SBI PO Prelims Exam 2015: Tips and Strategies- Reasoning Ability

The banking team of has come up with tips and strategies for Reasoning Section that could help candidates to score more in the prelims examination and crack it easily.

The State Bank of India has invited applicants from all over the nation to apply for 2000 posts of Probationary Officers in the banks spread all over the nation. This year the examinations would be conducted in three phases consisting of prelims, mains and interview rounds. Those candidates who would successfully get through to the first phase of prelims examination would get a chance to sit for the mains examination. But the final selection would be made keeping in mind the score of the Mains examination and that of the group discussion and personal interview round marks.

Important topics to be covered in SBI PO Exam 2013 includes

  • Statement- Argument
  • Statement- Assumption
  • Inferences
  • Conclusion
  • Courses of Action
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Cause and Effect
  • Syllogism
  • Input-Output
  • Coded Relations
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Series
  • Analogy
  • Classification
  • Blood Relation
  • Puzzle Test
  • Direction Sense
  • Logical Venn Diagrams

The selection in the Phase I depends on whether the candidates have scored the individual paper cut off marks and the total cutoff marks or not. Upon selection they would be able to qualify for further selection. Almost 40,000 applicants are expected to qualify for the mains examination and thus it is expected that the difficulty level of the questions would be a bit easier than usual. Mental alertness and logical skill is required to solve the reasoning section of SBI PO Exam.

  • One needs to understand the nature of question first from previous year question paper
  • Develop the skills of time management to make themselves prepare for solving questions in a speedy manner
  • More and more practice of previous year and model question papers will be helpful
  • Online test would be a better option to judge your speed in solving reasoning section
  • One should develop the skills of time management to make themselves prepare for solving questions in a speedy manner. The candidate should devote the time accordingly to solve maximum number of questions in least possible time. The time should be devoted according to the topics/Preparations and Practice.
  • For enhancing speed, the candidates should do more and more practice of previous year and model question papers, which will be helpful for them in scoring well in PO exam. Also, online test would be a better option to judge your speed in solving reasoning section.
  • Try and build your Reason capability: By practicing regularly the candidates can sharpen the edges of their thinking and mind behavioral pattern. They could be able to judge the problems accordingly and answer quite quick if the practice remains constant before the examinations. Certain questions related to syllogism of two or three sentences or problem solving questions pertaining to coded and mathematical inequalities are tricky questions with traps in them. The candidates should try and figure out ways for solving these questions through applying newer tricks and methods. This could only be possible if you treat your brain with mind games and make it even sharper over the time.
  • Keep your eyes on the watch: Reasoning takes a lot of time of the candidates and thus should be practiced over and over again before the examination with a watch behind the candidates. This would give them the idea of their clock time and the probable time that they are taking to solve the questions. It is not important to answer all the questions in this paper but decide which to opt for, as they don’t hamper the overall time in the examination. Questions related to data sufficiency, input and output methods, figural and non-figural alignments and such others are tricky ones with time taking traits. Hence, it is advisable for the candidates to keep the practice going but with adequate importance given to the time. Candidates can save time immensely if they can understand the particular pattern of questions that appear and re-appear in question papers over time.

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