Blood relations deal with a concept that all of us understand – ‘family’! Often we have our fathers say “You remember Sharmaji?”. You reply “Who Sharmaji?” and he replies “your mother’s brother’s second brother-in-law”. Yes, such answers often stump us! Now, the IBPS does something similar in the IBPS RRB blood relations questions. It asks you about what would be the direct relationship between you and Sharmaji. Blood relations questions feature in IBPS RRB reasoning test. Solving such questions might give you the edge as a lot of candidates would get them wrong. Contrary to what you might think, solving blood relations questions is actually quite easy. All you need to do is know a few things about the exam and the methods for solving the questions.
Understanding IBPS RRB Blood Relations Questions
Let us take a look at IBPS RRB blood relations questions. We would try to learn a few things that would help us chalk the perfect strategy for preparing for such questions for IBPS RRB 2021.
What are blood relations questions?
As said before blood relations questions are all about family ties. You would be asked to establish the direct relationship between two people as mentioned in the question.
What is the structure of the questions?
In IBPS RRB exam, mostly puzzle type questions are asked. In these type of questions, you would be given a set of statements, followed by a number of questions. You would be asked a number of questions based on the statements.
Example: In a family, there are six members- A, B, C, D, E and F. A and B are a married couple, A being a male member. D is the only son of C, who is the brother of A. E is the sister of D. B is the daughter-in-law of F, whose husband has died.
What is the relation between F and A?
How Many Questions Come in the Exam?
The number of questions in the IBPS RRB exam on this topic varies from year to year. If we take the average of the papers in the previous years, we find that the number of questions asked is as follows:
For IBPS RRB Office Assistant Exam: 1-2 questions.
For IBPS RRB PO Exam (Scale I): 2-5 questions
The number of questions on blood relations in IBPS RRB 2021 prelims could be anywhere in the range mentioned above. However, IBPS has a record of surprising candidates occasionally. So, don’t be surprised if you get more questions on this topic in the IBPS RRB reasoning test this year
How Difficult are They to Solve?
In the IBPS RRB reasoning question papers of recent years, the questions have been easy to solve. Some of the questions could be called ‘moderately difficult’ though.
Preparing for IBPS RRB Blood Relations Questions
Now, let us see what are the things that you should do to solve blood relations questions in the RRB exam.
How Much Practice Should I put in?
It depends on how easy or difficult you find the questions to be. Remember, the questions are inherently easy to solve. If you are finding it difficult to solve, then you only need to practice more and that’s it!
We recommend candidates should put in at least 3 days a week for IBPS Reasoning Preparation. Even if you put 4 hours every day, then that makes it 12 hours every week. That’s more than enough. If blood relations questions seem difficult to you, then try to put in at least 1 hour within that 12 hours just for blood relations. If you are solving blood relations questions every day, then try to solve 8-10 questions. Try to target solving at least 25-30 questions every week. This would help you get the best results in the exam.
How Should I Practice?
At Topprnotes, we believe in studying smart and not just studying hard. The first thing that you need to do is get hold of previous year question papers. Since the test is computer-based, they would be hard to come by. But just keeping searching and you would find some. Previous year question papers give you an idea about the style of the questions that are asked in the examination.
The next thing that you should do is attempt sectional mock tests. They give you the practice that you need. They also help you to build your speed and accuracy.
If you are looking for some extra practice (if you have the time), then you can attempt to solve questions from other exams as well. Blood relation questions are pretty common and they come in exams like IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk, SBI PO, SBI clerk. They even come in Management exams like CAT. So, try to solve a few questions from this exam.
Do I Need to Refer to Some ‘Special’ Books?
Well, there are no ‘special’ books that deal exclusively with solving blood relations questions in IBPS RRB exam. Any good logical reasoning book would be good for the purpose. Add a good test paper book to it, and you are good to go. You can refer to the following books.
- A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by RS Agarwal
- Reasoning for IBPS, SSC, RRB and All Other Examinations
Solving IBPS RRB Blood Relations Questions
Alright, now we know what are the questions and how we should prepare for it. Now, let us take a look at the effective methods that you should use to solve the questions. IBPS RRB blood relations questions are infamous for being time-consuming. That’s mostly because candidates don’t follow the right techniques. Let us look at the effective ways of solving the questions that come in the IBPS RRB blood relations questions.
Let us take up the question we used as an example.
Question: In a family, there are six members- A, B, C, D, E and F. A and B are a married couple, A being a male member. D is the only son of C, who is the brother of A. E is the sister of D. B is the daughter-in-law of F, whose husband has died.
What is the relation between F and A?
Solution: A lot of candidates make the mistake of looking at the individual questions and trying to find the answer. This would eat up your time. The best approach is to create a ‘family tree’ based on the given statements. This would allow you to answer all the questions in one go.
To create a family tree, we would need to use some codes:
- For example, we would use (+) for male and (-) for female.
- We would keep the younger generation below the older generation
You can use any code that you feel comfortable. We would use this code for explaining. Now, let us look at the steps that you should use to solve the questions
STEP 1: We need to look for a ‘standalone’ positive statement. Such statements would give you positive information and will not be dependent on any other statement. In most cases, it is preferable to start with a parent-child relationship. The third sentence gives such a relationship.
It says “D is the only son of C, who is the brother of A”. So, we have:
STEP 2: Now we are going to look at more information about A, C or D. The second statement and the fourth statement give us that. Based on that information, we have
STEP 3: Now we need to put in the final statement. We have F, whose daughter in law is B. We know she is a female as she had a husband. So, she should be the mother of A. Now, we have:
This single tree would help us solve all the questions. For example, we know that F is the mother of A.
Answer: F is the mother of A
Dos and Don’ts for Solving Blood Relation Questions in IBPS RRB 2018
- Always use a single set of code.
- Never mix up the genders.
- Sometimes you would get questions where relationships would be expressed by symbols. For example ‘+’ for marriage, ‘%’ for parent-child relationship. Write the symbols separately and solve the tree using the method above. Then put the symbol before choosing the answer.
- Never ever lose your focus.
- Don’t hurry. One mark is crucial in such exams. If you are attempting it, it’s better to get it right than to leave it and lose the mark.
Question 1: If A is the brother of B; B is the sister of C; and C is the father of D, how D is related to A, if D is a widow?
Question 2: If A + B means A is the brother of B; A – B means A is the sister of B and A x B means A is the father of B. Which of the following means that C is the son of M?
A)M – N x C + F
B) F – C + N x M
C) N + M – F xC
D) M x N – C + F
Question 3: A is the son of C; C and Q are sisters; Z is the mother of Q and P is the son of Z. Which of the following statements is true?
A) P and A are cousins
B)P is the maternal uncle of A
C) Q is the maternal grandfather of A
D) C and P are sisters
Question 4: If P + Q means P is the brother of Q; P x Q means P is the wife of Q and P % Q means P is the daughter of Q then which of the following means D is the uncle of A?
A. A % B x C + D
B. A x B + C % D
C. A + C % B xD
D. None of these
So, these were some of the things that you should follow for solving IBPS RRB blood relations questions. For more such helpful articles for IBPS RRB preparation, keep browsing our website.