The list of concepts that are covered in the CAT Games and Tournaments section is as follows: –
• Having prior knowledge and familiarity with terms will help candidates in quickly understanding what is being asked and how to approach the questions
• The data may be given in the form of a table or a pattern format such as triangles,
• Questions usually ask winners, ties, scores of players at the end, probable team combinations, the total number of matches, matches required to win, etc.
• Several other concepts and formula for geometric progressions, arithmetic progression and permutations and combinations are usually included along with CAT games and tournaments questions
Some of the important questions on CAT Games and Tournaments that appeared in the previous year CAT paper are: –
1.Six players – Tanzi, Umeza, Wangdu, Xyla, Yonita and Zeneca competed in an archery tournament. The tournament had three compulsory rounds, Rounds 1 to 3. In each round every player shot an arrow at a target. Hitting the centre of the target (called bull’s eye) fetched the highest score of 5. The only other possible scores that a player could achieve were 4, 3, 2 and 1. Every bull’s eye score in the first three rounds gave a player one additional chance to shoot in the bonus rounds, Rounds 4 to 6. The possible scores in Rounds 4 to 6 were identical to the first three.
A player’s total score in the tournament was the sum of his/her scores in all rounds played by him/her. The table below presents partial information on points scored by the players after completion of the tournament. In the table, NP means that the player did not participate in that round, while a hyphen means that the player participated in that round and the score information is missing. [CAT 2019]
The following facts are also known.
1. Tanzi, Umeza and Yonita had the same total score.
2. Total scores for all players, except one, were in multiples of three.
3. The highest total score was one more than double of the lowest total score.
4. The number of players hitting bull’s eye in Round 2 was double of that in Round 3.
5. Tanzi and Zeneca had the same score in Round 1 but different scores in Round 3.
1. What was the highest total score?
2. What was Zeneca’s total score?
3. Which of the following statements is true?
A. Zeneca’s score was 23.
B. Xyla was the highest scorer.
C. Xyla’s score was 23.
D. Zeneca was the highest scorer
4. What was Tanzi’s score in Round 3?
As from the table given we can see that Xyla had played all the six rounds in means he had scored 5 points in each of first 3 rounds.
Similarly Tanzi and Yonita each had hit one bull’s eye score in first three rounds, Umeza and Zeneca had two bull’s eye score in first 3 rounds while Wangdu didn’t had any bull’s eye score.
So this information can be tabulated as below: (Name of players have been represented by first letter of their name )
3. In an 8 X 8 chessboard a queen placed anywhere can attack another piece if the piece is present in the same row, or in the same column or in any diagonal position in any possible 4 directions, provided there is no other piece in between in the path from the queen to that piece.
The columns are labelled a to h (left to right) and the rows are numbered 1 to 8 (bottom to top). The position of a piece is given by the combination of column and row labels. For example, position c5 means that the piece is in cth column and 5th row. [CAT 2017]
If the queen is at c5, and the other pieces at positions c2, gl, g3, g5 and a3, how many are under attack by the queen? There are no other pieces on the board.
A) 2 B) 3 C) 4 D) 5
P1 is in the same column as Queen
P2 is in the same diagonal as Queen
P3 is not in the same diagonal, column or row of the queen
P4 is in the same row as queen
P5 is diagonal to queen
So, acc to the question, queen can attack P1, P2, P4 and P5
is not spent on recognizing the terms and jargon being used. Although a definition of most terms and the process being followed is included in the questions through practice a student needs to know terms like knockout and seeding for tennis and similarly for other sports. Go through MBAP CAT E Book (Concept Theory) study material and MBAP CAT E Book (Practice Questions). The questions are not always sport-related and may include other games with novel rules as well. Then the student needs to patiently understand the rules and apply them. It may take a little time but jump directly to questions isn’t advised. Take help of live lectures and lecture notes.
At this level, the student should focus on solving the questions correctly and without looking at the solutions. Practice MBAP Topic wise Previous Year CAT Question. In the last few years for CAT, it was a little difficult to distinguish between the data interpretation and logical reasoning sections, as most of the concepts were intermingled. So, it is important to practice questions of different types from both sections. Also, the student should practice questions of varying difficulties without looking at the solutions beforehand. The questions where difficulty was faced should be revised after a week again and if the difficulty is faced again, then the concept should be revised.
At level 3, as the difficulty of the DILR for cat in several exams has been increasing especially in CAT so it’s important to practice from MBAP CAT Advance E books. A mixture of different levels of difficulty should be attempted through section-wise tests. Attempting too many easy or too many difficult questions is not advised. Taking up a mock test series from a coaching institute will be beneficial. An important part of attempting mocks and particularly in the DILR for cat is understanding which questions to attempt and which to leave, this should be instilled at the current stage.