It tests your decision-making ability and speed using limited input.


  • This is the calculation intensive portion of the section.
  • The key to cracking this area is to quickly identify the key pieces of data that you will require to work on the questions asked.
  • In this section data is presented before you in the various forms such as tables, Pie charts, graphs.etc.
  • A candidate has to interpret the data and answer the question followed by data.
  • This section mainly tests candidates the ability to interpret and act according to given data

The DATA can be presented in any of forms below

  • Mostly, not all questions in a set are of equal difficulty.
  • Specifically, most sets have a ‘counting’ type of question (How many companies have profits more than x%, how many people have incomes less than Rs. Y etc.).
    • Most of these questions can be solved without calculation but by close inspection of the data presented.
    • These questions require mere presence of mind and should not be missed out.
  • There are other similarly easy questions in most sets.
  • There is no rule that states that you need to attempt all questions in a set, so it is a perfectly valid strategy to attempt selected questions across your DI section, without perhaps completely attempting even a single set.
  • Basically DI tests candidate’s ability to quickly and correctly derive information required.
  • This is another uncertain element in CAT.
  • Minimum cut off in this regard is 30% - 35%.
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