How to prepare for Reasoning Ability section of SBI PO PrelimsVinay Kumar | March 8, 2017 at 1:10 pm
State Bank of India (SBI) has announced 2313 vacancies for the post of Probationary Officers. Online application portal for this is open till 6th March, 2017 while the online examination is scheduled to take place from the last week of April till first week of May, 2017. Aspirants preparing for this are left with handful of days so don’t waste even a single moment.
Considering these factors, it is must to have a focussed preparation plan for each subject, to maximize efficiency and accuracy. Below is such a plan for the Reasoning Ability section of SBI PO online examination. This includes:
- SBI PO Exam Pattern and Expected Cut off
- Trend Analysis
- Important Topics for Reasoning Ability section
- Exam Strategy
- Points to Keep in Mind
SBI PO Exam Pattern and Expected Cut off:
SBI PO 2017 will be an online test consisting of 3 Subjects mentioned below-
- 1 mark for a correct answer while there is penalty of 1/4th marks for an incorrect answer.
Number of questions and cut off from each section is discussed below:
S no Subject No. of Questions (Total: 100) Expected Sectional Cut Off Duration General Category Reserved Categories 1 Reasoning Ability 35 7 4.25 Consolidate time of 1 hour 2 Quantitative Aptitude 35 7.25 4.25 3 English Language 30 8.75 6
- SBI PO expected overall category-wise cut off is given below.
Category SC ST OBC GEN OH VH HI Overall Cut off 38.75 29.25 44.50 47.50 36 37 15.50
Due to high sectional as well as overall cut off, it is important to draft a study schedule and follow it. In the further sections you will get such a plan for Reasoning ability section of SBI PO prelims which is prepared after careful analysis of trends in previous year papers of Reasoning Ability section for SBI PO preliminary exam.
SBI PO Prelims Trend Analysis
Below is the trend of Reasoning Ability questions in 2016 paper and expected number of questions from each chapter/ topic of Reasoning Ability of SBI PO Prelims 2016.
Chapter Topic 2016 Expected Inequalities Algebraic Inequalities and Comparison 5+1 5+1 Linear Seating Linear seating in 1 or 2 row(s), Top down arrangement 5 5 Circular Seating Circular Seating with inward facing and mixed facing 5 5 Selection puzzles Selection on basis of 1 or more attribute(s) and Eligibility Test 5 5 Coding-Decoding Direct letter or symbol coding, Message Coding, Rule Coding and substitution 5 4 Syllogisms and Venn Diagrams Syllogisms using 1 or more statements 5 5 Blood Relations Family Members 2 5 Direction sense test Distance and Direction Sense test 2 Sequence and Classification Ranking, Classification of odd one out on the basis of arrangement _ Total 35 35
Here we have mentioned expected number of questions based on the trend analysis of 2016 SBI PO Reasoning Ability paper. We hope that approximately same pattern will be followed this year also.
Important Topics for Reasoning Ability for SBI PO Prelims
Below is the list of important topics in which consists chapters that are arranged in the increasing order of their complexity. So It is suggested that you should start learning concepts in the same order in which they are given below.
S. No Chapter Topics Remarks 1 Sequence and Classification Ranking, Classification of odd one out on the basis of arrangement Expected Number of Questions: 5 Ranking is a basic concept in which you need to arrange things/ persons according to ranks. There can be 1 or more direct questions from this or Ranking is also useful to solve various seating arrangement problems. In Blood relation puzzles you need to draw family trees in order to determine the relation. To solve problems based on direction sense, you need to trace the path as given in the question. There can be one or more direct question from these topics or they can be combined with other problems like seating arrangement and Selection problems. For example when relative distance between 2 persons is given as “A is sitting 3rd to the right of B”. 2 Blood Relations Family Members and Relation Puzzles 3 Direction Sense Test Distance and Direction Sense Test, 4 Linear Seating Linear seating in 1 or 2 row(s), Top down arrangement Expected Number of Questions: 15 In the seating arrangement problems, you are given a passage which tells you about arrangement of people or things in either Linear, top down or circular manner. While in Selection puzzles, you are asked to find order of selections for 1 or more attribute(s). Eligibility test is a special case of Selection puzzle where you need to find whether based on given conditions, someone or something is eligible or not. 5 Circular Seating Circular Seating with inward facing, Outward facing and mixed facing 6 Selection Puzzles Selection on basis of 1 or more attributes, Eligibility Test 7 Coding-Decoding Direct letter or symbol coding, Message Coding, Rule Coding and substitution Expected Number of Questions: 10 In Coding-Decoding problems, you need to decode the given code or vice versa. Here Coding-decoding can be based on Direct letter or symbol coding, coding of a message, Coding as per the given rule and substitution. While inequalities consist of algebraic problems based on which you need to check whether given conclusions are true or false. Here, sometimes operators are coded for example: in A$B, $ symbol represents less than or equal to 8 Inequalities Algebraic Inequalities and Comparison 9 Syllogisms and Venn Diagrams Syllogisms using 1 or more statements Expected Number of Questions: 5 In this type of questions, 1 or more sentence (predicates) is/are given based on that there are some conclusions so, you need to check whether these conclusions are true or false. It can be tested by designing venn diagram for the given statements.
You can also get detailed study materials for Reasoning Ability section of SBI PO for all the important topics mentioned above. In the subsequent section, we have discussed an exam strategy to clear the cut off for SBI PO Prelims 2017.
Exam Strategy of SBI PO Prelims for Reasoning Ability
Reasoning Ability section for SBI PO Prelims 2017, aspirants can follow the below-given exam strategy to attempt more questions quickly.
- Set your time limits: The ideal time to solve per question is 36 seconds as there are total 100 questions in 60 minutes. So you can take 20 minutes to attempt Reasoning Ability section.
- First Target: Quickly navigate through the paper and find 10 questions and solve them with at least 90% accuracy this will fetch about 8.75 marks from this section which will get you over the cut off for this subject.
- Second Target: After getting over the cut off marks, find 10 more questions based on the area of your interest and solve them with not less than 80% accuracy. In this way you will be able stand a good score for your overall cut off.
You should choose the topics in which you are more comfortable so that you can attempt more questions with higher accuracy. Taking several mock tests can surely help you to attain good speed with accuracy so that you can fetch more marks.
SBI PO Exam Importnat Points to Keep in Mind
We hope above important topics and exam strategy will help you to crack SBI PO Prelims 2017. Also prepare for other 2 sections with equal importance as there is sectional cut off.
You should also take several subject-wise mock tests of SBI PO prelims Reasoning Ability after completing the syllabus so that you can revise previously studied chapters and test your understanding of the subject as well. When you complete other two sections then go for full-length SBI PO mock tests so that you can master the time management strategy and accuracy. It will also help you to point your strongest areas which will boost your confidence during exam.
All the Best!
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