SBI PO 2020 Preparation Strategy for Reasoning Section

If you are preparing for SBI PO 2020 then read out this article to find out how you can ace the Reasoning ability section.

| Updated On April 24th, 2020 at 03:51 pm

Reasoning is one of the most important section in banking exams. Students score full marks in this section and you can too if you will follow the right approach. Due to lockdown, many organizations have delayed their recruitment process and State bank Of India is one of them which has postponed the recruitment process for PO but we are sure that once the lockdown will be uplifted, the notification will be released and reasoning section is one of the most important section to clear SBI PO 2020. Considering the importance, this section has we are going to tell you some tips and tricks to ace it.

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SBI PO Reasoning Preparation

One of the most fascinating things about the reasoning section that it does not have a well-defined syllabus but we do know the topics from which the questions are asked based on the previous years’ exams but that doesn’t mean that you will not see any topic other than that. SBI is known for surprising students. So, you must go to the examination center with an open mind.

SBI PO Prelims Study Plan 2020

Reasoning Ability Important Topics:

  • Seating Arrangements
  • Puzzles
  • Inequalities
  • Syllogism
  • Input-Output
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Blood Relations
  • Order and Ranking
  • Alphanumeric Series
  • Distance and Direction
  • Verbal Reasoning

Coding -Decoding

  • Approximately 3-5 questions are asked from this topic.
  • This is an easy topic, where certain words are coded in certain symbols and alphabets and students are expected to decode them.
  • You can easily gain full marks in this section, if you practice it from the right tricks.


  • Approximately 3-5 questions are asked from this topic.
  • Students are expected to find the relation between two given alphabets.
  • This relation can be either Greater, Smaller, Greater than, Smaller than and equal to etc.
  • This is also an easy topic but it can be time-consuming if you have don;t know the right approach

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Direction & Distance

  • Approximately 3-5 questions are asked from this topic.
  • Students are supposed to find the direction and distance of one variable with respect to other.
  • Make a plus sign on rough sheet and mark the directions. Now carefully in one read follow the instructions given in the question and place your variable.
  • Careful reading and understanding of question is the key to ace this topic.

Blood Relation

  • Approximately 2-3 questions are asked from this topic.
  • 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.
  • This way you will not get confuse among their gender and relation.

Ordering & Ranking

  • Approximately 1-2 questions are asked from this topic.
  • You have to arrange the given variables in certain order.
  • Make blanks on a rough sheet and start placing the variable as asked in the question.
  • Always make more than one possibilty to ensure accuracy and to save your time.

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  • Approximately 3-5 questions are asked from this topic.
  • This topic can be tricky.
  • Make venn diagram to solve these questions.
  • Learn the meanings of the words like some, Some-not, Any etc.
  • Do tricky questions on this topic, it will help you to clear your doubts.

Seating Arrangement

  • Approximately 5 questions are asked from this topic.
  • There are Four types of seating arrangement that are generally asked which are Circular, Linear, Square and Triangle.
  • Read the question carefully and again make symbols to denote different relationships.


  • Approximately 5 questions are asked from this topic.
  • It can be of any type. Floor puzzle, Box Puzzle etc.
  • Try to do as much question as you can to ace this topic.
  • Focus and accuracy is the key to tackle this section.

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