Probationary Officers from all over the country for the nationalized banks are selected through the common written examination conducted by Indian Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) every year. The examination is conducted online and the organization then proceeds the recruitment process by taking personal interview and holding group discussions among the selected candidates. The written test consists of 200 questions that contains total of 200 marks. The candidates in order to pass the written test need to score the cut off marks and pass in individual papers. There are majorly five sections namely English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, General Awareness and Computer knowledge. Thus the candidates need to focus on each of the subjects and devote equal time for preparation for the subjects.
Like the quantitative aptitude paper, the reasoning paper consists of 40 questions carrying 50 marks. There are questions both from verbal and non-verbal reasoning and is there to test the reasoning and decision making capability of the candidate. The candidates need to answer the questions in a very short span of time. The reasoning questions are the most confusing of the lot which would give the candidates an impression that all the answers that are present as options are true. The success of the candidates lies on the justified decision making that he/she does to solve any answer. It is thus necessary to develop a clear idea in back of your mind while solving the questions through constant practice and hard work.
The questions related to analogy, blood relations and direction sense testing tests the decision making ability of the candidates as all the other options claim themselves to be true. The approach to these questions needs to be spot on to be true which makes the difference. It is really important to focus while preparing for this paper as the paper contains 50 marks and you can really cross the hurdle of written examination if you can go through this paper.
Description of the Questions asked in the Paper
- The paper contains quite a few numbers (5-7) of questions dealing with coding and decoding. It is very important to analyze these codes. These questions take quite a lot of your time to get solved and thus needs your full concentration.
- Most of the questions in this paper deal with number, ranking and time sequences, Causes and effects, analytic reasoning, direction sense test and sitting arrangement (approx. 10).
- Another vital question is that of the Input-output questions where the candidates need to invest their time and brains to the extent. It is quite a tricky trap in which you can sail only through constant practice.
- There are quite a lot of questions that deals with statements, assumptions, arguments and conclusions testing the logical reasoning capability of the candidate and their decision making ability.
- Questions from figure series, word formation, and non-verbal reasoning questions are there in the paper too, to challenge the mental strength of the candidates. These questions require time and patience of the candidate and should be dealt carefully.