Data Analysis and Interpretation is an important section of the IBPS PO exam. Every year you get at least 10-15 questions based on it in your Preliminary Exam and it carries 30% weightage in the Mains exam for IBPS PO. If you prepare well for this section you stand a chance to score 60 marks out of the maximum 200 marks in the mains exam. In this section you will get 45 minutes to solve 35 questions but remember, for every wrong answer -.25 marks will be deducted from your total score.
Most of the IBPS PO applicants are terrified by just hearing the name of this section. The reason being they do not approach this section in a structured manner and hence find it difficult to solve questions.
In today’s blog I will take you through 3 easy proven hacks which will help you to perform exceptionally well in your IBPS exam. However, let's first have a look at what Data Interpretation exactly is? Under it, you will be given a piece of information and questions related to that information. You are required to analyze the data and interpret the results for the questions provided. Hence, this section requires thorough practice to be accurate.
Have a look at the syllabus for Data Analysis and Interpretation and note it down. Once noted, go through several previous year question papers to have an idea of what type of questions had been asked in the exam over years. You will observe that you get questions on mixed graph interpretations, radar DI, approximation- simplification, inequalities, etc.
So, now you need to prepare yourself accordingly:
1. Pick one topic at a time:
Start with graphs like the Bar graph. See what type of questions you have been getting in the exam for Bar graph interpretation. Try to pick solved examples first and see how they have analyzed and interpreted the solution. See the concepts involved. Sometimes, interpreting data may require your knowledge on numerical ability like percentages, etc. If you are unaware of the concepts involved, watch videos and learn the basic formulas regarding the same.
Then try to solve some questions by yourself. See where you get stuck? What are your weaker sections? Work on them.
Then, move to the next topic, say Pie charts, then to Caselet DI, Arithmetic DI and so on…
This will help you to understand each and every topic in detail. The better the understanding, the easier it is to solve questions.
2. Master in your calculations:
Since you won’t have access to a calculator it is advisable that you learn some important calculations like tables, Square roots, Cube roots, Division, etc by heart. This will help you save time in the final exam. Try doing these calculations in mind rather than using pen and paper.
Data Analysis and Interpretation involves lots of calculations. So, try using approximation in calculations as this will help to avoid doing silly mistakes and get an approx answer to the question in less time.
Try to learn tricks and tips to solve questions which are commonly repeated in the IBPS exam.
In the final exam, make sure you attempt questions with 100% accuracy else you will end up losing marks due to negative marking. You can achieve this high level of accuracy by solving as many mock tests as possible and doing self evaluation.
In the Data Analysis and Interpretation section you will get different types of questions based on different concepts. Don’t panic, if you are not able to recall the concept involved or are feeling confused.
To avoid facing this situation, while practicing, try to get yourself acquainted with all the types and formats of questions that you can get in this section. This will add to your confidence.
Also, be careful to read data from the right spot. Candidates make huge mistakes while copying data from wrong graphs while solving questions. Pay close attention to the units of data like Kg, km/hr, m/s, etc.
3. Above all, keep practicing:
Practice is the key to crack any exam. Don’t get scared by the size and number of information provided in the questions. Always remember, more the information, easier will be the interpretation! I would also recommend you to read newspapers, magazines and journals on a regular basis because most of the time you get graphs and data based on information given in these.
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