Reasoning Ability For IBPS Clerk Prelims

This section contains 35 questions in the IBPS Clerk Prelims and the candidate is tested from the many topics that are covered in the Reasoning Ability section. Some of the topics under this section test the candidate skill for accuracy, speed and calculation through different types of logical reasoning problems.

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The questions in these sections are designed in such a way that any misunderstanding of the situation given can make the question a very time- consuming one in the IBPS Clerk Prelim Exam. The questions are based on Directions, Number, Classifications, etc.

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The IBPS Clerk prelims comprise of 35 questions and the section is of 35 marks. Candidates get 20 minutes to answer the questions in the this particular section. There are certain topics which are asked in this section almost every year.

The table below shows the topics and their questions weightage.

Prelims Topics Of Reasoning Ability Expected No. of Questions
Seating Arrangement 3-10
Mathematical Inequalities 2-5
Family Members 2-5
Coding and decoding 3-5
Patterns and arrangement 0-3
Distance and directions 1-2
Number Series 0-5
Ranking or ordering 1-2
Analogy 0-2
Scheduling 0-5
Syllogism 2-5

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The reasoning section is one of the most time-taking sections in the IBPS clerk exam. Candidates need to practise the most for this section to understand the tricks to solve this section quickly. There are mostly puzzles in this section and if a candidate manages to solve one puzzle within 2-3 minutes, he shall be able to answer close to 5 questions within this time.

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When the candidate is appearing for the IBPS Clerk Prelim Exam the primary focus for Reasoning Section should be accuracy and so the candidate should start this section by solving easy topics of this section such as:

  • Series completion
  • Direction sense test
  • Ranking
  • Family members
  • Patterns and arrangements

Candidates are suggested to solve mock tests and question papers on a regular basis as this will help them understand the type of questions asked in the reasoning ability section. It shall also be useful in analysing your performance and apprehending the level of the exam.

Given below are two links that shall prove to be helpful for the candidates:

  1. IBPS Clerk Mock Test
  2. IBPS Clerk Previous Year Question Paper

The type of questions asked in Reasoning Ability of IBPS Clerk Prelim Exam requires careful reading and noting down the details as they are mentioned because any missed content of the question will create an issue in solving it. Some of the examples are given to give the candidate a glimpse of the type and difficulty level of Reasoning Ability Questions in the IBPS Clerk Prelim Exam.

While preparing and attempting the paper of IBPS Clerk Prelim the candidate is advised to:

  • To strengthen the base of the Reasoning Skills.
  • As mentioned earlier the candidate should not waste much time on a topic
  • The IBPS Clerk Prelim scores are equally dependent on accuracy and speed.
  • For solving Reasoning Ability questions the candidate should have the shortcut and formula tricks learnt by heart.
  • Practising with mock tests is the key to mastering IBPS Clerk Prelims.

Candidates must make sure that they refer to the best study material and books while preparing for the IBPS Clerk reasoning ability section.

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With the above preparation tips, the candidate will get a better understanding of how the topics for the Reasoning Ability section should be prepared. This section can be a really time-consuming section if not attended carefully. Hence the candidates should practice well by taking frequent mock test and practising previous years questions papers which will help the candidate to understand the pattern of this section.

IBPS Clerk Prelims Sample Questions

Some of the practice questions are given below:

Q.1 A college council is auditioning students for a cultural festival. They must satisfy the following criteria –

  1. Student must know at least one dance form.
  2. Student must know how to play at least one musical instrument.
  3. Student must have good acting skills.

Which one of the following will the council definitely select?

  1. Z is a Bharat Natyam dancer, a violinist but does not have any acting skills.
  2. P plays football, guitar, has acted in road shows and is a classical dancer.
  3. J is a contemporary dancer, a great actor and is planning to learn flute.
  4. A plays sitar, is a hip-hop dancer and does not have any acting skills.

Ans. B

Sol. Z cannot be selected as Z does not have any acting skills. P satisfies all the criteria give to be selected in audition.

J cannot be selected as J does not know how to play any musical instrument. A cannot be selected as A does not have any acting skills.

Comprehension :

The likes and professions of five friends Rosy, Mary, Lily, Andy andDaisy are given. Consider the following information and answer questions based on it.

  1. Rosy likes Yellow and is a Student.
  2. The Librarian likes Green.
  3. Mary and Andy like Purple andBlue respectively and neither of them is a Teacher.
  4. Lily likes Brown and the Inspector likes Blue.
  5. One of the five is a Principal.

Q.2 Which colour does the Teacher like?

  1. Blue
  2. Brown
  3. Purple
  4. Green

Ans. B

Sol.

