What is Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

DILR questions are mostly caselet based, wherein a particular case carries multiple questions that involve multiple topics or multiple approaches should be considered to solve the questions and choose the correct option. Preparation for DILR section can be tricky, owing to the fact that there is no Hard and Fast rule. Let us see what are the different facets of the section and how can one prepare to ace the section.

Although DI and LR are a separate section, they are often clubbed together. Earlier, CAT combined Data Interpretation with Quantitative Aptitude whereas the Logical Reasoning area was clubbed with the Verbal Ability section. However, the
current pattern States that Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning are in the same section.

Skills Required to Crack DILR Section

The following skills or abilities are necessary to crack the DILR section:

  • Analytical Reasoning

  • Critical Thinking Ability

  • Data Computation

  • Quick calculation ability

How to Prepare for DILR Section

The preparation for DILR section would require a systematic approach like other sections of MBA entrance exams. The key areas of the DILR section have been mentioned in the table above. Since there are Multiple Types of questions that are covered in this section that involves a calculation, counting, logical and Structure-based. Therefore, we have picked the most suitable preparation strategies in the point below.

Know the Questions: Before jumping in the rigorous process of preparation, the aspirants are advised to get versed with the type of questions. To have a better understanding about the topics to be covered, refer the previous year questions. This will help you give a clear picture.

Get the Right Books: Although the type of question in DILR section does not involve any theory, concepts or formulae, One can refer to plenty of books and
study materials available in the market. This will give a precise and descriptive idea about the topics, and strategy to solve the questions, practice materials. Referring the right books would make the process of preparation much easier.

Practice: The best way to prepare for any Entrance exam is by practising. According to experts, test takers should practice DILR questions for minimum five hours per week, one hour for each session. Candidates can take sectional mock tests prior to taking full-length mock tests, to measure their preparation and gain expertise in a particular section.

Improving Speed: The DILR section is considered to be calculation intensive by the experts. Hence, the speed or pace of solving a question plays an important role. With regular practice and application of smart tricks and tips will help students improve their speed of solving questions.

Best Books to Prepare for DILR Section

There is no dearth of books to prepare for the DILR section. The best books and resources are not the one that not only gives the conceptual or theoretical clarity but provide the perfect strategy to secure good score in the section. Some of the most preferred books for the DILR section are as follows:

  • How to Prepare for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma

  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit Sinha

  • CAT Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning by Gautam Puri

  • Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency Competition Exam by Arihant Experts

  • Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency for CAT & Other MBA Exams by Gajendra Kumar and Abhishek BanerjeenData Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for CAT by Pearson