 # IBPS Clerk 2017: Question Paper (with Answers) - Reasoning Ability Section

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## IBPS Clerk 2017 Question Paper (with Answers): Reasoning Ability Section

Directions (1 -5): What should come in the place of question mark (?) in the following alpha - numeric series?

1. Find the next term in the series: AB, BD, CH, DP, EF, ?

a) FG

b) FK

c) FP

d) FW

e) FA

Explanation: Series is Tn = (n)(2n)

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2. What should come in place of question mark:

REASONING, REASONIN, EASONIN, EASONI, ? , ASON, SON

a) ASONI

b) SONI

c) EASON

d) ASONIN

e) REASON

Explanation: One letter from the beginning and one from the end of a term are removed, one by one, in alternate steps.

One letter from the beginning and one from the end of a term are removed, one by one, in alternate steps.

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3. Find the next term in the series: BAC, DBF, FCI, HDL, JEO, ?

a) FLR

b) LFR

c) LFT

d) FTL

e) TFL

Explanation: LFR 4. Find the next term in the series: B, A, C, D, E, G, H,J, L,M, Q,?

a) P

b) Q

c) R

d) U

e) V

Explanation: The series is made up of two series: B, C, E, H, L,Q… (+1, +2, +3, +4, +5,…)

And A, D, G, J, M,… (+3,+3,+3,+3,….)

Thus next term would be of the second series: M+3 =P

5. Find the next number in the series: 6345, 6332, 6320, 6309, 6300, 6291, 6274, ?

a) 6259

b) 6248

c) 6256

d) 6264,

e) 6236

Explanation: Each term in the series is obtained by subtracting from the preceding term the number formed by the first three digits of the preceding term.

6. Amit is cleverer than Rohan. Sudeep is cleverer than Amit, but not more than Harshit. Garima is the cleverest of them all. If they are arranged in ascending order of cleverness, then who among the following will hold the middle position?

a) Amit

b) Rohan

c) Sudeep

d) Harshit

e) Can’t be determined

Explanation: Cleaverness in ascending order: Rohan < Amit < Sundeep < Harshit < Garima.

Classification:

7. In the following question, some words are given, all of which, except one, share a common similarity while one is different. Choose the odd one out.

a) Bird: Ornithology

b) Kidney: Nephrology

c) Brain: Neurology

d) Fishes: Ichthyology

e) Human being: Archaeology

Explanation: Study of human beings is not archaeology where as the rest represent the correct branch of study

Category: Mathematical operation

8. Which interchange of signs will make the following equation correct?

(16 – 4) × 6 ÷ 2 + 6 = 28

a) ÷ and –

b) + and ÷

c) – and +

d) ÷ and +

e) None of these

Explanation: Given equation, (16 – 4) × 6 ÷ 2 + 6 = 28

Let us check all the options one by one.

From option (a), after interchanging signs, we get

(16 ÷ 4) × 6 – 2 + 6 = 28

→ 4 × 6 – 2 + 6 = 28

→ 24 – 2 + 6 = 28

→ 30 – 2 = 28

→ 28 = 28

So, option (a) is correct and there is no need to check remaining options.

Category: Circular arrangement

S, T, U, V, W, X, Y and Z are sitting around a circular table facing the centre with equal distance between each other (but not necessarily in the same order). Each one of them is also related to T in some way or the other.

• W sits third to the right of U. T sits on the immediate left of U. Only one person sits between W and T’s son.

• Y sits on the immediate right of T’s son. Only three people sit between T’s husband and Y. Only one person sits between T’s husband and S.

• V sits on the immediate right of X. T’s father sits second to the right of V. Only three people sit between T’s father and T’s brother.

• T’s daughter sits second to the right of Z. T’s sister sits third to the right of T’s mother.

9. Which of the following statements is TRUE with respect to the given information?

a) Z is brother of Y.

b) Only three people sit between X and Z.

c) U sits third to the right of T’s daughter.

d) All the given options are true

e) Y is an immediate neighbour of T.

10. Who among the following is brother of T?

a) X

b) U

c) V

d) S

e) Y

11. As per the given seating arrangement, X is related to W in the same way as Y is related to U. Then, following the same pattern T is related to?

a) Y

b) Z

c) X

d) S

e) V

12. Who sits on the immediate left of T’s son?

a) T’s father

b) Y

c) X

d) Z

e) T’s mother

13. How is X related to W?

a) Sister

b) Sister-in-law

c) Niece

d) Brother-in-law

e) Aunt

Explanation (9 - 13): Category: Seating arrangement – Linear

Directions (14 -18) Study the following information carefully and answer the questions that follow.

