Reasoning Section Strategy for IBPS RRB 2018

Reasoning Section is one of the most crucial section in IBPS RRB exam. It can do wonders if practiced well and from authenticated resources but can also prove fatal, if a student tends to ignore it.


In IBPS RRB Prelims 40 out of 80 questions appear from reasoning which carries 40 marks. Moreover, reasoning section dominates in IBPS RRB Mains as the same number of questions yield 10 marks extra i.e. 50 marks. Reasoning requires good analytical skills and presence of mind. Basic knowledge of concepts & insights about how to approach a general problem can help anyone solve the most complex problems. Thus, leveraging one’s chances to appear in the interview and ultimately demolish IBPS RRB exam.

According to latest trends, puzzles can cover more than 50% of reasoning section. Types of puzzles and seating arrangement which are being asked are as follows:

  • Circular arrangement
  • Linear arrangement
  • Floor-based puzzle
  • Scheduling (days, months and years)
  • Parallel arrangement
  • Square arrangement
  • Tabular form
  • Box Puzzles

The difficulty level of puzzles has been increasing over the last couple of years. Puzzles have now become lengthy, complex, calculation based and sometimes tiresome. Out-of-the-box thinking is required to come out with the right solution.

Inequality is also one of the most prominent topics which need to pay heed. Around 3-5 questions are asked regularly and chances of committing silly mistakes are high. 

Topics like Syllogism, Data sufficiency, coding-decoding are the takeaways of the exam. Even the basic overview of concepts can sail you through complex problems.

Other Miscellaneous topics of reasoning section are:-
  • Blood Relation
  • Direction Sense
  • Number Series
  • Alphabets and Alphabetical Series
  • Machine Input Output

For ease of understanding, combining miscellaneous section as one entity with the important topics discussed above make up the reasoning section.

Since practice is the prerequisite to attain perfection. Practice more and more. Attempt mock papers, analyze mistakes and have a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) of performance at regular intervals. Identify the topics which are not well versed and make an impeccable strategy to improve the same. It is strongly advisable to solve puzzles early in the morning with a fresh and pleasant mind.

The supremacy of reasoning section helps to separate the wheat from the chaff and ultimately lands a job seeker in front of interview panel where fate meets destiny.

Last but not the least, “Fall in love with the process and the outcomes will follow.”



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