Tips and Tricks to crack Reasoning

In RBI Grade B Phase 1 this section will consist of 60 questions so it becomes very important to practice and attempt this section very carefully. Reasoning questions can be complicated and require a lot of practice to score well. This section mostly consists of Puzzles and sitting arrangement. The puzzles can be Circular Arrangement, Linear arrangement, floor based puzzle, a tabular puzzle with two or three or even four variables, puzzles combined with blood relation or Direction sense, Square/Rectangle sitting arrangement. So in Upcoming RBI Exam, make Reasoning your main weapon for getting a high score.

Table - Exam Pattern of RBI Grade B Phase 1 Exam

RBI Grade B Phase 1 Objective Type Test Number of Questions Total Marks
General Awareness 80 80
English Language 30 30
Quantitative Aptitude 30 30
Reasoning Ability 60 60
Total 200 200

Syllogistic reasoning

  • Syllogisms are also known as deductive reasoning tests and are designed to test your logical reasoning abilities.
  • Use Venn diagrams to solve questions of this type.
  • Venn diagrams help you form simple relations between the different statements mentioned in the question to result in a valid conclusion of the syllogism.
  • Syllogisms can have 70-80% accuracy. This means if you attempt 5 questions, you will get around 3-4 right (on an average).
  • Aim for the above accuracy.
  • Practice 3-4 syllogisms everyday

Relationship Concepts

  • They are designed to check your cognitive skills.
  • They might appear long and complicated however they are terribly simple to solve.
  • To decide whether you should solve the problem is to find out which type of problem is it:
    • - Single person Blood relation.
    • - Mixed blood relation.
    • - Coded blood relation.
  • If it is a single person blood relation problem, then go ahead and solve it.
  • They take less time and have higher (90%+) accuracy.
  • For single person blood relation break the sentence at is/was/as and resolve it from last point to is/was/as to get the solution.
  • Use diagrammatic representation to solve it.

Statement conclusion

  • In this type of questions ambiguity kicks in.
  • There is no definite right or wrong answer, since it depends on the thought process of the candidate.
  • Only answer it, if you are 100% sure or the question is really easy.
  • Spend no more than 2-3 minutes combined on this topic.

Seating Arrangement and Directions

  • It is easy to figure out from previous paper’s analysis that questions from Sitting arrangement (Liner, Circular) and Directions constitute a major chunk of reasoning section. This is unlikely to change for this year’s paper too.
  • The 3 topics mentioned above will carry up to 35-40 marks, making it the WOW topic for this section.
  • The best part about Sitting arrangement questions is they are clubbed together. This means they are asked as set of 3-5 questions based on one case.
  •  So, if you manage to get the initial arrangement correct, you can attempt all questions for that case with 100% accuracy and in a total time of 3-4 minutes.
  • Beware, if you do not practice for these types of questions, you will end up spending 10-15 minutes and still get an incorrect answer. This will not only cost you marks but will also result in poor time management for the other parts of the paper.
  • So the mantra here would be (PSP) Plan, Study and practice.
  • Start by going through the basic concepts of sitting arrangement (try permutation and combination topic from 12th standard NCERT book).
  • Solve 2 questions of sitting arrangement and 1 question of direction daily for the next 3 months. This will increase your speed, your visualizing capabilities and moreover you will be prepared for the toughest level of Sitting arrangement questions by the time of your exam.

Study Plan

  • Accuracy and Speed are the keys for scoring maximum in this section.
  • Give 1 hour daily for Reasoning preparation.
  • Go through basic concepts and questions for topics stated above.
  • Then take up each topic for 3 days and solve maximum questions possible on that topic.
  • While doing the above exercise, solve at least 50 questions everyday.
  • Start giving Mock Tests. Identify topics you are weak in and again attempt those topics.
  • Mock Tests will also help you prepare a timing strategy.
  • Talk to experts about those topics and get your doubts solved.
  • Follow PSP and have Trust in Yourself

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