IBPS PO Exam Question Paper Analysis & Preparation Strategy for Reasoning

Bank Jobs are considered one of the prestigious Jobs in India. Recruitment of Probationary Officers (PO) in various Public Sector banks is done by Institute of Banking Personal Selection (IBPS) through Online Common Written Examination (CWE).

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The Online CWE is conducted online at different centers across the country. The written exam consists of following five sections that contain a total of 200 marks: Read Exam Pattern

Reasoning is one of the important sections that comprises of 40 questions carrying 50 marks.

Find Below the Breakup of Questions asked in Reasoning Section:


* Logical Reasoning Topics: Statement-Assumption, Inference, Conclusion, Course of action, Cause & Effect

IBPS PO Question Paper Analysis and Preparation Strategy (Reasoning):

  • Identify Important Topics in Verbal Reasoning: A careful analysis of question paper reveals that a good number of questions are asked from Syllogism & Input-Output. So students are advised to prepare these topics comprehensively. Apart from this, questions are also asked from Direction Sense, Blood Relations and Coding-Decoding.

Questions from the topic Input-Output require understanding of the underlying logic. If the logic is understood, it can be easily used to solve questions based on it.There are mainly TWO ways to solve questions on Syllogism.

The one way is to solve the questions using Venn Diagram Method. While using Venn Diagram method, students are advised to consider all possibilities as the conclusion must be true in all possibilities. The other way of solving questions is on the basis of classifying statements into different categories and drawing conclusions on the basis of certain rules.

  • Do not skip Non Verbal part: Non verbal part of reasoning is that part which is based on figures. This part is very easy provided one has understood the basics of it. Practice with previous year questions to answer these questions correctly.
  • Be Prepared with Passage based questions including Arrangements: A good number of questions are asked from arrangements-Linear and Circular and based on certain passages. Much practice is needed to solve these questions speedily.
  • Data Sufficiency Perspective: Questions are framed from all the topics in Data Sufficiency. Be prepared with basics of Data Sufficiency and the way questions are answered.