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IBPS PO Reasoning – Preparation Tips & Strategy for Prelims 2017

Now that the IBPS PO 2017 exam is tentatively announced, you must not wait before you begin your IBSP PO 2017 preparation! The exam has 3 sections – English, Quant and Reasoning. If you find English and Quant tough, you can easily score more in Reasoning section. This section has sets of questions you can clear in one go, once you understand the problems posed. Moreover, you don’t need to remember any grammar rules or formulae to ace the IBPS PO Reasoning section. All you need is to practice a couple of tricks and different types of questions.

IBPS PO Reasoning – Weightage for Topics

If you understand the weightage given to each topic, you can systematically categorise between topics you need to focus on for more score. Additionally, this will also allow you to judge which topics having more weightage are those you know well.








Coding &


Circular Seating


Linear Seating


Blood Relations

2 – 4

& Distances

2 – 3

& Ranking

2 – 5

& Pattern

0 – 5

Double Lineup

0 – 5


0 – 5


0 – 2


0 – 3

Data Sufficiency

0 – 3


0 – 2

Make sure that you are thoroughly familiar with the syllabus. Because of it you can know what exactly to expect.

IBPS PO Reasoning – Preparation Strategy

Coded/Mathematical Inequalities – How to Prepare

  • In Mathematical Inequalities, know what each symbol means.
  • Focus on the details because you can lose marks otherwise.
  • Read these articles for more detailed understanding of these questions: (1) Coded Inequality and (2) Mathematical Inequality.

Syllogisms – How to Prepare

  • Read this article on Syllogisms for a detailed understanding of it: Concepts of Syllogism.

Coding & Decoding – How to Prepare

  • Pay attention to the numbers and alphabets in the given code.
  • Check whether the sequences in the questions are in an ascending or descending order.
  • Look for rules or patterns that the questions might follow. This will give you definite answers due to conceptual understanding.
  • Read more to understand Coding Decoding here: (1) Shortcut to Solve Coding Decoding and (2) Coding Decoding for Bank Exams.

Seating Arrangement (Circular & Linear) – How to Prepare

  • In Circular, do questions of Uni- & Bi-directional problems on circular, square, rectangular, hexagonal tables.
  • In Linear, do questions of Single or Double rows facing each other/ away from each other/ in the same direction.
  • Because there are no tricks and shortcuts for this type of question, you need to practice a lot.
  • Developing a good grasp of concepts is what you can do to ace this topic.
  • Read these articles for more understanding: (1) How to Approach Circular Arrangements and (2) Circular Arrangements.

Ordering & Ranking – How to Prepare

  • In ordering and ranking arrangement questions, position/rank of a person from left-right/top-bottom of a row/class is to be determined or rank/position is given & total number of persons is to be calculated.
  • Moreover, read this article for more details on this topic: Tricks to Crack Ordering & Ranking.

Blood Relations – How to Prepare

  • Questions related to Blood Relations are very easy if you pay attention to the details. Hence, all you need is properly analysing given information.
  • Read the articles for understanding the basic tricks for figuring out this topic in one go: (1) General Understanding of Blood Relations and (2) Understanding Complex Relations.

Directions & Distances – How to Prepare

  • These types of questions are less time consuming but there is a possibility of high accuracy.
  • Before solving, consider all eight directions. Because this will be helpful in solving easily.
  • Assume you are facing North since this will simplify the sum for you.
  • In rotation based questions, rotate the person in clockwise or anticlockwise direction relative to the direction they were facing last according to the question.
  • Understand how to solve these questions with easy by reading this article: Tricks to Analyse Directions and Distances.

Data Sufficiency – How to Prepare

  • Moderate accuracy is possible. Hence, you need intense practice here.
  • Questions in this topic can be about Ordering & Ranking, Blood Relations, Coding in Fictitious Language, Circular Arrangements, Directions & Distances, Ages & Birth-dates.
  • Solve this quiz for more practice: Data Sufficiency Quiz.

Arrangement & Pattern, Double Lineup, Scheduling, Series – How to Prepare

  • Practice them as much as you can.
  • They can be quite time-consuming sometimes. Therefore, have a proper time management strategy.
  • Practice clean-charting and a step-by-step methodology for all these questions.
  • Additionally, do the questions you are familiar with first because your time will be saved.

Analogy – How to Prepare

  • The task in analogy is to compare to infer similarity in the given components.
  • Practice many questions since they will help you in knowing how to identify relationship between two elements by using their similar aspects.
  • Also give sufficient time to solving these questions since they can be tricky and the relationship will not be straightforward.

Classification – How to Prepare

  • These questions are basically odd man out.
  • Ensure your vocabulary is good enough because you will have to differentiate between the given concepts.
  • Pay attention to the words.

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