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Banking aspirants must be waiting for IBPS RRB 2020 notification. As per the IBPS Calendar, the RRB PO & RRB Clerk exams are scheduled for August 1, 2020. But now it seems that the exam dates for both RRB PO & RRB Clerk will be postponed. Let’s have a look at the dates of last year. IBPS RRB 2019 notification was released on June 14, 2019, and the exam date for IBPS RRB OS1 was August 3, 2019. So it can clearly be seen that there was a difference of around 50 days between the date of release of IBPS RRB notification and the date of RRB PO Prelims exam. So there is a possibility that the exam dates of RRB PO 2020 Prelims & RRB Clerk 2020 Prelims can be postponed.

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Use the Lockdown Time Towards Preparation of IBPS RRB PO Prelims

You should use all the extra time you are getting towards your preparation. If you are already aware of the RRB PO Preliminary exam pattern, there are only 2 sections: Reasoning & Quantitative Aptitude. If you start using all the time properly from now until the date of the exam, you can easily clear RRB PO 2020 Prelims. In this article, we have come up with a complete strategy for the reasoning section. Following this strategy will definitely help you get a good score in the Reasoning section but you need to dedicate 2-3 hours religiously on this section until the date of the exam.

IBPS RRB PO 2020 Prelims Exam Pattern

Below is the Exam Pattern of RRB PO 2019 since the IBPS RRB 2020 Notification hasn’t been released yet.

S. No.SectionMedium of ExamNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksDuration
1Reasoning*4050Composite Time of 2 hours
2Computer Knowledge*4020
3General Awareness*4040
4 a*English LanguageEnglish4040
4 b*Hindi LanguageHindi4040
5Numerical Ability*4050
Total2002002 hours

Note:

There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Tests. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate one fourth of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate; there will be no penalty for that question.

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IBPS RRB PO 2020 Prelims- Reasoning Syllabus

Apart from knowing the exam pattern, the other thing which you should perfectly know is the complete syllabus of the reasoning section of IBPS RRB PO 2020 Prelims. Knowing each & every topic of the syllabus will ensure that you don’t miss preparing for any topic. Also, keeping an eye on those topics of IBPS RRB PO 2020 Prelims syllabus, which are your weak areas will remind you to put extra efforts in those areas thereby improving your performance.

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Preparation Strategy for Reasoning Section of IBPS RRB PO 2020 Prelims

Our team has already created PDFs for the preparation of certain topics mentioned above and are continuously working on preparing PDFs for most of the remaining topics. These PDFs first explain the concept of the respective topic with examples and then provide you tips along with questions for practice.

  1. You should pick a topic and completely understand the concept. Practice at least 100 questions on each topic. This whole process should take 1-2 day(s) for each topic.
  2. Solving a lot of questions will help you understand the respective concept in & out and will help you in even developing your own shortcuts.
  3. Make a note of the questions you couldn’t understand or you answered incorrectly. Relook those questions and try to understand why you couldn’t answer them correctly.
  4. In case of any confusion, revisit the concept. Take the help of books or online videos.

Following these steps will definitely help get good marks in the reasoning section of IBPS RRB PO 2020 Prelims.

Topic-wise Tips for Reasoning Section of IBPS RRB PO 2020 Prelims

For your convenience, we have added tips for different topics below. Go through them and implement these tips when you solve questions. But before that, understand the tips properly. Using them without a proper understanding can lead to incorrect answers. If you use these tips properly, not only will these tips help you in answering the questions quickly but with accuracy as well.

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Tips for Reasoning Section of IBPS RRB PO 2020 Prelims- Alphanumeric Series

  • Read the question very carefully. These questions are easy and even a slight mistake can cost you precious marks.
  • Practice as much as you can. Practice will make you acquainted with different kinds of questions and you can develop your own shortcuts to deal with them.
  • Learn the placement of alphabets by heart. A trick is EJOTY where the alphabets E, J, O, T & Y are at 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th & 25th position of the standard English alphabet.
  • If the alphabets are asked in the reverse order, the keyword is VQLGB which are at 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th & 25th position of the standard English alphabet (in reverse order).
  • Be very clear with the understanding of to the right/ left of, in the middle of, immediately preceding, immediately succeeding etc.
  • Make sure whether the question is asking from your left side or a letter’s left side.
  • Remember that A, E, I, O U are vowels and remaining are consonants.

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Tips for Reasoning Section of IBPS RRB PO 2020 Prelims- Order & Ranking

When the Position of the same person from both sides is given or the Total Number of people is given

In this case, you can use the below formulae:

  • Total number of persons = Sum of positions of the same person from both sides i.e. left and right side – 1
  • Position of a person from opposite side = (Total no. of persons – Position of same person from the given side) +1

When the person’s position is given from one side and the number of people standing on the other side is given

  • Total no. of persons = No. of persons after or before the given person in a row + Position of the same person from the other side
  • No. of persons after or before the given person in a row = Total no. of persons – Position of the same person from the other side

When the below info is given:

  • Positions of two persons are given from the opposite ends
  • Total number of persons

There may be two cases in this kind of situation

  1. If there is no overlapping: i.e. the sum of positions of the two persons from opposite ends will be less than the total number of persons. Use the formula: No. of students between two different persons = Total no. of students – (Sum of positions of two different persons from opposite sides)
  2. When there is some overlapping: i.e. the sum of positions of the two persons from opposite ends will be more than the total number of persons. Use the formula: No. of students between two different persons = (Sum of positions of two different persons from opposite sides) – Total no. of students – 2

When positions of different persons from any one side are given

If in a given row, positions of 2 persons from any side are given and the total number of persons has to be calculated, it becomes a case of  ‘cannot be determined’ or ‘data inadequate’ or ‘can’t say’. This is so because the number of persons between those 2 persons is not known. In other words, we don’t know whether there is an overlapping or not.