NAME LIKES PROFESSIONS
Rosy Yellow Student
Daisy Green Librarian
Mary Purple Principal
Andy Blue Inspector
Lily Brown Teacher

Comprehension :

The likes and professions of five friends Rosy, Mary, Lily, Andy and Daisy are given. Consider the following information and answer questions based on it.

  1. Rosy likes Yellow and is a Student.
  2. The Librarian likes Green.
  3. Mary and Andy like Purple and Blue respectively and neither of them is a Teacher.
  1. Lily likes Brown and the Inspector likes Blue.
  2. One of the five is a Principal.

Q3 Who is the Principal?

  1. Daisy
  2. Andy
  3. Mary
  4. Lily

Ans. C

Solution: 

NAME LIKES PROFESSIONS
Rosy Yellow Student
Daisy Green Librarian
Mary Purple Principal
Andy Blue Inspector
Lily Brown Teacher

As shown in the table above, Mary is the principal

Comprehension :

The likes and professions of five friends Rosy, Mary, Lily, Andy and Daisy are given. Consider the following information and answer questions based on it.

  1. Rosy likes Yellow and is a Student.
  2. The Librarian likes Green.
  3. Mary and Andy like Purple and Blue respectively and neither of them is a Teacher.
  4. Lily likes Brown and the Inspector likes Blue.
  5. One of the five is a Principal.

Q.4. Which among the following is the wrong pair?

  1. Andy – Inspector
  2. Purple – Principal
  3. Daisy – Green
  4. Rosy – Teacher

Ans. D

Sol.

Solution: 

NAME LIKES PROFESSIONS
Rosy Yellow Student
Daisy Green Librarian
Mary Purple Principal
Andy Blue Inspector
Lily Brown Teacher

As shown in the table above, Rosy is a student not a teacher.

Q.5 Statements followed by some conclusions are given below.

Statements :

  1. X is 7 meters tall, Y is half as high and Z is 3 times the height of X.
  2. P is taller than Z but shorter than A and B.

Conclusions :

  1. B is the tallest of all.
  2. The average height of X, Y and Z is less than 10 meters.

Find which of the given conclusions logically follows from the given statements.

  1. Only Conclusion I follows.
  2. Only conclusion II follows.
  3. Both I and II follow.
  4. Neither I nor II follows.

Q.6 An assertion (A) and a reason (R) are given below. Assertion (A) : Forest cover in the country has gradually decreased. Reason (R) : Encroachment by humans is one of the concerns for the forest department.

Choose the correct option.

  1. Both A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of A
  2. Both A and R are true, but R is not the correct explanation of A
  3. A is true, but R is false
  4. A is false, but R is true

Comprehension : Study the following diagram and answer questions based on it.

Q.7. How many people who travel by train also travel by car or bus but not cycle?

  1. 50
  2. 70
  3. 80
  4. 100

Comprehension : Study the following diagram and answer questions based on it.

Q.8 The ratio of total number of train travelers to the people who do not travel by train is

  1. 27/16
  2. 28/16
  3. 37/16
  4. 38/16

Comprehension : Study the following diagram and answer questions based on it.

Q.9. Which two modes of transport used by people are mutually exclusive?

  1. Car – Bus
  2. Car – Cycle
  3. Bus – Cycle
  4. Cannot be determined

Q.10 In a certain code language if 41095 is READY and 840327 is FRAILS then 83145 419 is A. FEARY RED

  1. FIERY RED
  2. FAIRY RED
  3. FIREY RED

Q.11 Which one of the following does not belong to the group?

  1. Monitor
  2. Keyboard
  3. Webcam
  4. Mouse

Ans. A

Sol. All are input device expect monitor, Monitor is an output device.

Q.12 Statements followed by some conclusions are given below.

Statements :

  1. Most people have orange scooters while some have red ones.
  2. People like bright coloured scooters.

Conclusions:

  1. People cannot afford bright  coloured cars.
  2. Most people prefer orange over other bright colours.

Find which of the given conclusions logically follows from the given statements.

  1. Only conclusion I follows.
  2. Only conclusion II follows.
  3. Both I and II follows.
  4. Neither I nor II follows.

Q.13 A pole is taller than a Giraffe which is taller than a tree. A signal is shorter than a pole but taller than a building which is taller than a Giraffe. Who is the shortest?

  1. Signal
  2. Giraffe
  3. Tree
  4. Building

Q.14 Find the missing (?) in the series NA, PC, RE, TG, ?, XK, ZM

  1. IV
  2. VI
  3. VII
  4. VJ

Q.15 Sunil has a son Karna and a sister Sangeeta who is the mother of Jagdish and Vijay. Hamish is Jagdish’s maternal uncle. How is Harnish related to Karna?

  1. Brother
  2. Father
  3. Nephew
  4. Paternal Uncle

Ans. D

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