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IBPS PO Examination 2015: Reasoning- Syllabus & Preparation Tips

Sep 9, 2015 15:14 IST

    Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) which is responsible for recruitment of manpower in various participant nationalized banks around the nation has invited to candidates to apply for Probationary Officer for this year. The PO CWE V would take place in prelims and mains unlike last year and the candidates interested to get into banking sector need to prepare themselves real hard to get through. Every year lakhs of aspirants apply for these posts and very few get through to fill the vacant seats in various nationalized banks. The competition is getting tougher with each passing year and thus needs a well-planned preparation from the candidates to get successful.

    There are in total five sections in the Mains written examination and three in the prelims round. The prelims written examination is comparatively easier as far as the level of questions are concerned. The Main examination consists of 200 questions which need to get answered in 2 hours. Likewise the prelims examination contains 100 questions in three sections for which candidates get 1 hour time. Reasoning is a common subject in both the examination and needs daily attention at part of the candidates during preparation. It is a tricky paper which takes a lot of time to get solved, but could turn out to be real scoring if prepared well.

    Syllabus for Reasoning: Although IBPS does not provide syllabus, Jagranjosh has come up with topics to be prepared for IBPS PO Exam 2015.

    The topics list:

    Verbal Reasoning: This part covers following topics:
    • Analogy
    • Classification
    • Word formation
    • Statement and conclusions
    • Syllogism
    • Statement and assumptions
    • Statement and arguments
    • Coding Decoding
    • Blood Relations
    • Passage and conclusions
    • Alphabet test
    • Series Test
    • Number , Ranking and time sequence
    • Direction sense Test
    • Decision making test
    • Figure series
    • Input/output, Assertion and reasoning
    • Sitting Arrangement

    Non-Verbal Reasoning:
    • Series test
    • Odd figure Out
    • Analogy
    • Miscellaneous Test etc.

    Preparation Tips for Reasoning:
    Practice the hardest: There are strong zones and weak zones of every person when it comes to a particular subject and you need to find out that zone to make sure you left no stone unturned while preparing. The candidates thus need to find practice to their best of capabilities the reasoning questions that they feel are trickier than most of the others. This would suffice them to answer the questions comfortably in the examination hall.
    Don’t bank on the thumb rule: Though there are certain rules to follow in the reasoning paper, there often are times when you just need to get out of it. There should be newer tricks, methods and ideas derived by the candidates themselves in order to mark a successful answering on time. This helps tremendously when answering in crunch time situations.
    Question your reason power: The questions in this paper are there to test your reasoning capability and your sense of making decisions in a limited timeframe. There are questions that might end you up in jeopardy but it is your reasoning ability that would sail you through. Hence it is very much required to exercise your brain on a regular interval so that it stays fit and active.
    Get hold of the time: Time is a crucial factor in any competitive examination and reasoning is one such paper which consumes a lot of it. Hence while preparing for the exams clock the exact time you are ticking in order to solve stipulated number of reasoning questions and try to better it every time.
    Practice from old sources: Mock test papers, practice sets, mock drills, previous year questions are some of the prized possessions when it comes to prepare for this particular paper. Candidates can get a clear idea from these, what to expect and what not to in the examination. They would be mentally prepared while knowing this beforehand and it could help immensely.

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