Strategies to crack Data Interpretation

Strategies to crack Data Interpretation for CAT

An Overview
The Data Interpretation section of CAT 2017 is divided into two parts.

1) Data Interpretation
In this section intensive calculation is to be done . It consists of graphs, charts and tables from which you have to analyze data.

Aspirants  before the official exam,  should be familiar not only with the question types they will see on the exam, but also with the different ways the exam may present data:

  • Line graphs
  • Bar graphs
  • Pie charts
  • Scatter plots
  • Tables
  • Multiple data sources

Aspirants should be have good knowledge as well as comfort level with this concepts. These consist primarily (but not exclusively) of the following:

  • Percentages
  • Averages
  • Ratios
  • Proportions
  • Data comparison

Tips to crack Data Interpretation

  • Read  the Questions Carefully:
    In Data Interpretation questions will consist of  statistics, numbers & diagrams that might look difficult but are actually not at all difficult to solve. The scarier a DI set,the easier it is to solve. So don’t loose heart and loose your confidence. Don’t start finding the easier-set.
  • Improve your Calculation Speed:
    The Date Interpretation section needs much calculation. Such calculations can waste your time. So learn shortcuts and strategies. Vedic Maths is the best technique which can be used to save time in complex calculations.So it is good to learn Vedic Maths Techniques which makes Data Interpretation more easy and fun-loving.
  • Know all types of Data Interpretation questions:
    When you will start practicing DI questions for a while, you’ll notice that there are different types or formats of questions in this section. There will be bar charts, tables, pie charts etc. There will also be questions where a lot of text/information will be provided in 1 long paragraph.Start reading newspapers which have data interpretation bar graphs,line graphs.
  • Day-to-day preparation
    It is necessary to practice Data Interpretation questions at least once a day. Follow one of the strategy that is at least one question of Data Interpretation will be enough to crack Data Interpretation in CAT.

Direction to Solve:-

Study the following table and answer the questions.
1.Number of Candidates Appeared and Qualified in a Competitive Examination from Different States Over the Years


1.Question:In which of the given years the number of candidates appeared from State P has maximum percentage of qualified candidates?

2.Question:What is the percentage of candidates qualified from State N for all the years together, over the candidates appeared from State N during all the years together?

3.Question:The percentage of total number of qualified candidates to the total number of appeared candidates among all the five states in 1999 is?


2) Data Sufficiency
This is the second section of Data Interpretation for CAT 2017.Data Sufficiency questions consists of 2 statements and are generally in form logical puzzle.You have to select question in this form.First,if one statement is enough to answer the question.Second,Both the statements are true to answer the question.This type of questions need much practice and and it also needs time.So prefer them to solve after you have solved each and every question.

Direction to Solve:-

In each of the questions below consists of a question and two statements numbered I and II given below it. You have to decide whether the data provided in the statements are sufficient to answer the question. Read both the statements and

Give answer

  • (A) If the data in statement I alone are sufficient to answer the question, while the data in statement II alone are not sufficient to answer the question
  • (B) If the data in statement II alone are sufficient to answer the question, while the data in statement I alone are not sufficient to answer the question
  • (C) If the data either in statement I alone or in statement II alone are sufficient to answer the question
  • (D) If the data given in both statements I and II together are not sufficient to answer the question and
  • (E) If the data in both statements I and II together are necessary to answer the question.
1.Question: How is ‘No’ coded in the code language ?


  1. ‘Ne Pa Sic Lo’ means ‘But No None And’ and ‘Pa Lo Le Ne’ means ‘If None And But’.
  2. ‘Le Se Ne Sic’ means ‘If No None Will’ and ‘Le Pi Se Be’ means ‘Not None If All’.
A.I alone is sufficient while II alone is not sufficient
B.II alone is sufficient while I alone is not sufficient
C.Either I or II is sufficient
D.Neither I nor II is sufficient
E.Both I and II are sufficient

 2.Question: Who among P, Q, T, V and M is exactly in the middle when they are arranged in ascending order of their heights ?


  1. V is taller than Q but shorter than M.
  2. T is taller than Q and M but shorter than P.
A.I alone is sufficient while II alone is not sufficient
B.II alone is sufficient while I alone is not sufficient
C.Either I or II is sufficient
D.Neither I nor II is sufficient
E.Both I and II are sufficient

3.Question: Which code word stands for ‘good’ in the coded sentence ‘sin co bye’ which means ‘He is good’ ?


  1. In the same code language, ‘co mot det’ means ‘They are good’.
  2. In the same code language, ‘sin mic bye’ means ‘He is honest’.
A.I alone is sufficient while II alone is not sufficient
B.II alone is sufficient while I alone is not sufficient
C.Either I or II is sufficient
D.Neither I nor II is sufficient
E.Both I and II are sufficient

4.Question: What is the numerical code for ‘water’ in a certain code ?


