Data Interpretation NET Exam Paper Pattern Overview: How to Prepare?
Here are some tips and tricks for data interpretation:
- Read the questions carefully: Before you start interpreting the data, make sure you read the questions carefully. Understanding what you’re being asked to find or analyze can help you focus on the most relevant parts of the data.
- Look for trends: When interpreting data, look for trends or patterns in the data. This can help you identify important insights or make predictions based on the data.
- Use visual aids: If the data is presented in a chart, graph, or other visual aid, use that to your advantage. Visual aids can help you quickly identify trends and patterns, and can also make it easier to compare different data points.
- Use calculations: If the data involves numbers, use calculations to help you interpret it. For example, calculating percentages or ratios can help you understand how different data points relate to each other.
- Take notes: As you’re interpreting the data, take notes to help you remember important insights or observations. This can also help you organize your thoughts and identify areas where you need more information.
- Practice, practice, practice: Like any skill, data interpretation takes practice to master. Look for opportunities to interpret data in your everyday life, such as analyzing the results of a survey or comparing prices at the grocery store.
By using these tips and tricks, you can become more confident in your ability to interpret data and make informed decisions based on it.
Below is the list of the name of the exam along with the questions asked in the UGC NET EXAM.
- June 2020 (Mostly 5 MCQ Question based on Questions based on Basic math operations)
- Dec 2019 (Similar Pattern Based on Tabular and BAR Chart )
- June 2019 (Mostly 5 MCQ Questions based on Percentage and Average on Tabular Data )
- Dec 2018 (Mostly 5 MCQ Question based on Questions based on Basic math operations)
- July 2018(5 MCQ Based on production, exports, and per capita consumption of rice- Again Basic Math Operation)
- Nov 2017 (5 MCQ Based on Number of registered vehicles in India and India’s population- Basic Math Operation)
- January 2017 (6 MCQs Based on Two Data Tables)
- August 2016 (6 MCQs Based on Two Data Tables) (Re-test)
- July 2016 (6 MCQs Based on Two tables. Questions based on Basic math operation)
- December 2015 (6 MCQs Based on Tabular Data on Population Growth)
- June 2015 (6 MCQs Based on Tabular data. Questions are based on avg & %)
- December 2014 (6 MCQs based on CO2 emissions. Mostly on % growth and relative changes)
- June 2014 (6 MCQs on Irrigation Data Interpretation. Mostly again based on % )
- December 2013 (6 MCQs on Foreign Tourist Arrivals Data Interpretation. Most of the Questions are based on relative comparisons. )
- September 2013 (4 MCQs on Data production of energy Interpretation) (Re-test)
- June 2013 (6 MCQs on Major Horticulture Crops Tabular Data Interpretation)
- December 2012 (6th MCQs on Government Expenditures on Social Services Data Interpretation)
- June 2012 (2 MCQs based on total electricity generation PI Chart Data Interpretation)
- December 2011 (2 MCQs on based total CO2 emissions PI Chart Data Interpretation)
- June 2011 (3 Question Based on Numerical Values Data Interpretation)
- December 2010 (5 MCQs based on the production of electronic items Data Interpretation)
- June 2010 (3 MCQs Based on Bar Chart Data Interpretation)
The Significant change we see in the paper pattern over years is that previously there is 5-6 Question based out on 1 Dataset. However, now we see 3-3 Questions on two types of the data set. Also in the last few years questions were asked mostly based on tabular data. This is a little tricky as this will be time-consuming for candidates to analyze two datasets and solve 3 questions based on each data set.
By the way below is the Official Syllabus for Data Interpretation Topics for UGC NET EXAM (You can read other topics by clicking on the links to open notes on the new page.)
Unit-VII Data Interpretation
- Sources, acquisition, and classification of Data.
- Quantitative and Qualitative Data.
- Graphical representation (Bar-chart, Histograms, Pie-chart, Table-chart, and Line-chart) and mapping of Data.
- Data Interpretation.[YOU MUST-READ THIS POST]
- Data and Governance.
Data Interpretation Tricks for UGC NET exam: How to prepare well?
