Reasoning Ability Preparation Strategy for SBI PO Prelims 2017

Reasoning Ability Preparation Strategy for SBI PO Prelims 2017
The Notification for SBI PO Exam, one of the most sought after exam of the country,
came quite earlier than expected this year. Almost a month is now left for the
Prelims phase of SBI PO
, which
will start from 29th April 2017. Today, we will discuss about the approach that
you should follow for the Reasoning Ability Section of this exam.
Reasoning Ability Section for SBI PO Exam 2017
Before discussing about this section in
depth, make sure that you understand the Exam pattern of SBI PO Prelims 2017 clearly.
Have a look here for this.
S. No.
Name of Subject
No. of Questions
Maximum Marks
English Language
Total duration of 1 hour (60 minutes)
Reasoning Ability
Quantitative Aptitude
Now, before delving further into this,
attempt this Sectional mock test for the reasoning section and analyze
how you performed.

This is essential, because unless you
actually understand exactly where you stand in a particular section, you cannot
work on improving it. Now, let us see how you should approach for the reasoning
section in the SBI PO Prelims exam.
As mentioned in the table above,
Reasoning Ability section would consist of 35 questions, with a total of 35
marks. SBI PO Prelims 2016 consisted of following questions from the reasoning
section –
1. Inequality – 5 Questions
2. Order and Ranking – 3 Questions
3. Blood Relations – 2 Questions
4. Puzzles and Seating Arrangement – 25
questions (5 sets)
So, a major chunk of the reasoning
ability section comprised of puzzles (4 sets) and seating arrangement (1 set)
questions of moderate to difficult level. However, we would advise you not to
restrict your preparation to these topics. Make sure that you have a thorough
understanding of other topics as well. These are –

The approach that you follow while
attempting any particular section can make a huge difference in your scores.
  • First and foremost, time division for different
    sections in not provided in the prelims phase. So, make sure that you devote
    sufficient time to each section. Ideally, you should devote 20 minutes to the
    reasoning ability section out of the composite 1 hour duration.
  • You need to select questions, that you attempt first
    in any section carefully and smartly. For instance, starting the section with
    the puzzle is never a wise idea. You may get stuck at any point and this may
    eventually take up a lot of time. So, ensure that the questions you attempt
    first are the ones that you clearly understand and have a good hold over them.
  • Ideally, you should attempt the following questions
    of Reasoning Ability section first- 
  • Inequality (Coded and Direct) 
  • Blood Relations 
  • Direction sense
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Syllogism (if you have a proper practice)
  • Coding Decoding
  • These questions are easier when compared with
    puzzles or seating arrangement and you can easily score good marks in these
  • Once you have finished these questions, you can move
    on to puzzles and seating arrangement questions, provided you still have time
    for this section.
  • A thorough practice of puzzles and arrangement based
    problems is a must for the SBI PO exam since you will have to attempt these
    questions if the above mentioned topics are not asked in the exam.
  • For this, first, make sure that you have a crystal
    clear understanding of the approach to solve Puzzles. While solving these
    questions, take all the possibility scenarios into consideration.

Do’s and Don’t for the Reasoning Ability
section for SBI PO Prelims exam –
  • The cutoff for the Reasoning Ability section for SBI
    PO Prelims was 7.00 marks (for general), while the overall cutoff was 47.50.
    For students who are not good at the reasoning ability section, taking this as
    a reference, make sure that you attempt at least 10-15 questions correctly in
    this section, and cover for the overall cutoff from the other 2 sections.
  • Be very attentive while selecting the questions.
  • Do not spend too much time on a single question.
    Remember, you do not need to attempt every single question in the exam.
  • Maintain proper Speed and Accuracy while attempting
    this section because these factors will play a key role to clear this exam.
  • Attempt mock tests regularly. This will help you
    with the time management in the exam.
  • Practice questions on a regular basis.

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