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IBPS PO V : How to Tackle Reasoning

Published on Saturday, September 26, 2015
A week left for IBPS PO Prelims exam. I consider Reasoning as the toughest section from rest of the exam.

Before appearing in the exam, answer a question - How many questions you can attempt in Reasoning within 20 minutes?
Puzzle is one of the most difficult part of the exam and it's very difficult to solve a puzzle within 5 minute. Even if you are good at solving puzzles, it will take more than 5 minutes solve. 

Easy question types

20 questions will be asked from above 5 topics. It's fairly possible to solve these 20 questions within 15 minutes. 

It's very easy to secure 12-15 marks from above topics.

Time consuming question types

It is expected that there will be 2 puzzles in Reasoning section. It's a time consuming part, think twice before attempting puzzles. At the time SBI PO, I saw many intelligent students who burnt 15 minutes in solving a puzzle, at the end of day they attempted 7-8 questions in this section. Don't repeat the history.


  • Take few (at least 5) full length tests. Take full length tests on Testpanda. If you want to download free tests in PDF, check here.
  • Make a plan. Make a list of questions you are going to attempt and decide you target score in this section.
  • You just have 1 hours for the whole exam, decide yourself how much time you can invest in this section.

Expected cutoff for IBPS PO V Prelims exam is 45-47 so make a plan accordingly 

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