Candidates are eagerly waiting for the IBPS RRB 2020 notification, but it got delayed this year due to COVID-19 pandemic. The current situation has got the results and notifications delayed of many exams and so is the case with IBPS RRB 2020 notification, however it is expected to get released anytime soon now. Thus, it is now time that you start focusing on preparing all the concepts. Further, going forward you should mandatorily dedicate at least a couple of hours daily in taking mock tests and solving past years question papers. RRB PO Prelims Exam 2020 will be testing you on Reasoning and Numerical ability, with each of the section consisting of 40 questions that needs to be answered in a composite time of 45 minutes. Hence, in this article we shall be discussing some tips and techniques for preparing the Reasoning Section for your RRB PO Prelims Exam 2020.
Looking at the IBPS 2020 calendar you will get to know the IBPS RRB PO 2020 exam dates. We are mentioning the exam dates below for candidate’s quick reference.
IBPS RRB Officer Scale I 2020 Exam Dates
|IBPS RRB PO Prelims||01.08.2020, 02.08.2020, 08.08.2020, 09.08.2020 and 16.08.2020|
|IBPS RRB PO Mains||13.09.2020|
The purpose of the reasoning section in any exam is to test the logical and reasoning ability of a candidate and therefore, on several occasion it has been noticed that this section turns out to be little tricky. Hence, being aware of the syllabus and topic that needs to be covered is of prime importance. Below mentioned is the IBPS RRB PO exam pattern.
IBPS RRB Officer Scale I Prelims 2020 Exam Pattern
|S. No.||Section||Language||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks||Duration|
|1||Reasoning||Hindi/English||40||40||Composite Time of 45 minutes|
IBPS RRB Officer Scale I Mains 2020 Exam Pattern
|S. No.||Section||Language||No. of Questions||Marks||Duration|
|1||Reasoning||Hindi/English||40||50||A Composite Time of 2 hours|
|4 a*||English Language||English||40||40|
|4 b*||Hindi Language||Hindi||40||40|
You may refer below for the possible list of topics that you should be covering:
- Input Output
- Seating Arrangement
- Coding & Decoding
- Data sufficiency
- Alphanumeric series
- Alphabet test
- Ranking / direction / order
- Coded Inequalities
- Blood relations
- Logical reasoning
We have already mentioned that you should focus more on preparing, revising the concepts, solving previous year papers and keep taking mock tests. Hence, considering the number of days left for the exam, we would suggest that you take up at least one topic every day and practice as many questions as possible. The reason we are suggesting this approach is because it will help you help you to sharpen your reasoning and thinking skills. Further, in this process you might even come up with your own shortcut for solving questions quickly which will help you to save time in the exam. Cracking Reasoning Section in any exam is possible only if your concept are clear and that can happen only if you spend good amount of time practicing hundreds of questions from each topic daily. Candidates must also take Lockdown Warm Up tests and these are sectional tests for Quant, Reasoning and English that we provide on daily basis. These sectional tests will help you ace a particular section.
Also, for being ahead of the crowd, we would recommend you to take mock tests as it will help you to analyze your performance with respect to Time, Accuracy, Questions, Marks, Percentile and Rank. Through this mock tests, you can even get an insight on your time & accuracy with that of the average scorer and the topper. Further, it will also help you to identify your weak areas so that you work more towards it in order to improve your performance there.
Reasoning Section Preparation Tips
Besides following the above mentioned suggestions, we would also recommend you to go through the below mentioned guidelines that might come handy while preparing for this section.
- While answering any question pertaining to Reasoning Section, make sure you read and understand the requirement of the question. It can be risky if you do not understand the question. Further, it is always a wise decision to move to the next questions than spending time in case you are not able to understand the question correctly.
- You should look to get good grasp on topics, such as blood relation, directions, syllogisms, statement assumption and conclusion, as they can be quickly solved with high accuracy. In fact, you should prioritize solving these questions first so as to ensure that you score well in these topics.
- Questions on puzzle can be tricky and so we generally suggest aspirants to solve them at the end after you have completed the other questions. The reason we say this is because you may tend to spend more time on it once you get stuck. However, in case you have practiced questions on this topic well, then you may opt for solving it.
- With regard to the questions on Data Sufficiency, ensure that you understand the statement well. Do not assume any data of your own. The best way to tackle questions on this topic is by simply asking yourself whether the question can be solved on the basis of the information given in the statements. Also, remember that questions on Data Sufficiency does not involve much calculation and so if you find yourself doing that then there would definitely be something you may have missed out while reading the question.
- Avoid spending much time on any questions in case you get stuck. In fact, you should time each of your questions and follow a hard stop in case you are not able to crack it. You can always come back to a question and solve it if you have time left.
- It is important that you always focus on solving one question at a time without thinking about the next or the previous questions. Get yourself completely engrossed in the question at hand and in case you feel that it is taking longer than you had expected to solve then simply move to the next question. The key to crack this section is by attempting questions that you are confident about solving in the first attempt.
Section wise Reasoning preparation Tips
- Know all the relations
- Try and answer by breaking the question
- Make use of lines & symbols
- Follow Diagram method
- Don’t presume anything
- Try and solve the question by applying it to yourself
Syllogism is considered one of the confusing topics in Reasoning. The questions along with the options look simple enough to lure candidates to answer them. But if the concepts are not clear, these questions can attract negative marking. Syllogism is all about concluding one or more statement(s) with the help of previous statements.
Syllogism Tips & Tricks
- Generally words like a few, atleast and all etc form the basis to solve such questions.
- Venn diagrams are importantly to be drawn in order to solve such type of questions.
- While solving such type of questions candidates must not assume anything and should only follow what has been given.
- Try and attempt the questions in a sequential manner.
Finally, keep in mind that you need to solve 80 questions in 45 minutes, meaning you have about half a minute to answer each question. Hence, it is important to first find the easier questions and then solve them as quickly as possible.
The section on Reasoning can be tricky but that does not mean you should give up completely. Instead we suggest that you take this section as a challenge and practice more questions and take more mock tests so that you are confident of tacking this section well in the exam.
We hope this article was helpful to you and wish you luck for your exam.
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