CAT Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation Syllabus 2021

CAT Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation Syllabus 2021

CAT Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation Syllabus 2021 - IIM does not provide any official CAT logical reasoning & data interpretation syllabus. As per the exam pattern of CAT 2021, DILR is the second section in the CAT exam. The questions asked in the CAT DILR section require critical and decision-making skills. If we talk separately, logical reasoning (LR) questions can be answered by analyzing the information that is provided.

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CAT Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation Syllabus 2021

Whereas, Data Interpretation (DI) will consist of such questions that have to be attempted step by step. Students aspiring to appear for CAT 2021 must be thorough with the CAT Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation syllabus 2021 by knowing the important topics and solving the previous year's question papers.

Read the full article to know all the details pertaining to CAT Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation Syllabus 2021 such as topics related to this section, exam pattern as well as marking scheme.

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CAT Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation Syllabus 2021: Highlights (As per last year’s trend)



Nature of questions

MCQs and TITA (non-MCQs)

Number of questions

26 questions*

Difficulty level

Moderate to high

* This year number of questions in the DI&LR section is expected to be reduced to 22-23.

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CAT Syllabus for Logical Reasoning 2021

CAT 2021 Logical Reasoning syllabus consists of the topics that are mentioned in the table below from which questions might be asked in the entrance exam.

CAT Logical Reasoning 2021 - Topics


Binary Logic


Seating Arrangements



Blood Relations

Logical Sequence

Linear and matrix arrangement


Direction sense and decision making

Team formation





Set theory, network diagrams, Venn diagrams



Quantitative reasoning

Critical reasoning

Logical reasoning based on ranking

Logical Reasoning Questions for CAT (LR) - Key Points 2021

  • There will be 16 questions in Logical Reasoning

  • Logical Reasoning contains both MCS and non-MCQ type questions

  • Sectional weightage for this section will be 16 percent

  • The number of MCQs and non-MCQs may vary

  • There will be negative marking for MCQs

  • Non-negative marking for non-MCQs

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CAT Syllabus for Data Interpretation 2021

CAT 2021 Data Interpretation questions consist of the following topics that are asked in the IIM entrance exam.

CAT Data Interpretation 2021 - Topics

Bar diagrams and charts including simple, stacked, composite bar charts

Data tables and charts

Graphs - line X-Y graphs

Pie charts

Caselet based data

Data analysis and data comparison

CAT Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Syllabus Weightage

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CAT Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Syllabus 2021: Preparation Tips

Prior to starting the CAT DILR preparation one needs to make a strategy for this section. Here are a few tips to follow while covering the CAT Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning syllabus.

  • Read Magazines and Business Newspaper

  • Utilize Calculator

  • Take mock test

  • Time management

Read Magazines and Business Newspaper

While preparing for the CAT DILR section, one should include reading business newspapers and magazines in their preparation schedule. It plays a major role in preparing candidates to deal with interpreting data and business aptitude. It will also help candidates to learn the analysis of charts and bar graphs. Reading magazines and business newspapers also sharpen the thinking ability and reasoning section through different case studies.

Utilize Calculator

On the day of the examination, candidates will be required to access an on-screen calculator for basic computations. Questions that will be asked from the Data Interpretation section in CAT are known for being calculation intensive. One should be well versed with the calculation tricks so that they can save time and solve the questions with more accuracy.

Take Mock Test for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Questions for CAT

During CAT preparation one should take a Mock test, through this candidates can identify their strong and weak areas. Many 99 percentiles have shared the experience on the importance of taking CAT mock tests. They have stated that they gave as many as possible mock tests every week to analyze their mistakes and weak points.

Time Management

Candidates must manage their time while attempting questions from the DILR section, they should solve such questions first in which they are more confident and can solve in less time. By solving easy questions first candidates can manage their time and utilize the rest of the time in such questions which are generally time-consuming.

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CAT Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation Syllabus 2021: Recommended Books

Candidates can refer to the following books while preparing for the CAT Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section. Basically, experts suggested these books for the DILR section for good percentile in CAT 2021.

Books and Authors



Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT

Nishit Sinha

A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning

R.S. Aggarwal

How to prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT

Arun Sharma

CAT Exam Pattern 2021

As per the revised CAT 2021 exam pattern, candidates will get to know the section-wise total number of questions, total time duration, total marks, and marking scheme. The section-time limit for each section has been reduced to 40 minutes from 60 minutes. Check the below table to know the exam pattern of CAT 2021.

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Exam Pattern of CAT 2021

Section as per IIM CAT 2021 exam pattern

Total Questions



Maximum Marks

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)





Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)





Quantitative Aptitude (QA)










NOTE: According to IIM CAT 2021 convener media report, only 3 to 4 questions per section are expected to be reduced. This means that this year, only 64 to 66 questions are likely to be asked in the CAT 2021 exam.

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