  1. The code for ‘give me water’ is ‘719’.
  2. The code for ‘you can bring water for me’ is written as ‘574186’.
A.I alone is sufficient while II alone is not sufficient
B.II alone is sufficient while I alone is not sufficient
C.Either I or II is sufficient
D.Neither I nor II is sufficient
E.Both I and II are sufficient

5.Question: How many visitors saw the exhibition yesterday ?


  1. Each entry pass holder can take up to three persons with him/her.
  2. In all, 243 passes were sold yesterday.
A.I alone is sufficient while II alone is not sufficient
B.II alone is sufficient while I alone is not sufficient
C.Either I or II is sufficient
D.Neither I nor II is sufficient
E.Both I and II are sufficient


CAT 2017

CAT 2017 – Important Notifications

Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the most challenging entrance exams and is scheduled to take place in the month of December 2017. IIM Lucknow will be conducting CAT this year which is one of the most highly anticipated exams.IIM Lucknow already aired the notification of tender for advertisement services on June 21, 2017. IIM Lucknow convened CAT earlier in 2010. Currently, there are total 419 seats for PGP and other courses. About two lakh aspirants are expected to appear for this highly vying competition.

IIM Lucknow will introduce some changes in the structure of CAT 2017 as well as in the level of difficulty. One of the changes in CAT 2017 will be in the number of questions in each section. Positive news for non-engineers is that IIM Lucknow will try to bring down the difficulty level of Quantitative Aptitude Section.The new format is quiet student friendly and will help the CAT Aspirants to score better.

Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are known for imparting quality education in management and research.CAT 2016 was conducted by IIM Bangalore across 138 cities and twenty aspirants were able to secure 100 percentile. The registration process of CAT 2017 will start in the month of August 2017 following which the admit card will be released in the month of October 2017.

The exam will be conducted in two sessions to ensure fairness in comparison of performances of aspirants through separate test sessions. CAT 2017 will be an online mode exam of 170 minutes duration that will encompass three sections namely Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). The questions asked are multiple-choice questions each of it carrying three marks and negative marks will be allocated for an incorrect answer.

CAT 2017 results will contain the list of candidates shortlisted for the second stage of selection which may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). Though, the basis of selection varies from IIM to IIM. The process of Normalization comes into play while evaluating mark sheets. Normalization is an efficient process also adopted by Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), it helps in comparing aspirant scores across multiple forms. CAT 2017 results will be expected to air in the month of January 2018.

According to the feedbacks from last year toppers, it’s not just about the amount of Knowledge a candidate has or practicing Mock tests daily but more about a candidate’s performance during those 170 minutes and of course their confidence level. To score desired percentile candidate should attempt a good number of challenging questions. Consistency matters a lot in the examination so the candidate needs to make sure that along with the number of attempts take a note of their accuracy level.

CAT Mocks

How to Analyze CAT Mocks ?

CAT MocksStep-wise approach for CAT Mock Analysis

With few months left for the CAT Exam, all candidates should start giving their CAT Mocks. Candidates appearing for CAT tend to forget one major factor which leads to a low percentile. Every Candidate should analyze their mocks thoroughly. Mocks without thorough analysis is futile and is waste of time. But before jumping on the analyzing part of the mock every CAT Aspirant needs to make sure they have their own strategies and shortcuts to solve CAT Mocks.

This article will give you a detailed analysis with Steps to analyze CAT Mocks thoroughly. Candidates following these steps to analyze Mocks will understand his/her weak areas and strong areas in the CAT Exam.

Steps to Analyze CAT Mocks-

Step 1: All Candidates should appear for CAT Mocks

A majority of the CAT Aspirants don’t give Mocks. Every Candidate has the temptation to start giving mocks ” next week”  Before doing anything the candidates should get rid of procrastination.

Step 2: Scores

The next obstacle for the aspirants is giving CAT Mocks half-heartedly. Appearing for mocks just for the sake of it is something that the candidates should not do.  This is less common than the first one but this issue also exists. Some students just ignore their scores and forget to analyze where they went wrong.

Step 3: Analyze your section, area and time-wise performance

When the candidates analyze the mocks the first thing to do is make a note of their weak and strong areas and also check which question was more time-consuming. Also try to gauge the amount of time you took to solve Reading Comprehensions.

Step-4: Re-solve the exam

Make sure to solve the questions that were not attempted, wrong and the questions where you didn’t get time to solve. Make a note of the questions that you are able to solve without the time pressure and see if you can solve the questions.Try to understand how you solved the paper in the first go and how you should have actually solved it. Identify the questions you missed out on, and try to segregate your silly mistakes.

Step-5: Make a cheat-sheet
Make a quick cheat-sheet of the all the things you learnt from the exam. This should include:

  • Mathematics shortcuts
  • Data interpretation tips and techniques
  • Grammar and usage rules (new ones that you discovered in the exam)
  • Words you learn from the exam

Step-6: Focus on Verbal Ability
Try to identify the different passage sources, and read further from these. Make a note of all the vocabulary based questions and different tones of the reading comprehension.

