In the former article on Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, you have cognized what the section is about and what are the topics covered in this section. In the second part of the article, you will cognize how to set for the same.
Vinayak Kudva, Product Head, IMS Learning tell, Improve your ability to work with numbers. You need to be as good as possible in mental calculations viz. additions, subtraction, multiplications, divisions, percentages and ratios. This can only be achieved done consistent practice. Like other section, this section also needs thorough practice. An identical simple, but effective way to improve your speed with numbers is to observe the numbers that appear in a year and make all possible combinations with the four numbers – ratio of first two and the last two, total of the four digits, inverted ratio, etc. Another method is to do calculations using peregrine numbers, pin codes, etc. The idea is to do oneself comfy with numbers, suggests Manish Saraf, COO, PT Education.
Preparing for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Like other sections, you can get a good idea about the questions by solving from the previous year’s CAT 2010 Papers . This can form your basic preparation foundation. “For DI & LR go through last five to six years CAT Exam Papers and try solving them without any preparation. Analyze and evaluate your approach with reference to every question including the one which you solved easily, advises Kudva.
Reading can also boost your preparation meter for DI & LR section. As Gejo Sreenivasan, Principal Consultant, Career Launcher says, You must practice a lot in order to interpret the data. Solve at least one DI&LR problem every day. You must read articles, especially on business which are heavy on data and analyze them. This will keep your DI cells on toes. Kudva says in a similar tone, Refer to the graphs and data provided in various business papers and magazines. You need to identify techniques to solve questions which require big and time consuming calculations.
An interesting way to prepare for this is by regularly solving crossword puzzles, Sudoku, riddles etc. For this, pick out the leisure section of the daily newspaper. You can also solve caselets from various books and puzzle sites in the internet,” refers Saraf.
Books & preparation material for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Saraf suggests a few books for the DI & LR section including How to prepare for the Data Interpretation for CAT by TATA-McGraw Hill publications, How to prepare for the Data Interpretation for CAT by Arihant Prakashan, Verbal & Non Verbal Reasoning’ by R.S. Agarwal (S. Chand and Sons publications), Course In Mental Ability and Quantitative Aptitude by Edgar Thorpe, Analytical and Logical Reasoning’ by B.S. Sijwali (Arihant publications),‘Reasoning and DI for MBA Exam by Arun Sharma and Fundamental of Reasoning: A Logic Book by Robert M. Johnson.
Many test sites run‘Puzzle of the Week, which is emailed to registered users every week. You can also take help of newspapers and previous years CAT 2010 exam papers in this regard.
Practice & Test for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Like other sections, for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning also, regular practice and thoroughgoing analysis is required. After your basic preparation, you should take sectioned as well as full length mock tests. After taking the examine, make it an indicate to analyze it and never repeat the same mistake again, Saraf stated. Solve at least one DI set a day to continuously assess and improve your DI skills, Kudva mentions.
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