Clueless About Reasoning? Here’s How You Can Begin Your Preparation

Reasoning Section is now an important part of every banking examination right from the one that’s conducted for the post of a Specialist Officer down to the one which is carried out for the recruitment of Office Assistants/Clerks. Ergo, it’s essential for one to master the subject if she wants to bag any job in a government organization. 
Many government job aspirants find this section the most difficult to deal with, the reason being the complexity of puzzles which make almost 60% of the whole Reasoning Section. Also, the level of questions based on other topics in this section has also gotten much more complex than it was ever before. Let’s discuss a few changes that were observed in the recent banking examination:

  • Uncertain number of persons in linear and circular seating arrangements.
  • A single questions involving three or more different topics (Direction Sense + Coding Decoding + Blood Relation etc.)
  • Increase in the number of short puzzles which carry just 1 mark.
  • Puzzles are no more lengthy like they used to be. They are short and tricky.
  • Conventional topics are being asked in an entirely different and twisted manner (changed face of Coding-Decoding).
  • Puzzles involving mathematical calculations.
  • Data Sufficiency and Machine Input-Output which were earlier asked only in mains exams are now being asked in prelims exams as well.

That the exorbitant pattern of Reasoning Section puts on one an onerous task of preparing with an integrated strategy, Adda247 is here with a few key points, which, when kept in mind while setting off preparing for this section, can prove to be very helpful. 
  • Have basic and core concepts of the important topics all grasped.
  • When you are done understanding the core concepts of these topics, attempt topic wise quizzes and test series.
  • Analyse your performance through test analysis and jot down all the topics that still need to be worked upon into a checklist.
  • Start working on your weaknesses and keep honing your strengths alongside.
  • Once you have an ace up your sleeve, go for full-length mocks and take them on a regular basis.
Puzzles, which make a significant part of the Reasoning Section should be given special attention to. Does it take you longer to solve a puzzle than it normally should? Don’t lose heart, it happens with beginners. You will be able to solve them faster if you practice regularly.  Here are a few tips especially for puzzles that will help you attempt them with poise:
  • Begin with one or maximum of two variables puzzles (level: easy).
  • Through continuous practice, make sure that you are able to solve most of one or two variables puzzles without investing much time on them.
  • After you feel like you are now a dab hand at solving on-two variables puzzles, try your hand at difficult puzzles. Because you are already good at solving simpler puzzles, you will be a puzzle pro in no time.
  • Also, there are different types of puzzles and seating arrangements. You will always find some types of puzzles easier than others. Always keep in mind to attempt the easier ones first during a competitive examination.
  • Do not shrink from making possibilities while solving difficult puzzles. Make as many possibilities as it takes and cancel them out as you proceed.
We hope you find these tips helpful while getting yourself ready to attempt the reasoning section of the upcoming banking examinations. All the best!