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When the positions of 2 persons are given and after their positions get interchanged, the position of 1st person is given from the side where his previous position was

  • To find the total no. of persons => Find the person whose position from both sides is known from the given info. Add both his positions from opposite ends and subtract 1.
  • To find the number of persons between them => Find the difference in the positions of the person whose position from the same side before and after interchanging; subtract 1 from this difference
  • To find the new position of a person from the same side after the interchange => Position of that person from the same side before interchanging + )+(Position of the other person from the other side after interchanging – Position of the other person from the other side before interchanging)

When positions of 2 different persons are given from the opposites sides of a row and a third person is sitting exactly in the middle of the 2 persons

There can be 2 scenarios here

  • When the position of the 3rd person is given from either end of the row, find the position of the 3rd person from both sides and then you can easily add those positions and subtract 1 from it to get the total number of persons in that row.
  • When the position of the 3rd person is given from either of the 2 persons, add the positions of the 2 different persons, add the 3rd person’s position from either of the persons twice and finally subtract 1 to get the total number of persons sitting in that row.

When the minimum number of persons in a row is asked

In this case, use the formula: Minimum no. of persons = Sum of positions of the 2 persons from both sides – Persons between them – 2.

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Tips for Reasoning Section of IBPS RRB PO 2020 Prelims- Seating Arrangement

  • Try not to start with negative information. Start with positive and definitive information. If possible, negative information should be used at the last to rule out possibilities and to connect the dots.
  • Don’t get overwhelmed by the size of the question. Remember, there will be a combination of easy as well as moderate & difficult questions. If a question is lengthy that means there may be more information in it and that question might actually be an easy oneSolve Seating Arrangement questions free of cost.
  • Read the given information carefully. Remember, all the information you need is out there. You just need to arrange the information logically.
  • There is a difference between sitting right and sitting immediately right. If B is sitting right to A that implies that there may be 1 or more person between A & B. But if B is sitting immediately right to A, that means that there is nobody between A & B.
  • Nowadays, there are additional attributes mentioned in a seating arrangement puzzle for eg. people’s preference for food, cities etc. Please keep in mind that whatever more information is provided, it basically remains a seating arrangement question.
  • When starting with a seating arrangement question, consider all the possibilities. As you move along the question, a majority of the possibilities will be ruled out.
  • Remember: Whether it’s solving the questions quickly or quickly identifying which question is easy, moderate or difficult; only practice can help you outTake a Free Mock Test of RRB PO Prelims right away to see how do you fare in solving seating arrangement questions in a controlled environment.

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Tips for Reasoning Section of IBPS RRB PO 2020 Prelims- Blood Relations

  • Don’t presume: As is applicable in any reasoning question, don’t presume anything be it gender or how many offsprings a cousin has.
  • Start the question with yourself: One way to solve the question is to apply the question to yourself. When you do this, the question starts revolving around your relatives and becomes easy to solve. However, if you intend to use this method, do a lot of practice beforehand because there may be a scenario when the relative in the question doesn’t’ exist in your life and you may have to assume him/her.
  • Diagram method: Another approach to solving this question can be drawing diagrams. When drawing a diagram, use different lines and symbols to depict different relations, genders etc. Again, you have to do enough practice beforehand to use this method fluently.
  • Lines and symbols to be used: It all depends on your preferences on which line and symbol should you use to connote different relationships. We are providing the below legends which can help you to get an idea.
    1. ⊕ for a male individual
    2. ⊖ for a female individual
    3. ↔ between a couple
    4. – – – for same generation such as brother – – – sister or father – – – uncle
    5. ____ for generations where – – – can’t be used
  • Break the question: If the question has long sentences, break it into small parts so that it becomes easy to comprehend.
  • Know all the relations: While relations in Hindi are very specific, that isn’t the case with the English language. Learn and understand all the relationships. Be specific about the two relationships: brother-in-law and sister-in-law. If you’re a male, your brother-in-law would either be your sister’s husband or your wife’s brother. Similarly, your sister-in-law would either be your wife’s sister or your brother’s wife.

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Tips for Reasoning Section of IBPS RRB PO 2020 Prelims- Input-Output

  • It is usually considered a time-consuming topic; however, it has to be practice well in order to achieve speed and accuracy in this.
  • Take RBI assistant mains mock tests and keep on practicing Input-Output.
  • The type of pattern has to be identified. Make sure that you observe the pattern from both ends of the input.

We’ll be updating this article on a regular basis to include tips for other topics as well. If you have any feedback for us, please feel free to leave your comments in box below.

Wishing you good luck with your preparation!

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