We will also discuss in detail how to solve the toughest DI …..and we will solve some practice sets after reading the article.
I have compiled from various sites….the good study material for you in one place.
Hope you will enjoy it….First, we will discuss various tips and tricks for solving DI/Data interpretation….So get ready for DI-solving tricks and tips.
What kind of Data set can we expect in the Exam?
Data can be written or represented in 4 Forms(Data can be presented either through words as in case-lets or through pictorial methods. Out of all the types of pictorial charts, tables, bar charts, pie charts, and line charts are the most frequently used types)
- Numerical:- Data in the numerical form
- Table Form:- Data in Tabular Form
- Mixed form:- Data in Mix Form
- Graphical forms Like Liness, Bar graphs, PI Chart, etc.
Tricks to Crack Data Interpretation
- The aim is to test not only quantitative skills but also relative, comparative, and analytical
- The crux of the matter is to find a relationship between the two tables or graphs before attempting the questions.
- Data Interpretation questions are based on the information given in tables and graphs. These questions test your ability to interpret the information presented and select the appropriate data for answering a question
- Get a general picture of the information before reading the question.
- Avoid lengthy calculations generally, data interpretation questions do not require to do extensive calculations and computations. Most questions simply require reading the data correctly and carefully.
- Break down lengthy questions into smaller parts and eliminate impossible choices.
- Answer the questions asked and not what you think the questions should be.
- Tables are often used in reports, magazines, and newspapers to present a set of numerical facts.
FEW IMPORTANT AREAS
Percentage and Ratio applications: These two chapters from Quantitative Aptitude have a certain role to be played in DI calculation. This has been seen because most of the questions in the UGC NET exam are based on Percentage and Average Calculations. A ratio is another important topic to care about.
- Master your Percentage, Ratio, Profit and Loss, Average, and Interest Calculations
- You should Master your two-digit addition which will enhance your calculation speed
- Some other necessary things are learning multiplication tricks for three/four digits, Squaress, and Cubes.
- Avoid Unnecessary Calculation
Approximation techniques: A very large number of these questions check your ability to compare or calculate fractions and percentages. If you sit down to actually calculate the answer, you would end up spending more time than required. Here are a few ideas that you can use for approximation.
- Learn the concept of Approximations and Estimations. These are very important to solve DI questions very fast.
- When trying to calculate (approximate) a fraction p/q, add value to the denominator and the corresponding value to the numerator before calculating (approximating).
- If the percentage growth rate is r for a period of t years, the overall growth rate is approximate: rt + t * (t-1) * r2 / 2. Follow RS Aggarwal Book
Calculation Techniques Specific to the data sets: There are calculation techniques, especially in the case of Pie charts, Line charts, and Bar charts that one should know to reduce the calculation time.
Pie Chart is a circular form of Data representation. In this, the circle is divided into sectors either percentwise or degree-wise. In the per cent-wise division, the total area of the chart is taken to be 100% and in the degrees division, the total area of the chart is taken to be 360o.
Don’t use calculators while Practicing:
Solve questions in the order in which they appear:
It is usually seen that the answer to the first question is useful in solving the next question. So it is advisable that you solve the questions in the order in which they appear.
Also if you make mistakes while calculating the first question, you will most probably make mistakes in the subsequent questions. So be double-sure of your answers.
Things you should adopt are as follows.
- First and foremost learn tables up to 30. This will make your life easier.
- Learn Percentage table. For example (66.66% = 2/3, 33.33%=1/3, 14.285%= 1/7 etc.).
- Discover your own methods, in which you are very comfortable when it comes to long addition, subtraction, and multiplication. You can use the Internet to choose them.
- Learn the fraction table. Up to at least 20( Example 1/16= 0.0625) and start playing with them :p
- Search for methods like approximation, ratio, etc to reduce the complexity of calculation.
- Do mental math exercises when you find yourself free. It’ll really help you.
- Apart from your daily math routine. Give some extra time to improve your calculation part because DI is all about calculation.
- Lastly, I’d suggest panacea for all diseases is practiced. Practice as much as possible.
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