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SBI PO 2020 recruitment notification is now out featuring 2000 vacancies. However, this time the competition is going to be tough as lakhs of aspirants are already preparing for this major banking exam. For all those who are preparing for the upcoming SBI PO prelims examination it is important to stay a cut above other aspirants and that can only be achieved by practice. Rigorous practice can help you achieve success. Mock tests is one thing which every aspirant must practice consistently and also we have SBI PO 2019 memory based paper live on our platform for the candidates reference. In this article we will be discussing about SBI PO Prelims important exam dates, exam pattern and we will specifically talk about important reasoning topics along with the practice questions which may help you ace this particular section.

This blog talks about the most important reasoning topics along with some tips how to prepare for these along with few practice questions. So, those who find this particular section tough, this blog is for those candidates. Let us first take a look at the SBI PO 2020 important exam updates.

SBI PO 2020 Important Exam Dates

ActivityDates
SBI PO 2020 Notification Released On13.11.2020
Start of Online Registration14.11.2020 to 04.12.2020
Download Admit Card for Online Preliminary Exam3 rd week of Dec 2020 onwards
SBI PO Preliminary Exam Date31st Dec 2020 & 2 nd, 4th, 5th Jan 2021
Result of Online Preliminary Exam3rd week of January 2021
The download of Call letter for Online Main Exam3rd week of January 2021 onward
SBI PO Mains Exam Date29th January 2021
Result of Online Main Exam3rd/ 4th week of February 2021
Download Call Letter for Group Exercises & Personal Interview3rd/ 4th week of February 2021 onward
Conduct of Group Exercises & InterviewFebruary/ March 2021
Declaration of Final ResultLast week of March 2021

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SBI PO 2020 Prelims Exam Pattern

SL.Name of testNo. of QuestionsDuration
1.English Language3020 minutes
2.Quantitative Aptitude3520 minutes
3.Reasoning Ability3520 minutes
 Total1001 hour

SBI PO 2020 – Important Reasoning Topics

As from the above exam pattern it is apparent that reasoning ability and quantitative aptitude section shares the same weightage and thus these both sections are important. But this does not mean that English can be ignored. All in all we can say that all three sections are important and should be prepared with a strategic approach. Coming back to the reasoning section, here we are with few important topics along with their tips and practice questions.

  • Seating Arrangement & Puzzles
  • Syllogism
  • Blood Relations
  • Coding Decoding
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Inequality
  • Alphanumeric Series

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Seating Arrangement

This topic needs constant practice and it is very important to try and solve different types of puzzles. The more you will practice, the more you will enhance your speed and accuracy.

  • Categorization of puzzles include Table based puzzle, Games & Tournament based puzzle and Seating Arrangement (Box/ Shelf/ Floor based)
  • Choose and solve easy puzzles first and then move ahead with the difficult ones
  • While solving these types of questions start with the definite information which is provided and then start looking at the possible information and consider all possibilities.
  • There is no set concept or straightforward rules for puzzle and seating arrangement. We strongly suggest that you practice a lot of questions which have a detailed explanation.

Types of Seating Arrangement

  1. Linear Arrangement
  2. Double Row Arrangement
  3. Circular Arrangement
  4. Square/ Rectangular Arrangement

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Seating Arrangement Practice Questions SBI PO Prelims 2020

Directions (1-5): Answer the questions based on the information given below:

Certain numbers of persons sit in a straight row facing north direction. Eight persons sit to the left of R. Three persons sit between T and Q, who sits adjacent to R. No. of persons to the left of T is equal to the no. of persons between T and M. Less than 17 persons sit between R and M. S sits 3rd to the left of the person, who sits exactly in the middle of Q and M. U sits 7th to the left of S. Two persons sit between U and V. More than two persons sit to the left of V. Eight persons sit between V and X, who sits exactly in the middle of the row. Two persons sit between X and Y. Six persons sit between Y and Z. Two persons sit between Z and A.

Common Solution: As eight persons sit to the left of R. Three persons sit between T and Q, who sits adjacent to R. No. of persons to the left of T is equal to the no. of persons between T and M, so

Case I: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Q R _ _ T _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ M

Case II:  _ _ _ _ _ T _ _ R Q _ M

Case III: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ R Q _ _ _ T _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ M

Less than 17 persons sit between R and M, so case III is rejected. S sits 3rd to the left of the person, who sits exactly in the middle of Q and M.U sits 7th to the left of S. Two persons sit between U and V.

