Blood relations questions are an important part of the logical reasoning section for any bank or government examination. Aspirants must note that every year, the logical reasoning section keeps getting harder, more so than other two sections including the English Language and the Quantitative Aptitude sections. In this blog post, the three kinds of blood relations problems will be discussed to better understand how they will be asked in the examination.
Blood Relations Question Type 1
The first kind of blood relations questions is about the case of narration in the first-person tense. Consider this example:
Looking at a man, Smita said, “He is the son of my grandmother’s daughter”. How is this man related to Smita?
Correct Answer: Brother, why?
Smita’s grandmother’s daughter is Smita’s mother, and the son of Smita’s mother is Smita’s brother.
The main factors to note here are that there are no additional conditions and the statements have been laid out in a relatively easy to understand manner. Hence, this kind of questions is the easiest to solve.
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Blood Relations Question Type 2
This kind of question is relatively harder than type 1 questions, but it is the most probable kind of questions you can expect in your bank examinations. The difference between type 2 and type 1 questions is that type 2 questions have some additional conditions compared to the type 1 questions. To understand what is meant, check out the example –
Raju and Reva are husband and wife. Hemant and Mukesh are sons of the same mother; Reva is the sister of Hemant. How are Raju and Mukesh related to each other?
Correct answer: brother-in-law
In the second kind of question, it can be deciphered that Hemant has two siblings including Reva and Mukesh. Raju being the husband of Mukesh’s sister is his brother-in-law.
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Blood Relations Question Type 3
The third kind of question is complicated to some extent because it has the elements or components of both type 1 and type 2 questions. To better understand, consider this example:
Sneha is the granddaughter to Ramesh. Ramesh is the father of Balram. Neeta is the wife of Balram. Qavi is the brother of Balram. Saraswati is the mother of Qavi, and Sneha is the daughter of Neeta. How are Neeta and Saraswati related?
Correct answer: Mother-in-law
It can be determined that Saraswati is the wife of Ramesh, and Balram and Qavi are their sons. Given that Neeta is the wife of Balram, she will be the daughter-in-law of Balram’s mother, Saraswati, or Saraswati will be the mother-in-law of Neeta.
Therefore, in cases such as this, the type-3 questions are the ones where students are likely to give up because of their lack of confidence in problem-solving, or simply because they do not know how to approach such questions. The ideal solution to this is to practice as much as possible and ensure that one can answer every question such as this. Additionally, it will be helpful to make note of the following –
- Blood relations questions are all dependent on diagrams, ensure that you can prepare one for every type-2 and definitely for a type-3 question.
- If you cannot get a clear diagram, do not attempt those questions. A single mistake in the identification of relationships can cause you to waste your time and also effort.
All the Best!
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