How To Analyze The PYQ’s (2017-2020) In The LRDI Section?

How To Analyze The PYQ’s (2017-2020) In The LRDI Section?

As the date of the Common Admission Test (CAT) draws nearer, the doorway to top business schools in India, it is natural to feel anxiety and worry about it. However, by analyzing the previous year questions during one’s CAT Exam preparation, one is sure to get a glimpse of the actual paper. In a section like LRDI this exercise is essential as it helps to familiarize oneself with the nature of questions asked and then develop a corresponding approach for the same. Below we will take a look at questions asked in the year 2017 through 2020.

2017:

The CAT exam in the year 2017 was held in two sessions on Nov 26, 2017.  The LRDI section was composed of 32 questions.There were no typical DI questions among the DI-LR questions, which ranged from moderate to challenging. With only 8 to 10 reasoning questions, data interpretation took the lead. There were 8-10 Analytics puzzles and 8-10 data-based puzzles in the Logical Reasoning phase, and 8 sets of case-lets in the DI component. The case-lets were designed to test thinking and analytical skills. TITA-style questions were asked by one of them. This section also included a difficult-to-understand bar graph. Because it included a more basic seating arrangement, puzzles, and less exhaustive data calculations, the Logical Reasoning component of the second slot was easier than the first slot.

Table 1 : CAT 2017 Slot-1 DILR Analysis

Area

Question

Level

Logical Reasoning

Rural Kids survey

Easy

Fast Food Joint

Easy

Projects

Difficult

Common Entrance Test

Difficult

Data Interpretation

Airline Company

Moderate

Cars Travel Routes

Moderate

Matrix

Moderate

Simple Happiness Index

Difficult

Table 2 : CAT 2017 Slot-2 DILR Analysis

Area

Question

Level

 

Logical Reasoning

Chessboard

Difficult

Eight Friends

Moderate

Electives

Easy

Tea tasting

Easy

 

Data Interpretation

Assets

Easy

Dorms

Moderate

Security Scan

Difficult

Funky Pizzeria

Moderate

2018:

In Slot 1 Around 4 sets in the area may have been attempted relatively easily and with good accuracy with careful selection. A few of sets each featured one ‘tough to crack’ question. And a student should have known better than to waste time on them. In the DI sets, no calculations were required. The LR sets, on the other hand, were easy-moderate in terms of difficulty. Slot 2 DI was a little more difficult than Slot 1. Rather than the quantity of questions attempted, the focus should have been on the quality of the selected sets. There was one question in each set that should have been left unattempted. Two of the sets included calculations, although none of them were very difficult. The difficulty level of the LR sets, on the other hand, was easy-moderate.

Table 3: CAT 2018 Slot-1 DILR Analysis

Area

Question

Level

Data Interpretation

N*N Matrix

Moderate

ATM Machine

Moderate to Difficult

Pie-Chart

Easy

Satellites

Difficult

Logical Reasoning

Committee

Moderate to Difficult

Pipes

Moderate

Institutes

Difficult

Exam

Difficult

Table 4: CAT 2018 Slot-2 DILR Analysis

Area

Question

Level

Data Interpretation

Square chart

Difficult

Profitability and Market share

Moderate

Currency conversion

Difficult

B-School grading

Difficult

Logical Reasoning

Coding – Decoding

Difficult

Platinum – gold tickets

Difficult

Room Numbers and timings

Easy

Venn Diagrams

Moderate to Difficult

2019:

The key this year was finding the easier sets and solving them fast, with speed paying off. Some of the DI sets were not difficult to interpret, and the questions in these sets were not particularly difficult to answer. The number of sets based on LR was higher than in the previous two years. Only two of the eight sets might be classified as truly challenging. The set based on tournaments was very difficult, while the one based on crime rates proved to be equally difficult. The set based on dancers and composers, as well as the one based on the radar chart, should have been attempted.

Three to four moderate sets, two to three moderate-tough sets, and two very difficult sets were available in Slot 2. The moderate ones, on the other hand, could only be cracked by those who were aware enough to see them and persevered in their pursuit. The sets on the shooting tournament and mid-term and end-term exams were especially challenging and should have been avoided, whereas the sets on coins and rainfall were simple to score.

Table 5: CAT 2019 Slot-1 DILR Analysis

Area

Question

Level

Data Interpretation &Logical Reasoning

100 boxes, with diff. types of items

Moderate to Difficult

Addition of 6-digit numbers

Moderate

Sixteen shelves and 12 items

Moderate to Difficult

Spider Web

Easy

Tournament

Very Difficult

Crime-rate

Difficult

Intersection and network

Moderate

Dancers and composers

Easy

Table 6: CAT 2019 Slot-2 DILR Analysis

Area

Question

Level

Data Interpretation &Logical Reasoning

Grid with bags of coins

Moderate

Doctors and rooms

Moderate to Difficult

Venn Diagrams

Moderate to Difficult

Rainfall

Moderate

Languages and teams

Difficult

Shooting tournament

Very Difficult

Radar chart

Moderate

Mid-term and End-term exams

Difficult

2020:

There were five sets of DILR questions in the CAT 2020 exam paper. Two sets of questions each featured six questions, while the remaining sets each had four questions. Some test-takers said that the overall, the DILR section’s difficulty level was comparable to that of CAT 2019. To achieve the 99 percentile, a student must achieve a score of 32-34.

Table 7: CAT 2020 Slot-1 DILR Analysis

Area

Question

Level

DI

Cabs & Drivers

Moderate-Difficult

DI

Medicines

Moderate-Difficult

LR

Musicians

Moderate

LRDI

Companies & Contracts

Difficult

LRDI

Average Marks

Difficult

Table 8: CAT 2020 Slot-2 DILR Analysis

Area

Question

Level

LR

Parking Slots

Moderate-Difficult

DI

Sales at a Store

Difficult

DI

Beads

Difficult

LRDI

Elections

Moderate-Difficult

LRDI

Presentations

Difficult

Table 9: CAT 2020 Slot-3 DILR Analysis

Area

Question

Level

LR

Testing Vials

Moderate-Difficult

DI

Grocery Delivery

Moderate-Difficult

DI

School Survey

Moderate

DI

Bidding

Very Difficult

LRDI

Land Plots

Difficult

From the above analysis, the difficulty levels of questions can be observed in each sub-section of the LRDI portion of the paper. Candidates must pay special attention towards honing the difficult sets as it is the make-it or break-it aspect of the paper.

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