Pattern: 32 questions (8 sets with 4 questions each)
This section( Logical Reasoning and Data interpretation ) has definitely grown in complexity over the years. Yet it is becoming predictable in the sense that you can categorize the sets now. The only way to crack this section is to understand where your strengths are and picking up the 4-5 sets that you know you can solve. Never stick with one set for more than 15 minutes. If you have wasted 6-7 minutes on a set and are nowhere close to solving it, move to the other set. Practice in a way that you understand within the first 3 minutes of starting a set if it is solvable. If not, do not let your ego come in between. Management is about doing things that give you maximum ROI!
How to practice LRDI
The best source to practice RCs is past cat papers, mocks and sectionals. I personally would not recommend any book for LRDI after the change in the pattern since 2016. In the end, these are like sudoku puzzles that do not require any formulae but just common puzzle-solving abilities.
It is recommended to watch some tutorials on set theories since 1 of the sets in the cat exam usually turns out to be from set theory, and some quick formula can help you save time here.
Start with past CAT papers (2016 onwards). Practice past mocks and then jump to sectionals. The more you solve, the easier here it will be for you. Again practice 3-4 LRDI sets daily, and you will feel the magic!
Typical categories of LRDI sets
• Ranking Based.
• Arrangement Based.
• Sudoku type (Matrix formation).
• Graphs and charts.
• Truth and Lie Concept.
• Set Theory, Venn Diagram.
• Games and tournament.
• Input-Output/ Puzzles/ Quantitative Reasoning.
• Use the mocks to understand your strength. Only go for questions which you are good at.
• Use the first 4-5 minutes to go through all the sets and mark the first 3-4 that you would go for.
• Do not waste time in solving any question. If you have dedicated 6-7 minutes and are nowhere close to solving it, move to the next set (No extra points for solving a difficult set).
• Analyze the timing of solving each set in the mocks. See where you wasted time. Why you thought you can solve it and couldn’t do it in the end.