IBPS conducts exams every year for vacancies into various positions. Close to 5 million people have applied for the exam in 2016 and the numbers are only expected to increase. The probationary officer is one such position that is highly lucrative. The exams, conducted by IBPS aim to fill about 3760 vacancies for more than 20 participating banks. The levels of difficulty have consistently risen over the years. IBPS PO Reasoning is an important of the exam, consisting of 35 questions. The total exam is for 60 minutes for 100 questions. That means one has about 36 seconds to answer each question. The salvaging areas are reasoning and English, which shouldn’t take more than 25 and 20 seconds per question each. To help you do that, we have curated some tips which are, at the discretion of the user, and in no way exhaustive, helpful to get you the required score for IBPS PO Reasoning
IBPS PO Reasoning – Tips
The IBPS PO Reasoning carries negative marking which is 1/4th of the allotted marks. There are sectional cutoffs as well as the overall cutoff to qualify for mains after writing prelims. The tips are divided into aspects: Subject-wise and Generic tips for ease of understanding
- Divide the topics into easy, moderate and hard. Know the weightage given to each of the chapters
- Easy and moderate topics are those with a high and reasonable amount of accuracy. Hard topics are those with low accuracy levels.
- In the easy topics, the highest weightage is given to linear and circular arrangements, and then to blood relations. These topics have high accuracy and can be practised from the point of similarity in questions, as well as the base concept in these topics. Therefore, students are advised to work on these topics first as they can be finished easily. Other easy topics include Directions and Distances, Arrangements, Order and Ranking. All these topics are repetitive in nature once you understand you understand the base topic and practise sufficient number of questions
- The moderate topics include Analogy, Classification, Series, Mathematical inequality etc. These topics are classified as moderate because they require a base understanding of the concepts, and in case of inequalities, an understanding of the symbols that are required to solve the questions under this topic. The first way to approach them is start off with topics that you believe you are good at. Analogy requires analysis and thinking. Classification is pretty straightforward. Series requires familiarity. Understand your strengths and then work on the first
- Lastly, the difficult topics. These, ideally, take more than the ideal 25 seconds. So, only approach them once you’re sure you are good with the easy and moderate topics. The topics include Syllogisms, Coding and decoding, Double Lineup, Scheduling etc. They are classified as hard because of the amount of calculation involved. Only approach these topics once you’re sure you can finish the other topics in the given 25 seconds. If you wish to leave these topics behind, you’re perfectly fine to do so. Just practise Syllogisms and Coding a little because they carry the highest weightage.
- Solve about 30 questions in easy and moderate sections each. The hard section isn’t going to come easy. You must attain familiarity in the section. Solve about 15 questions in each of the topics. If you want to leave, but take the advice mentioned above, you would ideally be solving 90 questions a day
- Students must develop the ability to carry out mental calculations. This is because, the more steps in calculations you skip and do mentally, the more time you save. This is especially required for topics under the hard section. If you’re facing difficulty with the concepts, familiarity will help you.
- Keep timing yourself. See if you’re able to complete the questions under 40 seconds originally and work towards under 25 seconds. If you can manage to keep the easy topics under 20 seconds, that would be ideal.
- Take at least two mocks in two days and at least one full-length test per week. Take that up to three as the exam draws closer.
- The Reasoning section is regarded as the most cumbersome of all the sections in Mains exam. So, it is advised for you to pay special attention to the topics prescribed in this section.
- Daily practice of puzzles would be the key to improve your mental flexibility and further help you to tackle new challenges in the form of complex puzzles
- It is always better to skip the questions from those topics which are time killing. By doing so, one’s efficiency during the exam is maintained.
- Since this section is full of relatively harder questions, you are supposed to devote relatively more on the topics such as analogy, coding-decoding, problem-solving, passage/conclusion type. These will enable you to make the most out of this section.
Always remember that water remains liquid at 99⁰C and boils at 100⁰C. It is that 1⁰ effort that most students don’t make leading them to think of this section as a burden. This is possibly the main reason why it is the most feared sections of the Mains Exam. We hope you can make that small one-degree effort by overcoming your fear. After all, fear is nothing but Face Everything And Rise.
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