The reason being is, in CAT application you have option to fill either class 12th details or diploma details so if you have completed diploma then you can opt for diploma in the CAT application form.
Also note that to apply for CAT 2021 you should either be in final year of your graduation or should have completed your graduation with 50% minimum marks . For complete details about application form of CAT 2021 kindly check out the link given below :-
Common Admission Test, in short CAT is conducted by any of the IIM in rotation every year , it is a computer-based entrance exam conducted for MBA/PGDM admissions at 20 IIMs and 1000+ B-Schools in India.
As per the new paper pattern the paper is of total 228 marks and it will consists of 76 total number of questions divided in three sections namely VARC, DILR and QA. Out of these 76 questions, 54 question will be of MCQ type and other 22 will be Non-MCQ. For every correct answer 3 marks will be awarded and on incorrect answer -1 will be deducted only from MCQs not from Non-MCQs. For complete exam pattern(latest) of CAT kindly check out the link given below :-
For CAT 2021 no exact dates are out yet but it is expected that the application process for it will start in the month of August '21 and the tentative exam date is November 28th 2021.
You can get complete information about CAT 2021 from the link given below :-
I hope this information helps you.
when CAT form will be fill????
It's expected that by the first week of August IIM Ahmedabad will tentatively commence online registration for CAT at https://iimcat.ac.in/
the exam is expected to be conducted on 28th November, and the eligibility criteria to appear for the same is passed graduation in any discipline from a recognized University with 50% aggregate, there is relaxation of 5% for reserved categories, those in the final years too are eligible to apply, to know more details regarding this, visit our page at https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-registration/amp
I got 87 % in Tenth ; 63% in XII ; 58% in BA (Arts) and 12 years work experience in defence. How much should I score in CAT to get call from IIMs.
Hello Rahul Kumar singh
I hope you are doing good .
I would like to tell you that your academic profile is good as you have 12 years of work experience but age criteria is also important factor and type of work you did. Your marks in 12th and graudation are not very good so you need to get atleast above 95percentile to get a call from baby IIMs like iim ranchi and shillong
Hope you found this answer helpful. Good luck for your future
Is an Integrated Msc in Data Science considered as engineering in CAT exam?
Integrated M.Sc degree is not considered as B.Tech because it has its own value. A candidate pursuing dual degree is eligible to appear for CAT provided he/she must be in the final year of the course or must have completed the course. In your case the percentage of marks scored in Bachelor's degree is considered to determine your eligibility for CAT for whichever duration the Bachelor's degree and Masters Degree is divided. If you belong to general category you need to score minimum 50% aggregate marks in bachelor's degree, if you belong to SC/ST/PWD you need to score minimum 45% aggregate marks. While filling the CAT application fill the marks scored in Bachelors Degree in Education details and in Masters Degree field you need to select yes if you are in final year of the Integrated M.Sc course and provide the details of the course.
hello i have completed my diploma as well as 12th and my diploma marks are much higher than my 12th marks and i have got admission in my ug on the basis of diploma marks so which marks should i fill in cat examination, 12th or diploma???
The minimum Education qualification required to appear for CAT entrance examination is Bachelor's Degree in any discipline from a recognised board. The candidates belonging to general category must score minimum 50% aggregate marks in the qualifying examination and for SC/ST/PWD category candidates it is minimum 45% aggregate marks. Candidates who are studying in the final year of the qualifying examination are also eligible to apply provisionally.
Diploma is equivalent to 10+2 so you can fill the marks scored in Diploma as you have scored highest in Diploma than in class 12th as there is weightage for academic performance. You need to be in the final year of UG course or must have completed the course to appear for CAT. In case if you are still studying in B.Tech (2nd or 3rd year) then you are not eligible to apply for CAT. If you are in the final year of B.Tech then you can apply for CAT and the marks scored in B.Tech uptil the semesters for which results are announced are considered to determine the minimum percentage criteria.