How to prepare for CAT DI & LR
How to prepare for CAT DI & LR - To ace CAT 2020, 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 sections in CAT 2020. As the name suggests, this section assesses a candidate’s ability to assess problem-solving skills. Regular and vigorous practice helps one to get an edge in this section. One must begin with understanding and developing basic concepts of LR DI. The logical reasoning and data interpretation section of CAT 2020 will include a sectional time limit of 60 minutes in which candidates will have to answer 32 questions. Read the full article to know all the aspects of how to prepare for CAT DI and LR
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How to Begin your Preparation?
To begin the preparation of Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning sections you must start practicing with the help of various 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.
Preparation strategy for CAT 2020 for 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, CAT previous year mock papers and so forth.
Test Taking Strategy
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 LR DI 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.
Steps to Solve DI LR
Before solving the DI LR be familiar with the time limit for each section in CAT 2020. To solve the DI LR questions don’t just focus on practicing more and more number of questions rather focus on the right approach to be used for solving the questions. Some of the important steps to solve the DI LR questions are:
Analyse the type of questions: Before beginning with your preparation and solving questions know the important topics of DI LR sections. Knowing the complete syllabus of CAT DI LR will come handy when you will solve CAT questions within the time limit of 60 minutes. With the sectional time limit it becomes imperative to select the type of sets that can be solved with high accuracy.
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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.
Build mental legend: DILR section includes questions like arrangements, puzzles, venn diagrams and so forth. Such topics include a lot of heavy information which becomes difficult to retain while solving the complete question. Hence, students are advised to denote 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: Questions of DI LR say more than what appears on surface, oftenly tricking the students. Hence, while solving the DI LR section it is important to find the hidden meaning or information which improves with practice. If you are unable to solve the question there might be some information that you missing upon.
Tips to Answer Logical Reasoning (LR) Questions in CAT
Check the following tips on how to tackle Logical Reasoning questions in CAT 2020.
- During preparation days, candidates are advised to give equal importance to the information provided in the question and the factual data
- Before choosing correct option, candidates should read the the choices carefully
- While answering the Logical Reasoning question, candidates must understand first the information provided in the question
- Do try to utilize 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 problem of Logical Reasoning question, then in such case it is good to skip that one
- When 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 on How To Prepare for DI LR Section
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 strategy on how to move from easy to difficult questions within the prescribed time limit. Additionally, mock tests help you provide the valuable feedback which should be incorporated to score more.
Manage time: As CAT 2020 will include a sectional time limit of 60 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 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, cube at least till 20, square roots at least till 10 and conversion from fraction to percentage for quick calculations.
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My branch is Electrical Engineering and in my college i have very less chance of placements . So what jobs should i go for so that it could be counted as work experience if I want to go for CAT exam ?
For MBA , work experience is not compulsory. You can get into MBA colleges without a work experience. It's like good food placed in a good plate. If you have a work experience you will get a good job or with more package . Otherwise it will depend on your academics.
My Neet 2020 score is 566 . I belong to BC cat. in Tamilnadu. What are my chances in Tamilnadu government colleges??
It's quite difficult to predict that whether you will get seat or not as cut off marks for medical colleges keeps changing every year depending upon various factors like number of students that appeared in the exam, kind of marks obtained by them , toughness level of the examination etc.
But when we go through previous data then with 566 marks , you hold a chance to get a seat in a Government Medical College
In Neet 2019, 470 marks for obc category was the cut off marks to get a seat in Government Medical College under Tamilnadu state quota and it was for Government Medical College and Hospital, Pudukottai
With 566 marks also have chances in following govt college under state quota-
*Government Medical College, Omandurar Estate, Chennai
*Government K.A.P.V. Medical College, Trichy
And a few more
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what jobs an engineer can do if he does not get campus placement and want to appear in CAT exam so that his work ex will be counted??
Most IIM's usually gives only 5-15 % of weightage to work experience (major weightage is for CAT score and PI) with points for approx. 24-36 months of work after which they don't count it ( which means work experience of more than 2-3 years will not give you any extra edge during selection)
Since you are an Engineering graduate, it is usually advisable to go for a technical job related to your field not just because it is easier to get but but because it is easier to justify in your CV. CAT values versatility but there is a fine line between versatility and randomness. What I mean to say is that if you go for a job which isn't even remotely related to your field of study then you'd probably be asked for reasons as to why you chose to do that. So if you were to go for a sales job after completing a degree in say, Electrical Engineering, you'd have to to explain your shift in career paths. To avoid such justifications and to to make the most of your CV, go for a technical job or maybe an Analysist position, anything which you can either link to your Engineering degree or to a Management degree.
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