IBPS Clerk Exam: Tips and Strategy- Reasoning

Indian Banking Personnel Selection is the body which takes up banking examination every year to provide banking jobs in the nationalized banks of India to aspiring candidates.

Created On: Nov 29, 2014 14:09 IST
Modified On: Dec 2, 2014 10:58 IST

Indian Banking Personnel Selection is the body which takes up banking examination every year to provide banking jobs in the nationalized banks of India to aspiring candidates. Those who have applied for this year’s IBPS Clerk Examinations would now be in their final rounds of preparation as they are going to give their examinations in the month of December 2014. Like all the previous years the examination would consist of five papers and a total time of two hours would be given to the candidates to solve the question paper containing 200 marks in total. All the questions would be objective type and negative marking would be there at every wrong evaluation on part of the candidate.

The candidates who are willing to appear for the written examination would have received their admit cards by now and they should start their last minute preparation to score well in the same, so that their chances of qualifying in the interview round could get even stronger. All the papers namely Reasoning, Numerical Ability, English Language, General Awareness and Computer Knowledge carry equal marks in the examination, and thus every subject needs to be prepared well by the candidate so that they could score the cut off marks needed for qualifying in further rounds of the employment.

Preparation for Reasoning

Reasoning is one tricky subject and needs utmost care while preparing. It is a very high scoring yet risky subject in which most of the candidates often trip. The paper contains questions related to analogy, puzzles, word formation, statements and conclusions, assumptions, passage and conclusions, coding and decoding, blood relations, series tests and many more. There would be questions to test the decision making ability of the candidates by asking questions on direction sense, time logic, sitting arrangements, assertions and reasoning. Hence, those who have a constant practice can only get over well in the paper.

How to Prepare

  • The key to success in the paper is constant practice. The candidate must practice sample sets, previous year question papers and elementary preparation guides to understand the nature of the questions and derive varied ways of drawing conclusions to different questions.
  • Trying out your own ways to solve questions would actually help the candidates in making the solution easier. It would help them to solve the question in lesser time as well as getting less confused and complicated while answering.
  • Reasoning requires tricks and methods to get solved in a proper way which could lead to the correct answer from the similar looking options available to each and every question. Thus, it is important to understand the concept behind solving certain questions and take out important suggestions from preparatory books or guides.
  • Time becomes the major factor in the paper and should be balanced well while solving the questions. If a candidate feels that a question is too tough for him/her and would take a huge amount of time, they should leave it and proceed to the next question immediately and return to the question they left at the very end of solving all the other known questions.

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