If you are a CLAT aspirant, then the first piece of information that you must know right now is that: There has been a significant change in the probable question paper pattern of the upcoming CLAT exam. This change is expected mostly in the Mathematics section of the CLAT exam. 

The CLAT authority has stated that the paper shall no more consist of direct Mathematical problems. Instead, greater emphasis will be laid on the data interpretation questions. However, before we understand the tricks, hacks, and solutions to the data interpretation problems, let us first have a short idea of what data interpretation problems mean:

A set of data will be presented in statistical or pictorial representation. It can be in the form of various types of graphs, charts, and tables. Questions shall accompany these data representations and assess whether the candidate has correctly interpreted the data given in the question.

Candidates shall have to correctly interpret the data and answer the data interpretation and logical reasoning questions. To ace such questions, three things are crucially important.

  1. Proper knowledge of the tricks and hacks on how to solve data interpretation questions.
  2. Ample practice from various sources to be well acquainted with the various types of probable questions.
  3. A proper time management strategy.

How to Solve Data Interpretation Questions in CLAT?

Here are some essential tips that a CLAT aspirant can follow to solve the data interpretation problems easily and quickly: 

Tip 1: Remember that the question is the key to solving the data interpretation questions. Read a question thoroughly and decode the language of the question. Also, try to understand what exactly is the demand of the question. Once you have identified that, it will become easier to solve the problem.

Tip 2: Assess the data set given in the question. Not all the data provided in the question is required to solve the question. At times, crucial necessary data is coupled with unnecessary data to make the question tricky. Filter the data that is required based on the question and then proceed. Ignore the unnecessary parts of the data

Tip 3: Pay special attention to units and decimals. Often, the data presented is relatively straightforward, but there is hidden information in the units and representation of the data. So, when handling data for a question, make sure the entire data set is in the same unit. If not, then convert it before interpreting. Also, pay special attention to the decimals and percentages to avoid silly mistakes.

Sample Data Interpretation Question

An office room has the dimensions as mentioned in the chart given alongside. The room has one table, one chair, and a storage unit. There are three files kept on the table (side by side) and an electric lamp with a radius of 3.5 inches. Based on the information provided, answer the questions that follow: 

Room18 ft12 ft12 ft
Storage3.5 ft3 ft6 ft
Chair2 ft4 ft2.5 ft
Table3 ft4 ft4 ft
Books12 inches3 inches6 inches
  • What is the free area of the room (with no objects)
  • 176.5 sq. ft
  • 178 sq. ft
  • 367 sq. ft
  • 245.5 sq ft
  • What is the free area of the table (without any object)
  • 1656 sq. inch
  • 1617.52 sq. inch
  • 1473.52 sq. inch
  • 1512 sq. inch 
  • How many will such books be required if the complete room has to be filled with books of the same dimension as the book on the table?
  • 200736
  • 11736
  • 20736
  • 17522
  • How many chairs of the same dimension as the existing one will be needed to cover the entire room?
  • 40
  • 18
  • 21
  • 43
  • How many tables of the same dimension as the one exiting already will be needed to cover the floor surface completely?
  • 21
  • 11
  • Data Inadequate
  • 18

Wrapping It Up

Practice is the key if a candidate has to perform well in the data interpretation section of CLAT 2022. Rigorous practice of data interpretation questions with solutions can help a candidate understand such problems and easily face them during exams. Join a suitable CLAT preparation course for better practice and gain a lucid idea about all the sections of CLAT under expert supervision and guidance. Do not forget to practice mock tests to learn time management strategies better. Consistent practice and innovative study strategies can help you ace CLAT. Stay motivated and keep practicing.