Saturday, 19 December 2015

Reasoning Study Guide & Tips for IBPS PO/Clerk Exam

Reasoning Study Guide & Tips for IBPS PO/Clerk Exam

Dear expert,
You are reading and studying online free meritmock IBPS Bank coaching classes online. Continuing from yesterday's post(s) on Tips to Crack English Section of IBPS PO Prelims 2016 and Prepare English for IBPS Bank PO and Clerk Exam , we now go on to reasoning Study notes for Bank Exam. IBPS PO 2017 Pre is all about how you manage the time between the subjects you are well versed with and the subjects you struggle with.

Topics expected to be covered in the Reasoning Syllabus are as follows:

  • Machine Input Output

  • Coding-Decoding

  • Puzzles

  • Direction and Distance

  • Order and ranking

  • Syllogism

  • Blood relations

  • Data Sufficiency

  • Seating arrangement

  • Arrangement and pattern

  • Classification/Analogy

  • Coded Inequalities

We have seen the concept of various IBPS previous preliminary examination first time in the month of June and onwords when SBI conducted the examination for the post of PO. Let us have a look at what it was like this-
As IBPS is conducting the Preliminary exam for the post of PO for the first time, then we can expect the similar pattern for all the subjects. The difficulty will be determined once the exam kicks off but yes, start preparing for the worst.
Now let us have a look at the Time Manmagement because it is going to play a very crucial role in the exam.
Reasoning is a subject in which most people have a strong hand in and consider it to be their ace or ticket to clearing the subjective and over all cut off as they call it. It might seem unfair to you that we are giving more preference to reasoning but the fact is that most of the people who have cleared the SBI preliminary exam has scored maximum in reasoning subject section. You can mould the time management according to your strength and weaknesses because in the end, you are going to decide everything. It's just a guidance, not the final picture.
Yet we find students making errors and coming out dissatisfied and unsure about the section after the exam. This usually happens when people get attached to questions and end up wasting their time. Do not forget that the purpose of these exams is not to test your knowledge but to test your ability to manage your time and speed. So attempt as many questions you can and that too accurately. Below are some points that you should take care of.

Tips for Cracking Reasoning Section in India's IBPS PO and Clerk Exam.

SBI PO and Assistant Exam. LIC AAO Examination and RRB, RBI Exam.

  • Do not attempt puzzles or seating arrangements first, do them after you have attempted all the other questions of the section and if you are still left with time in the 20 mins time limit. The reason why we say this is that off late the level of these questions based on puzzles has gradually increased and require more time to solve them. So spending 10 mins for 5 marks doesn't make sense in the exam where you have only 60 minutes to prove your worth.
  • While solving the questions, skip all the time consuming questions and attempt only those which easily click. Any question that takes more than a minute to solve is meant to be left.
  • Use the allotted 20 minutes judicially such that the difference between the number of attempts and the number of questions done accurately is very low.
  • Last but not the least practice online mock exams daily if possible, as this will give you experience and a chance to apply all these tips enabling you with an error free experience in the real battle.
Point to be noted : The aim is to attempt a minimum of 15-20 marks at least in this section and approximately 50-55 marks overall to be on a safer side.

To View The Article on How To Tackle/handle English for IBPS PO Pre: Click Here

On the basis of IBPS Questions asked in last year exams, we can conclude that
High Priority Areas for Reasoning are-
It does not mean that, input -output has least priority but give your quality time accordingly. In competitions only your score matters. 
Because in both years, nearly MCQs 40 out of 50 reasoning questions came from these areas only. Then the only question is how to approach these areas efficiently within given time.
Essential Reasoning Books list for Bank PO and Clerk Exam:
  1. RS Aggarwal’s Modern Approach to verbal and non-verbal reasoning (S.Chand Publication)
Trusted work horse for all bank, LIC, CAPF, PSU, RBI level exams.
  1. MK Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning (BSC publication)
Not a very essential book. But his chapters and explanations are very good for high level reasoning. I Recommend It to purchase if haven’t purchased already.
  1. BankPO papersets (Arihant / Kiran )
If you are left with free time after going through above books! Although you should go through sitting arrangement, high level reasoning and non-verbal portion of such papers.
Priority 1 : Seating Arrangement
Topic  & Chapter Number
RS Aggarwal
MK Pandey
Sitting arrangement
Blood relations
Data sufficiency questions related to Sitting arrangement/blood relations

