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An Introduction to Reasoning Ability for IBPS RRB Exam 2020

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The Regional Rural Banks in India are the Commercial Banks operating in various rural areas of the country. Recruitment to these RRBs is done through the autonomous body, Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).

There are three major posts for which exams are conducted. These include:

  1. Officer Scale I
  2. Officer Scale II & III
  3. Office Assistant (Multipurpose)

Approximately over 50 Regional Rural Banks are currently functional in India and for the year 2020, more than 10000 vacancies have been released for the above mentioned posts.

Thus, the competition is very tough and candidates need to be well prepared with the latest and updated syllabus. For detailed information related to the IBPS RRB exam, visit the linked article.

Reasoning Ability is one such topic which is included in the syllabus for all the three posts for rural bank exams. Discussed below are the key topics included in the reasoning syllabus for bank exams along with the best preparation tips to excel in this section.

List of topics for Reasoning Ability

Reasoning can be divided into two categories:

  1. Logical Reasoning
  2. Analytical Reasoning

What is Reasoning Ability?

Reasoning ability questions are set in manner to test the logical approach of candidates towards a problem. Questions may be in the form of verbal or non-verbal reasoning. Under verbal, all the solutions can be achieved by carefully reading and analysing the condition given and for non-verbal questions, a solution may be required to get the desired result.

Given below is a list of topics important for the IBPS bank exams from the reasoning ability section:

  • Alphanumeric series
  • Reasoning Analogies
  • Blood Relations
  • Calendars
  • Clocks
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Cubes and cuboids
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Decision Making
  • Deductive Reasoning/Statement Analysis
  • Dices
  • Directions
  • Input-Output
  • Odd One Out
  • Puzzles
  • Pattern Series and Sequences / Order and Ranking
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Statement and Assumptions
  • Statement and Conclusions
  • Syllogism

Of all the topics given above, the maximum part of the prelims examination is covered with questions related to puzzles and seating arrangement, while the mains has data sufficiency, machine input and output and logical reasoning based questions.

Tips to Prepare Reasoning for Bank Exams

Reasoning can be one of the most scoring subjects in the IBPS RRB exam. But due to the complex question formation, they seem to be difficult. Given below are the best tips to prepare for the reasoning section:

  • Understand the Key Concept – Do not move directly to solving questions. First get familiar with the concept and then start solving questions. This will provide you with a better explanation of the solution
  • Solve as many Questions as Possible – Practise makes a man perfect. Thus, solve more and more questions to apprehend the types and patterns in which questions can be asked in the final exam
  • Learn and Implement Shortcut Tricks – Time management is a very important aspect of bank online examination. Thus, the focus of candidates should be on learning shortcut tricks to save some time in solving the questions. While practising also, candidates must apply these tricks to check for correct answers
  • Carefully Read the Question – Reasoning questions are framed in a manner that they can confuse aspirants. So, do not panic seeing the length of the questions, read it thoroughly and then answer
  • Do Not spend too much time on any question – If after reading the question, candidate is unsure of answering it, they must not spend too much time on it and move on to the next question
  • Refer to Previous Year Papers – There are certain topics from which questions are asked each year. Candidates must focus on such concepts. This may increase their probability of answering more questions efficiently
  • Solve Mock Tests – Practise papers are easily available on various online portals, candidates must solve as many mock tests as possible to strengthen their command over the subject and to experience an examination line environment

Aspirants who are looking forward to applying for the post of IBPS RRB Officer or clerk can get topic-wise reasoning questions for bank exams at the linked article.

Apart from Reasoning, subjects like English Language, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness are other common subjects for bank examinations. Candidates can refer to the official notification and get the latest exam pattern and syllabus for various competitive exams and start their preparation accordingly.

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