Reasoning Ability in Banking Examinations: A Comprehensive Analysis
Reasoning section is essential part of bank recruitment examination as well as other government competitive examinations? So, the question arises regarding the importance attached to it.
A lot of candidates are appearing in banking examinations every year. Apart from IBPS PO and SBI PO, there are various banking exams that are going on such as Syndicate Bank Manipal PO, Indian Bank PGDBF Programme mains exam etc. Banking exams focus a lot on the reasoning section. For example in the upcoming SBI PO, you have 35 marks allotted to it in the prelims stage whereas the weightage for reasoning and computer is 60 in the mains examination.
In this article, we shall try to trace the importance as well as changes that have taken place concerning this particular section.
Reasoning Ability: Why is it there?
What do bank recruitment authorities test through those logical reasoning questions and input output questions? Let’s check that:
- Testing the cognitive ability: This is the most important aspect of testing the reasoning skills of a candidate. In this regard, it is important to mention that you require to have good cognitive ability or analysis capacity to grasp the problem faced by someone. After that only, you can solve his problem. For that, you require to be very sharp in understanding the said as well as unsaid words.
- Developing the ability to relate numbers and ideas: This is the second most important thing. In banking, you will always be surrounded with numbers and a good number cruncher knows the way to decipher ideas from those numbers. That is what is expected from you as a good student of reasoning.
- Ability to decipher meaning from something spoken: It is not always important that the person in front of you will be able to say everything loud and clear. In that context, you require to understand his problems or most importantly, the things that he is not able to articulate to you. This will make you a popular banker, you can bet on that.
- The ability to associate things: This is important since you are expected to devise a plan based on the pattern of events when you are posted as a banker in a branch. You need to first understand the pattern of deposits or advances in a particular branch so that you can take the right decision to increase your footprint in the market as well as make profits for your branch.
Reasoning in Banking Examinations: Topics that are generally asked
Below are the general topics on which questions are generally asked in a bank PO or clerical examination. Most of you are aware of most of the questions since there has not been much difference in the pattern of questions as we have seen in case of English section. You have questions on the same topic but with a higher level of difficulty. The most known topics are:
- Inequality questions
- Input Output Questions
- Statement Assumption Questions
- Statement argument questions
- Syllogism (Sometimes in these questions, you are given the conclusion and you have to find the right statements these days)
- Blood relation, ranking, direction etc
- Coding decoding questions (These questions have seen a major change and that is, we have sentence coding these days instead of word coding questions)
- Puzzles and Sitting arrangements
- Data Sufficiency
More or less these are the types that are generally asked in banking examinations. As already said and explained, you do not have many alterations in the pattern but the difficulty level has increased manifold in the last few examinations. That requires more intensive preparation on your part.