**Published : **Monday, 18 September, 2017 11:30 AM

**Ace the Data Interpretation Section of CAT**

Data Interpretation section of CAT is of very efficient level. It requires lot of concentration and focus. Many aspirants are scared of this section as DI appears to be toughest puzzle of all to them and for many it’s a trump card to gain that extra percentile in the Common Admissions Test (CAT).

**Let's take the possible problems one by one :**

- Graphical interpretation

- Try to attempt where there are 5+ questions for a pair or a graph
- Take first 5 seconds to look at the graph
- Take next 25 seconds to read the questions. What do they want from you?
- Next 30 seconds look at the graph from question point of view - try to analyze what you need to do to answer. You'll need fractions and percentages to answer most - be it growth rate or interest!

- Data Sufficiency

- Try solving problems in your head
- No need to solve - for some problems just a careful look will solve it
- Follow a structure to solve the problems. (Structured Analysis: Discussed below)
- AND PRACTICE!

**Here are some skillful and adaptable tips to crack the CAT DATA INTERPRETATION :**

- Working at developing the ability to understand voluminous data
- Familiarizing with different kinds of charts
- Enhancing the mental math skills
- Bucking up with the speed would thus help in saving time
- Calculating the increase or decrease of percentage or comparing ratio is an essential skill of saving time
- Regularly solving DI sets that require reasoning skills and logic and increasing your familiarity with such sets would help you sail through
- Getting a clear idea of the DI sets well in advance by solving as many questions as possible
- Getting accustomed with DS questions, as they would help you score more
- Rejection of DI sets based on the volume of data is a complete NO-NO. More data does not necessarily mean a more difficult set and vice versa.
- Try not to solve all the questions at once. Try solving a bulk of some easy questions and some difficult ones at a time.
- Attempting questions that you can confidently answer in 2 to 2.5 minutes would prove to be a better idea
- Ration your time between the Quant and DI section would help you neither neglect nor spend excessive time on any of these areas
- And again….. Practicing regularly!!

**STEPS To attack Data Interpretation – Structured Analysis :**

**Plan the time allotment :**

**Read for interpretation :**

**Read all questions and look for sitters :**

**Patience and Persistence :**

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