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SBI PO Exam Reasoning Preparation Tips

SBI PO is an examination conducted by the State bank of India for the recruitment of Probationary Officers. It is one of the most prestigious and sought after banking jobs in India, with over 10 lakh aspirants every year. In this article, you will be provided with the necessary information and tips to tackle the reasoning section of this exam.

The SBI PO examination is conducting in three phases:

  • Phase 1 : Preliminary Exam
  • Phase 2 : Mains Exam
  • Phase 3 : GD and interview

SBI PO Reasoning Section Pattern

There are various sections In the SBI PO examination and in order to clear this examination, you need to clear the individual cut-offs for the various sections. The pattern for the reasoning section is as follows:

Prelims Pattern

  • No. of questions : 35
  • Total marks : 35

Mains Pattern

The reasoning section is clubbed with the computer knowledge section in the mains exam of SBI PO.

  • No. of questions : 45
  • Total marks : 60
  • Total time : 60 minutes

SBI PO Preparation Tips for Reasoning Section

Important Topics

Reasoning is a test of one’s mental aptitude and problem solving skills. Unlike mathematical skills, it cannot be learnt by application of formulas. The only strategy to tackle the reasoning section effectively is to practice as many questions as possible. But with adequate practice, it can become the most scoring section in the exam. The most important questions from this section are on the topics such as:

  • Seating Arrangements
  • Syllogism
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Directions
  • Blood Relations
  • Analogy
  • Classification
  • Series problems
  • Ranking
  • Data sufficiency


Suggested tips

Previous year’s trends suggest the following weight age of marks for the different types of questions in the reasoning section:


Average no. of questions

Blood relations




Seating Arrangement (linear)




Mixed arrangement






Direction Sense



  • For Coding-Decoding and alphabet series, it is better if you write down the alphabets and then attempt to solve these questions.
  • Use Venn diagrams to solve Syllogism questions.
  • Blood relations questions check your cognitive skills and are relatively easy topics.
  • Seating arrangement, Assertion and reasoning and directions constitute a major portion of reasoning and must be practised thoroughly.

So, the basic mantra to score well in the reasoning section is to practice, practice and practice.


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