A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H are sitting in a straight line facing north. Each one of them has a different profession, viz Pilot, Lawyer, Scientist, Surgeon, Professor, Researcher, Analyst and Entrepreneur. A sits third to the right of Professor. D sits second to the left of G, who sits on one end of the line. B is an analyst. Only one person sits between B and the one who is a Professor. The one who is a Researcher sits third to the right of the Analyst. H sits between Researcher and Pilot. E is not an immediate neighbour of H. only one person sits between the Entrepreneur and F. E is neither a Entrepreneur nor a Surgeon. G is a Scientist. D is not a Researcher.

14. Who among the following is a Pilot?

a) C

b) H

c) G

d) A

e) None of the above

15. Who among the following sits third to the right of E?

a) Surgeon

b) Professor

c) Researcher

d) Pilot

e) None of the above

16. How many persons are there between C and Surgeon?

a) None

b) One

c) Two

d) Three

e) None of the above

17. Who among the following sit at the extreme ends of the line?

a) Analyst and Surgeon

b) Lawyer and Entrepreneur

c) Scientist and Pilot

d) Lawyer and Scientist

e) None of the above

18. What is the position of P with respect to the Pilot?

a) Second to the right

b) Fourth to the left

c) Third to right

d) Immediate right

e) None of the above

Explanation: Category: Blood Relation

19. Examine the following relationship among members of a family of six persons - A, B, C, D, E and F.

1. The number of males equals that of females.

2. A and E are sons of F.

3. D is the mother of two, one boy and one girl.

4. B is the son of A.

5. There is one married couple in the family at present.

Which one of the following inferences can be drawn from the above?

a) A, B and C are all females.

b) A is the husband of D.

c) D is the granddaughter of F

d) E and F are children of D.

e) D is the husband of A.

Answer (b): It is clear that there are three males and three females in the family. Clearly A, E and B are males. So, C, D, and F are females. Also given that D is the mother of one boy and one girl. So, A and D form a couple having two children, namely B and C. Hence A is the husband of D.

Category: Coding decoding

Directions (20 – 24): Study the following information to answer the given questions:

Study the following information to answer the given questions:

In a certain code language ‘ hard of perusing MBBS’ is written as ‘cl sa nk jo’, ‘Nepal diminishes in education’ is written as ‘ha fa rs da’, ‘MBBS education of Nepal’ is written as ‘sa rs cl da’ and ‘hard MBBS in Nepal’ is written as ‘cl fa jo da’.

20. What is the code for ‘MBBS education’ in the given code language?

a) cl fa

b) cl rs

c) da fa

d) rs da

e) None of the above

21. What is the code for ‘diminishes’ in the given code language?

a) ha

b) fa

c) rs

d) da

e) None of the above

22. What does the code ‘jo’ stand for in the given code language?

a) hard

b) in

c) Nepal

d) education

e) None of the above

23. What is the code for ‘Nepal’ in the given code language?

a) rs

b) da

c) fa

d) Can’t be determined

e) None of the above

24. ‘nk fa da’ is the code for which of the following?

a) Education of Nepal

b) Diminished in Nepal

c) perusing in Nepal

d) Can’t be determined

e) None of the above

Explanation:

 Words Hard of perusing MBBS Nepal Diminishes in education Codes jo sa nk cl da ha fa rs

Category: Direction sense

25. Jatin starts at point T, walks straight to point U which is 4 ft away. He turns left at 90° and walks to W which is 4 ft away, turns 90° right and goes 3 ft to P, turns 90° right and walks 1 ft to Q, turns left at 90° and goes to V , which is 1 ft away and once again turns 90° right and goes to R, 3 ft away. What is the distance between T and R?

a) 4 ft

b) 5 ft

c) 7 ft

d) 8 ft

e) None of these

Explanation: The starting point T and ending point R lie on the same line. The distance between T and R is 4 + 3 + 1 = 8 feet.

Category: Coded Inequalities

Directions (26 - 30): In these questions, relationship between different elements is shown in the statements. These statements are followed by three conclusions. Mark answer

26. Statement: A≥B<C=D, E≤F, G≥H=E

Conclusions:

I. A ≥E

II. C ≥H

III. G ≥F

a) Only I is true

b) Only II is true

c) Only I and II are true

d) Only II and III are true

e) None is true

Explanation:

Given Statements: A≥B<C=D ………(i)

E≤F ……… (ii)

G≥H=E ……… (iii)

Combining all the statements, we get:

A≥B<C=D≥E=S≤G ……... (iv)

Now, from (iv), A ≥ E is not true

C ≥ H is true

Again, G ≥ C is not true.

Hence only II is true.

27. Statements: A ≥ B < C = D, E ≤ F, G ≥ H = E

Conclusions:

I. C > G

II. G > D

III. E ≤ B

a) Only I and III are true

b) Only II is true

c) Only III is true

d) Only I and II are true

e) None is true

Explanation:

Given Statements:  A ≥ B < C = D ………(i)

E ≤ F      ……… (ii)

G ≥ H = E      ……… (iii)

Combining all the statements, we get:

A ≥ B < C = D ≥ E = S ≤ G    ……... (iv)

From (iv), C>G is not true

G > D is not true

E ≤ B is not true

Hence none is true.

