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How to Prepare Reasoning Ability for SBI PO

Last Updated - February 20, 2017

SBI is all set to conduct the SBI PO Pre and Mains exam for Probationary Officers Recruitment. SBI PO Preliminary Exam 2017 will be conducting in a 4-day window, April 29, 30 and May 6, 7, 2017. SBI PO Application Process is undergoing. Reasoning section is considered the most scoring, challenging and exciting section in SBI PO Pre and Mains by many candidates. SBI PO 2017 aspirants should be focused enough for scoring good marks.

The only way to excel in SBI PO Reasoning section like a pro is developing an in-depth understanding of logics and regular practice. The more you practice, the better clarity of logics will be built in your muscle memory.

SBI PO Reasoning Topics

If you haven’t checked out the meticulous syllabi for SBI PO Reasoning section, this is the time to check out the details and best preparation tips for SBI PO Prelims. Reasoning section tests candidates’ analytical and logical skill. It does not generally tests the conceptual or theoretical knowledge.

These are the chapters for Reasoning Section from the SBI PO exam point of view: 

Verbal Reasoning TestAnalytical Reasoning Test
Number Series, Coding Decoding, Input Output, Blood Relations, Direction Sense Test, Sitting Arrangements, Arithmetical Reasoning, Number, Ranking and Time Sequence Test, Syllogism, Puzzle Test, Inequalities.Statement and Conclusions, Statement & Arguments, Statement & Assumptions, Cause and Effect, Courses of Action.

SBI PO Reasoning Preparation Tips

Aspiring candidates should pay enough attention to each of the topics. For the Reasoning section, there are some questions, which doesn’t take much time to solve. You yourself will find out the best way out of several others to solve coding decoding, puzzles, input output etc. in Reasoning Section only through practice. To score better in Reasoning Ability Section, follow these points while preparing for SBI PO 2017.

Strategy for Main Chapters to Prepare Reasoning for SBI PO

It is not a time consuming section, if the practice is done nicely. Logical Reasoning is one of those sections where you stand to score more with continuous practice of quality questions more than the reading rules and regulations. Pick up the question for solving only before understanding it.

Analyze the SBI PO Exam Pattern and find out your strong topics, weak topics and the moderate ones. Polish your strong areas and put your all efforts in practicing your weak sections. You can also check your practice status by giving the sectional tests.

Start your SBI PO Mains Exam from the easy and scoring questions. The most important questions from this section are on the topics such as follows:

Input Output: These are generally easy but time consuming. You can easily make this topic your quickest and easiest one by practicing regularly.

Puzzles: There may be 1 puzzle of 5 questions based on: Double Lineup OR Scheduling. Questions asked are always mixed up of several other topics such as seating arrangement, direction, blood relation, etc.

Most people get frightened by the length of the question and then they don’t attempt it. Actually, they are relatively easy, so don’t be afraid of making an effort for them. Once you get the puzzle, it is easy to fetch 5-6 questions in one go. Try at least 10-15 different sets of each type of Puzzle. Make sure, you attempt the Puzzle section at the end and before solving the puzzle, read the based questions first and then solve the puzzles.

Data Sufficiency: Around 3 to 5 questions are asked on Data Sufficiency topic. Try these problems from a wide range of chapters including Directions & Distances, Ordering & Ranking, Blood Relations, Coding & Decoding in bogus language etc. These are generally easy and scoring but Blood Relation problems may be tricky. Once you get the trick, you have fetched the marks in your pocket! So, practice each kind of question nicely.

Analogy: Practice 20 questions each of- number based, letter based, GK based and meaning based analogies. GK based and Meaning based analogies are extremely quick to solve but can be very unpredictable. And this is where you can try your luck!

Relationship Concepts: They are designed to check your cognitive skills. They might appear long and complicated however they are terribly simple to solve. To decide whether you should solve the problem is to find out which type of problem is it:

  • Single person Blood relation
  • Mixed blood relation
  • Coded blood relation

Ordering & Ranking: Usually these questions are easy and direct. There may come a comprehension of 2-3 questions. Practice 10 comprehensions of these type including those that test you on counting from the back as well as overlapping counts from the front and back.

SBI PO Reasoning Section Study Material

It is challenging to find out the one best book for preparation. Here we have enlisted some books, aspirants can go through the following table for the best recommended books for SBI PO Reasoning Section:

Preparation Books for SBI PO ReasoningName of AuthorISBN Number
A Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning (FULLY SOLVED)R.S. Aggarwal8121905524
A New Approach to REASONING Verbal & Non-VerbalB.S. Sijwalii9351765105
A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal8121905516
Analytical ReasoningM. K. Pandey8190458914



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