Here, they’ll give you a big paragraph describing
1.    How people are sitting in a round table / rectangular table or living in a building. + Additional information like car-brands owned by them, their professions, age, educational qualification etc.
2.    family members and their relations
3.    Ranking of students’ weight, height, marks etc.
Then you’ll have to solve 5-7 questions based on the description.
Practice is essential because:
1. if you make the wrong diagram of sitting arrangement/family relation then all 5 answers will come out wrong= #epicfail through negative marking
2. You must solve all 5-7 questions of the given set in one round only. Sometimes people do 3 questions and leave 2 questions pending, hoping that they’ll solve it at the end of exam. But when they come back to same case when barely 10-15 minutes remaining before the exam finish. And still they have to wade through entire description one more time just to solve those two questions=> double majoori, time waste, and more chances of making mistakes. Avoid that situation. Try to clear all MCQs of the given set at once.  Same advice for Reading comprehension and Data interpretation.
The same “arrangement” question can be asked in data sufficiency format as well.
Priority 2: High level Reasoning
RS Aggarwal
MK Pandey
Assumption, Inference, cause-effect
section II Logic chapter 2 to 6
1 to 6, 9 and 10
Syllogism: to learn the UPUN method,
section II Logic chapter 1
Study the theory, solve all questions given in those books. More than sufficient.
Priority 3: Non Verbal Reasonin
  • Within RS Aggarwal’s book, do chapter 1, 2 and 3 from Non-verbal reasoning section.
  • In previous IBPS PO/MT exams, they did not ask questions on reflections-mirrors, dice-cube, paper-folding/paper cutting. Hence you may avoid those chapters. (Although those chapters are important for SSC CGL Tier I).
  • Do not live in overconfidence that “non-verbal is easy and doesn’t require any preparation.” Do maximum practice at home, else you’ll end up spending more than 30 minutes in just those 5-10 non-verbal questions only=less time for other sections=poor scoring.
Priority 4: Input Output
A Bank PO exam is incomplete without questions on input output (sequential tracing). Last two years, constantly 4-5 questions appeared. Must be prepared.
Topic and chapter
RS Aggarwal
MK Pandey
13 to 16
Priority 5 : Filler Topics
In LIC, SSC, ACIO type exams, under the reasoning section, you definitely find direct questions on
1.    Analogy, Sequence, Series
2.    Dictionary
3.    Coding-Decoding
4.    Dictionary Based Arrangement
5.    Maths/Symbol Based Inequalities
6.    Direction Sense Test.
But in IBPS, they try to increase the complexity by asking same topics from data-sufficiency point of view.
To accurately answer such data-sufficiency questions, you should first practice basic questions (i.e. non-data sufficiency, direct questions) from the relevant chapters. And then try data-sufficiency and eligibility test from preparation source.
Topic and chapter number
RS Aggarwal
MK Pandey
Data sufficiency
Eligibility Test

In Eligibility test question set, you’re given a big paragraph with conditions e.g. select candidate if more than 60% marks and 3 years’ experience etc. Then you’re given 3-5 questions that contain profiles of candidate, and you’ve to decide whether to select them, reject them, refer case to higher official etc.
More Old Previous paper did not have these type of questions but just to be safe, you should practice a few sets from this topic as well.
From above discussion you will find out that only two books are enough, if you did enough practice from these books, then you may go for paper-sets otherwise they are more than enough from reasoning point of view. Paper-sets will give you exam like environment.
That concludes the strategy for Reasoning. We recommended that reasoning quiz available on are very useful for your better preparation and play an important role for your aim.
All the best

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