28. Statements: A = P ≥ X > L ≥ N, Q ≥ F = R > N

Conclusions:

I. A > N

II. N < Q

III. P ≥ F

a) Only I and III are true

b) Only II is true

c) Only III is true

d) Only I and II are true

e) None is true

Explanation:

Given Statements:

A = P ≥ X > L ≥ N     ……… (i)

Q ≥ F = R > N        ……..(ii)

Combining both statements, we get

A = P ≥ X > L ≥ N < R = F ≤ Q

Thus, A > N is true

Again, N < Q is true

But, P ≥ F is not true

Hence only I and II are true.

29. Statements: C ≤ D ≤ F = G > H, L > M ≥ Y = Z > F

Conclusions:

i. C < Z

ii. L > Y

iii. Y ≥ F

a) Only I is true

b) Only I and II are true

c) Only II is true

d) All I, II and III are true

e) None is true

Explanation:

Given statements:

C ≤ D ≤ F = G > H ……… (i)

L > M ≥ Y = Z > F ………(ii)

Combining both statements, we get

C ≤ D ≤ F < Z = Y ≤ M < L   ……….. (iii)

And, L > M ≥ Y = Z > F = G > H    ………….(iv)

Now,

From (iii), C < Z is true

Again, Y < L or L > Y is true

But, Y ≥ F is not true

Hence only I and II are true.

30. Statements: C ≤ D ≤ F = G > H, L > M ≥ Y = Z > F

Conclusions:

I. Z > H

II. G ≤ M

III. Y >H

a) Only I and II are true

b) Only III is true

c) Only I and III are true

d) Only II and III are true

e) None of these is true

Explanation:

Given statements:

C ≤ D ≤ F = G > H ……… (i)

L > M ≥ Y = Z > F ………(ii)

Combining both statements, we get

C ≤ D ≤ F < Z = Y ≤ M < L   ……….. (iii)

And, L > M ≥ Y  = Z > F = G > H    ………….(iv)

From (iv), Z > H  is true

Again, G ≤ M is not true

But, Y > H is true

Hence only I and III are true.

Category: Puzzle Test

Directions for questions (31 – 33): Read the following passage and answer the three items follow:

Six engineers Vidya, Leena, Vani, Sonal, Barkha and Preeti are working in multinational companies – TCS, Infosys, and Wipro. They are belonging to four different cities i.e. Pune, Pinjore, Mathura and Panipat. At least one engineer works in each company and at least one engineer belongs to each city. Barkha works either in Wipro or TCS. One engineer of Infosys belongs to Pune. Leena either belongs to Pune or Pinjore or does not work in Infosys. Preeti does not work with Sonal and Leena. Vani works in Wipro and she is not from Pune. Both the engineers of TCS are not from Panipat. Vidya is not from Panipat and Sonal work with Wipro. Two persons belong to Pune and they don’t work with TCS. Person from Mathura does not work in Wipro. Barkha is from Pune and Sonal is not from Pinjore. Engineers of same companies do not belong to same city.

31. Which of the following combination of persons works in the same companies?

a) Barkha & Preeti

b) Leena & Sonal

c) Vani & Preeti

d) Vidya & Leena

e) Vidya & Vani

32. If there is any persons belong to Pinjore and works in TCS then who is that person?

a) Vidya

b) Vani

c) Leena

d) Can’t be determined

e) No such person exists

33. Which of the combinations of the persons belong to same place?

a) Barkha & Vidya

b) Preeti & Leena

c) Vidya & Leena

d) Sonal & Vani

e) Barkha & Preeti

Explanation:

 Persons Companies Place Vidya TCS Mathura Leena TCS Pinjore Vani Wipro Pinjore Sonal Wipro Panipat Barkha Wipro Pune Preeti Infosys Pune

Category: Syllogism

Direction (34 -35) In each of the questions below are given three statements followed by two conclusions numbered I,II,III,IV. You have to take the given statements to be true even if they seem to be at variance with commonly known facts. Read all the conclusions and then decide which of the given conclusions logically follows from the given statements, disregarding commonly known facts. Give answer-

34. Statements: Some Bags are Books. All Books are Boxes. No Box is Board.

Conclusions:

I. Some Bags are not Boards.

II. Some Bags are not Boxes.

III. All Bags are Boxes.

IV. No Bag is Board.

a) Only I follows

b) I & either II or III follow

c) Only IV follows

d) Only II follows

e) None of these

Explanation: 35. Statements: All birds are animals. Some animals are humans. All humans are mammals.

Conclusions:

I. Some humans are not birds.

II. Some birds are humans.

III. Some animals are not mammals.

IV. All animals are mammals.

a) Only I and II follow

b) Either III or IV follows

c) Either I or II follows

d) Either I or II and either III or IV follow

e) None of these 