CAT Exam 2022: Hacks to score 99+ percentile in the DILR section

CAT 2022 preparation: DI LR is the most mind numbing and unpredictable section in the CAT exam. However, candidates can ace this section with above 99%ile, following the hacks given here.

CAT Exam 2022: Hacks to score 99+ percentile in the DILR section CAT exam tips for DILR section
Sunil Kumar Sharma | Aug 8, 2022 - 3:52 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: CAT 2022 to be held on November 27 by IIM Bangalore. All aspirants preparing for Common Admission Test (CAT) share the same goal - scoring high to secure admission at one of the top IIMs. CAT is a national level MBA entrance exam conducted by one of the IIMs for admission to MBA/PGDM of IIMs and other b-schools in India. Though preparing for the CAT exam is an arduous task, candidates with dedication and perseverance and the right CAT 2022 preparation strategy can ace it with a good percentile.

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Though all sections of the IIM CAT entrance exam are difficult, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning is the most terrifying. As the difficulty level of this section increases every year, it is nearly impossible to envisage what types of sets will be in the actual CAT exam. This section can only be aced with right preparation and strategy. Here are some tips on how to ace the DILR section and achieve 99+ percentile.

CAT 2022: Hacks to ace DILR section of CAT exam

Know what to study

DILR section is quite uncertain to predict. Keep in mind CAT 2022 syllabus and previous trends and solve as many questions as possible. Candidates planning to appear for CAT 2022 are advised to solve problems from the following topics.

  • Tables & its variants

  • Bar Chart

  • Line Graphs

  • Pie Charts

  • Venn Diagram

  • Miscellaneous data types – Spider, Triangle, Scatter Diagram,

Different types of LR Sets:

  • Arrangements (Linear and Circular)

  • Tournament & Games

  • Sequencing & Ranking

  • Selection

  • Networks & Routes

  • Cubes & Venn Diagrams

  • Puzzles

Solve complex problems

Most students often get stuck in complex problems and waste most crucial time around them. Luckily, candidates can get over this through advanced level practice.

There are two ways of finding advanced level DI and LR problems:

  • First is previous year CAT papers

  • And second one is CAT mock tests/ practice sets

Learn the skills to classify sets

Many candidates are not able to figure out which sets are easy and which ones difficult. Candidates must be able to classify the sets quickly as easy, medium and tough and solve first easy and medium ones. Thus they save a chunk of time.

Practice variety of sets

The best solution to this is to practice a lot of CAT mock tests and CAT sample questions test series. There are free resources for CAT preparation, providing mocks, question banks, etc. Solve puzzles so that you can get used to logical thinking which is key to crack the CAT DILR section.

Improve your calculation

Speed matters most as there are sets in CAT which involve calculation. Though there will be a screen calculator in the CAT exam, being good at calculation will save a lot of time. Tables, squares, cubes, decimal values, fractions, the percentage should be on your tips. The faster calculation is key for scoring high in the CAT entrance exam DI section, and one can achieve it with daily practice and mock tests.

Candidates planning to appear for CAT 2022 must keep a check on the CAT exam dates to ensure that no deadline is missed. Check the important dates of the CAT entrance exam from the table below.

CAT 2022 important dates

CAT 2022 registration

August 3, 2022

CAT exam 2022 registration last date

September 14, 2022

CAT 2022 admit card

October 27, 2022

CAT 2022 exam

November 27, 2022

The process for CAT 2022 has started with official CAT notification on July 31. Candidates who are interested in taking this IIM CAT exam must complete the CAT registration by September 14, 2022. Candidates meeting the eligibility criteria for CAT 2022 should submit their application in online mode at the CAT 2022 website, iimcat.ac.in, before the closing date. Only those candidates who fill out the CAT exam application correctly and submit it on or before the deadline by paying the required CAT exam fee will be allowed to appear for the test.


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