SBI PO Exam 2015: Tips and Strategies- Reasoning Ability

Preparation Tips

Reasoning refers to the action of thinking in a logical or sensible way. This inference of the term applies to the Reasoning Aptitude section. The reasoning section is not much different from the puzzles we played as children. Solving these questions depends on logical comprehension and decision making ability of a candidate. The Reasoning section is one of the trickier sections of these examinations and as such requires candidates to familiarize themselves with the rules and methodologies for solving them. Thus below are tips and tricks to help candidates prepare better:

Constant Practice:

It might be a given that constant practice is required for every section, but the benefits that a candidate reaps from the amount of effort he puts into his practice is much more prevalent in the reasoning section than any others. This section consists of a given number of questions sets such as circular arrangement, rank or order, floor puzzles, etc. The regular practice allows a candidate to adapt himself to the concepts and also increases his accuracy and speed, enabling a breezy experience through this section, saving time for other parts.

Time Management

Time management plays an important role especially more so in section such as reasoning where numerical ability and logical comprehension is required. These question sets are extremely long and take more time than questions related to section such as English, computer awareness or marketing aptitude. So during constant practice and preparation for the exam, one must learn of short tricks and learn their limits to answering the questions of this section. If a question set looks like it is going to take longer time than usual, move on to the next.

Patience and Confidence

As stated earlier this section has long question sets possibly comprising of multiple sub questions within the set. Therefore one error in comprehending the question and the entire question set can be lost with negative marking. Therefore you should be the epitome of poise, calm and confidence when attempting them.

Test Series and Previous Year Papers

Constant practice is warranted but you cannot just keep practicing from any set of questions you may receive on the web. The best way to move forward in the reasoning section is to look at previous year questions papers and test series of similar difficulty level and accordingly practice them constantly. Practicing old question papers will give you an idea of the question pattern and thus you can set your sights on certain sections that constantly repeat themselves every year.

Ideas and Formulae

Through analysis of previous year question papers, candidates can determine the general questions set regularly asked in the reasoning section. Each type of questions have their general methodologies to solve them such as for e.g. for floor puzzles with two variables the common method used is a two-way tabulation technique, etc. But candidates should not limit themselves to just the set methods for solving such questions. Understanding them and practicing them is good, but also discovering your own shortcuts can be even more effective.

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