Important Reasoning Topics And Strategy For IBPS RRB 2020 Exam

We hope that your preparation for IBPS RRB 2020 is going well. In this space we will be discussing about the preparation strategy of Reasoning Ability, which is one of the most important section of IBPS RRB 2020. It has 40 questions with no sectional time limit. Ideally, a student must allocate atleast 20 min to this section. No matter which exam you are preparing for PO or Clerk, this section can make or break your selection. These tips and tricks will work for each and every student, be it beginner or repeater so make sure you read them well and abide to them. Let’s take a loot at it:

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Reasoning Ability Important Topics:

Seating Arrangements & Puzzles 15- 20 Questions
Inequalities 5 Questions
Syllogism 5 Questions
Input-Output 5 Questions
Data Sufficiency 5 Questions
Blood Relations 3-5 Questions
Order and Ranking 3-5 Questions
Alphanumeric Series 5 questions
Distance and Direction 3-5 Questions

Coding -Decoding

Based on previous exam, approximately 3-5 questions are asked from this topic. In this topic, certain words are coded in certain symbols and alphabets and students are expected to decode them.


Based on the previous exams, approximately atleast 5 questions are asked from this topic. In this topic, students are expected to find the relation between two given alphabets like: Greater, Smaller, Greater than, Smaller than and equal to etc.

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Direction & Distance

Based on the previous year exams, approximately 3-5 questions are asked from this topic. In this topic, students are supposed to find the direction and distance of one variable with respect to other. There are certain tips like: make a plus sign on rough sheet and mark the directions. Carefully read the question.

Blood Relation

Based on the previous year exam, approximately 3-5 questions are asked from this topic. What students have to is to make a family tree, make symbols for different relations. for ex- + sign for female and – sign for male. = for marriage and – for siblings etc. You can come up with your symbols as well. To avoid any confusion among their gender and relation.

Ordering & Ranking

Based on the previous year exams, approximately 3-5 questions are asked from this topic. Students are expected to arrange the given variables in certain order. What students can do is to make blanks on a rough sheet and start placing the variable as asked in the question.  Make sure to always make more than one possibilty to ensure accuracy and to save your time.

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Based on the previous exam pattern, approximately 5 questions are asked from this topic & this topic can be tricky hence make venn diagram to solve these questions. It is important to learn the meanings of the words like some, Some-not, Any etc. Make sure to do tricky questions on this topic, it will help you to clear your doubts.

Seating Arrangement & Puzzles

Based on the previous exam, approximately 15-20 questions are asked. A continous practice is the key to solve this topic. Try to solve the puzzle in limited time  and as soon as possible.

Other Tips

Given below are some of the basic tips that will help you to score a good score in IBPS RRB Reasoning section:

  • Solve the offline questions with timer and try to reduce the time in the next question.
  • Take sectional quiz to get a more in-depth knowledge of the different types of questions.
  • Be calm and composed. There are many times when we loose our calmness and commit silly mistakes so make sure you maintain your calmness and attempt the test with free minds.
  • Learn the tricks to get an edge over other students. Prelims is all about solving the maximum questions in minimum time with accuracy and this can only be achieved by learning different tricks.

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