Reasoning is an important section in any competitive examination. It is there to test the logical thinking ability of the candidate. But not all the exams have the same kind of reasoning questions, for example bank exams and SSC exams. SSC Exams have a completely different kind of reasoning questions, whereas bank exams pose a different challenge to the candidates in the section. In this article, we shall try to find out the difference between the two.
Reasoning in Bank Exams: An overview
Most of the bank exams have the similar kind of questions, but obviously, the level of difficulty varies according to the post in question. However, there are certain characteristics that are inherent in the reasoning section questions in each and every bank exam:
- Lengthy Questions: This will be the first thing that comes to mind when we are talking about bank exams. The questions are so descriptive that it takes a lot of time to read them and process the data given in them. Well, that is exactly what they are intended for: consume your precious time
- An array of data to be processed: As the questions are lengthy, the data there are plenty whereas you have limited time. Hence, you have to practice again and again to get the habit of processing data ASAP before actually doing it in the real exam. Success in bank exams is all about practice because it typically tests your speed and accuracy
- Unnecessary information to be ignored: In the lengthy questions, there are information which are not at all necessary but they are there to distract you from the necessary ones. Practice beforehand to understand which is necessary and which is not. Pattern of questions will be the same and that is why, if you are well aware of the type, you take less time to solve it
- Speed with accuracy: Two most important things bank exam conducting bodies look for in a candidate because that is what you have to do once you are placed behind that counter in a branch. There will be a queue of people in front of you shouting how slow you are, you have to remain calm and solve their issues effectively. Get a first hand idea of that in the examination hall itself
- Indirect Questions: Sometimes, questions may not be direct but if you have to understand what is being asked for, from you. If you have the pattern of the problem at the back of your mind, it takes less time to move to the next problem. Remember, plenty of questions to be solved in very little time available
- Series Questions: This refers to the questions where if you crack that puzzle, you will be able to solve 5 questions. This makes a candidate greedy to solve the puzzle in as much as time as it takes but there is the death trap, you have to keep in mind, you have 195 other questions to solve
- Very less single questions: This makes life easy as well as difficult. Be it a puzzle or sitting arrangement or syllogism, there are a number of questions attached to a single set of information. If you can crack the sitting arrangement or puzzle, you are like Eureka but the downside is, if you can’t, you lose 5 marks
Reasoning Section in SSC CGL: How is it?
SSC CGL has a reasoning section in the tier I level and it carries 50 marks with 50 questions being asked in the section. The questions are very easy and direct ones, so, it does not take much time to solve the whole section with accuracy. You may easily score 40-45 marks in this section if you simply solve last 10 years question papers. The common characteristics of the section in SSC CGL are:
- Direct Questions: The questions are asked in a direct manner, i.e. you do not need to apply your mind to understand what is being asked of you. It takes very less time to solve all the 50 questions in this section with better accuracy if you are well acquainted with the pattern of the questions from the previous year questions
- Non Verbal Reasoning: Nonverbal reasoning questions are exclusive of SSC CGL as these are generally not asked in bank exams. These are questions where pictures will be given and you either need to find out the next picture in a series of figures or the odd one from the series. The Questions are easy and if you have sufficient practice, you are unlikely to face difficulty in solving these questions
- Single Questions: Basically, you will find one question with options based on it. There is hardly any Series question as in bank exams. So, if you are not able to answer one, you do not need to think about losing more than 1 mark
- No Lengthy Questions: Unlike IBPS exams, SSC CGL questions in reasoning are short ones and only the necessary information to process the problems are given. So, you do not need much time to read and understand the questions. One reading of the question is enough to understand and process the question
- Diversity of questions: Types of questions asked in SSC CGL reasoning are more than what is asked in the bank exams. So, you have to prepare for more topics as compared to bank exams. Questions on angles of two hands of the clock, dice, etc. are only asked in SSC CGL and not in bank exams
The types of questions asked in SSC CGL and bank exams are different with respect to almost all the sections involved and reasoning is no exception to that. You do not need much time to solve the questions in SSC CGL reasoning, but you certainly have to possess knowledge about more topics as compared to IBPS Exams. The reason for this is the requirement of skills for the two different kinds of jobs. But, on the whole, if you are preparing for both, a lot of things are common in all the sections. So, study and understand the syllabi of both the exams and decide your preparation strategy accordingly. All the best !!