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6 sure- shot tips to crack Reasoning Section in IBPS PO Prelims 2016

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IBPS PO 2016 Reasoning

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IBPS PO examination is one of the most admired examinations in the banking sector. The Prelims examination is round the corner and all the aspirants are on the edge of their seat. The most question in every aspirant mind is “How to crack IBPS PO Prelims examination”. Well, the answer for this is some smart strategies and master tricks which no one else can think of. Smart Preparation is more effective than hard core preparation. We bring you some extraordinary tips and suggestions to crack the trickiest yet the most scoring section of the entire paper i.e. “Reasoning”

Before going to the tips, let us take a look at the pattern of IBPS PO Prelims 2016:


No of Questions



English Language



1 Hour

Quantitative Aptitude



Reasoning Ability






Please note that you need to clear both the overall cut off mark and the individual cut offs for each of the above.

Do you have a knowledge of the number of banks participating in the IBPS PO 2016? If not, please go through the table below:

Allahabad Bank

Oriental Bank of Commerce

Canara Bank

Union Bank of India

Indian Bank

Bank of India

Syndicate Bank

Dena Bank

Andhra Bank

Punjab National Bank

Central Bank of India

United Bank of India

Indian Overseas Bank

Bank of Maharashtra

UCO Bank


Bank of Baroda

Punjab & Sind Bank

Corporation Bank

Vijaya Bank

Let us then take a look at the important dates of IBPS PO Prelims 2016:



Online registration of IBPS PO 2016 application

July 26 - Aug 13, 2016

Online Fee Payment

July 26 - Aug 13, 2016

Download of IBPS PO 2016 admit card for pre-exam training

September 23 - October 9, 2016

Conduct of pre-exam training

October 3 - October 10, 2016

Download of IBPS PO 2016 admit card for Preliminary

October 2016

IBPS PO 2016 Preliminary Exam 

October 16, 22 and 23, 2016

Result of IBPS PO 2016 Preliminary

November, 2016

Tips to crack “Reasoning Section” of IBPS PO Prelims

  • Focus on the important ones- Try to focus on the topics which are important and give less importance on the topics which are not important. Some of the important topics of this section are:
  • Alphanumeric series
  • Substitution coding
  • Syllogism
  • Sitting/Seating arrangement
  • Inequalities
  • Ranking
  • Blood relation
  • Puzzle

  • Follow a topic wise break up:

The following break up of questions will help you in efficient time management:


No of Questions

 Coding Decoding






 Blood Relation


 Direction Sense


 Seating Arrangement






  • Time Allocation is crucial: If you are good enough in your reasoning skills, you should attempt it after attempting English section (or Quant as per your convenience). We would suggest to attempt English first followed by Reasoning because this approach will keep you in the right track of time management. 20- 25 minutes can be an ideal allocation to this section which implies approximately 35 seconds per question. Try to figure out the questions which are less time taking and attempt them first and attempt the time taking ones at last. On the contrary, if you are among those people who are not that good at reasoning skills, we would suggest you to go for this section at last and ideally allocating 15 mins.

  • Solve time consuming questions at last: The questions from the topics given below are the most time consuming ones. Try to attempt these questions at last:

  • Seating Arrangement
  • Complex Puzzle
  • Floor Puzzle
  • Input Output Machine

  • Solve sample papers: Solve different standard sample papers and mock test which will give you an idea of the pattern of questions asked. Moreover, you will get to practice and this will increase your pace and accuracy.

  • Confidence is your greatest weapon: Be confident about yourself and believe that you can do it. It is you and only you who can fulfil your ambitions. Remember, Take a risk, take a chance, make a change and breakaway!

Stay tuned for more updates. We anticipate your preparation to be up to the mark. All the very best!

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