How to prepare for IBPS PO/Clerk 2017

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How to Prepare for IBPS PO/Clerk 2017


Hello, friends!

IBPS is going to conduct the examination for the posts of PO and Clerk in the upcoming months of November and December. This is a golden opportunity for the candidates who are willing to serve in Banking Sector.

In this post, our focus will be on reasoning section in the preliminary examination.

Pattern of Exam

Serial No.Subjects No. of QuestionsMarks
1Quantitative Aptitude3535
2Reasoning Ability3535


Total time given for attempting all the questions is 60 minutes.

Each question will be of 1 mark and for every wrong answer, there will a deduction of 0.25 marks from your score.

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The topics which you have to cover for the preparation for the reasoning ability are given below

  1.   Machine Input Output
  2.   Coding-Decoding
  3.   Puzzles
  4.   Direction and Distance
  5.   Order and ranking
  6.   Syllogism
  7.   Blood relations
  8.   Seating arrangement
  9.   Inequalities
  10.   Statement And Assumptions
  11.   Statement and course of action
  12.   Cause And Effect
  13.   Statement And Argument

Strategy for Solving Questions

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  1.   Out of 35 questions, there will be 5 questions each from Inequality, Syllogism, Coding-Decoding, Seating Arrangement and Puzzles. 6-8 questions will be from Logical Reasoning i.e. Statement- Course of Action, Assumptions, Conclusion and remaining 2-3 questions will be from Blood Relation and Direction Sense. Try to solve these 35 questions in 22 minutes so that you can have sufficient time for other subjects also.
  2.   Pick the questions of syllogism and inequality first. They are easy to solve and these 10 questions can be done in 5-7 minutes.
  3.   Solve coding-decoding afterwards, these questions can be solved in 5 minutes. Now you have solved 15 questions in average 10-12 minutes. So you have safely crossed the sectional cutoff of this section.
  4.   Now move to questions related to Blood Relation and Direction Sense. There will be 2-3 questions from these two topics.
  5.   Then move towards logical reasoning section i.e. Statement- Course of Action, Assumptions, Conclusion, where you will be getting 7-8 questions. Try to solve them in 4-5 minutes.
  6.   Now you have 3-4 minutes left which you have to utilise on seating arrangement. Try to solve 2-3 questions out of 5 of them.

  So in this section in 22 minutes you have solved around 27-28 questions which will pace up your composite cutoff.

Useful reference books

 For Verbal Reasoning part use book ‘Verbal Reasoning (Commonsense Reasoning) by K.Kundan of BSC Publications. Puzzles can be practised from ‘Magical Book on puzzles’ By K.Kundan of BSC Publications. For logical reasoning solve the level 1 & 2 questions of the book ‘How to prepare for Logical Reasoning’ by Arun Sharma.


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