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CAT 2011: How to tackle Data Interpretation

by Pritika Ghura

With less than two months left for CAT 2011, it's time to take your preparations seriously. Also with the change in the pattern of the exam introduced with this year, students have many doubts. As per the changes, instead of three sections there will be two sections in CAT now- Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. But even if the pattern is new, the components of the sections and the areas will remain the same. So you need not change your preparation strategy for the new pattern.

In an attempt to help you ace your preparation, we will discuss about Data Interpretation which will be now converged with the Quantitative Ability part in the first of the two sections of CAT 2011.

Topics covered in Data Interpretation of CAT 2011-:

The Data Interpretation section consists of graphs, charts, tables etc. for calculating data. Though some questions need calculations, others can be solved just mentally without calculation. Questions can also be asked on Tables, Bar Charts, Pie Charts, Line chart/Scatter diagrams; Caselet/Logic based DI, Network Diagram etc. The only way to do well in this section is to improve your ability to work with numbers. You need to increase the speed of your mental calculations and that can be achieved only by practice.

Books for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

There are some books that will help you prepare for the CAT 2011 exam. Some books dealing with this section are-:

  1. How to prepare for the Data Interpretation for CAT' by TATA-McGraw Hill publications
  2. Course In Mental Ability and Quantitative Aptitude' by Edgar Thorpe
  3. How to prepare for the Data Interpretation for CAT' by Arihant Prakashan
  4. Data Interpretation and Logical by Arun Sharma

How to prepare for Data Interpretation?

  1. Practice: Take as many mock tests as possible. Also solve previous years' CAT papers. Talking to media, Vinayak Kudva, Product Head, IMS Learning says, "For Data Interpretation, go through last five to six years CAT exam papers and try solving them without any preparation. Analyse and evaluate your approach with reference to every question including the one which you solved easily."
  2. Reading: Reading books and prep material will be useful. You must read articles, especially on business which are heavy on data and analyse them.
  3. Analyse: Refer to the graphs and data provided in various business papers and business magazines or corporate publications. You need to identify techniques to solve questions which require time consuming calculations.

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    aartiyadavWed, 12 Dec 2012 13:07:45 -0000

    Yes i would agree really loved reading the tips or i must say alerts since i m studying for these from its has what one need to learn for solving quantitative aptitude question or data interpretation question including verbal reasoning as well… It has helped me to increase the question solving speed !!!! so can u

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Last Updated At Dec 12, 2012

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