Step-7: Draw up a strategy for the next mock
On the basis of your current attempt, draw up a strategy for the next exam. Give yourself a series of directives to follow in the next exam, and see how it goes.

Step-8: Do give the next mock
Remember one golden CAT prep rule: Candidates should understand Mocks are just like the net practice before the actual match. So use all the Mocks given and decide strategies and shortcuts to be used in actual CAT Exam.

CAT Exam

Rules to Decode CAT and get a Call from Top 10 B-Schools

An Overview of CAT Exam 2017
CAT 2017  is a Common Admission Test held in India.The score is based on Quantitative Ability(QA), Data Interpretation(DI), Verbal Ability(VA) and Logical Reasoning(LR).CAT  is considered as a mandatory entrance examination for an admission into any top-notch management institutions and premier business schools in the country.
The total duration of CAT  is 180 minutes or 3 hours.Each section of the CAT has a time limit of 1 hour each.It is necessary to attend the CAT is in particular order.We cannot switch over sections.
As per the marking scheme, each question carries 3 marks and there is negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer. There is no negative marking for the non-multiple choice questions.

CAT ExamHow to Crack CAT 2017?

  • Basics should be Crystal Clear.

Every Candidate should be thorough with the basics of all the sections in the examination.

The foundation of the candidate should be so strong that he/ she can solve basic questions or the easy and moderate level questions without any problem.

  • Sectional Tests

Start appearing for sectional test and also note the time taken to complete your test. These Mock tests should be taken 2-3 times a week so it helps the candidate to know their strong and weak areas.

  • Mock Tests

To prepare for CAT start taking a mock test every week.Candidates will understand their level of preparation and what are they lacking in their preparation. If a candidate wants to secure admission in top 30 B-schools he/she has to give at least 40-50 mocks before the actual CAT Exam.

  • Analyze the Mocks

Analyzing the mock tests is the most important rule to be followed by every candidate. If the mocks are not analyzed properly then giving Mock Tests is of no use. Candidate should take one full day to analyze the Mock test given.

  • Time Management

Time Management plays a crucial role in the CAT Exam. To get a hold of time in the exam the candidates should apply shortcuts and strategies to solve the questions. These strategies and shortcuts should be tried and tested by the candidates when they gave Mocks Tests. Candidates should not experiment in the actual CAT Exam. The shortcuts and strategies will help the candidate to increase their speed, improve their accuracy and reduce the time taken to solve a single question.One of the strategies or a  shortcut suggested is  Vedic Maths. Vedic Maths is the best shortcut that can be used for Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation.

  • General Knowledge

Reading Newspaper is one habit that every MBA aspirant should develop in their daily routine. Reading newspaper will give the candidate an idea of the what’s going on in the world. This knowledge will help to crack various entrance examinations as well as GD/PI of various B-school.


CAT 2017

CAT 2017 – Importance of Parajumbles and Strategies to Solve it

CAT 2017 – Expected Parajumble Questions-
Out of the total 34 questions in Verbal Ability, 3-5 questions are expected to be from para jumbles which sum up to 15% of the CAT 2017 verbal section.
Four types of Para Jumble are asked in CAT 2017
In each category, the Jumbled sentences are coded with an alphabet (usually A, B, C, and D).
  • The toughest category among all the four type is where 4/5 sentences are given in a random order and the candidates are supposed to unjumble all of them.
  • The Second category consists of the opening sentence + 4/5 sentences are given and the candidates have to rearrange the group of 4/5 sentences, having been given prior knowledge of the thought that starts off the flow of the discussion.
  • The Third category consists of 4/5 sentences + the closing sentence is given and the candidates need to correctly sequence 4/5 sentences so that they flow in the last sentence.
  • The Fourth category is the easiest among all the categories.In this category, the Opening sentence, + 4/5 Sentences + Closing Sentence are given. Candidates know where the story starts and where it ends. They only have to figure out the screenplay in the middle.

Smartest Approach to Solve Para Jumbles –

  1. Free-Fall Strategy –

Step 1-

This is the best approach to solving Para Jumble questions. Candidates have to develop a high reading speed and scan all 4-5 sentences. This will help the candidate to get the central idea of the passage.

Step 2-

At this point, candidates need to decide whether this particular paragraph is one which he/she is comfortable with or not.

Step 3-

If the candidate decides to go ahead, then scan the answer options. Check if they are of any help to solve the para jumble quickly.

For Example-
The options are:
When the candidate checks out the option he/she will immediately realize that the paragraph has to start either with B or C. Quick glance at B and C will tell which one looks like a better sentence and already the choices will be halved.
Similarly, with options like:
Now it’s clear that it has to end with either B or A. So go through the sentences A and B and see if any one of them looks like a concluding sentence.
Some Pointers to look out for –
For example, if three out of the five options start with A and the other two with C/B/D there is a good probability that A is the starting sentence.
If, say, a link CB occurs in more than 2 options, then it is something worth paying attention to.

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