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UGC NET Paper 1 Data Interpretation Ques. Solving Tricks

UGC NET Paper 1 Data Interpretation

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Data Interpretation is one of the most important and easy topics for the UGC NET Paper 1 Exam. It holds around 10 marks in the exam with the occurrence of 5 questions from this single section.

The Data Interpretation questions that come in UGC NET are not as tough as in the Government Competitive Exams, but their difficulty level remains high.

As seen in the previous years' exams, the Data-Interpretation Section in UGC NET Paper 1 contains mostly questions from Table and PI Chart topics. Any student who studies this section for 15-20 days can master its formulas and concepts thoroughly to score enough marks in the NTA NET Exam.

Here in this blog, Eduncle has shared some of the Best Techniques & Formulas to solve UGC NET Data Interpretation Questions with ease.


Tricks to Solve Data Interpretation Questions

Important Topics Under DI Section

Time Management Plan for DI Preparation

Techniques to Attempt DI Questions

UGC NET DI Important Formulas

Solve DI Questions and Analyse your Performance



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Tricks to Solve Data Interpretation Section in UGC NET


UGC NET Data Interpretation questions would never be as easier as you think. From moderate to from high difficulty level, the questions picked from Data Interpretation section would always be tricky to solve.

To study smart and win over others, you need to filter out which topics are more important, and which are less



Important Topics under UGC NET General Aptitude Data Interpretation Section


As per the UGC NET Syllabus for paper 1, there are around 10-12 major topics for exam perspective. Here in this blog, we’re presenting the learning tricks and tips of the DI section, therefore the important topics for the same section are given below -


Sources, acquisition, and interpretation of data

 Quantitative and qualitative data

 Graphical representation and mapping of data

 Bar Chart

 Gantt Chart

 Line Chart

 Pie Chart




 Flow Chart and Organization Chart


Out of the above topics, the students can start study/practice DI questions in the following order –

 Table based DI

 Pie Chart

 Line Graph

  Bar Chart



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UGC NET Paper 1 Data Interpretation - Daily Time Management Plan for 15 Days of Learning


Spend 2 hours daily till 15 days and you’re done with the UGC NET Paper 1 Data Interpretation Topic. Try to save morning and evening hours for better practicing.


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Solve Data Interpretation Questions in Minutes with These Experts Recommended Techniques


1. The majority of questions asked in the Data interpretation, Section is based on the following topics of the Arithmetic Section.

(i) Ratios

(ii) Averages

(iii) Percentage


If the basics of these topics are clear, attempting DI in the UGC NET Question Paper becomes comparatively easy.


2. Data Interpretation questions are based on the information given in tables and graphs.

These questions test your ability to interpret the information presented and to select the appropriate data for answering a question.


3. Analyze and read the given question as well as its information carefully. This will help you in framing the right answer within minutes.


4. Avoid lengthy calculations! Generally, data interpretation questions do not require extensive calculations and computations.

Most questions simply require reading the data correctly and putting things together to use them directly with common sense.


5. Break down lengthy questions into smaller parts and eliminate impossible choices.



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6. Use only the information given and your knowledge of everyday facts, such as the number of hours in a day, to answer the questions based on tables and graphs.


7. Stick to the question and its requirements. Don’t go with the assumptions, otherwise, you may lead to the wrong answer and lose your marks.


8. Be careful while dealing with units.


9. To make reading easier and to avoid errors, observe graphs while keeping them straight.


10. Be prepared to apply basic mathematical rules, principles and formulae.


11. Since one of the major benefits of graphs and tables is that they present data in a form that enables you to readily make comparisons. Use this visual attribute of graphs and tables to help you answer the questions. Where possible, use your eyes instead of your computational skills.


12. Practice, Practice, Practice: The last but the most important piece of advice. Practicing questions will help you in two ways:


Your speed will increase considerably. You would be able to attempt all kinds of DI questions many numbers of times. You will end up attempting more questions correctly, thus increasing your score.


Your confidence will increase considerably. You know you have practiced a lot! This will help you face tough questions with determination.



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UGC NET Data Interpretation Paper 1 | Formulas to Solve Questions


(i) To calculate p % of y


UGC NET Data Interpretation Formula 1

p % of y = y % of p


(ii) To find what percentage of x is y =

UGC NET Data Interpretation Formula 2


(iii) To calculate percentage change in value =


UGC NET Data Interpretation Formula 3


(iv) Percentage point change = Difference of two percentage figures


(v) Increase N by S % = N(1+ S/100)


(vi) Decrease N by S % = N (1 – S/100)


(vii) If the value of an item goes up/down by x%, the percentage reduction/increment to be now made to bring it back to the original point is 100x/ (100 + x) %.


(viii) If A is x% more /less than B, then B is 100x/(100 + x) % less/more than A.


(ix) If the price of an item goes up/down by x %, then the quantity consumed should be reduced by [100x / (100+x)]%, so that the total expenditure remains the same.


(x) Successive Percentage Change


If there are successive percentage increases of a % and b%, the effective percentage increase is:

 UGC NET Data Interpretation Formula 4


(xi) If the price of a commodity increase by P%, then the reduction in consumption so as not to Increase the expenditure is:


UGC NET Data Interpretation Formula 5


(xii) If the price of a commodity decreases by P%. then the increase in consumption so as not to decrease the expenditure is


UGC NET Data Interpretation Formula 6



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UGC NET Paper 1 Data Interpretation Questions | Solve & Analyze Where You Stand


Eduncle experts have summed up some major questions and have provided their detailed explanations along. For better practicing, we’d advise you to first solve the questions and then check out their answers.


Let’s start here!


Direction (Q. 1-5): Study the following table to answer the questions that are given below.


UGC NET Data Interpretation Question



1. The ratio between the total expenditure on taxes for all the years and the total expenditure on Fuel and Transport for all the years respectively is approximate:

(A)      4:7                                                     (B)      10:13

(C)      15:18                                                 (D)      5:8


2. The total expenditure of the company on these items during the year 2015 is

(A)      544.44 Lakhs                                               (B)      501.11 Lakhs

(C)      446.46 Lakhs                                               (D)      478.87 Lakhs


3. What is the average amount of interest per year which the company had to pay during this period?

(A)      32.43 Lakhs                                     (B)       33.72 Lakhs

(C)      34.18 Lakhs                                     (D)      36.66 Lakhs


4. Total expenditure on all these items in 2013 was approximately what percent of the total expenditure in 2017?

(A)      62%                                                    (B)       66%

(C)       69%                                                    (D)      71%


5. The total amount of bonus paid by the company during the given period is approximately what percent of the total amount of salary paid during this period?

(A)     0.1%                                                  (B)      0.5%

(C)     1%                                                     (D)     1.25%




1. (B) 

UGC NET Data Interpretation Question Solution 1


2. (A)

Total expenditure of the company during 2015

= Rs. (324 + 101 + 3.84 + 41.6 + 74) lakhs

= Rs. 544.44 lakhs


3. (D)

Average amount of interest paid by the company during the given period

UGC NET Data Interpretation Question Solution 3

UGC NET Data Interpretation Question Solution 3


4. (C)

Required percentage

UGC NET Data Interpretation Question Solution 3.1

UGC NET Data Interpretation Question Solution 3.2


5. (C)

Required percentage

UGC NET Data Interpretation Question Solution 4.1

UGC NET Data Interpretation Question Solution 4.2



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