Case I: _ _ V _ _ U _ Q R _ _ T S _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ M

Case II: U _ _ V _ T _ S R Q _ M

More than two persons sit to the left of V, so case I is rejected. Eight persons sit between V and X, who sits exactly in the middle of the row, so

25 person sit in the row.

Two persons sit between X and Y.

Six persons sit between Y and Z.

Two persons sit between Z and A.

The final seating arrangement:

U _ _ V _ T _ S R Q _ M X _ _ Y _ _ _ A _ _ Z _ _

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Topic: Seating Arrangement

Sub topic:

Linear Level: 1

Question 1: How many persons sit in the row?

  1. 31  
  2. 23
  3. 25
  4. 17
  5. None of these.

Answer: c Solution: 25 persons sit in the row. Hence, option c.

Topic: Seating Arrangement

Sub topic: Linear

Level: 1

Question 2: What is the position of X with respect to R?

  1. 2nd to the left
  2. 4th to the right
  3. 5th to the left
  4. 6th to the right
  5. None of these

Answer: b

Solution: X sits 4th to the right of R.

Hence, option b.

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Topic: Seating Arrangement

Sub topic: Linear

Level: 1

Question 3: Who sits exactly in the middle of V and the person, who sits to the immediate left of X?

  1. S
  2. T
  3. R
  4. Y
  5. None of these

Answer: a

Solution: S sits exactly in the middle of V and the person, who sits immediate left of X.

Hence, option a.

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Topic: Seating Arrangement

Sub topic: Linear

Level: 1

Question 4: If three persons sit between A and B, how many persons sit to the right of B?

  1. Seven
  2. Four
  3. One
  4. Three
  5. None of these.

Answer: c

Solution: If three persons sit between A and B, only one person sit to the right of B.

Hence, option c.

Topic: Seating Arrangement

Sub topic: Linear

Level: 1

Question 5: Who sits exactly between S and M?

  1. Q
  2. R
  3. X
  4. Y
  5. None of these

Answer: a

Solution: Q sits exactly between S and M.

Hence, option a

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Blood Relations

Blood Relations are one of the easiest topics if properly practiced. You can answer the questions correctly in less time. Blood Relation questions give you some data about two or more persons and ask you questions based on those relationships. In these types of questions it is important not to presume anything be it gender or how many offsprings a cousin has. 

  • One of the easiest way to solve the question is to apply the question to yourself.
  • Another approach to solving this question can be drawing diagrams. 
  • If the question has long sentences, break it into small parts so that it becomes easy to comprehend.
  • It is important to know all the relations

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Blood Relations Practice Questions SBI PO2020

Direction (1-2): Answer the questions based on the information given below: There are 6 persons B, C, D, E, F and G in a family. C is the mother in law of G, who is the father of E. D is the mother of F and has only one daughter. There is no single parent in the family.

Common Solution: C is the mother in law of G, who is the father of E. D is the mother of F and has only one daughter, so D must be the wife of G. And E or F is a female. B must be the husband of C:

The family tree:

Question 1: How is E related to D?

a.Daughter

b.Niece

c.Son

d.Nephew

e.Can’t be determined

Answer: e

Solution: The gender of E and F is not known, so E is either daughter or son of D.

Hence, option e.

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Question 2: How is B related to F?

  1. Grandfather
  2. Father
  3. Uncle
  4. Can’t be determined
  5. Brother

Answer: a

Solution: B is the grandfather of F. Hence, option a.

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Syllogism

Syllogism questions are often considered difficult by aspirants and is even considered one of the confusing topics in Reasoning. The questions along with the options look simple enough to lure candidates to answer them.  This topic can be understood well if all the concepts are clear.

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Coding Decoding

In order to solve coding decoding questions good observation skills are required. First and the foremost basics are to be cleared related to this topic.

  • Start by solving previous year question papers
  • Candidates in these type of questions are required to identify what is the code for which word.
  • Attempt new pattern questions related to coding-decoding

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This is all from us related to important reasoning topics for SBI PO prelims 2020 along with their practice questions. Keep practicing mock tests and ace your SBI PO 2020 prelims examination.

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