A table chart is among the most common
ways of presenting the data across a grid of rows and columns. The
first row and the first column are generally used to denote the
titles i.e. type of data. While the data can be of any type that is
presented in the table, interpreting it in this form is much more
difficult and time consuming than the other modes, all of which are
basically pictorial or graphical in presentation, such as bar charts,
pie charts, line charts, etc.
For the ease of the candidates, some
instructions have been mentioned below which be helpful to them
before solving questions based on tabular data.
The given data should be read very
carefully, as the smallest detail may alter the meaning of the
question completely. Similarly, the instructions are to be
understood carefully to avoid wasting time in calculating data that
is not required, and also to find out exactly what is the answer
that is sought.
The questions are structured in a
way so as to be tricky, and therefore proper understanding of the
requirements is a must.
The Data provided may be of the
combined variety or if there may be more than one data
table/charts/graphs. In this case, a thorough understanding of the
relation between the given tables is important.
For Example, one table may talk about
absolute sales figures, while the other table may talk of sales as a
percentage of production. Hence, any question on excess production
or Goods in stock, will require data from both tables.
An attention needs to be given to
the units used in the tables, and the units in which the answers
(options) are provided. A mistake in the units may yield an entirely
different answer. Also be careful of whether the answer is required
in decimal or percentage. Such errors are common and easily