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## Develop your own tricks, techniques to tackle CAT

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To crack the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) section, aspirants must first identify the specific skill sets that are tested in this section.

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Getting ready: CAT aspirants must develop a skills development approach to score high marks in certain sections of the test; a scene from an exam centre during the CAT test last year.

The Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) section is perhaps the most critical of the three sections of the CAT. This is because, of the three sections of CAT, this is perhaps the most neutral it gives an equal opportunity to excel for both the engineering/mathematical' mind as well as the language -oriented' mind. In this article we try to look at the overall as well as the last minute preparation strategy for this crucial section. In the absence of any concrete and clearly defined portion, my advice to aspirants is to adopt what one calls the skills development approach to DI and LR. i.e. identify the specific skill sets that are tested in this section. Then the aspirant must develop the necessary reactions and thought algorithms to execute these accurately and at a faster pace than your competitors. For instance, try to rank the following ratios in ascending order 38/44, 41/48, 47/56 and 52/64 Faced with this situation, how would you go ahead? Most standard approaches in attempting this, would fail as the ratios are too close to call by standard calculation processes. (Each ratio is between 0.8 and 0.9) Faced with this situation, being able to go ahead might be the difference between scoring the marks for the question or having to take a guess which might well lead you to negative marks. Knowing what to do in 5-7 such situations could well be sufficient to convert a 70 percentile to a top 99+ percentile. Hence, the attitude while practising questions for this section should be- Every situation and skill test that you have experienced in any question while practicing questions on DI and LR is representative of what DI/LR is. Hence your focus while preparing should be on trying to develop tricks, techniques and thought algorithms for each skill that you have experienced as a part of any DI/LR question that you have solved.