IBPS Clerk Prelims 2017 – Reasoning Questions you must practice


IBPS Clerk Prelims 2017 is scheduled on 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10 December. You might be already in your last phase of exam preparation. Reasoning is one of the important and time-consuming sections in the exam. The IBPS Clerk Prelims Reasoning section will have 35 questions carrying 35 marks. To help you with some last-minute improvement, here are few must do reasoning questions. These questions and solutions are brought to you by Oliveboard, an online exam preparation platform for banking and government jobs.

1. Classification/Odd Pair

Sample Question:
a) Treachery
b) Fraud
c) Deceit
d) Morbid

Option: D

Explanations: Here, we can see that all except Morbid are synonymous to each other as they all mean ‘falsehood’ while ‘morbid’ means ‘diseased’. So, here we should have good vocabulary to solve such questions.

2. Series Completion

Sample Question:
120, 99, 80, 63, 48?
a) 35
b) 38
c) 39
d) 40

Option: A) 35

Explanations: The given series is 120,99,80,63,48….
The difference between the series is 120-99=21, 99-80=19 and so on.
The pattern is – 21, – 19, – 17, – 15….
The main difference between the answer is 2 for all so at the end 63-48 we got 15 so 15-2=13. Therefore, 48-13=35.


3. Direction Based

Sample Question:
One morning Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly were talking to each other face to face at a crossing. If Samwell Tarly’s shadow was exactly to the left of Jon Snow, which direction was Jon Snow facing?
a) East
b) West
c) North
d) South

Option: C) North

Explanations: Shadow is directly related to direction. Sun rises in the east, so shadow will be in the left, here, shadow of Samwell Tarly is left of Jon Snow. It means Jon Snow is towards north.


4. Number, Ranking & Time Sequence

Sample Question:
In a queue, Anita is 10th from the front while Mukul is 25th from behind and Mamta is just in the middle of the two. If there be 50 persons in the queue. What position does Mamta occupy from the front?
a) 20th
b) 19th
c) 18th
d) 17th

Option: C) 18th

Explanations: Number of persons between Anita and Mukul = 50 – (10 + 25) = 15. Since, Mamta lies in middle of these 15 persons, so Mamta`s position is 8th from Anita i.e. 18th from the front.


5. Alphabet /Dictionary

Sample Question:
Arrange the given words in Alphabetical Order and choose the one that comes first.
a) Wasp
b) Waste
c) War
d) Wrinkle
e) Wrist

Option: C) War

Explanations: War, Wasp, Waste, Wrinkle, Wrist.


6. Inequalities

Sample Question:
P < Q ≤ S = T, R = Q < U, V > U
1. P > U
2. V > T

1)if only conclusion I follows.
2)if only conclusion II follows.
3)if either conclusion I or conclusion II follows.
4)if neither conclusion I nor conclusion II follows.
5)if both conclusions I and II follow.


Option: D) if neither conclusion I nor conclusion II follows.


7. Blood Relations

Sample Question:
If A + B means A is the mother of B; A – B means A is the brother B; A % B means A is the father of B and A x B means A is the sister of B, which of the following shows that P is the maternal uncle of Q?
a) Q – N + M x P
b) P + S x N – Q
c) P – M + N x Q
d) Q – S % P

Option: c) P – M + N x Q

Explanations: P – M → P is the brother of M
M + N → M is the mother of N
N x Q → N is the sister of Q
Therefore, P is the maternal uncle of Q.


8. Coding Decoding

Sample Question:
If in a certain language, MADRAS is coded as NBESBT, how is BOMBAY coded in that code?

Option: b) CPNCBZ

Explanations: Each letter in the word is moved one step forward to obtain the corresponding letter of the code.


9. Seating Arrangement
Sample Question:
A, P, R, X, S and Z are sitting in a row. S and Z are in the centre. A and P are at the ends. R is sitting to the left of A. Who is to the right of P?
a) A
b) X
c) S
d) Z

Option: B) X


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