Data Interpretation is a very crucial topic of the Quantitative Aptitude section in almost all the bank exams. So, here are some of the important approaches which the students can adopt, in order to solve the questions of data interpretation with ease.
How to solve Data Interpretation Questions in IBPS PO Exam?
Data Interpretation is nothing but understanding the given data carefully and interpreting it as per the needs of the examiner. This is the most important and scoring section as few questions (usually 4-5) are linked in a single set. The number of questions asked from this section has been increasing day by day along with the level of difficulty level; the questions are becoming more interpretative as well as calculative.
Hence, it is important that one understands the correct method to solve questions of data interpretation, in order to score better in the quantitative aptitude section of the bank exams, especially Upcoming IBPS PO Exam.
Let’s have a look on the few tips that would be beneficial for you for effective preparation of this section:
- This is the section which always seems difficult to aspirants but once deciphered, it can easily be on your fingertips since prior knowledge of only few concepts is must.
- Brush up your few sub topics like Ratio, Percentage and fractions. This will help a lot in solving various questions as a lot many questions asked in data interpretation are usually based on these concepts only.
- Don’t just start solving blindly with what is given on your screen. First read the question properly and understand what it requires.
- Don’t go on solving each and every question. Identify the easier questions of the set (less calculative or straightforward questions) and start with them
- Don’t go with the face value of the graph. Sometimes, something which seems difficult proves to be the easiest one. Try and identify such sets.
- Adhere to the time limit. Look for the number of sets in the paper or questions which are asked in general. Divide the time for each set and each question and solve as many questions as possible. Skip questions which are time consuming.
- Try solving the question visually by looking at the graph / chart / information.
- The question will not always lead you to the solutions. Sometimes going backward will ease your task and will save your time for the difficult ones.
- Calculating the exact value shouldn’t be your goal. Don’t solve till the end. Look for what is being asked and browse through the options. If the options are too far then calculation of 1 – 2 digits will lead to a correct solution.
- Try eliminating the options by interpreting the question by reading. If all the data are not available and it can’t be solved then don’t just go on solving and finding the answer. There are questions whose answers cannot be determined or is not present in the options.
- There are various forms of Data Interpretation sets. Try solving a few sets from each variety before the actual exam. This will make you well – versed with the type of questions that can be asked and will take you one step closer towards solving the maximum number of questions.
- Don’t leave the set completely just by looking at the graph. Sometimes graphs may seem difficult but in every set there are 2 – 3 questions that can be either solved orally or in fraction of seconds.
- Nothing will be fruitful if accuracy is not maintained. Solving 100 % questions with 50 % accuracy should not be your motto. It is better to solve 75% question with 70 % accuracy. The latter one will take you a step closer and the former one will take you a step behind from your goal.
- Sometimes options seem too close. In such a case, try and calculate the exact value.
- Do not assume what you know to be true. Solve with what is given in the form of graphs or charts. Don’t assume extra information from your end.
- Don’t develop a habit of using calculators. This will seem easy but it will take you nowhere.
Now let’s imply what has been discussed above with the help of an example:
Six friends collected a fund to help the needy people. The total fund collected by all the six friends is Rs. 84, 800.
- Find the difference between the amount collected by Raman and the amount collected by Saurav?
Given, total fund = 84800
Collection by Raman = 12%
Collection by Saurav = 23%
Total amount collected by Raman = 12% of 84800 = Rs. 10176
Total amount collected by Saurav = 23% of 84800 = Rs. 19504
Required difference = 19504 – 10176 = Rs. 9328
- The total collected amount has been distributed in three NGOs P, Q, and R in the ratio 18: 20: 15, respectively. Find the difference between the amount distributed in NGO ‘P’ and NGO ‘R’.
Let the amount distributed in three NGOs P, Q and R is Rs. 18x, Rs. 20x and Rs. 15x respectively
So, 18x + 20x + 15x = 84800
53x = 84800
Required difference = 3x = Rs. 4800
- If another boy Ganesh collected Rs. 11200 and his amount has been also included in the fund then the percentage of the total amount collected by Kamal has been decreased by what percent?
Total fund including the collection of Ganesh = Rs. 84800+11200=96000
Total collection of Kamal = 15% of 84800= Rs. 12720
Now, the percentage of the total amount collected by Kamal = (12720/96000) * 100 = 13.25%
Therefore, the percentage of the total amount collected by Kamal has been decreased by 1.75%
One should know the proper strategy and methods to approach the data interpretation questions of the quantitative aptitude section in order to score good marks in the upcoming bank exams and the above tips, if followed properly, will definitely help students achieve that.
So, start practicing now to crack the upcoming IBPS PO Exam 2018!
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